Nur-Sultan to host World Rapid and Blitz Championships

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11/11/2021 – The World Rapid and Blitz Championships, one of the most awaited events in the calendar for chess fans, will take place on its traditional dates: December 25-30, 2021. The tournaments will be hosted by the Kazakhstan Chess Federation and will be played in Nur-Sultan, the capital of the country (formerly known as Astana). | Photo: FIDE

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A million dollar in prizes

Press release by FIDE

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 Championships 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 take place as Swiss tournaments:

  • Rapid Open - 13 rounds
  • Rapid Women - 11 rounds
  • Blitz Open - 21 rounds
  • Blitz Women - 17 rounds

The time control will be 15 minutes plus 10-second increments per move in the rapid, and 3 minutes plus 2-second increments in the blitz.

Nur-Sultan

Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan | Photo: Alexey Tarakanov

Open competition eligibility

Players rated at least 2550 in any FIDE rating lists (Standard, Rapid or Blitz) from January 1st to December 1st, 2021.

The reigning National Champions representing their National Federation, regardless of their title or rating.

The Organiser is entitled to invite up to 15 additional players of his/her own choice.

Women's competition eligibility

Players rated at least 2250 in any FIDE rating lists (Standard, Rapid or Blitz) from January 1st to December 1st, 2021.

The reigning National Champions representing their National Federation, regardless of their title or rating.

The Organiser is entitled to invite up to 15 additional players of his/her own choice.


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basler88 basler88 11/15/2021 09:24
fgkdijkag I'm sorry for you, you must be one of these manly showiness.
Nite Moves Nite Moves 11/14/2021 05:03
On another note, why is this tournament being held during the Christian holidays? Can't it be done during the summer, just like Olympics?? I'm all for a yearly championship, but not at the end of the year. How many FIDE championships are held during Ramadan???
fgkdjlkag fgkdjlkag 11/13/2021 09:16
@basler88, why don't you put up the $200,000 difference?
BKnight2003 BKnight2003 11/13/2021 02:45
@basler88: Yes, it is time for equality! Let be only the open tournament, with $500,000 prize fund. Thus everyone would be competing in equal conditions for the whole pot.
basler88 basler88 11/12/2021 09:16
FIDE, why do the women get $200,000 less the men? Isn't time for equality??? It's 2021 and not the 50th and 60th!!!
Minnesota Fats Minnesota Fats 11/11/2021 08:49
Magnus will win.

no doubt.

Or perhaps there will be Firouja? is he now the best blitzer? Nakamura is he still playing competition chess , or just focusing on his live stream channel to earn some youtube dollars?
TheDock TheDock 11/11/2021 06:12
Must be the most beautiful modern city in the world
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