International team chess tournament Nutcracker takes place on December 16-23, 2016 in Moscow.

The organizers: RCF, Ladya Chess Creativity Support Foundation, and Oleg Skvortsov, the entrepreneur who also organizes the traditional supertournament in Zurich. 

It will feature two matches in Scheveningen format: Kings vs Princes and Queens vs. Princesses.


Boris Gelfand (Israel, 2725/2743)
Alexey Dreev (Russia, 2652/2705)
Alexei Shirov (Latvia, 2673/2662)
Alexander Morozevich (Russia, 2676/2711)


Grigoriy Oparin (2616/2625)
Vladimir Fedoseev (2667/2755)
Daniil Dubov (2660/2716)
Vladislav Artemiev (2653/2723)


Alisa Galliamova (2443/ 2370)
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya (2430/2364)
Elena Zaiats (2313/2358)
Galina Strutinskaya (2266/2302)


Polina Shuvalova (2385/2215)
Elizaveta Solozhenkina (2269/2069)
Aleksandra Dimitrova (2319/1952)
Aleksandra Maltsevskaya (2251/2182)

Each event is a double-round Scheveningen. Each team member will play three games against each player from the opposing team – one in classical chess and two in rapid chess. 

The opening ceremony will take place on December 16 at 7 pm. Playing days: December 17-20 (classical chess), December 21-22 (rapid chess). 

Classical games cost 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw, for rapid games the scores are halved. 

Classical time control: 2 hours for 40 moves + 1 hour for the next 20 moves + 15 minutes and 30 bonus second per move for the rest of the game. No draw offers are allowed until the move 40. 

Rapid time control: 15 minutes plus 10 bonus seconds per move.

The winning teams will receive prize money and the trophy. The player who produces the best combined result in the Kings vs. Princes match will be invited to the Zurich supertournament – Kortchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge, April 12-17, 2017. The best player of the second tournament will receive a special prize from the organizers. There are also special prizes set for the best creative achievements.