Guide to Hamburg Grand Prix 2019

Follow the Grand Prix Live 

This fall Hamburg becomes the capital of chess world as it welcomes the 3rd leg FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Series 2019. 16 world’s top chess players  continue to compete for 800 000 euro prize fund. Two participants with the best results will get spots in the next year’s Candidates Tournament. It’s a chance to dethrone the current world champion Magnus Carlsen in the Championship Match 2020. 

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The Hamburg Grand Prix will be held from November 5 to 17. The tournament has a knock-out format with 16 players at the start. 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.

Nikita Vitiugov and Alexander Grischuk at the Riga Grand Prix. 
Wesley So and volunteer, Riga Grand Prix
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Sharjah Grand Prix 2017

Dmitry Jakovenko, Moscow Grand Prix 

Who is playing? 

1Alexander GrischukRussia
2Ian NepomniachtchiRussia
3Maxime Vachier-LagraveFrance
4Radoslaw WojtaszekPoland
5Hikaru NakamuraUSA
6Peter SvidlerRussia
7Daniil DubovRussia
8Wei Yi China
9Veselin TopalovBulgaria
10Yu YangyiChina
11Jan-Krzysztof DudaPoland
12Teimour RadjabovAzerbaijan
13Nikita VitiugovRussia
14Harikrishna PentalaIndia
15David NavaraCzech Republic
16Dmitry JakovenkoRussia

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

All players have qualified based on rating. 

You can learn more about the Series.

When and Where? 


November 4

Opening Ceremony

November 5

Day 1
Round 1

November 6

Day 2
Round 1

November 7

Day 3

November 8

Day 4
Round 2

November 9

Day 5
Round 2

November 10

Day 6

November 11

Day 7
Round 3

November 12

Day 8
Round 3

November 13

Day 9

November 14

Rest Day

November 15

Day 10

November 16

Day 11

November 17

Day 12

The rounds start at 3PM Hamburg time. 
Chess fans will be able to enter the playing venue starting at 2PM. There will be on-site commentary.
Guests with special invitations will have access to the VIP area where they can meet prominent personalities from chess world and business community. For accredited media representatives there will be a special media center.


FIDE Grand Prix for Chess in Hamburg 2019 will be hosted by the Kehrwieder Theater

Address Kehrwieder 6, 20457 Hamburg, Germany

Where to Stay?

During the tournament all chess lovers have an opportunity to discover the ancient city of Hamburg, admire its unique architecture and feel its irresistible charm, all while enjoying chess.

Official hotel of the event is Westin Hamburg

How to Visit and Follow

To visit

The Grand Prix is a treat for all chess fans and players alike.

We will be glad to see you among as a guest of the tournament.
German comments are included in the ticket price.

To buy a ticket click here

Full entry ticket price is 36,35 €
Reduced entry ticket price is 24,35 €

Please visit the website of our partner Daimani

and find the perfect VIP hospitality package for you.

Tickets will be available offline.
You will have the opportunity to purchase tickets directly on the days of the tournament.
For more information, please contact the reception desk.

To Follow Online

99.9% of chess in the world is played and watched online. You can watch the Grand Prix for free on worldchess.com. On your computer or smartphone, you will follow the games live online, and also be able to see the multi-camera live feed as well as commentary in English and Russian.

 Our commentators   

Evgenij Miroshnichenko – english

Ilja Zaragatski – german

Elmira Mirzoeva – russian 

Venue rules

  • Please be respectful to the Grandmasters, organizers and tournament guests.
  • The venue opens at 14:00, one hour before the games start.
  • The organizer has the right to deny guests to visit if the venue is full and also due to site safety rules.
  • Visitors can leave the venue and return to it without any restrictions.
  • The cloakroom accepts for storage outerwear only and does not accept bags and suitcases. The organizer is not responsible for valuables left in the cloakroom.
  • Mobile phones and flashes are strictly prohibited in the Game area.
  • Please keep silent and do not interact with the players in the Game area.
  • The organizer has the right to limit the use of mobile phones, photo and video equipment at the venue.
  • Food that is purchased not on the tournament site is not allowed. You may bring water with you.
  • Animals are not allowed at the tournament venue.
  • Children under six years old are not allowed in the Game area.
  • Weapons, piercing-cutting objects, and objects prohibited by German legislation are not allowed on the site.
  • Smoking on the site is prohibited.
  • Contact the reception for additional information.

Current standings in the Grand Prix Series

#PlayerRating (May)MoscowRigaHamburgIsraelTotal
1Alexander Grischuk27597310
2Shakhriyar Mamedyarov276701010
3Ian Nepomniachtchi277699
4Maxime Vachier-Lagrave277488
5Radoslav Wojtaszek273955
6Wesley So2767134
7Hikaru Nakamura2745303
8Peter Svidler2729202
9Daniil Dubov2699202
10Wei Yi273622
11Veselin Topalov273611
12Yu Yangyi276311
13Jan-Krzysztof Duda2730011
14Sergey Karjakin2760011
15Teimour Radjabov275800
16Levon Aronian2758000
17Nikita Vitiugov2732000
18Pentala Harikrishna274600
19David Navara272400
20Anish Giri2780000
21Dmitry Jakovenko268100


Guests with special invitations will have access to the VIP area where they can meet prominent personalities from chess world and business community. For accredited media representatives there will be a special media center. Making the Grand Prix possible, and putting up the bulk of the total prize fund of 800,000 euros, are the principal sponsors:

Algorand as the Exclusive Blockchain Partner

PhosAgro as the Official Strategic Partner

Kaspersky as the Official Cybersecurity Partner

Please send us an email if you have any questions: hospitality@worldchess.com. We will be glad to give you a response. To require an accreditation as a media representative please contact us: media@worldchess.com.