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FIDE Candidates Chess Tournament 2022: All The Information

FIDE Candidates Chess Tournament 2022: All The Information

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This guide contains all the information about the 2022 FIDE Candidates Tournament: details on players, schedule, results, regulations, and more.

Chess.com's coverage of the 2022 FIDE Candidates Tournament runs from June 16 through July 7. This event is the most important of the year as the world's best players gather to fight for a chance to play GM Magnus Carlsen for the world championship title in 2023.


Pairings And Results

Below you can see the predicted pairings for the 2022 Candidates Tournament. The pairings below are pending confirmation upon FIDE's official pairings list release:

Round 1 17.06.22 15:00 CEST Round 8 26.06.22 15:00 CEST
Duda - Rapport Rapport - Duda
??? - Nepomniachtchi Nepomniachtchi - ???
Caruana - Nakamura Nakamura - Caruana
Radjabov - Firouzja Firouzja - Radjabov
Round 2 18.06.22 15:00 CEST Round 9 27.06.22 15:00 CEST
Rapport - Firouzja Firouzja - Rapport
Nakamura - Radjabov Radjabov - Nakamura
Nepomniachtchi - Caruana Caruana - Nepomniachtchi
Duda - ??? ??? - Duda
Round 3 19.06.22 15:00 CEST Round 10 29.06.22 15:00 CEST
??? - Rapport Rapport - ???
Caruana - Duda Duda - Caruana
Radjabov - Nepomniachtchi Nepomniachtchi - Radjabov
Firouzja - Nakamura Nakamura - Firouzja
Round 4 21.06.22 15:00 CEST Round 11 30.06.22 15:00 CEST
Rapport - Nakamura Nakamura - Rapport
Nepomniachtchi - Firouzja Firouzja - Nepomniachtchi
Duda - Radjabov Radjabov - Duda
??? - Caruana Caruana - ???
Round 5 22.06.22 15:00 CEST Round 12 01.07.22 15:00 CEST
Caruana - Rapport Rapport - Caruana
Radjabov - ??? ??? - Radjabov
Firouzja - Duda Duda - Firouzja
Nakamura - Nepomniachtchi Nepomniachtchi - Nakamura
Round 6 23.06.22 15:00 CEST Round 13 03.07.22 15:00 CEST
Radjabov - Rapport Nepomniachtchi - Rapport
Firouzja - Caruana Nakamura - Duda
Nakamura - ??? Firouzja - ???
Nepomniachtchi - Duda Radjabov - Caruana
Round 7 25.06.22 15:00 CEST Round 14 04.07.22 15:00 CEST
Rapport - Nepomniachtchi Rapport - Radjabov
Duda - Nakamura Caruana - Firouzja
??? - Firouzja ??? - Nakamura
Caruana - Radjabov Duda - Nepomniachtchi

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Schedule

The event's games start on June 17 and end on July 4 (or July 5 if there are tiebreaks). We will provide you with more information on each round's starting time once FIDE releases the official schedule.

Format

  • Eight players compete in a double round-robin tournament (14 rounds)
  • Time control: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, 50 minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the rest of the game with a 30-second increment per move starting on move one.
  • Draws by mutual agreement are not allowed before Black's 40th move
  • Players earn 1 point for a win, 0.5 points for a draw, and 0 points for a loss
  • The player with the most points at the end of the 14 rounds becomes the champion
  • The winner earns the right to face Carlsen in the 2023 FIDE World Chess Championship.

Tiebreaks

If there is a tie for first place, tiebreaks consist of up to three stages:

Stage 1

  • If two players are tied, a 15+10 two-game match is played between them, with a drawing of lots determining the colors for the first game.
  • If three to six players are tied, a single round-robin tournament with a 15+10 time control is played among the tied players
  • If seven or eight players are tied, a single round-robin tournament with a 10+5 time control is played among the tied players.

Stage 2

If a tie for first place persists after stage one, stage two commences:

  • If two players are tied, a 3+2 two-game match breaks the tie, with a drawing of lots deciding the starting colors.
  • If more than two players are tied, a single round-robin tournament with a 3+2 time control is played.

Stage 3

If a tie for first place persists after stage two, stage three commences:

  • A knockout tournament decides the winner.
  • If there are more than two players the bracket is determined by a drawing of lots.
  • Each match of the knockout tournament consists of a single 3+2 game, with colors determined by a drawing of lots.
  • If any game of the knockout ends in a draw, players keep alternating colors and playing 3+2 games until a decisive game determines the winner.

You can find additional rules to break ties for all other positions on FIDE's regulations under section 4.4.2.

Players

The 2022 Candidates Tournament features eight of the best players in the world. Seven players have already qualified, with the highest-rated player according to FIDE's May 22 list taking the last spot and replacing GM Sergey Karjakin after his suspension.

Candidates Tournament Players

Ian Nepomniachtchi (31)

Ian Nepomniachtchi (2773, Russia) qualified as the 2021 FIDE World Championship runner-up. Nepomniachtchi won the 2020-2021 Candidates Tournament with a round to spare but eventually lost to Carlsen in Dubai.

