Isle of Man To Host FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament

Isle of Man To Host FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament

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The recently announced FIDE Grand Swiss tournament, where the winner will qualify for the 2020 Candidates', will be played October 9-21, 2019 in Isle of Man and organized in cooperation with This became official today.

The news was just posted on the FIDE website: The event that was formerly known as the Isle of Man International will this year be serving as the FIDE Grand Swiss tournament (the exact name is yet to be determined).

It will be bigger, longer and more prestigious, with a ticket to the Candidates' Tournament and a $432,500 prize fund at stake.

FIDE announced the FIDE Grand Swiss and posted its regulations (here in PDF) on January 10 of this year. Instead of two, this time only one player will qualify for the Candidates' by rating, and one from this big Swiss event.

Bidding was possible until February 9, 2019 and the organizers from Isle of Man tournament won the bid. There were inquiries and at least one seriously interested organizer, but only one formal bid came in from Isle of Man.

There have been a few changes since the regulations came out last month. Here's what will happen:


1. A total of 105 players will be invited by FIDE based on the following criteria:

  • The top 100 players by average FIDE Rating of the 12 monthly lists starting from July 1, 2018 to June 1, 2019.
  • The Women’s World Champion as of June 1, 2019.
  • Junior U20 World Champion as of June 1, 2019.
  • The World Senior 50+ Champion as of June 1, 2019.
  • The World Senior 65+ Champion as of June 1, 2019.
  • One qualifier from the ACP Tour based on standings as of June 1, 2019.

2. Another 15 players will be invited by FIDE based on criteria that will be announced soon. 

3. The tournament organizers will then invite 40 more players (wild cards) as it was their wish to have a tournament of 160 players. They will focus on female players, juniors and local players.

Note that two participants will once again be coming as qualifiers from Titled Tuesday tournaments; more details on that will be announced soon.


Date Round Event
October 8 Arrival
October 9 Opening ceremony
October 10 Round 1
October 11 Round 2
October 12 Round 3
October 13 Round 4
October 14 Round 5
October 15 Round 6
October 16 Rest day
October 17 Round 7
October 18 Round 8
October 19 Round 9
October 20 Round 10
October 21 Round 11 Closing ceremony


The Isle of Man organizers will be hosting the event in a new venue: the luxurious Comis Hotel & Golf Resort, located just seven kilometers south west of Douglas, where the tournament used to be held in the Villa Marina.

Details of play

The time control for each game is 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes the next 20 moves, followed by 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.

The players cannot draw a game by agreement before Black’s 30th move. A claim for a draw before black’s 30th move is permitted only through an arbiter in case of threefold repetition.

If the top two or more players score the same points, the tie is to be decided by the following criteria, in order of priority:
a) Tournament performance rating - TPR
b) Median Buchholz (cut 1)
c) Buchholz
d) Rapid play-off. The format is decided by the Chief Arbiter.


Place Prize Place Prize
1 $70,000 8 $16,000
2 $50,000 9 $13,000
3 $40,000 10 $11,000
4 $35,000 11-15 $8,000 each
5 $30,000 16-20 $5,000 each
6 $25,000 21-25 $3,000 each
7 $20,000 26-30 $2,000 each

On top of the $400,000 prize fund as stipulated by FIDE, the organizers will add $32,500 special prizes for female participants.


The winner of the FIDE Grand Swiss qualifies for the FIDE Candidates' Tournament 2020. If the winner in Isle of Man qualifies via a different qualification path or does not need to qualify, the qualification spot goes to the highest-placed player in the tournament who did not or will not qualify by other means.

The winner of the 2020 Candidates' Tournament will earn the right to challenge reigning champion Magnus Carlsen in a match for the world championship in November 2020.

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