World Cadet Rapid and Blitz 2024

Countdown to the World Rapid & Blitz Cadet Chess Championship: What you need to know

With hundreds of players from almost 50 countries, the World Rapid & Blitz Cadet Chess Championship in Durres, Albania, is set to start in just a few days. The organising team, officials, arbiters, locals are ready to welcome all the young chess players with their coaches and families.

Excitement fills the air, promising an unforgettable tournament experience! Here are a few things you need to know!

1) Arrival Details:

April 25th marks the arrival day for participants and guests at “Mother Theresa” Tirana International Airport (TIA).

Please look for the info desk with the logo of the event (which will be in the airport arrival area) and we will accompany you to the shuttle bus. 

Transfer services will be provided from TIA to the event venue, ensuring a seamless journey for all attendees. 

The drive from TIA to Durres is estimated to be approximately 45 minutes, depending on  traffic.

If you haven’t sent your flight details yet, please inform us ASAP at, for smooth coordination.

2) Registration and Badge Collection:

Upon arrival at the hotel, registered participants and accompanying persons are required to collect their badges from the hotel lobby, starting from 25th April, at 11.00. 

This marks the official beginning of their championship journey!

3) Technical Meeting:

An important Technical Meeting for Heads of Delegations and interested parents is scheduled for April 26th at 10:00.
This meeting provides an opportunity to address important matters and ensure you have all the information you need.

4) Opening Ceremony:

The Opening Ceremony is set to commence at 14:00 on April 26th, signaling the official start of the championship.
Players and dignitaries will come together to inaugurate the event!

5) Detailed schedule & Event Updates:

Stay informed and up-to-date with the latest developments and schedule adjustments by visiting the event’s official website at
Regular updates will be provided to ensure all participants and spectators are well-prepared for the action-packed days ahead.

6) Closing Ceremony and Certificate Presentation:

The championship concludes with the Closing Ceremony on April 28th at 19:00, where achievements will be celebrated, and memories cherished. 

By then we will have World Champions in 12 categories (U8, U10, U12 * Open & Girls * Blitz & Rapid)

Certificates of Participation will be presented to all participants on April 28th from 17:00 to 18:30 in the hotel lobby, serving as a tangible reminder of their unforgettable participation in the championship.

7) Have fun:

The Golden Rule. Prepared to have fun.




With anticipation building and excitement in the air, the World Rapid & Blitz Cadet Chess Championship in Durres promises to be a truly memorable gathering of young chess minds.
Pack your luggage, prepare your strategies, and get ready to join us for an unforgettable experience in the majestic Albanian riviera.

Best regards,
Organizing Committee

Detailed Schedule –

25 April, Thursday – Arrival Day
11.00 — Badge Collection available at the hotel lobby.

26 April, Friday. Rapid
10:00 — Technical Meeting
14:00 — Opening Ceremony
15:00 — 1 Round
16:15 — 2 Round
17:30 — 3 Round
18:45 — 4 Round
20:00 — 5 Round

27 April, Saturday. Rapid
10:00 — 6 Round
11:15 — 7 Round
12:30 — 8 Round
16:00 — 9 Round
17:15 — 10 Round
18:30 — 11 Round

28 April, Sunday. Blitz
09:30 — 1 Round
10:10 — 2 Round
10:50 — 3 Round
11:30 — 4 Round
12:10 — 5 Round
12:50 — 6 Round
14:30 — 7 Round
15:10 — 8 Round
15:50 — 9 Round
16:30 — 10 Round
17:10 — 11 Round
19:00 — Closing Ceremony

29 April, Monday – Departure Day