The all-Russian school team competition "Belaya Ladya". 

The final stage of the All-Russian school team competition Belaya Ladya is scheduled to take place from 20 September to 2 October. Schoolchildren will compete in online mode at The year 2020 marks Belaya Ladya’s 51st edition.

The competition is supported by the Elena and Gennady Timchenko Charitable Foundation, the Federal Grid Company Unified Energy System (FGC UES), and PhosAgro.

The competition features school teams made up of pupils aged 14 years of age and below. Team’s lineup: Six players, including four players (with at least one female player), a team coach and a chess arbiter. The team coach is a team captain.

The Final admits one regional stage winning team from each constituent entity of the Russian Federation. Qualification events are entitled to run inclusive of August 31 in both over-the-board and online formats. Application forms for the Final are to be submitted by September 18. 

The final stage splits the teams into two groups competing according to the Swiss system in seven rounds as follows:

Group A – teams of the Far Eastern and Siberian federal districts;

Group B – teams of the North Caucasus, South, Central, North-West, Volga and Ural Federal Districts.

Teams sharing 1-4 places qualify for the knockout stage. 

Belaya Ladya was accompanied by the final event of the Chess in Schools project titled Debut, as well as by simuls, master classes, seminars and a conference.