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The Third Leg of the Grand Prix Series Starts in Hamburg

Hamburg welcomes the third leg of the FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Series.There hasn’t been a top chess tournament for 54 years, since the European Team Championship in 1965 in the Curio-Haus. From 5 to 17 November Hamburg will become a centerpiece for all chess enthusiasts. 16 of the world’s top chess players will take part in the FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Hamburg 2019.

The third leg of the Grand Prix series opened with a press conference today at the Theater Kehrwieder, featuring Arkady Dvorkovich, the president of the World Chess Federation; Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess, the organizer of the Grand Prix; Ulrich Krause, German Chess Federation President; W. Sean Ford Chief Operating Officer, Algorand; as well as Peter Neumeier, Head of Channel Germany, Kaspersky.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, French Grandmaster, W. Sean Ford, FIDE Press Officer, Ilya Merenzon, World Chess CEO, Arkady Dvorkovich, FIDE President, Peter Neumeier, Head of Channel Germany, Kaspersky, Ulrich Krause, German Chess Federation President

Speakers thanked the city authorities for their help in organizing the tournament, invited all chess fans to the games and explained the new system of the Grand Prix.

Arkady Dvorkovich, FIDE President, said: «We are officially opening the third leg of the FIDE Grand Prix Series, organized by World Chess. This time we are running a tournament in Hamburg, a city known for its chess culture. We are grateful to our Hamburg colleagues for their hospitality and help. We hope that the games will please all chess enthusiasts.» 

Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess, said: «We are very pleased that the third leg of the Grand Prix is taking place in Hamburg, one of the most chess friendly cities. We hope chess fans from all over Germany will join us in the following the live games of the greatest grandmasters.»

Andreу Guryev, CEO of PhosAgro, Vice President of the Russian Chess Federation: «We believe that Russian grandmasters have all the chances to enter the Candidates tournament! We will be watching the games of the third leg of the Grand Prix with great interest. Hoping for the success of our players, PhosAgro, as a strategic partner of FIDE, promises to sign a sponsorship contract with those Russian chess players who will win the Grand Prix series and enter the Candidates tournament. We believe that in Hamburg, one of the most chess-intensive cities in Europe, an exciting and non-compromising struggle awaits us!»

“We are honored to support the most played sport in the world and are inspired by the World Chess’ focus on bringing innovation and technology to the forefront of the game,” said W. Sean Ford, COO of Algorand. “We look forward to collaborating on next generation blockchain solutions for our joint communities of blockchain adopters, computer scientists and chess enthusiasts in the coming months.”

Peter Neumeier, Head of Channel Germany, Kaspersky: «We’re proud to be – for several years already – 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.»

MVL, the highest-rated player of the Tournament, before the press conference 

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The four-tournament series, which will unfold throughout the year, features 22 of the world’s best Grandmasters 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 an additional sum of €280,000 for the overall performance in the whole series.

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.

The FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Hamburg will be held in the Theater Kehrwieder (Kehrwieder 6, 20457 Hamburg) from November 5 to 17. All guests will be able to enjoy games as well as the outstanding architecture of the historical buildings and Elbphilarmonie – the most recognizable landmark of the city.

Chess Grand Prix Series 2019 include:

Algorand as the Exclusive Blockchain Partner, PhosAgro as the Official Strategic Partner, Kaspersky as the Official Cybersecurity Partner, Pella Sietas Shipyard as the Official Partner, PRYTEK as the Technology Transfer 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.

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

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

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

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. 


PRYTEK corporation is a global VC integrator that invest in Fintech, HRtech, Cybersecurity, Mediatech, AI and Education, and transfer disruptive technologies to emerging markets. PRYTEK established unique ecosystem where technologies enter new markets, investors are not charged for assets management and corporates get “one-stop-shop” access to best global innovations which enable them to be ahead of the competitors.

PRYTEK corporation operates in 7 countries, with over 30 cutting edge technologies worth $1,8 bln and more than 2500 corporate customers.

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