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FIDE and World Chess announce Grand Prix 2022

by Shahid Ahmed - 19/06/2021

FIDE World Cup will start in a few days from 10th July and the World Championship match is slated to take place this November. However, FIDE and World Chess have already made their plans about the next world championship cycle and announced the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2022. It will take place between February and April 2022. It will consist of 24 players, based on their performance in FIDE World Cup, FIDE Grand Swiss, rating, FIDE and World Chess nominations. Each player will get to play only two out of three tournaments, which will take place in one city. Top two finishers of the GP will qualify for the FIDE Candidates Tournament 2022. Photo: Niklesh Jain

Two tickets to the FIDE Candidates Tournament will be decided in a tightly-packed series organized by World Chess

Timeline

FIDE and World Chess are pleased to announce the 2022 Grand Prix Series that will take place in February - April of 2022 and will consist of three tournaments.

Harikrishna was one of the FIDE Grand Prix 2019 participants | Photo: Niki Riga/World Chess

Venue

The events will take place in one city — a deviation from the typical system where Grand Prix events are hosted in different cities around the world, but a move that will make it easier for the chess players to plan their travel schedule amid the pandemic-related travel and visa restrictions.

Players

The Series will feature 24 players who will compete in two out of three events. Each event will consist of a group stage and then a knock-out. In the group stage, each group will play a round-robin six-round tournament. The system has been improved to reflect the chess community’s feedback regarding the number of classic games: now there are six classic games in the first stage of each event. This further decreases random results and ensures that the players who consistently perform well move to the next stage.

Since Anand has refrained from taking part in the next World Championship cycle so far, it is safe to say that World no.20 Harikrishna and World no.22 Vidit are the front-runners for the GP | Photo: Niklesh Jain

Prize fund

The prize fund for each event is EUR150,000 — a EUR20,000 increase from 2019.

Qualification

The qualification criteria to the Series has also been revamped to increase the number of players who are selected by events results — 16 out of 24 players qualify for their performance in the World Cup and Grand Swiss. The rest is selected by rating, and two are nominated by FIDE and World Chess respectively.

GP Aftermath

The events are packed tightly into the first half of 2022 to allow ample time for the Candidates Tournament which is expected to be held in 2022 and a possibility to hold the FIDE Championship Match at the end of 2022 or beginning of 2023, restoring the FIDE Calendar that shifted due to the pandemic.

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Arkady Dvorkovich, FIDE President, says: “While we are anxiously waiting for the outcome of the 2021 Match between Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi, we are looking forward to the next cycle and new players qualifying to beat the World Champion, whoever he might be”.

 

The Series is organized by World Chess, FIDE commercial partner and official broadcaster. Ilya Merenzon, World Chess CEO, says: “We are currently on the lookout for the best possible city to hold the Series and are so excited to work with the chess fans and ask their opinion of the next chess capital. In the next week, we’ll issue a global call for suggestions and will talk to the chess luminaries and fans around the world to choose this special city”.

About World Chess

World Chess is a London-based chess gaming and entertainment group and FIDE’ official broadcaster and commercial partner. World Chess organized the FIDE Championship Matches in Russia, the USA, and the UK, and revolutionized the sport by signing the biggest media partnerships in history. World Chess develops Armageddon, the chess league for prime-time television. World Chess also runs FIDE Online Arena, the exclusive official chess gaming platform. More at worldchess.com.

 

Source: Press Release