2019 World Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships

2019 World Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships‎

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The 2019 World Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships are underway in Moscow.

How to watch

You can follow the games here (women's games here) as part of our live portal. You can watch daily commentary with GMs Yasser Seirawan and Robert Hess at Chess.com/TV.

Dates & Schedule

The event is held in the last week of December. The world rapid championship runs December 26-28, followed by the world blitz Dec. 29-30. Here's the full schedule:

World Rapid & Blitz | Time table

Date Open Women Moscow Pacific
RAPID
Dec. 26
Round 1 Round 1 15:00 04:00
Round 2 Round 2 16:15 05:15
Round 3 Round 3 17:30 06:30
Round 4 Round 4 18:45 07:45
Round 5 20:00 09:00
Dec. 27 Round 6 Round 5 15:00 04:00
Round 7 Round 6 16:15 05:15
Round 8 Round 7 17:30 06:30
Round 9 Round 8 18:45 07:45
Round 10 20:00 09:00
Dec. 28 Round 11 Round 9 15:00 04:00
Round 12 Round 10 16:15 05:15
Round 13 Round 11 17:30 06:30
Round 14 Round 12 18:45 07:45
Round 15 20:00 09:00
BLITZ
Dec. 29
Round 1 Round 1 15:00 04:00
Round 2 Round 2 15:30 04:30
Round 3 Round 3 16:00 05:00
Round 4 Round 4 16:30 05:30
Round 5 Round 5 17:00 06:00
Round 6 Round 6 17:30 06:30
Round 7 Round 7 18:00 07:00
Round 8 Round 8 18:30 07:30
Round 9 Round 9 19:00 08:00
Round 10 19:30 08:30
Round 11 20:00 09:00
Round 12 20:30 09:30
Dec. 30 Round 13 Round 10 14:00 03:00
Round 14 Round 11 14:30 03:30
Round 15 Round 12 15:00 04:00
Round 16 Round 13 15:30 04:30
Round 17 Round 14 16:00 05:00
Round 18 Round 15 16:30 05:30
Round 19 Round 16 17:00 06:00
Round 20 Round 17 17:30 06:30
Round 21 18:00 07:00

Participants

Most of the world's strongest players are competing. The open section includes the reigning world champion in standard chess and blitz, Magnus Carlsen, along with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Hikaru Nakamura. The 2018 world rapid champion Daniil Dubov is also there to defend his title.

Daniil Dubov
Daniil Dubov, last year's world rapid champion, shortly after his win in 2018. | Photos: Lennart Ootes/FIDE.

In the women's section, the sisters Anna and Mariya Muzychuk are playing, as well as Alexandra Kosteniuk and the women's world blitz champion Kateryna Lagno. GM Ju Wenjun will not return to defend her world rapid championship from last year in St. Petersburg.

Kateryna Lagno
Kateryna Lagno receiving the winner's trophy for her blitz triumph last year. | Photo: Maria Emelianova/FIDE.

Below are the top 20 of both groups, paired by their rapid ratings:

# Fed Title Open Rtg # Fed Title Women Rtg
1 GM Carlsen Magnus 2886 1 GM Muzychuk Anna 2592
2 GM Vachier-Lagrave Maxime 2873 2 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2538
3 GM Nakamura Hikaru 2819 3 GM Lagno Kateryna 2533
4 GM Korobov Anton 2818 4 GM Muzychuk Mariya 2518
5 GM Grischuk Alexander 2808 5 GM Lei Tingjie 2498
6 GM Aronian Levon 2784 6 GM Tan Zhongyi 2496
7 GM Fedoseev Vladimir 2768 7 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2494
8 GM Artemiev Vladislav 2756 8 IM Abdumalik Zhansaya 2484
9 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier 2755 9 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2478
10 GM Kamsky Gata 2755 10 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2455
11 GM Dubov Daniil 2752 11 IM Saduakassova Dinara 2446
12 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2752 12 GM Ushenina Anna 2439
13 GM Duda Jan-Krzysztof 2751 13 GM Koneru Humpy 2438
14 GM Karjakin Sergey 2749 14 GM Gunina Valentina 2434
15 GM Andreikin Dmitry 2748 15 GM Cramling Pia 2428
16 GM Jakovenko Dmitry 2748 16 GM Harika Dronavalli 2425
17 GM Wang Hao 2748 17 IM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat 2421
18 GM Giri Anish 2747 18 IM Mammadova Gulnar 2418
19 GM Yu Yangyi 2747 19 IM Arabidze Meri 2416
20 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2745 20 GM Krush Irina 2415

Location

The location of the world rapid & blitz is the VIP zone of the Grand Sports Arena of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex along the Luzhniki embankment in Moscow. It is one of the biggest multifunctional sports complexes in the world. Built in the 1950s, it served as the Olympic Park of the 1980 Summer Olympics.

The stadium and the surrounding areas were extensively renovated and upgraded on the occasion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, turning it into one of the biggest and more modern sports facilities in Europe, with a capacity of 81,000 spectators.

VIP area Grand Sports Arena of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex
The VIP area of the Grand Sports Arena of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex. Photo: official site.

Prizes

Both the world rapid and the world blitz championships have a total prize fund of $350,000 each, with a first prize of $60,000 for each tournament. Both the women's world rapid and the women's world blitz championships have a total prize fund of $150,000 each, with a first prize of $40,000 for each tournament.

Distribution of prizes

World Rapid Prizes
(USD)
World Blitz Prizes
(USD)
Women's
World Rapid
Prizes
(USD)
Women's
World Blitz
Prizes
(USD)
1 60,000 1 60,000 1 40,000 1 40,000
2 50,000 2 50,000 2 30,000 2 30,000
3 40,000 3 40,000 3 20,000 3 20,000
4 30,000 4 30,000 4 15,000 4 15,000
5 25,000 5 25,000 5 10,000 5 10,000
6 22,000 6 22,000 6 7,000 6 7,000
7 18,000 7 18,000 7 6,000 7 6,000
8 14,000 8 14,000 8 5,000 8 5,000
9 11,000 9 11,000 9 4,000 9 4,000
10 8,000 10 8,000 10 3,000 10 3,000
11-16 5,000 each 11-16 5,000 each 11-15 2,000 each 11-15 2,000 each
17-25 3,000 each 17-25 3,000 each
26-35 1,500 each 26-35 1,500 each
TOTAL 350,000 TOTAL 350,000 TOTAL 150,000 TOTAL 150,000


Time control

The rapid is played with 15 minutes plus a 10 second-increment per move, starting from move one. The blitz is played with three minutes plus a two-second increment per move, starting from move one.

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