The worldwide community is facing an unprecedented crisis caused by the Coronavirus pandemic. In this global battle, our answer is Checkmate Coronavirus!


Supporting the efforts of all national governments and people all over the world, the International Chess Federation, FIDE, has decided to promote an online international chess initiative to provide a creative outlet to those who have to spend long hours at home. Additionally, we promote the ideals of unity and solidarity which must be manifested in such challenging times.


With the help of our partners, FIDE will organize more than 1500 online tournaments across major online chess platforms from 18th May to 16th June with hundreds of thousands of people participating. The tournaments will be running non-stop for 30 days and 720 hours under the motto "Checkmate Coronavirus".

Tournaments are aimed at all chess players, regardless of age, country, or level of play. There will be at least 1500 special prizes, and all of them are to be distributed not among those who score most points, but among winners of the random draw (raffle). Inspired by the Olympic Creed (not to win but to take part), we give a winning chance to everyone and reward involvement and participation.

The major prize will be at least 64 one-week invitations to the 2021 Chess Olympiad in Moscow.

We invite you to join this worldwide initiative and prove that chess is stronger than any disease! Let's make history together by staging the biggest official event in terms of participation and non-stop games running, by any sports federation, ever!