International Chess Federation
Friday, 29 Nov 2019 07:11
Online registration for the King Salman World Rapid & Blitz Championships 2019 is open

Online registration for the King Salman World Rapid & Blitz Championships 2019 is now open:

Please note that any national champions for the current year (2019) have to provide proof of their title via their national federation.

In order to be accredited as a participant, an official letter must be sent from his/her national federation to the official representative of the Chess Federation of Russia, Artem Pugachev, to the email

The King Salman World Rapid & Blitz Championships will be held in Moscow from December 25 (the day of arrival) to December 31 (the day of departure) 2019.

World Rapid & Blitz Championships schedule:

December 25 — Opening Ceremony
December 26-28 — Rapid competition
December 29-30 — Blitz competition

The total prize fund for the King Salman World Rapid & Blitz Championships amounts to USD 1,000,000.

All players rated at least 2550 (men) and 2250 (women) in any of the FIDE rating lists (standard,  rapid or blitz) from January to December of 2019, national champions, and nominees by the organizers (no more than ten in each one of the competitions) are eligible for participation in the King Salman World Rapid & Blitz Championships.

The entry fee in the open event is USD 100, before December 11, and USD 200 after this date. In women’s competitions, the entry fee is USD 50 before December 11 and USD 100 after this date.  

Bank details of the Chess Federation of Russia for entry fee payments:

In Russian Rubles:

Beneficiary customer: Chess Federation of Russia
TIN (INN) 7704016433 RRC 770401001
Bank: Public Joint-Stock Company Sberbank of Russia, Moscow
Beneficiary account: 40703810438260100813
Correspondent account 30101810400000000225
RCBIC 044525225

USD Account:

Beneficiary customer:  CFR
Dollar Account: 40703840638260200813
Bank correspondent: The Bank of New York Mellon, New York, NY

Citizens of the Russian Federation shall pay the entry fee in Russian Rubles at the exchange rate of the Bank of Russia on the day of payment.

Any players rated at least 2750 (men) and 2500 (women) in any of FIDE rating lists (standard, rapid or blitz) from January 1 to December 1, 2019, are provided with full board accommodation in a standard room (4-star hotel minimum), from December 25 to December 31, 2019.

The King Salman World Rapid Chess Championships are 15-round (open) and 12-round (women) Swiss tournaments with a time control of 15 min +10 sec.

The King Salman World Blitz Championships are 21-round (open) and 17-round (women) Swiss tournaments with a time control of 3 min + 2 sec.


  • A participant can apply for a visa both in his home country and abroad.
  • The main condition is to apply for a Russian visa only in official institutions such as the Consular Section of the Russian Embassy or Consulate-General.
  • Other institutions (including an official Visa Application Center) and travel agencies offering their services will have no access to the information regarding the King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships 2019.
  • All the embassies and consulates have been informed about the Championship by a circular letter of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They are ready to assist players with applying for a visa in a time pressure situation.
  • When applying for a Russian visa, alongside with a complete set of documents requested by the Embassy, a participant shall provide the official invitation from the Chess Federation of Russia. This invitation is the main basis for issuing a visa that substitutes for a telex/reference number.
  • Any accredited participant, who needs a visa to enter Russia, should download the visa invitation letter through the registration system.
  • The visa application can start on December 3.