Grand Prix in Hamburg Starts On November 5

This fall, Hamburg becomes the capital of the chess world as it welcomes the 3rd leg of the FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Series 2019. 16 of the world’s top chess players participate in the tournament that will take place in the Theater Kehrwieder (Kehrwieder 6, 20457 Hamburg) from November 5 to November 17, 2019.

The Grand Prix is a four-leg series taking place over the course of the year. The first two legs took place in Moscow, Russia and Riga, Latvia. It will be followed by Hamburg, Germany and Jerusalem, Israel.

Ian Nepomniachtchi and Radoslav Wojtaszek at the Grand Prix in Moscow

The prize fund of each Grand Prix is 130,000 euros, with an additional 280,000 euros for the overall standings. The top two finishers will also earn the main prize — qualification to the Candidates Tournament where they will contest the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen in the World Championship match.

The Hamburg Grand Prix is a knock-out tournament with 16 players. To win a Grand Prix, a player has to defeat opponents in four rounds. Each round consists of two classical games and is followed by faster tie-break games if necessary.

Top Grandmasters from 9 countries will take part in the FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Hamburg 2019. This is the strongest Grand Prix Series in recent history.

The participants of the FIDE World Chess Grand Prix:

Anish Giri, Netherlands, 2780

Ian Nepomniachtchi, Russia, 2776

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, France, 2774

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Azerbaijan, 2767

Wesley So, USA, 2767

Yu Yangyi, China, 2763

Sergey Karjakin,Russia, 2760

Alexander Grischuk, Russia, 2759

Levon Aronian, Armenia, 2758

Teimour Radjabov, Azerbaijan, 2758

Pentala Harikrishna, India, 2746

Hikaru Nakamura, USA, 2745

Radoslav Wojtaszek, Poland, 2739

Wei Yi, China, 2736

Veselin Topalov, Bulgaria, 2736,

Nikita Vitiugov, Russia, 2732

Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Poland, 2730

Peter Svidler, Russia, 2729

David Navara, Czech Republic, 2724

Daniil Dubov, Russia, 2699

Dmitry Jakovenko, Russia, 2681


Round 1
November 5, 6, 7

Round 2
November 8, 9, 10

Round 3
November 11, 12, 13

 Round 4
November 15, 16, 17

November 14 is a rest day, and last day of each round is a tie-breaks. Players with level score will participate in tie-breaks with faster time controls. You can learn about the tie-breaks rules in the Series Guide.

Ilya Merenzon, World Chess CEO, says:
“We are very pleased that the third leg of the Grand Prix is taking place in Hamburg, one of the most chess friendly cities . We hope chess fans from all over Germany will join us in the following the live games of the greatest grandmasters”

Leading partners supporting the FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Hamburg 2019 include:

  • Algorand as the Exclusive Blockchain Partner
  • PhosAgro as the Official Strategic Partner
  • Kaspersky as the Official Cybersecurity 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 Algorand

Based in Boston and founded by cryptography pioneer and Turing award winner Silvio Micali, Algorand is an open-source software company building technical innovation for the borderless economy with a platform that delivers decentralization, scalability and security. Algorand’s first-of-its-kind, permissionless, pure proof-of-stake protocol supports the scale, open participation, and transaction finality needed by users to build opportunity and fulfill the promise of blockchain technology. For more information, visit https://www.algorand.com/ (https://www.algorand.com/).

About Kaspersky

Kaspersky is a global cybersecurity company founded in 1997. Kaspersky’s deep threat intelligence and security expertise is constantly transforming into innovative 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 technologies and we help 270,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them. Learn more at www.kaspersky.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