FIDE Candidates Chess Tournament 2020: All The Info

FIDE Candidates Chess Tournament 2020: All The Info‎

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The second half of the FIDE Candidates has been postponed to a later date. Here's our story.


GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave defeated GM Ian Nepomniachtchi in round seven of the FIDE Candidates Tournament in Yekaterinburg. As the first tiebreak is mutual score, the French player is now the leader.

You can find a full recap of round seven here.

Round 7 games

Round 7 Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Score SB
1 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2767 2876 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 4.5/7 15.25
2 Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2774 2875 0 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 4.5/7 14.25
3 Caruana, Fabiano 2842 2764 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 3.5/7 12.25
4-5 Giri, Anish 2763 2775 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 3.5/7 11.25
4-5 Wang, Hao 2762 2775 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 3.5/7 11.25
6 Grischuk, Alexander 2777 2773 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 3.5/7 12.25
7 Ding, Liren 2805 2667 0 0 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 2.5/7 8.25
8 Alekseenko, Kirill 2698 2683 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 2.5/7 9.25

(Tiebreaks: 1. Mutual score, 2. Number of wins, 3. Sonneborn-Berger.)


The FIDE Candidates Tournament is one of the most important events of 2020. Eight players will fight for a chance to play GM Magnus Carlsen in the World Chess Championship later in the year. Here's all of the information.

Pairings & results

Round 1 17.03.20 16:00 GMT+5 Round 8 26.03.20 16:00 GMT+5
Vachier-Lagrave ½-½ Caruana Caruana - Vachier-Lagrave
Ding Liren 0-1 Wang Hao Wang Hao - Ding Liren
Giri 0-1 Nepomniachtchi Nepomniachtchi - Giri
Grischuk ½-½ Alekseenko Alekseenko - Grischuk
Round 2 18.03.20 16:00 GMT+5 Round 9 27.03.20 16:00 GMT+5
Caruana 1-0 Alekseenko Alekseenko - Caruana
Nepomniachtchi ½-½ Grischuk Grischuk - Nepomniachtchi
Wang Hao ½-½ Giri Giri - Wang Hao
Vachier-Lagrave 1-0 Ding Liren Ding Liren - Vachier-Lagrave
Round 3 19.03.20 16:00 GMT+5 Round 10 29.03.20 16:00 GMT+5
Ding Liren 1-0 Caruana Caruana - Ding Liren
Giri ½-½ Vachier-Lagrave Vachier-Lagrave - Giri
Grischuk ½-½ Wang Hao Wang Hao - Grischuk
Alekseenko ½-½ Nepomniachtchi Nepomniachtchi - Alekseenko
Round 4 21.03.20 16:00 GMT+5 Round 11 30.03.20 16:00 GMT+5
Caruana ½-½ Nepomniachtchi Nepomniachtchi - Caruana
Wang Hao ½-½ Alekseenko Alekseenko - Wang Hao
Vachier-Lagrave ½-½ Grischuk Grischuk - Vachier-Lagrave
Ding Liren ½-½ Giri Giri - Ding Liren
Round 5 22.03.20 16:00 GMT+5 Round 12 31.03.20 16:00 GMT+5
Giri ½-½ Caruana Caruana - Giri
Grischuk ½-½ Ding Liren Ding Liren - Grischuk
Alekseenko ½-½ Vachier-Lagrave Vachier-Lagrave - Alekseenko
Nepomniachtchi 1-0 Wang Hao Wang Hao - Nepomniachtchi
Round 6 23.03.20 16:00 GMT+5 Round 13 02.04.20 16:00 GMT+5
Grischuk ½-½ Caruana Wang Hao - Caruana
Alekseenko 0-1 Giri Nepomniachtchi - Vachier-Lagrave
Nepomniachtchi 1-0 Ding Liren Alekseenko - Ding Liren
Wang Hao ½-½ Vachier-Lagrave Grischuk - Giri
Round 7 25.03.20 16:00 GMT+5 Round 14 03.04.20 16:00 GMT+5
Caruana ½-½ Wang Hao Caruana - Grischuk
Vachier-Lagrave 1-0 Nepomniachtchi Giri - Alekseenko
Ding Liren ½-½ Alekseenko Ding Liren - Nepomniachtchi
Giri ½-½ Grischuk Vachier-Lagrave - Wang Hao

