Tournament report

The second leg of the FIDE Grand Prix series starts in Riga

The race for the 2020 World Chess Championship continues July 12 in Riga with the second tournament in the FIDE World Chess Grand Prix.

The second leg of the new FIDE Grand Prix series opened with a press conference today at the National Library of Latvia, featuring Arkady Dvorkovich, the president of the World Chess Federation; Ilya Merenzon, chief executive of World Chess, the organizer of the Grand Prix; Aris Ozolins, President of Latvian Chess Federation and FIDE Baltic; as well as Andis Šteinmanis, General Manager at Kaspersky in Baltics.

Yannick Pelletier, FIDE Press Officer, Aris Ozolins, President of Latvian Chess Federation and FIDE Baltic, Arkady Dvorkovich, FIDE President, Ilya Merenzon, World Chess CEO, Andis Šteinmanis,  General Manager at Kaspersky in Baltics. 

Arkady Dvorkovich, FIDE President, at the press conference

Aris Ozolins, President of Latvian Chess Federation and FIDE Baltic

The four-tournament series, which will unfold throughout the year, features 22 of the world’s top players fighting for two spots in next year’s Candidates Tournament to select a challenger for the World Championship title. The players are also competing for a total of €800,000 in prizes, with €130,000 in each Grand Prix and additional €280,000 for performance in the whole Series.

The Riga Grand Prix will be held in the National Library of Latvia from July 12 to 24. Making the series even more exciting, each tournament will have a knock-out format, starting with 16 players. To win a Grand Prix, a player will have to survive four rounds. Each round will consist of two classical (or slow) games, followed by faster tie-breaker games if necessary.

Players from 11 countries take part in the Grand Prix Series (Russia is represented by 5 Grandmasters). Chess fans all over the world will follow their favourite players to fight for the right to challenge incumbent Champion Magnus Carlsen.

Chess undergoes a major spike in popularity globally, mostly due to its popularity among the ‘smartphone generation’. The Grand Prix Series will be broadcast on worldchess.com, the official platform, as well as on top media sites globally. There will be free live video and commentary, organized by FIDE and World Chess.

At the press conference, a long-term sponsorship deal was signed between PhosAgro and World Chess.

Andreу Guryev, CEO of PhosAgro: I hope that after the 2nd leg of the Grand Prix, the odds for our chess players to qualify for the Candidates Tournament, which increased after Ian Nepomniachtchi’s Moscow victory, will grow further. To facilitate that, our company, a strategic partner of FIDE, promises to sign a sponsorship contract with those Russian Grandmasters who win the Grand Prix series and enter the Candidates Tournament. We expect to see an exciting and intense fight in Riga, a place that carries the legacy of the legendary Soviet grandmaster, world chess champion Mikhail Tal!

Andrey Guriev signing a sponsorship agreement with World Chess 

Andis Šteinmanis, General Manager at Kaspersky in Baltics

Arkady Dvorkovich, FIDE President, said: We are pleased to kick off the second leg of the FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Series in Riga. The Moscow stage showed that the knockout system had captivated our audience. We are grateful for the hospitality of our Latvian colleagues and look forward to new exciting matches! We hope that tournaments will be greatly enjoyed by the players and fans alike!

Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess, said: Chess is an intellectual contest, with medals to win and titles to loose. It is also a great opportunity to make new friends and have a great time. For two weeks we will watch as the best Grandmasters will fight for the chance to dethrone the World Champion. Chess fans can get a unique experience of the championship on the website as well as at the official broadcast at worldchess.com.

Andis Šteinmanis, General Manager at Kaspersky in Baltics, said: Chess is the world’s ultimate game of strategy, chess is a beautiful, intelligent – and very computerized sport. It’s not only a very interesting intellectual game with an ancient history, nowadays it’s a sport that uses leading innovational technology. We are happy to be supporting FIDE World Chess Grand Prix and as a partner of this tournament, we are proud to protect it from cyberthreats of any complexity.

Leading partners supporting the Grand Prix Series 2019 include:

PhosAgro, a leading chemical company as the Official Strategic Partner, Kaspersky Lab, as the Official Cybersecurity Partner,  EG Capital Partners as the Official Partner.


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 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 indexes

About Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab is a global cybersecurity company, which has been operating in the market for over 21 years. Kaspersky Lab’s deep threat intelligence and security expertise is constantly transforming into next generation 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 Lab technologies and we help 270,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.

About EG Capital Advisors

EG Capital Advisors is a UK-headquartered asset management company which offers strategies across multiple asset classes. Specialist areas of focus include emerging markets high yield debt, pre-IPO private equity and biotec public equity. www.egcapitaladvisors.com.

For further questions, please contact: media@worldchess.com.

Information for the press:
https://worldchess.com/news/2189

Official Photo FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Riga 2019 Press kit:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ax6t6abbask0mbx/AACJKtbxsUmhjKlD18XZF37Qa?dl=0