FIDE Grand Prix Participants Announced

FIDE Grand Prix Participants Announced

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The new and clear world #2 in the live ratings, Fabiano Caruana, is the highest-rated player to participate in the 2014-2015 FIDE Grand Prix Series.

The other top 10 players who said yes to FIDE's invitation are Alexander Grischuk, Hikaru Nakamura, Sergey Karjakin and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave. The four GP tournaments will be held in Baku, Tashkent, Tehran and Khanty-Mansiysk.

Last Tuesday, the full participants list of the 2014-2015 FIDE Grand Prix Series was published on the FIDE website. The following table is taken from that article; it includes the three tournaments each player will play.

2014-2015 FIDE Grand Prix| Participants

Names Fed Qualifying Rating Rank Baku 2014 Tashkent 2014 Teheran 2015 Khanty 2015
Caruana, Fabiano ITA Rating List 2801 3 x x x
Grischuk, Alexander RUS Rating List 2789 4 x x x
Nakamura, Hikaru USA Rating List 2782 7 x x x
Karjakin, Sergey RUS Rating List 2777 8 x x x
Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA World Cup 2013 2768 9 x x x
Giri, Anish NLD President Nominee 2758 11 x x x
Dominguez, Leinier CUB Rating List 2756 13 x x x
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE Rating List 2756 12 x x x
Gelfand, Boris ISR Rating List 2748 17 x x x
Jakovenko, Dmitri RUS AGON Nominee 2747 18 x x x
Svidler, Peter RUS Rating List 2732 22 x x x
Andreikin, Dmitry RUS World Cup 2013 2722 31 x x x
Radjabov, Teimour AZE AGON Nominee 2717 33 x x x
Kasimdzhanov, Rustam UZB AGON Nominee 2706 43 x x x
Tomashevsky, Evgeny RUS World Cup 2013 2701 46 x x x
Ghaem Maghami, Ehsan IRN AGON Nominee 2591 254 x x x

From this list it can be concluded that a number of top players have declined their invitation: Magnus Carlsen, Viswanathan Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, Levon Aronian and Veselin Topalov. Anish Giri is a logical choice to be nominated by the FIDE President, as the Dutch GM has moved up to the 11th place in the rating list.

AGON, the company that holds commercial rights for these events but remains under the radar, has nominated four “local” players related to the host cities: Teimour Radjabov for Baku, Rustam Kasimdzhanov for Tashkent, Ehsab Ghaem Maghami for Tehran and Dmitry Jakovenko, born in Omsk, for Khanty-Mansiysk. 

The “Khanty” in the last column seems to imply that the fourth Grand Prix, which was originally scheduled for Moscow, has been moved to Khanty-Mansiysk. The hosting cities were announced three weeks ago:

  1. October 1-15, 2014: Baku, Azerbaijan
  2. October 20-November 3, 2014: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
  3. February 14-28, 2015: Tehran, Iran
  4. May 13-27, 2015: Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia

The winner and second-place player overall of the Grand Prix Series will qualify for the Candidates Tournament to be held in the last quarter of 2015 or the first half of 2016.

Each player will play in three of the four tournaments. In each tournament, 12 of the 16 players play.

The previous two Grand Prix series consisted of six instead of four tournaments. The prize fund has been lowered as well, from  €170,000 to €120,000 for each event.

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