'[A] Fischer Random championship will be broadcasted by the end of October. [reddit.com]' That's great news indeed. I hope we'll be hearing more about the event soon. The Reddit post suggests that the event will be held in Iceland.
As I often do, I interjected a note of caution:-
There's nothing to prevent anyone from touting a chess960 tournament as a 'World Championship'. [...] Let's see how the Icelandic organizers justify their event as a World Championship.
This month it's a reality. The justification as a World Championship is solid as a rock:-
- 2022-08-19: Wesley So to defend his FIDE World Fischer Random title (fide.com; FWFRCC) 'FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship is back with its second edition. The over-the-board final will take place in Reykjavik, Iceland, from 25-30 October 2022.'
The event is spread over multiple sites/venues:-
Announcing The 2022 FIDE Fischer Random World Chess Championship
'Chess.com is excited to announce that the FIDE Fischer Random World Championship is back, brought to you by the Government of Iceland and the City of Reykjavik! Top players from around the world will compete in a series of classical Fischer Random games for their share of the $400,000 prize fund and the title of FIDE Fischer Random World Champion.
The first qualifier starts on August 22 at 9 a.m. PT (18:00 CEST) on Chess.com. Any titled player can participate in the qualifiers for a spot at the championship, which will happen on October 25-30 in Reykavik, Iceland, and their share of the $2,500 qualifier prize fund.'
- 2022-08-18: Play in a Chess World Championship (lichess.org; FWFRC) 'Lichess announces global entry paths to the FIDE World Fischer Random Finals, with anyone eligible for entry, entirely for free. The 2022 edition of the FIDE World Fischer Random Championship will take place this October in Reykjavik, Iceland.'
Note that the three announcements use three different names for the event -- the corresponding acronyms are FWFRCC, FFRWCC, and FWFRC -- so take your pick. I'll pick FWFRCC, which was the acronym I used for the 2019 event:-
- 2019-12-21: FWFRCC Wrapup A summary of a dozen posts on the event. 'Dare we call the tournament the first FWFRCC? Will there be a second?'
- 2022-06-25: FWFRCC PGN 'The summary post finished with a question: Where are the game scores?'
All three announcements use the same banner/logo for the event, so I assume it's as official as these things get.
The Lichess announcement includes details about the organization of the event, which is already underway on their site. Chess.com introduces the details on a separate page, Fischer Random World Championship Finals Knockout 2022 (chess.com; Oct 25 - Oct 31), which starts in a few days on their site.
Are the rules consistent across Lichess and Chess.com? Experience says, 'Probably not', but we'll find out for sure as the event unfolds. I'm looking forward to everything!