FIDE world junior U20 Championships 2015: a week before the start

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From 2nd to 15th of September Russia will host FIDE World Junior U20 Championships 2015. This event will be the second in 2015 and the 12th in the history of organization of international chess tournaments in Khanty-Mansiysk.

The geography of the participating countries of the World Championships is quite extensive. Chess World Championships will gather together the best representatives from 40 countries: Austria, Azerbaijan, England, Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brazil, Hungary, Vietnam, Germany, Greece, Georgia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan, China, Colombia, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Morocco, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Poland, Russia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, France, Switzerland and Sweden.
Personal right to participate had the winners of the World Championship 2014, Continental U20 Champions and World Youth U16 and U18 Champions of the previous year. The leaders of U20 players from FIDE Rating List (as of 1st of January 2015) got the automatic entry as well: the top 6 for open and 4 – for girls. In total over 100 players will compete for world chess crown. As of 25th of August 63 boys and 48 girls will pretend to it.

The tournament venue will be traditionally the Ugra Chess Academy (6 Loparev St.). It will be recalled that the project of unique three-level building «Alma Mater» styled as a chess piece was made by the famous Dutch architect Erick Van Egeraat. The construction was funded by the sponsor funds and completed in 2010 on the threshold of the 39th World Chess Olympiad. At the same time the first events took place there – FIDE Congress and election of the President of the World Chess Federation. After that, the Academy truly became an educational institution where people of all ages play chess. The educational process is interrupted only for the period of seven major chess tournaments.

World Junior Championships will be played according to the Swiss System in 13 rounds, one round per day. Totally during the tournament the participants will play more than 700 parties. Winners and runners-up of the tournaments will be determined by the number of points scored. In addition to the championship title, players will also compete for an impressive prize fund from the Organizing Committee, which is 10 000 euro. According to the regulations, it will be shared by the winners of both tournaments of World Championship depending on place. New Champions will get exactly half of the total sum.

The Opening Ceremony of the World Championships will be held in the cultural and leisure center “October”. The event will start on the 1st of September at 17:00 (+2 GMT). Closing Ceremony will be held in the same concert hall on the 15th of September. The results of the chess battles in Khanty-Mansiysk will be summed up at 19:00 (+2 GMT).

Official information about the tournament is published on the website of the tournament During the competition, news, interviews and photos will be daily updated by the staff of the Press center. Chess fans will be able to watch the matches via Internet broadcast. In this section they will be able to get information about all the changes on the electronic boards in online.