Uzbekistan to host the World Chess Championship

17:37 08 November 2023 Sport
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As previously reported, the issue of holding the FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships in Uzbekistan was under consideration.

The International Chess Federation confirmed this news, stating that the FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships will be held in Samarkand on 26-30 December.

"FIDE recognizes Uzbekistan's rich chess tradition and its recent emergence as a chess superpower. This dedication and investment in chess led us to entrust the hosting of this prestigious event to Uzbekistan," FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich said.

"Uzbekistan will also host the 2026 Chess Olympiad - and hosting such a major event as World Rapid and Blitz will certainly give a boost to preparations," Dvorkovich added.

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