Tournament report

2019 FIDE Grand Prix Series Starts in Moscow on May 17

The race for the 2020 World Chess Championship begins May 17 in Moscow with the first tournament in the FIDE Grand Prix Series organized by World Chess.

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The Chess Championship cycle opened with a press conference today at the Central Chess Player’s House, featuring Arkady Dvorkovich, the president of the World Chess Federation; Ilya Merenzon, chief executive of World Chess, the organizer of the Grand Prix; Andrey Guryev, head of PhosAgro, one of the principal corporate sponsors, and Vice-President of the Russian Chess Federation; Mikhail Vasin, head of corporate communications, RussiaStan & META of Kaspersky Lab, the official cybersecurity partner; and grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi, one the tournament’s participants.

Ian Nepomniastchi, Grandmaster, Andrey Guriev, CEO of Phosagro, Ilya Merenzon, World Chess CEO, Arkady Dvorkovich, FIDE President, Mikhail Vasin Kaspersky Lab, and Eteri Kublashvili, FIDE Press Officer, at the World Chess Grand Prix opening press conference. 

Arkady Dvorkovich, FIDE President, at the press conference

Andrey Guriev, CEO of Phosagro, one of the World Chess Championship cycle partners

The four-tournament series, which will unfold throughout the year, features 22 of the world’s top players fighting for two spots in next year’s Candidates Tournament to select a challenger for the World Championship title. The players are also competing for a total of €800,000 in prizes, with €130,000 in each Grand Prix and additional €280,000 for performance in the whole Series.

The Moscow Grand Prix will be held in the Central Chess Player’s House, an historic building in the center of Moscow, from May 17 to 29. Making the series even more exciting, each tournament will have a knock-out format, starting with 16 players. To win a Grand Prix, a player will have to survive four rounds. Each round will consist of two classical (or slow) games, followed by faster tie-breaker games if necessary.

Players from 9 countries take part in the Grand Prix Series (Russia is represented by 7 Grandmasters), and spectators from Russia, China, the USA, France, Azerbaijan, Armenia and chess fans all over the world will follow their favorite players to fight for the right to challenge incumbent Champion Magnus Carlsen.

Chess undergoes a major spike in popularity globally, mostly due to its popularity among the ‘smartphone generation’. The Grand Prix Series will be broadcast on worldchess.com, the official platform, as well as on top media sites globally. There will be free live video and commentary, organized by FIDE and World Chess.

At the press conference, a long-term sponsorship deal was signed between PhosAgro and World Chess.

Andreу Guryev, CEO of PhosAgro: “For the past nine years, as a Russian company that supplies environmentally friendly fertilizers to 100 countries around the world, we have been supporting chess in Russia and around the world, including the World Championship Matches. We invest in the most intellectual sport on the planet, and this fits perfectly with PhosAgro’s focus on taking a strategic approach to business, smart technologies and principles of sustainable development.”

Andrey Guriev signing a sponsorship agreement with World Chess 

Mikhail Vasin of Kaspersky Lab

Ian Nepomniastchi, Russian Grandmaster

Arkady Dvorkovich, FIDE President, said: We are pleased to launch the new Chess Championship cycle and looking forward to the exciting games. By changing the format to knock-out and making the Series more dramatic, we believe that we have made the Grand Prix Series a treat for both players and spectators alike.

Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess, said: Chess is a competitive sport, with its titles, the winners, and the losers. It’s also an amazing tool for communication and having a great time. We hope that both spectators and fans will have a good time at the venue or at home watching and playing chess this season!

Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Lab, said: Chess is an amazing sport. It keeps changing together with the development of humanity. It’s not only a very interesting intellectual game with an ancient history, nowadays it’s a sport that uses leading innovational technology. This helps both players – in building intriguing strategies, and viewers all around the world – in watching these fascinating games online. And it’s clear that the role of cybersecurity in chess will only grow. As a partner of this tournament, we are proud to protect it from cyberthreats of any complexity.

