What’s Coming in 2019?
The new and exciting quest for the World Chess Championship crown begins with the FIDE World Chess Grand Prix, a 4-leg Series where the world’s strongest chess players will fight for two spots to the Candidates Tournament, as well as the €800,000 combined prize fund. Each knockout tournament will feature 4 rounds, and each round will consist of 2 classical games and the rapid and blitz tie breaks.
The FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Series first started back in 2008. The winners of the 2017 Series were Alexander Grischuk and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.
Who Is Going to Play?
Tel-Aviv GP Player
To be determined with ICF
When will the Series take place?
May 16 – 30, 2019
July 11 – 25, 2019
November 4 – 18, 2019
December 10 – 24, 2019
What are the rules?
Starting this year, each Grand Prix will be a knockout (or single-elimination) event. It’s a format where the loser of the match-up is immediately eliminated from the tournament, and the winner will play another winner in the next round, until the final match-up, whose hero becomes the Grand Prix Champion.
There will be four rounds in the Grand Prix. Each consists of two games with the classic time control There will be four rounds in the Grand Prix. Time control is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.
The tiebreaks consist of two games at 25 minutes + 10 seconds increment; in case of a tie two more games at 10 minutes + 10 seconds increment; in case of another tie two more games at five minutes + three seconds increment; and if the score is still level, one sudden death game is played where White gets five minutes vs. four minutes for Black (with a two-second increment for both after move 60) with Black having draw odds.
|Round||Number of Players|
|Round 1||16 players|
|Round 2||8 players|
|Round 3||4 players|
|Round 4||2 players|
Armageddon: The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the color. The player with the white pieces receives 5 minutes; the player with the black pieces receives 4 minutes whereupon; after move 60, both players receive an increment of 2 seconds per move starting from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner. There is a winner of every round in the Grand Prix Series, and the format is very exciting for spectators, both onsite and online!
How Much will Players Earn?
Each Tournament has a prize fund of €130,000. Also, prizes for overall standings in the Series are €280,000, making the total prize fund of the Series €800,000.
Total Prize Fund: €800,000
How Can I Watch It?
You can follow the Series exclusively on Worldchess.com and our partner-sites!
What Will It Look Like?
When and Where My Favorite Players Will Appear?
The Series is organized by World Chess, FIDE’s commercial partner. If you have any questions about the Series, please email the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org.