Registration Open for FIDE World Cadets Rapid and Blitz Registration 2024

FIDE, in conjunction with the Albanian Chess Federation, have announced that the FIDE World Cadets Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships 2024 will be held April 25-29, 2024 at the Championships Grand Blue FAFA Resort in Durres, Albania.

** This is the World Cadet Rapid and Blitz, not the World Cadet with Standard time controls.  


    There will be six sections: Open and Girls in age categories Under 12, Under 10, and Under 8.

    A player's age as of Jan. 1, 2024 determines their age eligibility for a section.

    • Under 12: Players born on or after Jan. 1, 2012
    • Under 10: Players born on or after Jan. 1, 2014
    • Under 8: Players born on or after Jan. 1, 2016

    Each event will be a 11-round Swiss system tournament. The Rapid portion is using a time control of 15 minutes with a 5 seconds increment per move starting from move 1. The Blitz portion is using a time control of 5 minutes with a 3 seconds increment per move starting from move 1.

    The full schedule for all rounds can be viewed within the regulations document at


    For security and organizational reasons, all participants must stay at the official event hotel booked through US Chess. The organizer offers the following accommodation options, for 4 nights (April 25-29) with meals included from lunch on April 25 to breakfast on April 29.

    • $432.00/person in a single room, 1 person ($108/day) 
    • $352.00/person in a double room, 2 people ($88/day/person)
    • $336.00/person in a triple room, 3 people ($84/day/person)

    The organizers will provide transportation from "Mother Theresa" Tirana International Airport (TIA) on arrival and departure dates only for players and accompanying persons.


    US Chess is accepting entries for eligible U.S. players until February 9, 2024, 5:00PM Central time USA. No registrations will be accepted after February 9, 2024, 5:00PM Central time USA. Interested and eligible U.S. players must register with US Chess to participate. The February 9 deadline is set to provide for administrative actions to meet the organizers' deadline.


    Upon completion the form, US Chess will send an invoice which must be paid by the February 9 deadline.

    Please note, the following additional fees will be charged:

    • Tournament Registration Fee - $132/player
    • FIDE Entry Fee - $82/player
    • Special Accreditation Fee for Accompanying Persons - $132/accompany person (without this accreditation you cannot access the playing venue or the free transport from the hotel to the venue)
    • US Chess Administrative Fee - $100/player

    A current US Chess membership through the end of the tournament for all U.S. participants.

    A U.S.A.-flagged FIDE ID is required for all U.S. players.

    If you do not currently have a FIDE ID, please complete our FIDE ID Request Form at



    Refunds must be requested by the specific date for your registration deadline (February 9). After your respective registration deadline date, no refund will be provided, unless the tournament is canceled by the organizers. Both players' registration information and funds would have been transferred to the event organizers to secure hotel accommodations, accreditations, ground transportation, and tournament entry after the February 9 deadline. 



    All players will be required to sign a waiver for participation before their entry into the tournament is confirmed. Please visit the USA State Departments Travel Advisory website for the latest information regarding traveling to Albania for US Travelers.


    If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Brian Yang, US Chess FIDE Events Manager at Click here to show mail address