Photo: Alexey Tarakanov
We are pleased to announce that the FIDE World Rapid and Blitz will take place in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. The event will be held on its traditional dates: December 25-30, 2021.
As in previous editions, the World Rapid and Blitz will have a total prize fund of 1,000,000 USD:
$350,000 for the Open Rapid Championship
$350,000 for the Open Blitz Championship
$150,000 for the Women's Rapid Championship
$150,000 for the Women's Blitz Championship
The World Rapid and Blitz is one of the most awaited events in the chess calendar for most chess fans. After the force majeure cancellation in 2020, FIDE is happy to bring it back in cooperation with the Kazakhstan Chess Federation.
Just like in 2019, the Rapid and Blitz Championships will be Swiss tournaments (13 and 11 – rapid and 21 and 17 rounds - blitz respectively) with the time control 15 minutes + 10 seconds increment per move, starting from move 1 (rapid) and 3 minutes + 2 seconds, starting from move 1 (blitz).
Open competition eligibility
Women's competition eligibility
The last months of the year will be full of challenges for Magnus Carlsen. Will he be able to end the year holding the triple crown, as he did in 2019?
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