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Rapid and Blitz 2015


World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship
October 9 - 15, 2015 in Berlin

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Rapid and Blitz 2015


World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championship
October 9 - 15, 2015 in Berlin

About the Championship

FIDE and AGON — the World Chess Federation’s commercial partner — are pleased to announce the dates and the venue of the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championships. The tournament will take place in Berlin, Germany on October 9 - 15, 2015. 

The Prize Fund for both Championships to be shared by the players totals $400,000. Both Rapid and Blitz Championships will be Swiss pairings tournaments and will be held over three days for Rapid and two days for Blitz. The Rapid will be fifteen rounds, with a single game for each round. The Blitz will have 21 rounds, with a single game for each round.

Dates: October 9 - 15, 2015
City: Berlin, Germany
Venue: Bolle Meierei (Central Berlin) 
Opening Ceremony: October 9, 2015 at 7.30PM
Last day of play: October 14, 2015 

 

For Players

According to FIDE regulations, all players rated at least 2500 in any of the FIDE rating lists (Standard, Blitz or Rapid) from January 2015 to August 2015 are eligible and invited to participate in the FIDE World Blitz & Rapid Championships. The World Blitz & Rapid Championships are also open to all the National Champions representing their National Chess Federation regardless of their title or rating.


 

Venue in berlin

 
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Agon - the commercial partner of FIDE


AGON has been accorded the long-term, exclusive rights to organise and commercialise the World Chess Championship Cycle by FIDE, the Fédération Internationale des Échecs.

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Agon - the commercial partner of FIDE


AGON has been accorded the long-term, exclusive rights to organise and commercialise the World Chess Championship Cycle by FIDE, the Fédération Internationale des Échecs.

Chess is now played by more people than ever before: around the world, online and off, over 600 million adults play regularly – a number comparable to regular users of Facebook. Chess app is installed on over a billion smartphones.  

To ennoble the game and engage with this existing global audience, AGON is bringing the Chess Championship Cycle to spectacular venues in world cities and transforming chess into a spectator sport using cutting-edge data visualization technology. 

 World Chess is poised to emerge as a force in sports entertainment, backed up by a strong brand identity, animated by recognisable heroes in front of an existing enormous fanbase, financially supported by “best in class” global marketing partners. 


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Sochi 2014


The 2014 World Chess Championship Match, held by Agon and FIDE in Sochi, Russia, was record-breaking in terms of web-traffic and media coverage. 

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Sochi 2014


The 2014 World Chess Championship Match, held by Agon and FIDE in Sochi, Russia, was record-breaking in terms of web-traffic and media coverage. 

About the Match

World Chess Championship matches have been held since 1886. The title of the world chess champion is one of the most prestigious in the world of sports. Most of the world’s population can name the current or the past world chess champions.

The 2014 World Chess Championship

The Match between incumbent champion Magnus Carlsen and challenger Visvanathan Anand  took place from 7 to 28 November 2014 in Sochi, Russia, the city that has established itself as one of the premier venues for major sporting events.

Results of the match

The match became record-breaking in terms of media coverage and online and offline audience. Over 12 million uniques visited the official site, over 2000 media outlets covered the event. It was broadcasted live on TV in several countries, including Norway, Russia, Sweden, India, and more. The Match earned coverage on front pages of major leading newspapers, including FT and WSJ

 

Details

Official site: http://sochi2014.fide.com/
Dates: November 7 - 28, 2014
City: Sochi, Russia
Venue: Sochi Media Center
Twitter Hashtag: #CarlsenAnand

Instagram: @worldchesschampionship

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What is Chess?


Chess is an entertainment with a 1600-year history.

A game, a sport, an art-form. As pure as mathematics, as symbolic as religion, as brutal as war. 

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What is Chess?


Chess is an entertainment with a 1600-year history.

A game, a sport, an art-form. As pure as mathematics, as symbolic as religion, as brutal as war. 

Over 600 million people play chess worldwide. That's comparable to the number of Facebook users. Chess is growing in the age of intelligence and mobile computing. The game is installed on over 1 billion devices. 

Learn more about chess players' demographics, media consumption, and purchasing behavior.

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Championship Cycle


FIDE has perfected the World Chess Championship cycle. It's a 2-year tournament series where the world's top grandmasters fight for the title of the World Chess Champion. 

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Championship Cycle


FIDE has perfected the World Chess Championship cycle. It's a 2-year tournament series where the world's top grandmasters fight for the title of the World Chess Champion. 

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The World Chess Championship Cycle is a two-year series that consists of Grand Prix tournaments, the Candidates, and the World Championship Match.

The events are held in prestigeous venues in world cities and generate major attention among chess enthusiasts around the world and global media.

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World Chess Book


The official book of the 2014 World Chess Championship Match between Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand with commentary by Peter Svidler and Dylan Loeb McClain. 

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World Chess Book


The official book of the 2014 World Chess Championship Match between Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand with commentary by Peter Svidler and Dylan Loeb McClain. 

World Chess Championship Book by Dylan Loeb McClain and Peter Svidler

Overview

In November 2014, Magnus Carlsen undertook his first title defense since winning the championship the year before. His challenger was Viswanathan Anand, the former champion that Carlsen had dominated to gain the crown. Could and would history repeat itself? Or could the former champion score an upset and add another notch to his list of victories? Set against the site of the match venue of the Olympic Village in Sochi, Russia, this book offers round-by-round coverage with game analysis by one of the world's foremost players, GM Peter Svidler, and overviews by Dylan Loeb McClain, former chess columnist for the New York Times. 

 

 

Published by Agon Limited
298 pages
ISBN 978-0-9764633-9-9
Over 100 images by anastasia Karlovich/fide