The finals of the White Rook all-Russian competition for school teams will take place between 20 September and 2 October. The schoolchildren will play online at https://www.chessking.com/. In 2020, White Rook will take place for the 51st time already.
The tournament is sponsored by the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko, PAO FSK YeES and PAO PhosAgro.
Andrey Filatov, President of the Chess Federation of Russia:
— The White Rook tournament takes pride of place in our calendar and boasts a long history and unique traditions. After White Rook was brought back in 2014, its final went international, and the 50th anniversary tournament in June 2019 in Dagomys was joined by 80 Russian and 25 foreign teams — from Brazil to Ireland. We would like to give special thanks to our sponsors, and specifically the Timchenko Foundation, for their many years of support for White Rook.
Igor Baradachev, head of the Sports programme, Timchenko Foundation:
— This year the epidemic has affected all aspects of life. Thanks to modern technologies, however, for chess it’s business as usual, pandemic or no pandemic. That is why we decided to hold the 51st White Rook final online. The organizers and arbiters will do everything possible to ensure fair competition, and the knockout format in the deciding stage of the tournament will spice up the event for the players and supporters. May you all have beautiful games, and let the best man win!
The competition has been entered by teams of pupils aged 14 or younger. Teams: 6 persons, including 4 players (at least 1 girl), 1 team coach and 1 chess arbiter. The team is captained by the team’s coach.
To qualify for the finals, a team must win the statewide round in its home state in the Russian Federation. The qualifiers are held until 31 August inclusive, in person or by correspondence. The deadline for finals entry forms is 12:00 MSK on 10 September.
In the final Swiss-system tournament, the teams are divided into two groups and play 7 rounds:
Group A: the teams of the constituents of the Far-Eastern and Siberian Federal Districts;
Group B: the teams of the constituents of the North-Caucasian, Southern, Central, Northwest, Volgian and Uralian Federal Districts.
The teams that take places 1-4 in the groups will identify the best by knockout.
Concurrently with White Rook will take place the final event in the Chess at Schools project, Début, accompanied with workshops and conferences.