The World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championships Will Take Place in Berlin on October 9 - 15, 2015

FIDE and AGON — the World Chess Federation’s commercial partner — are pleased to announce the dates and the venue of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championships. The tournament will take place in Berlin, Germany on October 9 - 15, 2015. 

The Prize Fund for both Championships to be shared by the players totals $400,000. Both Rapid and Blitz Championships will be Swiss pairings tournaments and will be held over three days for Rapid and two days for Blitz. The Rapid will be fifteen rounds, with a single game for each round. The Blitz will have 21 rounds, with a single game for each round.

DATES: OCTOBER 9 - 15, 2015
CITY: BERLIN, GERMANY
VENUE: BOLLE MEIEREI (CENTRAL BERLIN) 
OPENING CEREMONY: OCTOBER 9, 2015 AT 7.30PM
LAST DAY OF PLAY: OCTOBER 14, 2015

According to FIDE regulations, all players rated at least 2500 in any of the FIDE rating lists (Standard, Blitz or Rapid) from January 2015 to August 2015 are eligible and invited to participate in the FIDE World Blitz & Rapid Championships. The World Blitz & Rapid Championships are also open to all the National Champions representing their National Chess Federation regardless of their title or rating.

GM Magnus Carlsen is the reigning World Champion in both Rapid and Blitz. 

Full regulations are available on FIDE website.

Registration will open on August 30, 2015 at 2PM CET on Agon’s website.

The event is organized by Agon. All questions can be directed at berlin@agonlimited.com. You can find all information about the tournaments at the official page: http://www.agonlimited.com/rapid-and-blitz-championship/  Please check the page for updates on hotels, official guides and etc.