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Venue for King Salman Rapid & Blitz Championships Announced

The King Salman Rapid and Blitz Championships 2019 will be held in the VIP zone of the Grand Sports Arena at the Luzhniki Olympic Complex. The Stadium and the surrounding areas were extensively renovated and upgraded with the occasion of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, turning it into one of the biggest and more modern sports facilities in Europe, with a capacity of 78.360 spectators.

This is the largest sports and entertainment complex in Russia
, stretching over 150 hectares. It is 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.

Luzhniki Stadium lies adjacent to Moscow’s Third Ring road, and it can be reached with the metro line 1 (red line), being Sportivnaya the nearest station, or alternatively Vorobyovy Gory. Both are within walking distance of the stadium. This metro line connects directly with Moscow’s city center, and the ride from either Okhotny Ryad or Biblioteka should take no more than 10 minutes.

The playing venue is located in the Sector С
, with the entrance from the central alley (walkway). The playing hall is a spacious and well-lit area overlooking the playing field of the main football arena.


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/.


The event will be take place in Moscow from December 25 (arrival) to December 31 (departure), 2019.

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:
Rubles account:
Наименование организации: ФШР
ИНН 7704016433 КПП 770401001
Банк: ПАО Сбербанк, г. Москва
Расчетный счет: 40703810438260100813
Корр счет: 30101810400000000225
БИК 044525225

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

Граждане РФ уплачивают сумму взноса в рублях по курсу ЦБ на день оплаты.

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


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