A chess highlight at the end of the year: the FIDE World Rapid & Blitz World Championships 2022

by André Schulz
12/12/2022 – At the end of the year, the FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Championships will be played in Almaty (Kazakhstan). The first day of play is 26 December. Top seeds in the rapid open are Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Maxime-Vachier Lagrave, Ian Nepomniachtchi and Alexander Grischuk.

ChessBase 17 - Mega package ChessBase 17 - Mega package

ChessBase is a personal, stand-alone chess database that has become the standard throughout the world. Everyone uses ChessBase, from the World Champion to the amateur next door. It is the program of choice for anyone who loves the game and wants to know more about it.

More...

Traditionally, the World Rapid & Blitz Championship is held at the end of the year. This year, the Kazakh Chess Federation is hosting the event in Almaty, where it will be held at the Baluan Sholak Sports Palace from 25 to 31 December. Play begins at 26 December.

Almaty | Photo: FIDE

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

The total prize money is USD 1 million, of which USD 700,000 is for the open championships and USD 300,000 for the women's championships.

The defending champions in the open tournaments are Nodirbek Abdusattorov (rapid) and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (blitz). In the women's tournaments, Alexandra Kosteniuk (rapid) and Bibisara Assaubayeva (blitz) won last year.

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 rapid tournaments are 13-rounds Swiss tournaments with a time-control of 15+10. The blitz tournaments are 21 rounds Swiss tournaments with a time-control of 3+2

General sponsor is the Freedom Finance Investment Company, an investment company that is a part of Freedom Holdings (Nevada, USA), trading symbol FRHC. The company is engaged in investment banking, asset management, and capital markets services. Freedom Holdings owns the Kazakh bank Freedom Finance, the online store Freedom24 and the Kazakhstani broker Freedom Finance JSC, among other assets. 

Tournament schedule:

December 25 — Opening Ceremony

December 26-28 — Rapid competitions

December 29-30 — Blitz competitions and Closing Ceremony


Open - Top seeds rapid

No. Name Elo (Rapid)
1 Carlsen Magnus 2834
2 Nakamura Hikaru 2795
3 Duda Jan-Krzysztof 2791
4 Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2777
5 Nepomniachtchi Ian 2766
6 Grischuk Alexander 2759
7 Caruana Fabiano 2747
8 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2746
9 Yu Yangyi 2743
10 Fedoseev Vladimir 2741
11 Artemiev Vladislav 2727
12 Brunello Sabino 2725
13 Giri Anish 2708
14 Esipenko Andrey 2694
15 Van Foreest Jorden 2693
16 Jobava Baadur 2688
17 Vallejo Pons Francisco 2682
18 Matlakov Maxim 2671
19 Vidit Santosh Gujrathi 2659
20 Shankland Sam 2657

...

149 players

Top seeds blitz

No. Name Elo (Blitz)
1 Nakamura Hikaru 2909
2 Caruana Fabiano 2847
3 Carlsen Magnus 2830
4 Yu Yangyi 2807
5 Artemiev Vladislav 2803
6 Giri Anish 2792
7 Nepomniachtchi Ian 2782
8 Duda Jan-Krzysztof 2773
9 Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2771
10 Grischuk Alexander 2763
11 Erigaisi Arjun 2750
12 Martirosyan Haik M. 2745
13 Andreikin Dmitry 2735
14 Fedoseev Vladimir 2733
15 Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2733
16 Amin Bassem 2713
17 Sarana Alexey 2708
18 Nihal Sarin 2702
19 Tomashevsky Evgeny 2698
20 Matlakov Maxim 2674
21 Svane Rasmus 2674

...

149 players

Women - top seeds rapid

Nr. Name Elo (Rapid)
1 Kosteniuk Alexandra 2537
2 Lagno Kateryna 2531
3 Tan Zhongyi 2502
4 Goryachkina Aleksandra 2484
5 Dzagnidze Nana 2475
6 Harika Dronavalli 2475
7 Koneru Humpy 2468
8 Abdumalik Zhansaya 2448
9 Saduakassova Dinara 2435
10 Khademalsharieh Sarasadat 2411
11 Khotenashvili Bela 2405
12 Stefanova Antoaneta 2399
13 Assaubayeva Bibisara 2396
14 Gunina Valentina 2389
15 Atalik Ekaterina 2385
16 Shuvalova Polina 2384
17 Mammadzada Gunay 2383
18 Ushenina Anna 2371
19 Batsiashvili Nino 2370
20 Paehtz Elisabeth 2369

...

92 players

Women - Top seeds Blitz

No. Name Elo (Blitz)
1 Lagno Kateryna 2522
2 Tan Zhongyi 2510
3 Goryachkina Aleksandra 2484
4 Koneru Humpy 2474
5 Kosteniuk Alexandra 2469
6 Khademalsharieh Sarasadat 2431
7 Stefanova Antoaneta 2427
8 Dzagnidze Nana 2416
9 Abdumalik Zhansaya 2413
10 Harika Dronavalli 2407
11 Arabidze Meri 2404
12 Assaubayeva Bibisara 2404
13 Saduakassova Dinara 2404
14 Paehtz Elisabeth 2396
15 Ushenina Anna 2395
16 Khotenashvili Bela 2385
17 Mammadzada Gunay 2383
18 Gunina Valentina 2368
19 Batsiashvili Nino 2365
20 Javakhishvili Lela 2364

...

92 players

Links


André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.
Discussion and Feedback Submit your feedback to the editors