On February 14, at a ceremony in the offices of the Russian Ministry of Sports in Moscow, the drawing of lots was performed. This led to the following numbers for the players: 1 Teimour Radjabov, 2 Ding Liren, 3 Anish Giri, 4 Alexander Grischuk, 5 Kirill Alekseenko, 6 Ian Nepomniachtchi, 7 Wang Hao, 8 Fabiano Caruana.

As the regulations stipulate, players from the same country are facing each other in the early rounds. The two Chinese players meet in rounds 1 and 8, and the three Russians play each other in rounds 1-3 and 8-10.

Watch on Chess.com

  • You can watch the games live at Chess.com/events with computer analysis, live chat and video commentary by GM Vishy Anand, GM Hikaru Nakamura, GM Wesley So, GM Robert Hess, IM Danny Rensch and other special guests. Our live broadcast will also be available on Chess.com/TV.
  • Daily news recaps will be posted on the Chess.com news pages with in-depth grandmaster analysis of the games.
  • Further recap videos will be published on YouTube with more GM analysis.
  • On Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, we'll provide the latest news, photos, rumors and more from the tournament.

Chess.com commentators FIDE Candidates
Our commentary team for the FIDE Candidates.

Dates

The tournament runs between March 15 and April 5, 2020. The opening ceremony and technical meeting for the players take place on March 16, and the first round is on March 17. After every three rounds, there is a rest day. The 14th and last round is scheduled for April 3, and a possible tiebreak and the closing ceremony is a day later.

Schedule

Date Local time Europe Pacific Event
March 15 Arrivals
March 16 Opening Ceremony & Technical Meeting
March 17 16:00 12:00 4 a.m. Round 1
March 18 16:00 12:00 4 a.m. Round 2
March 19 16:00 12:00 4 a.m. Round 3
March 20 Free Day
March 21 16:00 12:00 4 a.m. Round 4
March 22 16:00 12:00 4 a.m. Round 5
March 23 16:00 12:00 4 a.m. Round 6
March 24 Free Day
March 25 16:00 12:00 4 a.m. Round 7
March 26 16:00 12:00 4 a.m. Round 8
March 27 16:00 12:00 4 a.m. Round 9
March 28 Free Day
March 29 16:00 13:00 4 a.m. Round 10
March 30 16:00 13:00 4 a.m. Round 11
March 31 16:00 13:00 4 a.m. Round 12
April 01 Free Day
April 02 16:00 13:00 4 a.m. Round 13
April 03 16:00 13:00 4 a.m. Round 14
April 04 Tie-breaks & Closing Ceremony
April 05 Departures

Location

The venue for the tournament is the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Yekaterinburg, Russia. This is also where the players will be staying.

Hyatt Regency Hotel in Yekaterinburg, Russia
The Hyatt Regency Hotel in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

The official website is en.candidates-2020.com.

Players

2020 Candidates Tournament | Participants

# Fed Name Rating Rank B-Year
1 Caruana, Fabiano 2842 2 1992
2 Ding Liren 2805 3 1992
3 Grischuk, Alexander 2777 4 1983
4 Nepomniachtchi, Ian 2774 5 1990
5 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2767 8 1990
6 Giri, Anish 2763 11 1994
7 Wang Hao 2762 12 1989
8 Alekseenko, Kirill 2698 39 1997

Fabiano Caruana (27)

Fabiano Caruana (2842, USA) qualified as the runner-up in the 2018 World Championship. He won the Candidates Tournament in 2018 and eventually lost to Carlsen in the title match. Caruana came second in the 2016 Candidates Tournament behind Sergey Karjakin.