Leading partners supporting the Grand Prix Series 2019 include:

PhosAgro, a leading chemical company as the Official Strategic Partner, Kaspersky Lab, as the Official Cybersecurity Partner, Russian Post, as the Official Logistics Partner, PRYTEK, as the Technology Transfer Partner, BMW, as the Official Auto Partner


About FIDE

The World Chess Federation or Fédération Internationale des Echecs, (FIDE), is recognized by its members and the International Olympic Committee as the international federation in the domain of chess, the supreme body responsible for the sport of chess and its Championships. FIDE has the sole rights to organize the World Chess Championships and the Chess Olympiads. www.fide.com

About World Chess

World Chess is a London-based media company. It’s the official broadcaster of the World Chess Federation events and a commercial partner of the World Chess Federation (FIDE). World Chess organized the World Championship Matches in Russia, USA, and the UK. It revolutionized chess by signing the biggest media partnerships in the history of chess. World Chess is also developing Armageddon, the chess league designed for television. It operates worldchess.com.

About PhosAgro

PhosAgro is one of the world’s leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers in terms of production volumes of phosphate-based fertilizers and high-grade phosphate rock with a P2O5 content of 39% and higher. The Company is the largest phosphate-based fertilizer producer in Europe (by total combined capacity for DAP/MAP/NP/NPK/NPS), the largest producer of high-grade phosphate rock with a P2O5 content of 39%, a top-three producer of MAP/DAP globally, one of the leading producers of feed phosphates (MCP) in Europe, and the only producer in Russia, and Russia’s only producer of nepheline concentrate (according to the RAFP).

PhosAgro’s main products include phosphate rock, 39 grades of fertilizers, feed phosphates, ammonia, and sodium tripolyphosphate, which are used by customers in 100 countries spanning all of the world’s inhabited continents. The Company’s priority markets outside of Russia and the CIS are Latin America, Europe and Asia. PhosAgro’s shares are traded on the Moscow Exchange, and Global Depositary Receipts (GDRs) for shares trade on the London Stock Exchange (under the ticker PHOR). Since 1 June 2016, the Company’s GDRs have been included in the MSCI Russia and MSCI Emerging Markets indexes

About Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab is a global cybersecurity company, which has been operating in the market for over 21 years. Kaspersky Lab’s deep threat intelligence and security expertise is constantly transforming into next generation security solutions and services to protect businesses, critical infrastructure, governments and consumers around the globe. The company’s comprehensive security portfolio includes leading endpoint protection and a number of specialized security solutions and services to fight sophisticated and evolving digital threats. Over 400 million users are protected by Kaspersky Lab technologies and we help 270,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.

About Russian Post

Russian Post is a federal post operator, is included in the Russian Federation strategic companies list. It includes 42,000 offices across the country and has one of the biggest staff – about 335,000 post workers. Operational revenue of Russian Post in 2018 grew by 7% up to 190.4 bln rubles (178.1 bln rubles in 2017). Actual net profit of Russian Post was 3.5 times higher than in 2017 and amounted to 2.7 billion rubles.

In 2018, Russian Post processed 433.3 million parcels. Every year, Russian Post delivers over 2.5 billion letters and bills (of them 1 billion letters are from state authorities). Russian Post services about 20 million subscribers in Russia by delivering 1 billion copies of print publications per year. The annual volume of transactions processed by Russian Post is 3.2 trillion rubles (pensions, payments and transfers).

About BMW Group

The BMW Group is the world’s leading manufacturer of premium automobiles and motorcycles, and provider of premium financial and mobility services.The special fascination of the BMW Group not only lies in its products and technology, but also in the company’s history, written by inventors, pioneers and brilliant designers.

The BMW Group sets trends in production technology and sustainability as an innovation leader with an intelligent material mix, a technological shift towards digitalisation and resource-efficient production. At the same time, flexibility and continuous optimisation of value chains ensure competitiveness.

About PRYTEK

PRYTEK corporation is a global VC integrator that invest in Fintech, HRtech, Cybersecurity, Mediatech, AI and Education, and transfer disruptive technologies to emerging markets. PRYTEK established unique ecosystem where technologies enter new markets, investors are not charged for assets management and corporates get “one-stop-shop” access to best global innovations which enable them to be ahead of the competitors.

PRYTEK corporation operate in 4 countries, with over 30 cutting edge technologies worth $1,8 bln and more than 2500 corporate customers. www.prytek.com.

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