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“FIDE Checkmate coronavirus”
30 days of non-stop online chess fun
for everyone around the world


In light of the ongoing global crisis caused by COVID-19, the international chess community has come together to start the “FIDE Checkmate coronavirus” initiative – a month-long non-stop online chess festival with more than 80 daily tournaments open to everyone around the world.

Starting on 18th of May and running until 16th of June the International chess federation (FIDE) in partnership with top platforms for playing chess online (Lichess.org; Chess.com; Chess24.com and the Fide Online Arena) will be running a month-long event featuring tournaments open to everyone, regardless of their level of play.

The 30 days - 720 hours – non-stop online chess bonanza will include more than 1500 prizes with all participants being eligible for the prize-draw, regardless of their score in the tournaments. The top prizes include 64 (the number of squares on the chess-board) one-week invitations to the 2021 Chess Olympiad in Moscow!

With almost 80 scheduled daily tournaments, players will be able to pick the events which suit them most in terms of time control or preferred online platform. Participants from all around the world can join at any point during the event.

"FIDE is pleased to launch the “Checkmate coronavirus” project which I hope will attract even more people to our game. On a chessboard, two kingdoms face each other in a battle where only one side can win. But in real life chess is a game that unites us, makes us feel like one family, one community, one planet. Stay safe and play chess. I hope to meet the lucky ones next summer at the Chess Olympiad 2021 in Moscow!» FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich commented.

Supporting the efforts by all national governments and people all over the world, we want to provide those who have to spend many hours at home with a creative vent, while also promoting the ideals of unity, solidarity, and participation. Everyone can play and win at "Checkmate Coronavirus", regardless of age, country, or level of play.

For more information about the event, including the full list of tournaments and results, please visit checkmatecoronavirus.com. There is a "Frequently Asked Questions" section where you will find the answers to where the tournaments will be played, when, and how to join them.

To join the event on one of the chess platforms, please click here.

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