Ding Liren (27)

Ding Liren (2805, China) qualified as the runner-up in the 2019 FIDE World Cup. This is his second time he will play a Candidates Tournament; in 2018, the Chinese GM came fourth with 13 draws and one win.

Alexander Grischuk (36)

Alexander Grischuk (2777, Russia) qualified as the winner of the 2019 FIDE Grand Prix. He played Candidates Matches in both 2007 and 2011. In both the 2013 and 2018 tournaments, he tied for fifth place with 6.5/14.

Ian Nepomniachtchi (29)

Ian Nepomniachtchi (2774, Russia) qualified as the runner-up of the 2019 FIDE Grand Prix. He is playing his first Candidates Tournament.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (29)

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2767, France) is a replacement for Teimour Radjabov, who withdrew from the tournament after his request to postpone the tournament due to the coronavirus was not granted. MVL is playing his first Candidates Tournament.

Anish Giri (25)

Anish Giri (2763, Netherlands) qualified as the player with the highest average rating for 12 rating periods from February 2019 to January 2020. It's the second Candidates Tournament for the Dutchman; he tied for fourth place in 2016 with 14 draws.

Wang Hao (30)

Wang Hao (2758, China) qualified as the winner of the 2019 FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss. He is playing his first Candidates Tournament.

Kirill Alekseenko (22)

Kirill Alekseenko (2704, Russia) is the wildcard. He was eligible to be selected as a wildcard due to placing third in the 2019 FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss. He is playing his first Candidates Tournament.

Prize fund

The total prize fund is 500,000 euros ($557.720,00). The amount is net and cleared of any local taxes. All prize money is divided equally between players who have the same score after 14 rounds.

Regulations

The official regulations can be found in PDF here. These are the most important things to know:

  • The eight players play a double round-robin tournament (14 rounds). The winner qualifies for the 2020 FIDE World Chess Championship Match.
  • The time control is 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 minutes to finish the game with a 30-second increment starting from the first move.
  • The players cannot draw a game by agreement before Black's 40th move. A claim for a draw before Black's 40th move is permitted only through the Chief Arbiter or his Deputy in case of threefold repetition.
  • If two or more players score the same number of points, the tie is decided by the following criteria, in order of priority:
    a) The results of the games between the players involved in the tie.
    b) Each tied player’s total number of wins in the tournament.
    c) Sonneborn-Berger System.
  • If there are two players in a tie for the first place, a rapid and blitz tiebreak playoff will be held between these players to determine the winner and the runner-up.

Fantasy Contest

You can play in Chess.com's Candidates Fantasy Contest during the tournament for your chance at a share of $5,000 and premium memberships. Draft your team now and follow the action live on ChessTV.

History

The Candidates Tournament has a long tradition. It was first held in 1950 in Budapest where David Bronstein and Isaac Boleslavsky tied for first place. Bronstein then won a match between the two and tied the world championship match with Mikhail Botvinnik. Botvinnik thus retained his title.

The second, the 1953 Candidates Tournament in Zurich, is possibly the most famous edition of all because of Bronstein's brilliant book about it. It was won by Vassily Smyslov, who also drew his world championship match with Botvinnik. Three years later, Smyslov won the next tournament in Amsterdam and then defeated Botvinnik to become the world champion.

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 lost his first match to Petrosian in 1966, but he beat Petrosian in 1969 to become the champion. Korchnoi lost both matches to Karpov, in 1978 and 1981. Karpov himself won the Candidates in 1989 after he had lost to Garry Kasparov in 1987.

In modern times, the 2013 Candidates Tournament in London was particularly dramatic and historic. In a two-horse race for first place between Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik, the two were tied when they both lost their final-round game. Carlsen was declared the winner based on the second tiebreak (number of wins) and went on to beat Vishy Anand later that year.

Carlsen successfully defended his title against Anand, who won the 2014 Candidates Tournament, against Sergey Karjakin (2016) and against Caruana (2018). His next opponent will be known on April 4 at the latest.

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