FIDE is proud to announce a partnership with ChessKid to launch what we expect to turn into the largest under-12 online event ever. The first Intercontinental ChessKid FIDE Challenge will take place on January 23, and it is open to children from anywhere in the world.
To best accommodate as many time zones as possible and give everyone a chance to play, there will be two distinct tournaments, both taking place on the same day. Children can register for either the "Eastern Edition" (beginning at 9 AM UK) or the later "Western Edition" (beginning at 9 AM Pacific U.S.). They are eligible to play in either one or both, whichever is more convenient for them.
Each of the two editions will be played in two sections: Ages 9-12 and 8 and Under. The ages are as of January 1, 2021.
The time control will be 10+2 (10 minutes starting time plus 2 seconds added per move) and each of the two editions will be 7 rounds. The expected length for each tournament is three hours.
The event will take place entirely on the ChessKid live server with fantastic prizes, including group lessons with former world champions Vishy Anand and Alexandra Kosteniuk, and current World Rapid Champion Humpy Koneru.
The Intercontinental ChessKid FIDE Challenge will be focused mostly on participation and fun, and as such, the top prizes will be awarded in a unique way to take the pressure off of kids. For every half-point earned, a player receives one "raffle ticket" into a drawing. For every win, a ChessKid receives two "raffle tickets" into the drawing. In addition, any player finishing the tournament receives a bonus raffle ticket.
You can find all the details at the ChessKid website: www.chesskid.com