10 March 2021

FIDE Hybrid Competitions

Earlier this year we had an announcement from FIDE about online chess rules, including the concept of 'hybrid competition'.
  • 2021-01-04: FIDE approves Online Chess Regulations (fide.com) • 'The FIDE Council has approved a new set of rules to be applied to official online chess competitions. The document, which will be incorporated into the laws of chess, is the result of a joint effort by a dedicated task force, in which several FIDE Commissions were involved. [...] The so-called "hybrid competition" is a new format where the games are played online, but the participants are physically present in a public place like a club, federation headquarters, hotel, et cetera. [...] FIDE expects the hybrid format to be used in some official events in the near future, and some Continents have expressed their intention to hold their Zonal and even Continental Championships under this format.

A few weeks later we learned that the hybrid competitions would be rated.

  • 2021-01-18: FIDE approves hybrid competitions valid for rating (ditto) • 'A few weeks ago, the FIDE Council approved a new set of rules to be applied to official online chess competitions. The document also established the framework for “hybrid” events [...] After receiving some additional input from the Qualification Commission, and adding some minor amendments to the first version of the regulations, the FIDE Council has approved that hybrid competitions are officially rated in equal terms with traditional games.'

Just a few days ago we learned that hybrid competitions were valid for World Championship qualifying events.

Shown below is the table of contents for the 'Online Chess Regulations'. Note specifically 'Part III b: Regulations for Hybrid Chess Competitions'. In a few months we'll learn how well this works for World Championship qualifiers.

FIDE Handbook E. Miscellaneous / 04. Online Chess Regulations

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