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Guide to Moscow Grand Prix 2019
2019 Moscow Grand Prix is an inaugural event of the 2019-2020 World Chess Championship cycle and the first event in the Series. Two winners of the Grand Prix Series will win the ticket to the World Chess Candidates Tournament, and eventually a right to face the incumbent World Champion in the Championship Match.
Who is playing?
This is the strongest Grand Prix Series in recent history, with the world’s top players competing for the right to face the World Champion and the EUR800,000 prize fund.
All players have qualified based on rating. Russia is represented by seven grandmasters, including Sergey Karjakin, Ian Nepomniachtchi and current Rapid World Champion Daniil Dubov.
When and Where?
The rounds start at 3PM Moscow time, and you can enter the playing venue starting at 2PM. There will be on-site commentary in Russian and invitation-only VIP lounge, where you can listen to English or Russian commentary, follow the games and meet chess and business luminaries. There will be a special media centre for accredited media.
The Grand Prix is held if the famed Central Chessplayers’ House, a buidling dedicated to chess since 1930s. A former mansion, the building made history when John Kennedy and his family visited and played chess there. All top chessplayers visited the building and it held many international tournaments. The building, now being run but the Russian Chess Federation, also houses the Chess Museum and features the world’s best collection of chess memorabilia.
Address: Gogolevsky Blvd, 14, Moscow, Russia
How to Visit and Follow
The Grand Prix is a treat for all chess fans and players alike. It’s free to visit. You can request an invite from World Chess at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Russian Chess Federation.
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.
Where to Stay in Moscow
We have selected an official hotel in Moscow for guests and media.
Official hotel is Lotte Hotel Moscow