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FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Championships 2022: Registrations opened

The FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship 2022 will take place in Almaty, Kazakhstan, from December 25-31 at the Baluan Sholak Sports Palace, the arena that has hosted many international sports competitions as well as live concerts and various shows. Registrations for the event have been opened and will close on 8th December 2022.

Tournament schedule:
December 25 — Opening Ceremony
December 26-28 — Rapid competitions
December 29-30 — Blitz competitions and Closing Ceremony

Upon completing the registration process, each player will receive an invoice to be paid by 12:00 PM Lausanne time on December 8, 2022.


Baluan Sholak Sports Palace | Photo: Baluan Sholak Sports Palace Facebook page

Open tournaments eligibility:
– Players rated at least 2550 in any of the twelve FIDE rating lists 2022 (Standard, Rapid or Blitz);
– Reigning National Champions (in Standard, Rapid, Blitz) representing their National Federation regardless of their title or rating;
– Ten players nominated by FIDE President; 
– The Organiser is entitled to invite up to 15 additional players of his/her own choice.

Women’s tournaments eligibility:
– Players rated at least 2250 in any of the twelve FIDE rating lists 2022 (Standard, Rapid or Blitz);
– Reigning National Champions (in Standard, Rapid, Blitz) representing Member Federations regardless of their title or rating;
– Ten players nominated by FIDE President;
– The Organiser is entitled to invite up to 10 additional players of his/her own choice. 

The Reigning National Champions should send proof of their titles via their National Federations.

About the FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Championship
The World Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships and the Women’s World Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships have been held annually since 2012.  In rapid chess, each player begins the game with 15 minutes, and 10 seconds are added to his/her clock after each move. In blitz chess, each player begins the game with 3 minutes, and 2 seconds are added to his/her clock after each move.

The total prize fund is 1 million USD dollars, with 700,000 USD going to the open championships and 300,000 USD to the women’s championships. 

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