The 2019 FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship

The 2019 FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship‎

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The 2019 FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship continues with the Knockout Qualifiers on August 11 at 8 a.m. PDTSome of the top players in the world will be participating including Sergey Karjakin and Ian Nepomniachtchi.

GM Aman Hambleton will be providing coverage for this Knockout Qualifier, the first of six which will be featured live at www.Twitch.tv/Chess and www.Chess.com/TV

More information on this exciting world championship can be found below.

How to Register

1. Go to www.FRChess.com

2. In the register section, click the Non-Titled Qualifier or Titled Qualifier button

3. Register with your Chess.com Username and pay the registration fee ($5 for 2 events or $20 for all events, per stage)

4. Upon redirection, you will automatically have requested access to the private Fischer Random Qualification Club that corresponds with your registration information.

5. You will receive an email with more information including a link to the private club where qualifiers will be taking place.

6. Chess.com will approve your access and you will be able to register for qualifiers up to one hour before they begin.

7. You may choose your qualifiers on any of the 4 qualifiers happening each Sunday from April 28 to June 16 for Non-Titled players and June 30 to August 4 for Titled Players.

6. Play your best and attempt to qualify for the next round!

Online Qualifying

Location: Chess.com

Qualifying Stage 1: Non-Titled Open Qualifying Phase

  • Interested players must first create an account at Chess.com
  • Players will purchase entry to Open Qualifiers on www.FRChess.com
  • The price of these entries are $5 for 2 qualifiers or $20 for all qualifiers
  • Players will be redirected to automatically join the private "Fischer Random Non-Titled Open Qualifier Club" on Chess.com immediately after registering
  • Players will register for tournaments they are eligible to play in (please note that players who register for more than the total number of events they have paid for will be ejected from the club)
  • Players will compete in a 10+2, 9-round Swiss tournament based on the set qualifying schedule, with the top 5 finishers from each winning 2 entries to qualifiers in the Titled Play-In Qualifier Phase.
  • More entries may be purchased at www.FRChess.com
  • The total number of qualifiers from this phase will be 160 players from 32 qualifiers.

Qualifying Stage 2: Titled Play-In Qualifier Phase

  • The 160 qualifiers from the Non-Titled Open Qualifier stage will join titled players at this stage
  • Players will purchase entry to Play-In Qualifiers on www.FRChess.com 
  • The price of these entries are $5 for 2 qualifiers or $20 for all qualifiers
  • Players will be redirected to join the "Fischer Random Titled Play-In Qualifier Club" on Chess.com immediately after registering
  • Players will register for tournaments they are eligible to play in (please note that players who register for more than the total number of events they have paid for will be ejected from the club)
  • Players will compete in a 10+2, 9-round Swiss tournament based on the set qualifying schedule, with the top 7 finishers from each winning eligibility to purchase entries into the Knockout Qualifier Phase.
  • The total number of qualifiers from this phase will be 84 players.

Qualifying Stage 3: Knockout Qualifier Phase

  • The 84 qualified players will join 12 invited players at this stage
  • Each player will be given a scheduled date and time based on Chess.com's seeding process and must play on that scheduled date
  • The players will play in a bracket-style, single elimination tournament with a 15+2, 2-game mini-match in the Round of 16, Quarterfinal, Semifinal and Final stage of each bracket
  • Only the winner will advance from the Knockout Bracket Phase to the Quarterfinals Stage 1. These 6 players will play in the over-the-board Quarterfinal in Norway or online (TBD).

The Fischer Random Championship

Live Quarterfinals, Semifinals & Finals

Location: Baerum, Norway

1. Quarterfinals Stage 1

  • The 6 qualifiers from the Knockout Qualifier stage will join last year's Fischer Random challenger Hikaru Nakamura and WCC challenger Fabiano Caruana in this stage
  • The 8 players will be paired via drawing of lots at the live venue and will play a series of slow rapid, rapid and blitz games in match format
  • Slow rapid wins count for 3 points, rapid wins count for 2 points and blitz wins count for 1 point
  • The winners of each match advance to the Quarterfinals Stage 2 and the losers drop to the losers' bracket.
  • The 4 players in the losers' bracket play matches based on the seeding process with the same time control as Quarterfinals Stage 1. The two winners of these matches rejoin the winners from Quarterfinal Stage 1.
  • These 6 players will comprise the players competing in the Quarterfinals Stage 2.

2. Quarterfinals Stage 2

  • The 6 Quarterfinals Stage 2 participants will play matches with the same time controls and point values as outlined in the Quarterfinals Stage 1.
  • The 3 winners of the Quarterfinals Stage 2 matches will advance to the Semifinals to join defending champion Magnus Carlsen

3. Semifinals

  • The 4 semifinalists will play matches against each other with 4 slow rapid, 4 fast rapid and 4 blitz games comprising each match
  • The winner of each match advances to the finals and the loser of each will play in the third place match

4. Finals and Third Place Match

  • The 2 finalists and 2 third-place match participants will play 4 slow rapid, 4 fast rapid and 4 blitz games comprising each match.
  • In the event of a draw at the end of the cumulative games, a 5|4 armageddon tiebreaker will ensure to determine a winner

Schedule

2019 FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship Schedule

Fischer Random Championship Schedule

Fischer Random Championship Play-In Qualifier Schedule
Fischer Random Chess Championship Knockout Qualifiers



Venue

The 2019 Fischer Random Championship organizers will be hosting the event at the Henie Onstad Art Center in Baerum, Norway:

Participants

The following players have accepted their invites into the 2019 Fischer Random Championship:

  • Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen 2019 Fischer Random World Championship

  • Hikaru Nakamura

Hikaru Nakamura 2019 Fischer Random World Championship

  • Fabiano Caruana

Fabiano Caruana 2019 Fischer Random World Championship

  • Peter Svidler

Peter Svidler 2019 Fischer Random World Championship

  • Wesley So

Wesley So 2019 Fischer Random World Championship

  • Alireza Firouzja
  • Ian Nepomniachtchi

Prizes

Place Prize
Champion $125,000
Runner-up $75,000
3rd Place $50,000
4th Place $40,000
Quarterfinalist $10,000
Quarterfinalist $10,000
Quarterfinalist $10,000
Quarterfinalist $10,000
Quarterfinalist $10,000

On top of the $325,000 in prizes for the over-the-board portion, the qualifier portion of the 2019 Fischer Random Championship will feature a $16,000 prize fund.

Additional Information

Organizers

  • Dund AS and Chess.com

Presenting Partner

  • Ice Group Norway

Partners

  • Chess.com, Isklar, Polar, FormFunk, NRK, Baerum Kommune

Broadcast Partners

  • Twitch, NRK

Qualifying Platform and Live Game Observation

  • Chess.com, Chessbomb.com
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