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FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2023: Information for players

by ChessBase India - 18/11/2023

FIDE World Rapid and Blitz championship 2023 will take place from 26th to 30th December in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. All details regarding the tournament is available now. Apart from being the reigning National champion in Classical, Rapid or Blitz format, players rated at least 2550 in Open and 2250 in Women in any of the last twelve FIDE Rating list in Classical, Rapid or Blitz, are eligible to participate. FIDE President can nominate ten players and organizers are entitled to invite up to ten players in each Open and Women section as per their choice. Last date for regsitration is 1st December 2023. Total prize fund is US$ 350000 in both Open section of Rapid and Blitz, the top three prizes are US$ 60000, 50000 and 40000 each. The total prize fund in Women are US$ 150000 each in Rapid and Blitz. The top three prizes being US$40000, 30000 and 20000 each. Photo: FIDE

The details are available now

Dear players,

Please find below important and useful information related to the event.



Registration of the participants of the FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships is done via the registration system: Registration – FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships 2023. Registration deadline is December 1st.


The FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championship will take place in the Silk Road Samarkand (Rowing Canal, Konigil Massif, Samarkand, Uzbekistan). A unique multi-purpose resort includes eight world-class hotels, comfortable public spaces, parks, recreation, and sports areas, concept restaurants, cafes, and bars, as well as an international congress center and cultural sites. This modern project developed by an international team of architects and engineers made it possible to harmonize different thematic areas on the unique site that is second to none in entire Central Asia.

The Silk Road Samarkand boasts a convenient location and is easily accessible from the airport, railway station, or any part of the Silk Road Samarkand resort.


Day 1

25.12.2022 - SATURDAY


Technical meeting

Opening ceremony


Day 2 - Rapid

26.12.2022 — SUNDAY


Open tournament: Rounds 1-5

Women’s tournament: Rounds 1-4


Day 3 - Rapid

27.12.2022 — MONDAY


Open tournament: Rounds 6-9

Women’s tournament: Rounds 5-8


Day 4 - Rapid

28.12.2022 — TUESDAY

Open tournament: Rounds 10-13

Women’s tournament: Rounds 9-11


Day 5 - Blitz

29.12.2022 — WEDNESDAY


Open tournament: Rounds 1-12

Women’s tournament: Rounds 1-9


Day 6 - Blitz

30.12.2022 — THURSDAY


Open tournament: Rounds 13-21

Women’s tournament: Rounds 10-17

Closing Ceremony


Day 7

31.12.2022 - FRIDAY



Special rates with full board will be provided by the organizer for staying in the official hotels of the FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships. Participants of the tournament need to book their hotel rooms at the official website of the Silk Road Samarkand Resort ( using a promo code that will be sent to them by the organizing committee upon filling the registration form.


Official hotels of the event:

Silk Road by Minyoun (5 stars)

The five-star Silk Road by Minyoun, managed by the Minyoun Hospitality hotel chain is dedicated to the Silk Road history. The facility offers 241 rooms located in a 22-storey building.


Breakfasts are served in a stylish Gourmet Market. At the YI Palace restaurant, guests can taste the best Chinese specialties in stylish authentic environment. To enjoy panoramic views, make sure to visit the Li Bai bar located on the 20th floor of the hotel. And the Ming Lounge is destined to be a perfect place for meetings and negotiations.

Lia! by Minyoun Stars of Ulugbek (4 stars)

The Lia! hotels focus on a new generation of young and active travelers who prefer dynamism and stylish solutions. These hotels feature affordable prices, friendly environments, and vivid emotions for each guest.


This four-star hotel managed by the Minyoun Hospitality chain is named after Mirzo Ulugbek, the ruler of Samarkand, who also was a famous astronomer and mathematician. Ulugbek determined the positions of 1,018 fixed stars and calculated the duration of the sidereal year.

Wellness Park Hotel Sogd (3 stars)

The design of this hotel, which specializes in body cleansing, was inspired by Zoroastrianism — one of the oldest religions in the world. At the heart of this teaching is faith in the sanctity of natural elements and living nature. There is no gym in the hotel, but there is a meditation studio on the ground floor.


The lobby also features a collaboration and teamwork area for round tables with up to 10 participants.


The key specialization of the hotel is body cleansing and detoxification. The leading medical specialists include gastroenterologist, nutritionist, endocrinologist, cardiologist. Guests may also benefit from aesthetic and cosmetic services, massage, mud therapy, healing shower, infrared sauna, pressure therapy, and hydrocolonotherapy.


The offered wellness programs are designed for 3 or more days of stay.


Samarkand International Airport is located 6 km from the city center. The airport is operated by Uzbekistan Airways. It has domestic as well as international flights.

In order to ensure a convenient and timely return of participants upon the end of the tournament, in addition to regular flights, a charter flight from Samarkand to Istanbul will be organized on the night of December 30.


Сitizens of the following countries have the right to visit the Republic of Uzbekistan on a visa-free basis:


Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chili, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, El Salvador, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Vatican


Citizens of 58 countries are eligible for E-visas to Uzbekistan or a simplified procedure for the issuing of tourist visas. The official portal of the electronic visa of the Republic of Uzbekistan: More information about the application procedure can be found here:


If you are neither a citizen of the country with a visa-free regime for visiting Uzbekistan nor eligible for an E-visa, you will be contacted by the organizer upon submitting your registration form and providing a copy of the passport (JPEG or PDF format).


For visa-related issues, please contact


We wish you a safe flight and look forward to seeing you soon in Samarkand!

Official Partners

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The Company’s financial services business provides retail securities brokerage, research, investment counselling, securities trading, market making, corporate investment banking, underwriting, complementary banking services and retail banking services to its customers. Its subsidiaries include LLC Investment Company Freedom Finance (Freedom RU), a securities broker-dealer; LLC FFIN Bank (FFIN Bank); JSC Freedom Finance, a securities broker-dealer; Freedom Finance Cyprus Limited (Freedom CY), a broker-dealer; LLC Freedom Finance Uzbekistan (Freedom UZ), a broker-dealer and FFIN Securities, Inc. (FFIN).


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Tournament Regulations: Open and Women

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