The Nutcracker traditional team tournament will take place in the Central Chess Club in Moscow on December 17-22, 2018. 

The competition consists of two separate team events: Generations tournament (KINGS and PRINCES teams) and Boys and girls’ tournament (boys 11–12 years, girls 16–18 years).

Teams' composition:


GM Boris Gelfand (ISR) – 2673/ 2715;

GM Evgeniy Najer (RUS) – 2670/ 2653;

GM Peter Leko (HUN) – 2669/ 2686;

GM Nigel Short (ENG) - 2646/ 2652.



GM David Paravyan (RUS) – 2634/ 2611;

GM Alexey Sarana (RUS) – 2618/ 2617.

GM Andrey Esipenko (RUS) – 2593/ 2643;

IM Semyon Lomasov (RUS) – 2553/ 2416.



FM Volodar Murzin (RUS) – 2336/ 2259;

FM Ilya Makoveev (RUS) – 2257/ 2173;

Robert Safin (RUS) – 2121/ 1917;

Aleksey Grebnev (RUS) – 2040/ 1748.



WGM Alexandra Obolentseva (RUS) – 2353/ 2163;

WIM Aleksandra Dimitrova (RUS) – 2233/ 2072;

WFM Ekaterina Goltseva (RUS) – 2153/ 2155;

WFM Kamaliya Bulatova (RUS) – 2007/ 1960.

Chess tournaments are held in accordance with the FIDE rules in two disciplines: standard chess (Scheveningen system, 4 rounds) and rapid chess (Scheveningen system, 8 rounds).

Team rankings are determined by the total number of points accumulated by all team players in two disciplines: standard chess and rapid chess. Standard chess: players are awarded 2 points for a win, 1 point for a tie and 0 points for a lost game. Rapid chess: players are awarded 1 point for a win, 0.5 point for a tie and 0 points for a lost game.

A technical opening ceremony will take place at 2:30 p.m. on December 17 (hereinafter Moscow time). 

The match days: December 17-20 – standard chess, December 21-22 – rapid chess. The rounds begin at 3 p.m. The final day's games will start at 12 p.m.

The closing ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. on December 22.

The Organizers are Russian Chess Federation, Chess Creativity Support Foundation, and an entrepreneur Oleg Skvortsov.

Chief Arbiter is IA Alexander Tkachev (Russia).

Head of the Appeals Committee is IM Vladimir Barsky (Russia).

Tournament's Director is IO Mark Glukhovsky (Russia).

There will be both online and video broadcast with grandmasters' commentaries organized on the RCF website. Chess lovers are welcome to visit the tournament and listen to grandmasters commenting on the games. The entrance is free.  

Winning teams are awarded a cup and a cash prize. Players with the overall best results (standard chess + rapid chess) are awarded special prizes The Organizers have established prizes for creative achievements in the competition.