ALMATY. KAZINFORM Almaty will host FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships from December 25-30. In Kazakhstan, Grandmasters representing 50 countries will fight for the titles. Kazinform reports that $1mln will be awarded as the prize money for the event.

Baluan Sholak Sport Palace will host the event. Open tournament: 176 players will participate, including 98 women.

All players rated at or above 2550 on any of the twelve FIDE rating list 2022 (Standard Rapid or Blitz) are eligible to take part in the championship.

The tournament’s top players are Magnus Carlsen, the reigning world champion (Norway), 2859), Hikaru Narua (U.S.A, 2768), Fabiano Karuana, Anish Giri, The Netherlands, 2764), Alexander Grischuk, FIDE, 2745), Shakhriyar Mmedyarov, Azerbaijan (2740), Jan-Krzysztof Duna (Poland), 2729), Yu Yangyi, (France) and Maxime-Lagrave, 2737 -Blitz), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave-Lagrave-Lagrave -Blitz -France, 2737 –Blitz), among others.

Aleksandra Goryachkina (FIDE 2584), Kateryna Lgno (FIDE 2563), Humpy Kongi (Indian 2572), Tan Zhongyi(China, 2518), Nana Dzagnidze [Georgia 2517], Harika Dronavalli (“India, 2507)), Harika Dzagnidze [India, 2517], Harika Dzagnidze—India, 2517], Harika Dziadat, 2490), Sarasadat, 2490), Sarasadat Shah (Iran, 2400), Antoaneta Assaubayeva) (Kazakhstan), 2440), Bibisara Assaubayeva

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