Azerbaijan`s chess grandmasters Shahriyar Mammadyarov, Rauf Mammadov, Teymur Rajabov, Arkadij Naiditsch and Sarkhan Hashimov competed at the 2016 FIDE World Rapid and Blitz Championships, in Doha, Qatar, December 25th.
The Rapid event is held over three days (26-28th December), while the Blitz Championships will continue during next several days (29-30th December).
The events will be both Swiss pairings tournaments and will be held over two days for Blitz and three days for Rapid. The total prize fund for the Open tournament is $400,000 with $40,000 for the winner of each championship.
The championships will see a 120 players competeing for the titles, including World Champion Magnus Carlsen and the challenger Sergey Karjakin, former World Champion Viswanathan Anand, World Blitz Champions of different years Alexander Grischuk (2006, 2012, 2015), Vassily Ivanchuk (2007), Leinier Dominguez (2008) and other top players.