FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2023

FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2023 to take place in Samarkand, Uzbekistan

The ancient city of Samarkand, Uzbekistan, is set to host the 2023 FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships from December 26 to 30. This five-day tournament will gather the world’s top chess players, vying for the title of the World Champion in Rapid and Blitz across the Open and Women’s categories


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 01.


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.




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


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Photo: Ekrem Canli