FIDE Candidates Tournament will start in a few days in Russia



FIDE Candidates Tournament to start in Yekaterinburg on 16th March

Essential information

The 2020 FIDE Candidates Tournament will officially open on 16th March in Yekaterinburg, Russia. One of the most important chess events of the year, it will bring together eight top world players competing to become the challenger to Magnus Carlsen at the FIDE World Chess Championship Match at the end of this year.

The participants of the tournament are Fabiano Caruana (USA), Ding Liren (China), Wang Hao (China), Alexander Grischuk (Russia), Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia), Kirill Alekseenko (Russia), Anish Giri (Netherlands) and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), who replaced Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan) after he decided to drop out of the event. The eight players will play a double round-robin tournament (14 rounds). The rounds will be held between 17th March and 3rd April.

​The Opening Ceremony:

The official opening of the Tournament will take place on 16th March at 7 PM at the Congress Centre – Ekaterinburg Expo (Address: 2, Expo Boulevard). Before the beginning of the ceremony, between 6.15 and 6.45 PM, members of the media will be able to meet with officials and the participants.

On the same day, at 1 PM, there will be a pre-start press event mainly for Russian media, attended by the officials, organizers and some of the players. The event will be held at the Sverdlovsk Journalists' Union, (Address: 1, Clara Zetkin Street).

The Tournament:

The games will take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel (Address: 8, Borisa Yeltsina Street) from the 17th March to 3rd April.

The First Round will begin at 4 PM local time (noon CET; 4 AM PST). Pairings for the First Round are: M. Vachier-Lagrave – F. Caruana; Ding Liren – Wang Hao; A. Giri – I. Nepomniachtchi; A. Grischuk – K. Alekeenko.

The games will take place on the following dates: 17-19. March; 21-23. March; 25-27. March; 29-31. March and 2-3. April. Free days: 20th, 24th, 28th March and 1st April. The beginning of all rounds will be at 4 PM local time, except for the 14th round, which will start at 3 PM local time on 3rd April.

The closing ceremony is scheduled to take place on 3rd April at 9.30 PM at Sima-Land (Address: 86, bld. 8, Chernyakhovsky Street).

The Prize Fund:

The prize fund for the event is 500,000 Euros. All prize money is divided equally when players have the same score after 14 rounds. The prize money will be paid by direct banker’s order drawn in euros, within fourteen working days after completion of the event and receipt of the players’ bank details.