Star-studded World Team Rapid Chess Championship

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7/25/2023 – From 26th to 28th of August 2023, the German city of Düsseldorf will host a unique competition — the first World Team Rapid Chess Championship, organized by FIDE in partnership with WR Logistics GmbH. 43 teams from all over the world will compete for a €250,000 prize fund, and the best team will receive the first prize of €100,000. Participants include former world champions Viswanathan Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, Hou Yifan, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Mariya Muzychuk, as well as Ian Nepomniachtchi, Fabiano Caruana, Boris Gelfand, Levon Aronian, Peter Svidler, Jan-Krzysztof Duda Nodirbek Abdusattorov and Daniil Dubov.

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Inaugural World Team Rapid Chess Championship

The event will be held at the Rheinterrasse, located on the banks of the river Rhine, in the heart of the city of Düsseldorf.

The team composition consists of at least 6 players. It must include at least one female and one player who has never achieved a FIDE rating of 2000. Match results depend on all players: 2 match points are given for a win, 1 point for a draw, and 0 points for a loss. The team with the most match points will become the champion.

The championship will be represented by the world chess elite, including former world champions Viswanathan Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, Hou Yifan, Alexandra Kosteniuk, and Mariya Muzychuk.

Contenders for the world chess crown, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Fabiano Caruana, and Boris Gelfand, World Cup winners Levon Aronian, Peter Svidler, and Jan-Krzysztof Duda. Former world champions in rapid chess Nodirbek Abdusattorov and Daniil Dubov, will also come to Düsseldorf.

The reigning world blitz champion, Bibisara Assaubayeva, former world blitz champions Kateryna Lagno and Leinier Dominguez, will take part in the championship.

And finally, more than 15 Olympic champions have been registered. In total, about 300 participants are expected to fight for the world rapid team champion title. Schedule:

The World Rapid Team Chess Championship brings together teams with truly stellar lineups.

According to the average rating, clear favorites are:

WR Chess (Ian Nepomniachtchi, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Wesley So, Nodirbek Abdusattorov, Vincent Keymer, Praggnanandhaa R, Hou Yifan, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Wadim Rosenstein);

Freedom (Richard Rapport, Viswanathan Anand, Daniil Dubov, Evgeniy Najer, Polina Shuvalova, Alexander Shapiro),

Kompetenzakademie Allstars (Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian,Gukesh D, Keti Tsatsalashvili, Rainer Becker, Manfred Schneider).

Former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik will lead the team with the funny name "Chess Pensioners". Peter Svidler, Leinier Dominguez, Darmen Sadvakasov, Jovanka Houska, Christoph Barati, Dennis Koenig, Miron Ananiev, and Yaroslav Ananiev are the members of one of the strongest teams in the championship. 

Let's not forget that in team competitions, the average rating is often not as important as team spirit and determination! Given the long tournament distance of 12 rounds, all the top teams will definitely play against each other, so we are in for an exciting chess spectacle in Düsseldorf!

The commentators are: a four-time chess champion of the United States and one of the most popular chess commentators today GM Yasser Seirawan, one of the greatest ambassadors and promoters of the game and a world-class commentator GM Maurice Ashley, and European Women's Individual Chess Champion, and a seven-time French Women's Chess Champion WGM Almira Skripchenko.

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