2 December 2019

Venue for King Salman Rapid & Blitz Championships Announced

The event to take place in the VIP zone of Luzhniki Stadium.

The King Salman Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019 will be held in the VIP zone of the Grand Sports Arena of the Luzhniki Olympic Complex. It is the largest sports and entertainment complex in Russia, occupying 150 ha. Luzhniki is located in one of the most picturesque and unpolluted areas of Moscow, on a bend of the Moskva River, in front of the Vorobyovy Gory (Sparrow Hills) and the Neskuchny Garden. The Luzhniki Olympic Complex got a new lease on life during the preparation process before the 2018 FIFA World Cup: the Grand Sports Arena and its surrounding area were hugely reconstructed. 

The chess players will compete in a spacious, light, and well-ventilated area with a nice view of the main Russian football arena. The playing venue is located in the Sector С, the entrance is from the central alley right after the Monument to Lenin. The arena is approximately 10 minutes' walk from Sportivnaya and Vorobyovy Gory metro stations; the Luzhniki station of the Moscow Central Circle is even closer. 

The official hotel of the WRBC-2019 is Radisson Collection Hotel Moscow, which is also known as Hotel Ukraina, one of the famous "Seven Sisters" of Moscow. A transfer from the hotel to the playing venue and back will be organized for the participants.

The registration system for the King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships-2019 is working. Please use the following link: https://wrbc2019registration.fide.com/.

Tournament schedule:

December 25 — Opening Ceremony
December 26-28 —  Rapid competition 
December 29-30 — Blitz competition.

The prize fund is 1 million dollars.

All the players rated at least 2550 (men) and 2250 (women) in any of FIDE rating lists (standard,  rapid or blitz) from January to December of 2019, national champions as well as nominees by the organizers (but no more than ten in every competition) are eligible for participation in the King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships. 
The entry fee in open competitions is USD 100 before December 11 and USD 200 after this date. In women’s competitions, the entry fee is USD 50 before December 11 and USD 100 after this date.  

Bank details of the Chess Federation of Russia for entry fee payments:

RUR Account:

Наименование организации: ФШР
ИНН 7704016433 КПП 770401001
Банк: ПАО СБЕРБАНК, г. Москва
Расчетный счет 40703810438260100813
Кор. счет 30101810400000000225
БИК 044525225

Назначение платежа: Оплата регистрационного взноса за участие в чемпионатах мира по рапиду и блицу 2019,(ФИО), не облагается НДС.

USD Account:

Beneficiary customer: CFR
Address: 119019, Moscow, Russia, Gogolevskiy boulevard, 14, build.1
Bank’ address:117312, Moscow, Russia, Vavilova str., 19
Dollar Account: 40703840638260200813
Bank correspondent: The Bank of New York Mellon, New York, NY

Payment reference: Registration fee for participation in FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships 2019, (player's name), not subject to VAT. 

Citizens of the Russian Federation shall pay the entry fee in Russian Rubles at the exchange rate of the Bank of Russia on the day of payment. 

Please note that any national champions for the current year (2019) have to provide proof of their title via their national federation.

In order to be accredited as a participant, an official letter must be sent from his/her national federation to the official representative of the Chess Federation of Russia, Artem Pugachev, to the email pugachev@ruchess.ru.

Players rated at least 2750 in the open event and 2500 in the women's event in any of the FIDE rating lists (Standard, Rapid or Blitz) from January 1st to December 1st 2019, will be provided full board accommodation in a standard room (4-star hotel minimum) from December 25th to 31st 2019. 
RAPID: Swiss system, 15 rounds in the open event and 12 rounds in the women's event. Time control: 15 minutes + 10 seconds increment per move, starting from move 1. 
BLITZ: Swiss system, 21 rounds in the open event and 17 rounds in the women's event. Time control: 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment per move, starting from move 1. 

Photos: Press service of Luzhniki