The preliminary lists of participants of the FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Championship and the FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Championship have been published. The events will be held from December 25-31 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
149 players will compete in the open tournaments, and there will be 93 participants in the women’s event.
The rating favourites of the open event are the current World Champion Magnus Carlsen (representing Norway, rated 2859 in the December list), Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 2768), Fabiano Caruana (USA, 2766), Ian Nepomniachtchi (FIDE, 2793), Anish Giri (Netherlands, 2764), Alexander Grischuk (FIDE, 2745), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan, 2740), Jan-Krzysztof Duda (Poland, 2729), Yu Yangyi (China, 2728), the defending champion Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France, 2737 – Blitz) alongside many other well-known chess players from all over the world.
The FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Championship will feature Aleksandra Goryachkina (FIDE, 2584), Kateryna Lagno (FIDE, 2563), Humpy Koneru (India, 2572), Tan Zhongyi (China, 2518), Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia, 2517), Harika Dronavalli (India, 2507), Zhansaya Abdumalik (Kazakhstan, 2496), Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iran, 2490), Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria, 2442), the reigning champions Alexandra Kosteniuk (FIDE, 2520 – Rapid) and Bibisara Assaubayeva (Kazakhstan, 2440) as well as many other chess stars.
The final lists of the FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Championship and the FIDE World Rapid & Blitz Championship will be published after the end of the registration process (December 12, 12:00 CET).
Preliminary players lists:
Rapid Open: https://chess-results.com/tnr706381.aspx
Rapid Women: https://chess-results.com/tnr706382.aspx
Blitz Open: https://chess-results.com/tnr706383.aspx
Blitz Women: https://chess-results.com/tnr706384.aspx
Registration link: worldrapidandblitz.fide.com/registration/
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