The FIDE World Blitz & Rapid Championships shall be organized annually under the aegis of FIDE by a federation entrusted with the task by the General Assembly or the Presidential Board at least one year in advance. All rights for the organization of the World Blitz & Rapid Championships and the title of the World Blitz Champion or World Rapid Champion belong to FIDE.
The events will be both Swiss pairings tournaments and will be held over two days for Blitz and three days for Rapid. The Blitz will have twenty one (21) rounds, with a single game for each round, Swiss event.The Rapid will be fifteen (15) rounds, with a single game for each round,Swiss event.
3.1 All players rated at least 2500 in any of the FIDE rating lists (Standard, Blitz or Rapid) from
January 2016 to October 2016 are eligible to participate in the FIDE World Blitz & Rapid Championships.
3.2 The FIDE World Blitz & Rapid Championships are open to all the National Champions representing their National Chess Federation regardless of their title or rating.
3.3. Applications have to be sent by the national federations only.
5. Time Control
5.1 In the Blitz Championship,each player will have 3 minutes+ 2 seconds additional time per move,starting from move 1.
5.2 In the Rapid Championship,each player will have 15 minutes+ 10 seconds additional time per move,starting from move 1.
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