World Strongest Chess Players to Arrive in Saint Petersburg

The King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Championships-2018 will be held in Saint Petersburg on December 25-31.
Real chess stars are going to take part in the events. Starting lists of the open tournaments are headed by the reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway), world strongest grandmasters Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), Anish Giri (Netherlands), Viswanathan Anand (India), Alexander Grischuk, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Sergey Karjakin (all from Russia), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Hikaru Nakamura (USA), and other top players.

In the women's events, the reigning Women's World Champion Ju Wenjun (China), Anna and Mariya Muzychuk (both from Ukraine), Kateryna Lagno, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Valentina Gunina (all from Russia), Humpy Koneru (India), Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia), and other well-known players will fight for the titles.

In 2017, Viswanathan Anand won the King Salman World Rapid Championship, while Magnus Carlsen became the strongest in blitz. The women's titles were gained by Ju Wenjun and Nana Dzagnidze respectively.

The World Champion Magnus Carlsen has already expressed his intention to win back the rapid champion's title. "I'm going to take back the triple throne – no usurpers are going to be allowed", said the Norwegian grandmaster.
Arkady Dvorkovich
FIDE President
"I would like to thank our partners for supporting us in a tense moment and helping us organize the World Rapid and Blitz Championships with a decent prize fund within a very short time in one of the most beautiful cities of the world. The world top chess players including Magnus Carlsen are expected to take part in the Championships. Welcome to Saint Petersburg! I wish a bright play and good luck to all the participants!"
Andrey Filatov
RCF President
"It is a great honor for us that FIDE has entrusted holding such popular and prestigious competitions as the World Rapid and Blitz Championships among men and women to us. In spite of being limited in time for the preparation, we will do our best to organize this event in our country on the highest level possible as always. We will be happy to see everyone, and let the strongest win!"
The venue is Manege, the largest exhibition space in central Saint Petersburg. Address: 1, St. Isaac's Square.

An extensive additional programme, which will include tournaments for children and adults, solving contests, acquaintance with the RCF Chess Museum's exhibits and many other activities, will be organized during the Championships. The entrance is free for visitors.

Schedule: December 25 – Pre-start press conference, Opening Ceremony, Technical meeting, December 26-28 – World Rapid Championships, December 29-30 – World Blitz Championships and Closing Ceremony.

The Opening Ceremony will take place in Manege and will start at 7:30 p.m. The entrance is for participants and accredited journalists only.

The rounds begin at 3 p.m.; the games on the final day start at 2 p.m. (Moscow time).

The total prize fund is USD 1,150,000.
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