FIDE Announce 2012/13 Grand Prix Cycle

  • SonofPearl
  • on 5/19/12, 1:02 PM.

fide_official_logo-gens-una-sumus cropped.jpgPRESS RELEASE
FIDE and AGON are pleased to announce the full details of the new Grand Prix cycle 2012/2013. Regulations for the Series as well as Players contracts can be found below.

Each player will be assigned to play in four of the six cities and his best three results will be accumulated for his / her overall ranking at the end of the series. The top two overall placed in the Grand Prix will qualify for the Candidates event in 2014.

From the Regulations, the 18 players qualifying to participate in the series are as follows :

Art. 3.1 Current World Champion and Challenger from 2012 World Championship match

Viswanathan Anand (IND)
Boris Gelfand (ISR)

3.2 World Cup

Peter Svidler (RUS)
Alexander Grischuk (RUS)
Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR)
Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR)

3.3 FIDE President Nominees. The FIDE President may nominate one player who must be rated at least 2700 as per the January 2012 rating list.

3.4 Organiser Nominees. Six players may be nominated by AGON and must be rated not less than 2700 in the January 2012 rating list or have been a former World Chess Champion.

3.5 Rating (five players plus reserves as may be required)

Name Title Country Jan-12 Jul-11 Jan+Jul Avg
Carlsen, Magnus GM NOR 2835 2821 2828.0
Aronian, Levon GM ARM 2805 2805 2805.0
Kramnik, Vladimir GM RUS 2801 2781 2791.0
Karjakin, Sergey GM RUS 2769 2788 2778.5
Topalov, Veselin GM BUL 2770 2768 2769.0
Nakamura, Hikaru GM USA 2759 2770 2764.5 1st Reserve
Gashimov, Vugar GM AZE 2761 2760 2760.5 2nd Reserve
Radjabov, Teimour GM AZE 2773 2744 2758.5 3rd Reserve
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar GM AZE 2747 2765 2756.0 4th Reserve
Kamsky, Gata GM USA 2732 2741 2736.5 5th Reserve
Jakovenko, Dmitry GM RUS 2729 2736 2732.5
Vitiugov, Nikita GM RUS 2726 2733 2729.5
Morozevich, Alexander GM RUS 2763 2694 2728.5
Wang, Hao GM CHN 2733 2718 2725.5
Dominguez Perez, Leinier GM CUB 2730 2719 2724.5
Tomashevsky, Evgeny GM RUS 2740 2707 2723.5
Caruana, Fabiano GM ITA 2736 2711 2723.5
Nepomniachtchi, Ian GM RUS 2735 2711 2723.0
Almasi, Zoltan GM HUN 2717 2726 2721.5
Adams, Michael GM ENG 2724 2715 2719.5

3.6 Replacements. Any replacement for the initial selection, will be selected on the basis of Article 3.5 which takes into account the average rating and greater number of games, if of equal rating.

All the players qualified above (including the five reserves) must download and sign the Players Agreement and return it by email to and also by mail (postdated not later than 1st June 2012) to FIDE Office, 9 Syggrou Avenue, 11743 Athens, Greece.

The six cities and dates for the Grand Prix series are:

Grand Prix Chelyabinsk September 19 – October 3
Grand Prix Tashkent November 21 – December 4
Grand Prix Lisbon April 10 – April 24
Grand Prix Madrid May 22 – June 4
Grand Prix Berlin July 3 – July 17
Grand Prix Paris September 18 – October 2

Players must also submit, along with their signed agreement, the six cities ranked in order or preference of participation. FIDE and AGON will consider the players’ requests and allocate the players to the various tournaments taking into consideration the players’ preferences, average rating and other parameters.

Grand Prix Regulations (pdf)

Grand Prix Player Agreement (pdf)

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  • 5 years ago


    One thing that is uncertain is how many of the older top players that will be interested in signing up for this tournament series. Last time not only Topalov and Kramnik refused, but also for example Morozevich and Shirov. If the unexpected would happen and Anand lost against Gelfand I doubt that he would be interested in playing all these tournaments as well. 

  • 5 years ago


    It seems quite plausible, as alexlaw suggested, that the older ranking lists were chosen to accommodate Topalov (per Danailov's insistence behind the scenes), who otherwise would not qualify in the present moment.

  • 5 years ago


    It of course also remains to be seen if the tournaments will be played according to plan or if it will be like last time, when rules, venues and participants were changed quite a bit after the series already had started.

  • 5 years ago


    The wild cards will probably as usual be host city nominees since the number of wild cards matches the events. The 2700+ rule won't stop Naiditsch (Berlin), Bacrot (Paris) and Vallejo (Madrid) from getting their invitations since they were rated 2702-05 on the used list. The Russian wild card could be picked from the ranking above and that would mean Jakovenko (Chelyabinsk). 

    Kirsan has usually given Kasimdzhanov wild cards to these types of events so Kasim is surely the reason "former World Champions" don't need to be 2700+ to be invited, so he'll get the Tashkent spot. Portugal is without 2700+ player, but Polgar is always a popular choice so maybe she will be thrown in there if the Portuguese don't mind. So maybe it will look something like this in the Grand Prix series after Anand finally has beaten Gelfand:

    Gelfand (loser of title match)

    Svidler (World Cup)

    Grischuk (World Cup)

    Ivanchuk (World Cup)

    Ponomariov (World Cup)

    Carlsen (rating)

    Aronian (rating)

    Kramnik (rating)

    Karjakin (rating)

    Topalov (rating)

    Naiditsch (Berlin)

    Bacrot (Paris)

    Vallejo (Madrid)

    Jakovenko (Chelyabinsk)

    Polgar (Lisbon)

    Kasimdzhanov (Tashkent)

    Nakamura (1st reserve, instead of Anand)

    If that turns out to be anywhere close to the truth very much remains to be seen.

  • 5 years ago


    will watch for it eagerly

  • 5 years ago


    Interesting that a player as strong as Radjabov (#4 on the rating list in a couple of days) isn't even close to get a spot in the Grand Prix series but is ranked behind Gashimov (who is #17) among the reserves. Also seeing #42 Vitiugov ranked far ahead of #8 Caruana feels weird. A pity FIDE uses so outdated rating lists for events that will take place so far into the future.

  • 5 years ago


    Ilyumzhinov must go.

  • 5 years ago


    Why take the rating lists from a year ago, rather than more recent ones?  This puts recent upsurge stars like Nakamura, Radjabov, and especially Caruana at a disadavantage -- the former two are among the reserves but the latter is not even in the reserves yet is arguably one of the most progressing and strong young players of our time.

  • 5 years ago


    What a relief. The rules are simple ! :)

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