The official site of the King Salman Rapid & Blitz Championship, containing all the necessary information (regulations, schedule, registration and fees, visas, hotel, transfer, etc.) is launched today.
Online registration for the King Salman World Rapid & Blitz Championships 2019 is open at https://wrbc2019registration.fide.com/
The King Salman Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019 will be held from December 25 (the day of arrival) to December 31 (the day of departure) 2019 in the VIP zone of the Grand Sports Arena at the Luzhniki Olympic Complex. This is the largest sports and entertainment complex in Russia located in one of the most picturesque areas of Moscow, at a bend in Moskva River, in front of the Sparrow Hills ("Vorobyovy Gory") and the Neskuchny Garden.
Currently, there are more than 250 players registered in the event. The list of participants includes the World Champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Anish Giri (Netherlands), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), Hikaru Nakamura, Leinier Dominguez (both USA), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), Vladislav Artemiev, Dmitry Andreikin (both Russia), Boris Gelfand (Israel), Yu Yangyi, Wang Hao (both China), Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Poland), Alireza Firouzja (Iran), Alexandra Kosteniuk, Kateryna Lagno, Olga Girya, Alina Kashlinskaya (all – Russia), Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia), Humpy Koneru, Harika Dronavalli (both India), Anna and Mariya Muzychuk (Ukraine), Pia Cramling (Sweden), Tan Zhongyi (China), Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria), Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iran) and many others.
World Rapid & Blitz Championships schedule:
December 25 — Opening Ceremony
December 26-28 — Rapid competition
December 29-30 — Blitz competition
The total prize fund for the King Salman World Rapid & Blitz Championships amounts to USD 1,000,000.