2022 Candidates Participants Ian Nepomniachtchi World Championship Runner Up

Teimour Radjabov (34)

Teimour Radjabov (2753, Azerbaijan) was invited by FIDE to play the 2022 Candidates after qualifying for the previous edition of the event and refusing to participate due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Candidates Participants Teimour Radjabov FIDE invited

Jan-Krzysztof Duda (23)

Jan-Krzysztof Duda (2760, Poland) qualified by winning the 2021 FIDE World Cup, even beating Carlsen in the process. He was also the player who stopped the world champion's unbeaten 125-game streak in 2020.

2022 Candidates Duda World Cup winner

Alireza Firouzja (18)

Alireza Firouzja (2804, France) qualified after winning the 2021 FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss. Firouzja broke the record for the youngest player ever to cross the 2800 rating barrier.

2022 Candidates Participants Alireza Firouzja Grand Swiss Winner

Fabiano Caruana (29)

Fabiano Caruana (2792, United States) qualified for ending the 2021 FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss in second place. Caruana won the 2018 Candidates and drew 12 games against Carlsen during the world championship match.

2022 Candidates Participants Fabiano Caruana Grand Swiss Runner Up

Highest FIDE rated player (May 2022)

The highest-rated player who meets the requirements for playing in the Candidates will replace GM Sergey Karjakin after the Russian was banned from official FIDE events for six months starting on March 21, 2022.

2022 Candidates Participants Highest Rated FIDE Player as of May 22

Hikaru Nakamura (34)

Hikaru Nakamura (2758, United States) qualified by finishing in the top two in the 2022 FIDE Grand Prix. It will be his second appearance in a Candidates Tournament (2016).

2022 Candidates Tournament Hikaru Nakamura

Richard Rapport (26)

Richard Rapport (2776, Hungary) qualified by finishing in the top two in the 2022 FIDE Grand Prix. It will be his first appearance in a Candidates Tournament.

2022 Candidates Tournament Richard Rapport

Prize Fund

The 2022 Candidates Tournament has a minimum prize fund of €500,000, distributed as follows:

  • 1st: €48,000
  • 2nd: €36,000
  • 3rd: €24,000

The prize money is divided equally among players with an equal score after 14 rounds. Players also receive €3,500 for every half-point they score.

The winner of the tournament earns the right to play against Carlsen in the 2023 FIDE World Chess Championship.

Location

In December 2021, FIDE announced that Madrid would host the 2022 Candidates Tournament. Spain is well known for its chess tradition. The country has hosted all the major chess events at least once, including two previous Candidates finals (1987 and 1993).

On-Site ChessKid Event

During the Candidates, ChessKid is hosting the Intercontinental ChessKid Candidates, an on-site event where the strongest U-12 players in the world will compete in the same game room as the Candidates. Players and their tutors get free accommodation, with the winners also getting a free one-year ChessKid gold membership. Read the ChessKid article to learn more about the event.

Regulations

You can find the official regulations in this PDF.

History Of The Candidates Tournament

The Candidates Tournament has a long tradition. Its first edition happened in 1950 in Budapest, when GMs David Bronstein and Isaac Boleslavsky tied for first place. Bronstein then won a match against Boleslavsky to earn the right to play for the world champion title against GM Mikhail Botvinnik. The world championship match ended in a tie and, following the rules of the time, Botvinnik retained his title.

The 1953 Candidates Tournament in Zurich was the second and possibly the most famous edition of the event. GM Vassily Smyslov won that tournament and later drew his world championship match with Botvinnik. Three years later, Smyslov won the following Candidates in Amsterdam and then defeated Botvinnik to become the world champion.

GMs Boris Spassky, Viktor Korchnoi, Anatoly Karpov, and Viswanathan Anand are the only other players who qualified for another title match (not counting rematches guaranteed to a defeated champion) after losing the first match.

Spassky became the world champion after defeating GM Tigran Petrosian in 1969, but not before losing to him in 1966. Korchnoi wasn't as successful as Spassky and lost his matches against Karpov in 1978 and 1981. Karpov himself had to win the 1989 Candidates to play for the world title after losing the match against GM Garry Kasparov in 1987.

More recently, the 2013 Candidates Tournament in London was particularly dramatic. In a close fight for first place between Carlsen and GM Vladimir Kramnik, the two lost their final-round game and were tied. Carlsen won the tournament based on the second tiebreak (number of wins) and beat Anand later that year to become the new World Champion.

Another historic edition of the event happened between 2020 and 2021, this time for reasons unrelated to chess. FIDE decided to suspend the tournament halfway due to the COVID-19 pandemic—an unprecedented event in chess history. Nepomniachtchi, who finished the first half in second place, won the event with a round to spare after the tournament resumed.

Carlsen successfully defended his title against Anand, who won the 2014 Candidates Tournament, Karjakin (2016), Caruana (2018), and Nepomniachtchi (2021). The winner of the 2022 Candidates Tournament will define who the world champion will face next.

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