chess24 Sep 2, 2017 | 12:23 PMby IM David Martínez

World Cup Special

The Chess World Cup starts on Sunday and to celebrate we're launching a promotion for new Premium Members or those who want to switch their accounts from monthly to annual. Pick your World Cup hero and win a free month of membership for each round where he or she wins. Why not take this chance to get the maximum from the best chess site for learning and enjoying your favourite sport!

The month of September will be special for all chess players, with the excitement of the 128-player World Cup perhaps keeping us glued to our screens more than our loved ones would wish...

Extra months of Premium free!

To celebrate we're offering the following promotion in which you can go Premium and receive additional months free.

What do I have to do?

1) Purchase a yearly subscription to chess24

2) Write to (please include your username) and let us know your World Cup hero. For every round the player wins your Premium Membership is extended by one month, so if you pick Magnus Carlsen and he wins the event you'd get a full 7 months free!  


You can only win months of Premium for each round which hasn't finished, so to gain a month of Premium for the first round you need to go Premium (and send an email to before 17:00 CEST on Monday 4th September. For the remaining rounds the chance to win will be over after 3 hours of play in the second game.

Of course the sooner you Go Premium and make your pick the more free months you can win, so why not go Premium this weekend? You won't regret it!


Double or triple your chances by choosing a 2 or 3-year account. If you take out a 2 or 3-year subscription you can select a second or third player and add up all the extra months they earn you!

How can I switch from monthly to annual?

Write an email to Our customer support will remove the current Premium account so you can purchase an annual Premium Membership. In addition to the offer you'll receive an extra month free.

Who should I pick?

Need some help? Check out Jan Gustafsson's predictions for the whole event:

Over 1,000 people have taken the challenge at Challonge and a 199-prediction sample shows a very clear favourite to win the event - Magnus Carlsen with 42.7% of the votes:

It's perhaps a surprise that Levon Aronian (13.6%) and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (12.1%) have such a clear lead over the rest, with the next best, Alexander Grischuk, the favourite of only 4% of chess fans. 

Could Levon's great year continue in Tbilisi?

The other players who were picked to win were:

  • Mamedyarov, Kramnik - 3.5% each
  • Nakamura, Anand - 2.5% each
  • Wei Yi, Svidler, Caruana, So, Ding Liren - 2% each
  • Giri - 1.5%
  • Karjakin, Fedoseev, Radjabov - 1% each
  • Nepomniachtchi, Hou Yifan - 0.5% each

Of course you can, however, pick any of the 128 participants! 

What are the benefits of going Premium?

1) If you're interested in improving your chess... then you'll love full access to hundreds of hours of exclusive videos by the likes of Peter Svidler, Vishy Anand, Jan Gustafsson, Artur Yusupov, Sopiko Guramishvili and many more top players and coaches. You can hone your tactics with unlimited puzzles in our Tactics Trainer as well as getting advice from experts in shows like Jan's Opening Clinic.  

2) If you're more interested in simply playing... then go Premium for complete flexibility in choosing your opponents, starting positions and piece sets while you also get powerful cloud analysis of your moves. If you feel up for a challenge you can play against top players in Banter Blitz

3) If you're more interested in watching live chess... you can say goodbye to annoying ads or chat limits! Check out what's really happening in a game by trying out moves on the board and getting cloud analysis of them just as if they'd been made by the top players. Our almost instant Opening Tree and huge and regularly updated Database mean you'll know exactly when the players have left the beaten path.   

4) If you're more interested in chess24 as a whole, including everything we offer for free... there's no better way of supporting our project than by going Premium! Thanks in advance!

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