The FIDE World Chess Grand Prix in Hamburg is over. What is next?

The third leg of the FIDE Grand Prix is over, and Alexander Grischuk has taken a significant step toward trying to become the challenger for next year’s World Chess Championship match.
The most of the Grand Prix Series has already passed but there is still one stage of Grand Prix before grandmaster from Russia, or anyone else, will earn the right to play for the title.

Grischuk won 24,000 euros and propelled him to 1 place in the FIDE Grand Prix Series. Next stage will take place in Jerusalem. At the end of the four Grand Prix tournaments in December, the best two players will qualify to next year’s Candidates tournament. The winner of that event will challenge incumbent Champion Magnus Carlsen in the 2020 World Championship match to be held in November.

FIDE general director Emil Sutovsky attended the Closing Ceremony that took place on November 17. The Chief Arbiter Jens Wolter, president
of the German Chess Federation Ulrich Krause and Emil Sutovsky thanked
the players and gave them medals.

GP points after the third leg:

  • Alexander Grishuk —20 points
  • Maxime Vachier-Lagrave —13 points
  • Shakhriyar Mamedyarov — 10 points
  • Ian Nepomniachtchi— 9 points
  • Jan-Krzysztof Duda — 8 points
  • Radoslav Wojtaszek — 5 points
    Daniil Dubov — 5 points
  • Peter Svidler — 4 points
  • Wesley So — 4 points
  • Hikaru Nakamura — 3 points
  • Veselin Topalov — 3 points
  • Yu Yangyi — 2 points
  • Wei Yi — 2 points
  • Sergey Karjakin — 1 point
  • David Navara — 1 point
  • Nikita Vitiugov — 0 points
  • Teimour Radjabov — 0 points
  • Anish Giri — 0 points
  • Dmitry Jakovenko — 0 points
  • Levon Aronian — 0 points
  • Pentala Harikrishna — 0 points

Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess, said: «The Grand Prix in Hamburg was wonderful. We felt that Hamburg is a chess friendly city and and made everything perfectly. The tournament was exciting: extraordinary tie-breaks, exciting moments, beautiful victory for Alexander. Thanks to all participants for such a great tournament».

Arkady Dvorkovich, FIDE President, said: «I want to thank Hamburg and all chess enthusiasts who witnessed a great victory for Alexander Grishuk. The Grand Prix participants showed their best skills and stamina. I also want to thank our partners. Their support allows us to upgrade our work and hold such top-quality tournaments».

«It has been our privilege to continue our collaborative efforts with World Chess on bringing blockchain innovation to fans here in Hamburg during this exciting Grand Prix series», said W. Sean Ford, COO of Algorand. 
«We extend our congratulations to all of the participants and thank FIDE and the city of Hamburg for hosting the first Museum of Blockchain with us.»

Andreу Guryev, CEO of PhosAgro, Vice President of the Russian Chess Federation: «The third leg of the Grand Prix is over. Like millions of people around the world, we were happy to follow the struggle between talented chess players in Hamburg. I would especially like to note the game of Russian chess player Alexander Grischuk, he showed an amazing result. For Alexander it means that he will be able to enter the Candidates’ Tournament by 95%,
in which case a personal sponsorship contract will be signed with him. I believe that Alexander’s participation in the Candidates Tournament gives us hope for the long-awaited return of the chess crown to Russia..»

Peter Neumeier, Head of Channel Germany, Kaspersky: «This Chess Grand Prix in Hamburg has been an exciting tournament and we’re proud, that we have been able to contribute as the official cybersecurity partner of the FIDE World Championship series. Chess requires a sharp mind and a high level of strategic thinking. These are essentials traits also for our work at Kaspersky. Our mission to build a safer world depends on the commitment, creativity and skills of our experts around the world.»

Alexander Grischuk thanked everyone for their support and noted the level of organization of the tournament. Alexander noted that Ian-Krzysztof
is a great opponent and the game was very intensive and interesting.
He also wished good luck to the other players in the next stage of the Grand Prix in Jerusalem.

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 fulfil the promise of blockchain technology. For more information, visit 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 index.

About The Pella Sietas Shipyard

The Pella Sietas shipyard is located on the south bank of the Elbe on the west side of Hamburg, the maritime capital of Germany. The shipyard first mentioned in 1635 is now a supplier of high-quality special ships and offshore technology structures. Pella Sietas is part of the Pella Group, which produces ships and ship accessories in Russia with more than 3,000 employees.

Thanks to a modern and flexible infrastructure as well as efficient management processes, we are able to provide our customers with a wide range of products and services. They appreciate Pella Sietas as a fully integrated shipyard, which, with more than 350 highly specialised employees, can reproduce the whole ship development process from the initial rough concept to the finished ship. We pick up our customers where they need us: be it when discussing a transport task or carrying out the construction of a finished design.

Pella Sietas’ products are innovative, well thought-out and reliable. With highly efficient and low operating and life cycle costs, they help our customers to be competitive in their respective markets. 


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