Moscow Grand Prix Guide

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Guide to Moscow Grand Prix 2019

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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. 

World Chess Grand Prix logo. Bauhaus chess board and the dragon. Read the full story on design here
Teimur Rajabov and Hikaru Nakamura after Round 1 of the Moscow Grand Prix. Rajabov lost on tiebreaks after two draws in classic games. Nakamura ad his compatriot Wesley So advanced to Round 2. Read full report
Hukaru Nakamura, a US grandmaster, approaching the chess board
Alexander Grischuk, a famous Russian grandmaster and personality, going out for a smoke amid the game. Grischuk is famous for his brilliant play, terrible time management and candid comments
Boris Gelfand of Israel, thinking hard
Anish Giri, world’s number 4 and one of teh strongest players ever, is famous for his longest draw streak. He hopes to win this time around
Ian Nepo of Russia, is considered a very likely winner. 2019 is his second Grand Prix Series.

Who is playing? 

1Shakhriyar MamedyarovAzerbaijan
2Anish GiriNetherlands
3Wesley SoUSA
4Levon AronianArmenia
5Alexander GrischukRussia
6Hikaru NakamuraUSA
7Sergey KarjakinRussia
8Ian NepomniachtchiRussia
9Peter SvidlerRussia
10Teimour RadjabovAzerbaijan
11Dmitry JakovenkoRussia
12Radoslaw WojtaszekPoland
13Wei YiChina
14Jan-Krzysztof DudaPoland
15Nikita VitiugovRussia
16Daniil DubovRussia

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.

You can learn more about the Series.

When and Where? 


May 16

Opening Ceremony

May 17

Day 1
Round 1

May 18

Day 2
Round 1

May 19

Day 3

May 20

Day 4
Round 2

May 21

Day 5
Round 2

May 22

Day 6

May 23

Day 7 
Round 3

May 24

Day 8
Round 3

May 25

Day 9

May 26

Rest Day

May 27

Day 10

May 28

Day 11

May 29

Day 12

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

A chess set designed to be used in zero gravity by cosmonauts is on disply at the chess museum. The photo is produced for the Masterworks coffee table book about chess design by Fuel and World Chess.

How to Visit and Follow

To visit

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 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 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:

Sergey Shipov
Evgenij Miroshnichenko
Daniil Yuffa

Where to Stay in Moscow 

We have selected an official hotel in Moscow for guests and media. 
Official hotel is Lotte Hotel Moscow

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