FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships 2023

November, 18 2023

FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2023: Information for players

Dear players, 

Please find below important and useful information related to the event. 


Registration of the participants of the FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships is done via the registration system: Registration – FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships 2023. Registration deadline is December 01

Broadcast delay:

Games of the FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships will be broadcast with delay. 5-minutes delay will be applied for rapid games, 2-minuted delay for blitz.


The FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championship will take place in the Silk Road Samarkand (Rowing Canal, Konigil Massif, Samarkand, Uzbekistan). A unique multi-purpose resort includes eight world-class hotels, comfortable public spaces, parks, recreation, and sports areas, concept restaurants, cafes, and bars, as well as an international congress center and cultural sites. This modern project developed by an international team of architects and engineers made it possible to harmonize different thematic areas on the unique site that is second to none in entire Central Asia.  

The Silk Road Samarkand boasts a convenient location and is easily accessible from the airport, railway station, or any part of the Silk Road Samarkand resort.  


Special rates with full board will be provided by the organizer for staying in the official hotels of the FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships. Participants of the tournament need to book their hotel rooms at the official website of the Silk Road Samarkand Resort ( using a promo code that will be sent to them by the organizing committee upon filling the registration form. 

Official hotels of the event: 

Silk Road by Minyoun (5 stars) 

The five-star Silk Road by Minyoun, managed by the Minyoun Hospitality hotel chain is dedicated to the Silk Road history. The facility offers 241 rooms located in a 22-storey building. 


Breakfasts are served in a stylish Gourmet Market. At the YI Palace restaurant, guests can taste the best Chinese specialties in stylish authentic environment. To enjoy panoramic views, make sure to visit the Li Bai bar located on the 20th floor of the hotel. And the Ming Lounge is destined to be a perfect place for meetings and negotiations.  

Lia! by Minyoun Stars of Ulugbek (4 stars) 

The Lia! hotels focus on a new generation of young and active travelers who prefer dynamism and stylish solutions. These hotels feature affordable prices, friendly environments, and vivid emotions for each guest. 


This four-star hotel managed by the Minyoun Hospitality chain is named after Mirzo Ulugbek, the ruler of Samarkand, who also was a famous astronomer and mathematician. Ulugbek determined the positions of 1,018 fixed stars and calculated the duration of the sidereal year.  

Wellness Park Hotel Bactria (3 stars) 

The hotel’s interior design is closely connected with the celebration of Nowruz — one of the most important components of the cultural legacy of Uzbekistan. In 2009, this holiday was inscribed on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.


The word “Nowruz” has a Persian origin and represents a combination of two words: “now” means “new” and “ruz” means “day”. According to the Old Persian calendar, this is the first day of the year and the beginning of spring.

The hotel specializes in the musculoskeletal system, spine and joint disorders. Guests can benefit from the following specialists working at the hotel: neurologist, osteopath, reflexologist, chiropractors, and physiotherapists. Special programs offer spinal disc herniation treatment and prevention by introducing chondroreparants and autogenous plasma. The wellness treatments also include massage, mud therapy, healing shower, infrared sauna, pressure therapy, shockwave therapy, and rooms for group and individual exercise therapy.

The offered wellness programs are designed for 3 or more days of stay.

Wellness Park Hotel Turon (3 stars) 

The hotel’s interior design was inspired by the artworks of Persian miniature painter Kamoliddin Bekhzod, who lived in the 15th century. Same as Alisher Navoiy he is the greatest artist of the Timurid period. The interior design concept combines contemporary style interspersed with miniature techniques, including the artist’s artwork fragments.


The hotel’s programs focus on the treatment and prevention of bronchopulmonary diseases and post-Covid-19 rehabilitation. Guests can benefit from the following specialists: pulmonologist, neurologist, exercise therapist, pediatrician, allergist, otorhinolaryngologist. Special treatments include salt chamber, hydrocolonotherapy, immune-enhancing therapy, autogenous plasma therapy. Guests may also benefit from aesthetic and cosmetic services, massage, mud therapy, healing shower, infrared sauna, inhalations.

The offered wellness programs are designed for 3 or more days of stay.


Samarkand International Airport is located 6 km from the city center. The airport is operated by Uzbekistan Airways. It has domestic as well as international flights.  

In order to ensure a convenient and timely return of participants upon the end of the tournament, in addition to regular flights, a charter flight from Samarkand to Istanbul will be organized. Departure from Samarkand: 02:00 a.m., December 31. Expected time of arrival to Istanbul Airport (IST): 05:00 a.m., December 31.


Сitizens of the following countries have the right to visit the Republic of Uzbekistan on a visa-free basis: 

Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Barbados, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei Darussalam, Bulgaria, Canada, Chili, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, El Salvador, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, St. Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Vatican 

Citizens of 58 countries are eligible for E-visas to Uzbekistan or a simplified procedure for the issuing of tourist visas. The official portal of the electronic visa of the Republic of Uzbekistan: More information about the application procedure can be found here: 

If you are neither a citizen of the country with a visa-free regime for visiting Uzbekistan nor eligible for an E-visa, you will be contacted by the organizer upon submitting your registration form and providing a copy of the passport (JPEG or PDF format). 

For visa-related issues, please contact 

 We wish you a safe flight and look forward to seeing you soon in Samarkand!