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2021 FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Championship: All The Information

2021 FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Championship: All The Information

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The 2021 World Rapid & Blitz Championship and Women's Rapid & Blitz Championship are elite events organized by FIDE to determine the best players in fast time controls in the world. The championship gathers national champions and grandmaster-level players from around the globe to compete in two Swiss tournaments for their piece of the $1,000,000.00 prize fund. The event runs from December 26 through December 30, starting at 1:00 a.m. PST/10:00 CET.


Broadcast

You can watch the live broadcast of the event on Chess.com/TV or on our Twitch and YouTube channels, with legendary GM Jon Ludvig Hammer providing expert commentary. You can also keep up with the event by going to our Events page.

Players

The best players in the world gather to compete for the title of rapid, blitz, women's rapid, and women's blitz world champion. Both the current world champion GM Magnus Carlsen and challenger GM Ian Nepomniachtchi are expected to play in this event. We will add the list of confirmed players once it is available.

Below you can find the requirements to enter the competition.

Open

  • Players rated at least 2550 in any FIDE rating lists (classical, rapid, or blitz) from January 1 to December 1, 2021
  • The reigning national champions representing their national federation
  • Invitation from the event organizer (up to 15 players)

Women's

  • Players rated at least 2250 in any FIDE rating lists (classical, rapid, or blitz) from January 1 to December 1, 2021
  • The reigning national champions representing their national federation
  • Invitation from the event organizer (up to 15 players)

Standings

We will publish the event's standings here.

Schedule

The opening ceremony of the event happens on December 25, while games start on December 26 and end on December 30.

Date Event Los Angeles New York London Paris Moscow New Delhi Nur-Sultan Beijing
Dec 26 Rapid: Day 1 1:00 4:00 9:00 10:00 12:00 14:30 15:00 17:00
Dec 27 Rapid: Day 2 1:00 4:00 9:00 10:00 12:00 14:30 15:00 17:00
Dec 28 Rapid: Day 1 1:00 4:00 9:00 10:00 12:00 14:30 15:00 17:00
Dec 29 Blitz: Day 1 1:00 4:00 9:00 10:00 12:00 14:30 15:00 17:00
Dec 30 Blitz: Day 2 1:00 4:00 9:00 10:00 12:00 14:30 15:00 17:00

Format

Pairings And Seeding

  • The FIDE Swiss pairing system determines the pairings
  • Colors for both tournaments are drawn during the opening ceremony

Rapid

  • A 13-round Swiss tournament determines the open section champion
  • An 11-round Swiss tournament determines the women's champion
  • The time control is 15+10
  • Players earn 1 point for each win, 0.5 points for each draw, and 0 points for each loss
  • The player with the most points by the end of the Swiss tournament becomes the World Rapid Champion

Blitz

  • A 21-round Swiss tournament determines the open section champion
  • A 17-round Swiss tournament determines the women's champion
  • The time control is 3+2
  • Players earn 1 point for each win, 0.5 points for each draw, and 0 points for each loss
  • The player with the most points by the end of the Swiss tournament becomes the World Blitz Champion

Tiebreaks

  • If two or more players score the same amount of points, the following criteria breaks the tie (except for first-place ties), in order of priority:
    1. Buchholz Cut 1
    2. Buchholz
    3. Average Rating of Opponents Cut 1 (AROC 1)*
    4. Direct encounter between the tied players
    5. Drawing of lots

First-place Tiebreaks

  • If there is a tie for first place, the top two players according to the tiebreak criterion described above proceed to a play-off mini-match consisting of two 3+2 blitz games to decide the champion, with a draw of lots deciding the colors
  • If the score is still tied after the mini-match, players play 3+2 blitz games until a decisive result occurs. The top player according to the tiebreak criterion described above starts with White, and colors alternate after each game.

Prizes

The 2021 World Rapid & Blitz and Women's World Rapid & Blitz have a $1,000,000.00 prize fund, distributed according to the tables below:

Open

Place World Rapid World Blitz
1st $60,000 $60,000
2nd $50,000 $50,000
3rd $40,000 $40,000
4th $30,000 $30,000
5th $25,000 $25,000
6th $22,000 $22,000
7th $18,000 $18,000
8th $14,000 $14,000
9th $11,000 $11,000
10th $8,000 $8,000
11th-16th $5,000 each $5,000 each
17th-25th $3,000 each $3,000 each
26th-35th $1,500 each $1,500 each
Total: $350,000 $350,000

Women's

Place Women's World Rapid Women's World Blitz
1st $40,000 $40,000
2nd $30,000 $30,000
3rd $20,000 $20,000
4th $15,000 $15,000
5th $10,000 $10,000
6th $7,000 $7,000
7th $6,000 $6,000
8th $5,000 $5,000
9th $4,000 $4,000
10th $3,000 $3,000
11th-15th $2,000 each $2,000 each
Total: $150,000 $150,000

Location

This year, the World Blitz & Rapid Championship and Women's World Blitz & Rapid happen once again in Nur-Sultan, the capital of Kazakhstan. The city hosted the inaugural World Rapid & Blitz Championship in 2012 when GM Sergey Karjakin took first place in the Rapid event.

Previous Champions

Open Champions (Since 2012)

Year Rapid Champion Blitz Champion
2012 Sergey Karjakin Alexander Grischuk
2013 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Le Quang Liem
2014 Magnus Carlsen Magnus Carlsen
2015 Magnus Carlsen Alexander Grischuk
2016 Vassily Ivanchuk Sergey Karjakin
2017 Viswanathan Anand Magnus Carlsen
2018 Daniil Dubov Magnus Carlsen
2019 Magnus Carlsen Magnus Carlsen

Women's Champions (Since 2012)

Year Rapid Champion Blitz Champion
2012 Antoaneta Stefanova Valentina Gunina
2014 Kateryna Lagno Anna Muzychuk
2016 Anna Muzychuk Anna Muzychuk
2017 Ju Wenjun Nana Dzagnidze
2018 Ju Wenjun Kateryna Lagno
2019 Humpy Koneru Kateryna Lagno
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