Following the tremendous success of the first edition, the Intercontinental ChessKid FIDE Challenge returns in the first month of summer. The second edition, open to any child aged 12 and younger, will be held on June 19, 2021.
Over 1900 kids from 86 countries competed in the first edition that took place in January 2021. Let's try to get 100+ countries participating!
The prizes for the winners include group lessons localized to winning kids' language and time zone. For the last event, GM Humpy Koneru and GM Vishy Anand taught in English, GM Irina Krush – in Russian, GM Jorge Cori – in Spanish, GM Stelios Halkias – in Greek, and IM Hongjin Ahn – in Korean.
To accommodate as many time zones as possible, there will be two different tournaments. Children are eligible to play in either one or both, whichever is more convenient for them.
Each of the two events will be played in two sections: Age 9-12 and 8 & Under. Both will be broadcasted on Chess.com/TV with FunMasterMike and his guests commentating on the games.
Both editions will be 7-round Swiss tournaments with the time control 10+2 (10 minutes starting time plus 2 seconds added per move). The expected length for each tournament is about three hours.
Although the Intercontinental ChessKid FIDE Challenge is first of all about involvement and fun, every child will have a chance to win a prize. For every half-point earned, a player receives one "raffle ticket" (two "raffle tickets" for every win). In addition, any player finishing the tournament receives a bonus raffle ticket. The prize draw for both events will take place on June 26, 2021.
To join the tournaments, register here:
The Eastern Hemisphere edition (starts at 9 am UK):
The Western Hemisphere edition (starts at 9 am Pacific U.S.):
FIDE invites you to join this worldwide initiative and hopes kids from all over the world will enjoy the challenge.
You can find all the details at the ChessKid website: www.chesskid.com