FIDE Grand Prix Series 2012/13

  • SonofPearl
  • on 7/17/12, 11:18 AM.

fide_official_logo-gens-una-sumus cropped.jpgFIDE have confirmed details of the venues and players for the 2012/13 FIDE Grand Prix series, which starts in London on 20 September.

Teimour Rajdabov, Sergey Karjakin and Hikaru Nakamura are the top seeds among the 18 competitors in the series.

After the first Grand Prix event in London, the series moves on to Tashkent, Lisbon, Madrid, Berlin and Paris.  Each event features 12 of the players, and each player competes in four events.  The top two overall in the Grand Prix will qualify for the Candidates event in 2014.

Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand have already qualified for the 2014 Candidates and have decided not to take part in the series.


Following a technical clarification, FIDE and AGON issue the revised players allocation.

FIDE and AGON announces full list of players and allocation for FIDE Grand Prix Series 2012/13

The list of players who will participate in the cycle over the next two years is as follows :

1. From World Championship Match 2012
GM Boris Gelfand (ISR)

2. From World Cup 2011
GM Peter Svidler (RUS)
GM Alexander Grischuk (RUS)
GM Vasily Ivanchuk (UKR)
GM Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR)

3. By Average Rating (July 2011 + January 2012)
GM Teimour Radjabov (AZE)
GM Sergey Karjakin (RUS)
GM Hikaru Nakamura (USA)
GM Veselin Topalov (BUL)
GM Shakriyar Mamedyarov (AZE)
GM Vugar Gashimov (AZE)

4. FIDE President Nominee
GM Fabiano Caruana (ITA)

5. AGON Nominees
GM Alexander Morozevich (RUS)
GM Wang Hao (CHN)
GM Peter Leko (HUN)
GM Leinier Dominguez Perez (CUB)
GM Anish Giri (NLD)
GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov (UZB)

FIDE Grand Prix 2012-13 lineup.jpg

Kindly note that the date for the first leg in London has moved by one day and arrival will be on the 20th September with the 1st round on the 21st September 2012.

Similarly, the Lisbon event has been rescheduled by one week starting with arrival on the 17th July 2013 and 1st round on the 18th July 2013. This is due to a move in the start date of the Candidates in London which will now start on the 20th of March 2013 due to the availability of the playing venue.

Regulations for the Grand Prix can be found here for ease of reference.

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  • 4 years ago


    Changes this far:

    Chelyabinsk was replaced by London after the Russian Chess Federation didn't allow the tournament to be held in Russia, Kamsky was replaced by Gashimov after having been included for one day, and some players have been moved to other events after the first schedule was published. For example, Radjabov was supposed to play the first event but has now been moved to Lisbon instead. This ought to be a big disadvantage since the Candidates 2013 start March 20th and Lisbon April 17th, so it's just a week between these long tournaments.

  • 4 years ago


    "Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand have already qualified for the 2014 Candidates and have decided not to take part in the series."

    I'm confused. Why would Anand participate in the candidates if he is world champion.

    Is this referring to the candidates after the next one?

    But I thought WCC and Candidates alternated:

    2012 WCC

    2013 Candidates

    2014 WCC

    2015 Candidates


    Did I miss an announcement that said otherwise? Format changed?

  • 4 years ago


    There is just no reason for the top players to participate if they have already qualified.  These events aren't going to have large prize funds, the inducement is the chance to qualify.

    Kamsky is higher rated than Gashimov, so if he declined it is likely because of the poor financial arrangements.  The others' "schedule problems" is that they prefer to keep their options open in case someone holds a tournament with a real prize fund close the time of one of these events. 

    With a worldwide economic slowdown, it isn't ALL just FIDE's fault, but neither can they be said to be effective when they just can't get sponsorship anywhere.  If they had been cultivating other sponsors during the good times, they might have been able to cobble together something when times got hard.

  • 4 years ago


    Oh, and the first Grand Prix was going to be in Chelyabinsk, but it was not sanctioned by the Russian Chess Federation and so it has been moved to London.

    It would be a brave man who was willing to bet that some of the details won't change yet again, but there seems to be a little more probability now that these latest plans might actually come to fruition!

  • 4 years ago


    The original announcement (which was quickly withdrawn) had Gata Kamsky instead of Vugar Gashimov, but it's not clear why this has been changed.

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