Day 2 – Blitz

One of the most anticipated events on the chess calendar, the FIDE Fast & Blitz World Championship, is just around the corner. The open and women’s championships which have been held simultaneously since 2016 will take place from December 25 to 31 in Warsaw, Poland at the PGE Narodowy Stadium. Traditionally, entrants will fight not only for titles and fame, but also for substantial prizes. (See the complete rules: Open | Female).

Defending champion in all three formats (Classic, Quick and Blitz) Magnus Carlsen is heading to the event as a big favorite, but his rivals old and new are eager to challenge his supremacy. Can Magnus repeat his triumph of 2014 and 2019 and win a double crown?

Read the full overview …


Live games and commentary

Open

Women’s

Commentary by WGM Keti Tsatsalashvili and IM Lawrence Trent


Open

  • Fast – 13 laps with 15 minute time control plus 10 second increments per stroke
    • December 26: rounds 1 to 5
    • December 27: rounds 6-9
    • December 28: rounds 10-13
  • Blitz – 21 rounds with 3 minute time control plus 2 second increments per hit
    • December 29: rounds 1-12
    • December 30: rounds 13-21

Women’s

  • Fast – 11 laps with 15 minute time control plus 10 second increments per stroke
    • December 26: rounds 1-4
    • December 27: rounds 5-8
    • December 28: rounds 9-11
  • Blitz – 17 rounds with 3 minute time control plus 2 second increments per hit
    • December 29: rounds 1-9
    • December 30: rounds 10-17

In both sections, rounds start daily at 3:00 p.m. CET, except December 30, when the last day of the blitz will begin one hour earlier, at 2:00 p.m. CET.

Connections