The Nutcracker international team tournament will take place in Moscow from March 3 (arrival) till March 10 (departure). The venue will be the Central Chess Club. 


Kings: Evgeny Tomashevsky (Russia), Boris Gelfand (Israel), Alexei Shirov (Latvia), Evgeniy Najer (Russia).

Princes: Alexey Sarana, Andrey Esipenko, Daniil Yuffa, Semyon Lomasov (all from Russia).

The event is held in accordance with the FIDE rules in two disciplines: classical chess (March 4-7) and rapid chess (March 8-9). 

Classical chess. Swiss system, with four rounds and restricted drawing of lots. Time control: 90 minutes for 40 moves plus 30 minutes until the end of the game, with 30 seconds added for every participant for each move starting from the first move.

Rapid chess. Swiss system, with eight rounds and restricted drawing of lots. Time control: 15 minutes to the end of the game with 10 seconds added to each move starting from the first move for every participant.

Team rankings are determined by the total number of points accumulated by all team players in two disciplines: standard chess and rapid chess. Standard chess: players are awarded 2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 0 points for a lost game. Rapid chess: players get 1 point for a win, 0.5 point for a draw and 0 points for a loss.

The organizers are Chess Federation of Russia and the Ladya Foundation for supporting social, educational, innovative and sports projects.

Chief Arbiter is IA Dmitry Shakhov (Russia).

Head of the Appeals Committee is IM Vladimir Barsky (Russia).

Tournament's Director is IO Mark Glukhovsky (Russia).

There will be both online and video broadcast with grandmasters' commentaries organized on the CFR website. Chess lovers are welcome to visit the tournament and listen to grandmasters commenting on the games. The entrance is free.  

Winning teams are awarded a cup and a cash prize. Players with the overall best results (standard chess + rapid chess) are awarded special prizes The Organizers have established prizes for creative achievements in the competition.