Standards of chess are going high every year. With the involvement of AI in preparation, players are getting better and better at memorizing the lines. And because of so much competition games are getting drawn more often. Not only in classical chess but also in Rapids and Blitz.
To decide the winner between two players in a single game, Armageddon, a variant of speed chess is used where black wins the drawn game. The player with white pieces gets 5 minutes on the clock while the player with black pieces has 4 or sometimes 3 minutes to win or draw the game for a win.
All that scenario leads to a very important question.
Is Classical Chess dead?
No, it’s not the case. Games getting decided on Armageddon has nothing to do with classical chess. Only the fans perception of exciting chess is evolved. Serious chess enthusiasts still love the classical format of chess. And there is no better variant to test the actual playing skill of a chess player.
Of course, time is an important factor in life. No everyone can sit 7 hours a day to play or watch chess but classical chess in its essence is still the best among all variants of chess.
Who gets to choose in Armaggedon Chess?
The higher-rated or top-seed player of the tournament usually decides the color of pieces in Armageddon chess. In some cases, the color of pieces between players is decided on a toss. But it is also seen that in some Armageddon games, the arbitrator decides the color of pieces.
FIDE’s rules suggest a toss between two players to decide the color of the pieces.
Who has the advantage in Armageddon chess?
Generally, a player with white pieces has the advantage to win a chess game. But in Armageddon chess, if the time control is 5 minutes (for white pieces) against 3 minutes(for black pieces), only then white is at advantage to win the game. The more widely used system of 5 minutes (white) vs 4 minutes (black) is an equal opportunity for both players.
Time increment in Armageddon Chess
There is no time increment in Armageddon chess. The player with white pieces gets a fixed 5 minutes while the player with black pieces gets a fixed 4 or 3 minutes in some tournaments.
How often does White win in Armageddon?
According to iospress, there was a 41% win result for white pieces in an Armageddon format tournament. Although the time controls were a bit different. 10 minutes for white and 7 minutes for black, with an increment of 3 seconds per move starting from move 61.
A total of 34 games were played in the tournament.
Tips on Armageddon Chess
Hikaru Nakamura is considered one of the top speed chess players in the world. In the video below he is sharing some tips on how to play Armageddon chess.
These are the highlights of tips he shared:
- Blitz out the 1st 15 to 20 moves but be careful
- with black play the basic opening setups
- with white play the complicated lines
Where to play Armageddon Chess Online?
Every top chess app has the feature of playing different variant games. On chess.com you can create a time odds game and give it the shape of Armageddon. Although on a draw they will show the result as a draw.
Currently, there is no chess app that gives the playing option of Armageddon.