FIDE World Cup 2021

FIDE approves hybrid format for World Cup 2021 qualifiers

FIDE approves proposals of the four Continental Federations related to their qualification structures for the next FIDE World Cup to be held in July 2021.

As the epidemical situation remains complicated all over the World, a significant number of qualifiers will be held in the hybrid format. This decision is considered inevitable and exceptional in order to enable the qualification process.

Specific Technical Requirements

for the World Cup 2021 qualifiers held with the Hybrid format

in addition to the Online Chess Regulations, Part III b

Tournament Regulations

The specific tournament regulations shall be approved by GSC.


Arbiters for each playing venue are nominated by the Continental Presidents in consultation with GSC.

According to Art. 16.8 of the FIDE Online Chess Regulations, at least two arbiters will be appointed for each playing venue: a Local Chief Arbiter (LCA) and a Local Technical Arbiter (LTA).

If there are more than 10 players in a playing venue, then one additional arbiter is required for every 10 extra players or part thereof.


In each playing venue, the necessary number of panoramic cameras shall be installed to ensure ample supervision. Additionally, each player shall be supervised by a camera (web or panoramic).

In each playing venue, if the playing devices are not provided by the Local Organiser, Zoom calls with screen sharing are mandatory. The event’s Chief Arbiter shall be provided with all Zoom recordings.

OTB games

In case two players playing from the same playing venue are paired together, LCA may decide the game between them to be played over the traditional board. Such a decision may be taken, only if the playing conditions are suitable and both players agree. Then, for such games, the FIDE Laws of Chess shall apply.

Time control

Time control shall not be less than 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1, or 120 minutes for the whole game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.

International titles

International title norms and direct titles are unavailable.

Rating calculations

(Decision pending)