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The Winner of the Algorand Chess Tournament Will Receive a Trip to Dubai

Algorand, the official blockchain partner of the 2021 World Chess Championship, is holding a series of online chess tournaments to celebrate the upcoming Match. The winner will receive a trip and VIP entrance to the World Chess Championship in Dubai.

Algorand, the official blockchain partner of the 2021 FIDE World Championship Match, is holding a series of online chess tournaments to celebrate the upcoming Match. The winner of the Series, which takes place from September to October 2021, will receive a fully-paid trip for two to Dubai to visit the World Chess Championship — the most significant chess event of the decade.

The series leads up to the Championship and is hosted by the FIDE Online Arena, the official FIDE gaming platform. Everyone is invited to sign up and take part in the series. It has been developed by Algorand to give the crypto community and chess fans alike the chance to play in a real chess competition, which features: challenging time controls, qualifier events, and a magnificent prize.

The Algorand Crypto Series consists of four qualifier tournaments and the final showdown, with the first tournament starting on September 26:

  1. Algorand Online Series Qualifier #1 — September 26, 15 UTC;
  2. Algorand Online Series Qualifier #2 — October 3, 15 UTC;
  3. Algorand Online Series Qualifier #3 — October 10, 15 UTC;
  4. Algorand Online Series Qualifier #4 — October 17, 15 UTC;
  5. The final, October 24, 15 UTC.

To enter the final tournament, a player must finish in the top five in one of the qualifying events, so the competition will be fierce, but it’s worth it!

The prize winner and a guest will receive a 4-day trip to Dubai and tickets for the first round of the Championship match. The second-place and third-place winners will receive the Official World Chess set and a one-year subscription to the FIDE Online Arena respectively.

The winners of the Series will be decided in the final on October 24, which will be broadcast live and commentated by a top chess player.

Full tournament regulations can be found on the Series page.

Algorand is the official blockchain partner of the World Chess Championship and the FIDE Online Arena, the official FIDE chess gaming platform. Official FIDE Online Arena ratings and titles which are recognized by FIDE and appear on the players’ official profiles are recorded on Algorand’s decentralized blockchain network in real-time, bringing reliability and transparency to the rating system of digital chess.

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FIDE Online Arena Makes a Move To a New Domain:

Finally, a domain name that you can actually remember!

FIDE Online Arena on the new domain,

FIDE Online Arena, the official FIDE gaming platform, is busy with getting chess fans to give it a try, but for years we’ve made users trying to remember a very odd domain name. But we learned the lesson and there will be no more of that. Hence a new domain, easy to remember and easy to type in your browser (and on a mobile device).

Frequently Asked Questions

Is FIDE Online Arena the same as FIDE?
No, FIDE is the International Chess Federation and FIDE Online Arena is the exclusive official FIDE Gaming Platform. It’s approved by FIDE.

Is FOA rating the same as FIDE rating?
Nο, they are not the same. FIDE rating is awarded by playing over-the-board games, and FOA rating is awarded by playing online on FIDE Online Arena. FOA Rating is recognized by FIDE and you can qualify for online Arena titles as per FIDE regulations. The FOA title and FOA ratings appear on your profile card on

Are there any FOA Rated Tournaments?
Plenty! Visit and pick the one that fits your schedule and time control preferences.

Do you have an Android app?
Not yet, but we’re working on it! Meanwhile, you can use the mobile version of our website ;)

Where can I see FOA rating on the website?
FOA rating is presented on the website in the player’s profiles. But don’t forget that, an influential website that calculates and publishes chess players’ live ratings, publishes live ratings from the top 100 FOA players!

What if I’m facing a technical issue?
You can always contact, and our support team will be right there for you!

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Norway Chess: Karjakin beats the World Champion and his challenger in two days

Sergey Karjakin, the 2016 challenger, had beaten the World Champion, Magnus Carlsen, in a classical game in Round 5 of the Norway Chess Tournament. In the next round, he defeated the 2021 challenger, Ian Nepomniachtchi, in the Armageddon game.

Photo by Lennart Ootes

Carlsen chose to play safe with black, and went for the Sicilian Sveshnikov, an opening that he used in his 2018 match against Fabiano Caruana. After 17 moves of theory, Karjakin decided to go all in, spicing up the position with tactics, which worked beautifully for the Russian GM, and led him to a big win.

That was Carlsen’s second classical loss against Karjakin since G8 in the 2016 World Championship Match, and the World Champion was clearly very upset and skipped the visit to the TV 2 studio; instead went straight to his room.

Photo by Lennart Ootes

Round 6 was equally impressive for Karjakin who managed to win the 2021 Challenger of the World Champion Title, Ian Nepomniachtchi, in the Armageddon game of the Norway Chess Tournament.

The two Russians have faced each other earlier in the Tournament, with Nepomniachtchi dominating the classical game against the Berlin defence. However, the “revenge” didn’t take long to strike, with Karjakin winning the Armageddon game of Round 6 brilliantly.

Twitter couldn’t let this series of events go unnoticed, and we are all waiting to see what the future holds for the 2016 challenger, who is definitely in good form.

Google Customizes Search Results Display with Chess Pieces

Google customized the way it displays search results for the term ‘chess’. Now the pagination appears as chess pieces, i.e. page one of search results is displayed as king, and next pages as pawns and other chess pieces.

Bottom of the Google results page. Try to search ‘Chess’ in your country

This is not the first time Google, the world’s most popular search engine, customized its pages with chess: during the 2016 World Chess Championship that was held in New York City, the search engine introduced a chess doodle, and later paid homage to chess champions.

Thank you Google for enjoying chess, which remains one of the most popular games in the world!

Rebranding Kerala

World Chess continues to make chess beautiful again, one club at a time!

This year, World Chess called on chess clubs and federations to submit their institution for a free design makeover by our design team (you are welcome to submit your chess club or federation!). Dozens of submissions later, we are picking those who, in our view, would benefit from the facelift. Next up is the Kerala Chess Association in India.

The Kerala Chess Association is affiliated with the All India Chess Federation, with more than 400 members. Its mission is to identify upcoming chess players and mould them into world-class professionals. They organize the State Chess Championships every year. For a long time, their logo has been a gold crowned knight, one of the most powerful symbols of chess culture.

World Chess’ creative team decided to take the knight down a notch (crowns are out of vogue!) but kept it as a formative element. Designers gave this piece a more specific character, so now it’s part of the very colorful and structured layout that captures your attention and gives weight to the messaging.

The knight is not a simple sign on a plain surface. It seems to be placed at the top of the construction resembling the Louvre museum, standing, in fact, on the chessboard that is rushing upward. Along with going inventive with geometry and perspective, the team chose bright and warm colours that can be used separately or in colour-block combinations.

The font highlights and links together the knight’s juicy shape and the strict lines of the chessboard.

All these elements of the new design, such as logo, colors, fonts, dynamic geometry are not only welcoming and friendly but also recognizable for their simplicity and elegance. It is a working tool ready to be applied in various professional environments.

Comment on the design and submit your clubs for rebranding!

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