FIDE World Rapid and Blitz 2022


The Baluan Sholak Palace of Culture and Sport

The Palace is a four-storied building with the ice arena, lobby, cafeteria, underground VIP parking, technical area, halls, loading area with auxiliary rooms, room for judjing panel and security, changing rooms.

Location: Kazakhstan, Almaty city Abay ave.,44, corner of Baytursynov st.

Rixos 5* Hotel


Holiday Inn Express 3*

Double Tree by Hilton 4*

Playing Hall Baluan Sholak

Playing Venue


Almaty is the largest city in Kazakhstan. It also used to be the former capital of the country, until 1997 when the government relocated the capital to Akmola (renamed Astana in 1998, Nur-Sultan in 2019, and back to Astana in 2022).

Almaty is still the major commercial, financial, and cultural centre of Kazakhstan, as well as its most populous and most cosmopolitan city. The city is located in the mountainous area of southern Kazakhstan near the border with Kyrgyzstan in the foothills of the Trans-Ili Alatau at an elevation of 700–900 m (2,300–3,000 feet), where the Large and Small Almatinka rivers run into the plain.


Almaty has a humid continental climate with hot summers and cold winters. It is characterized by the influence of mountain–valley circulation. This is especially evident in the northern part of the city, located directly in the transition zone of the mountain slopes to the plains.