The FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020 will officially open on 16th March in Yekaterinburg, Russia. One of the most important chess events of the year, it will bring together eight top world players competing to become the challenger to Magnus Carlsen (Norway) at the FIDE World Chess Championship Match at the end of this year.

Participants: Fabiano Caruana (USA, 2842), Ding Liren (China, 2805), Alexander Grischuk (Russia, 2777), Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia, 2774), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France, 2767), Anish Giri (Netherlands, 2763), Wang Hao (China, 2762), and Kirill Alekseenko (Russia, 2698). 

The match days: March 21-23, 25-27, 29-31, and April 2-3. Rest days: March 20, 24, 28, and and April 1. The beginning of all rounds will be at 4 PM local time, except for the 14th round, which will start at 3 PM local time.

The venue is Hyatt Regency Ekaterinburg. The prize fund is 500,000 Euros.

The time control for each game is: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.

If two or more players score the same number of points, the tie is decided by the following criteria, in order of priority: a) The results of the games between the players involved in the tie, b) Each tied player’s total number of wins in the tournament, c) Sonneborn-Berger System. If there are two players in tie for the first place after applying the procedure, a tie-break play-off is held between these players to determine the winner and the runner-up.

The organizers of the FIDE Candidates Tournament are the International Chess Federation (FIDE), the Chess Federation of Russia (CFR) as well as the Government of the Sverdlovsk Region and the Chess Federation of the Sverdlovsk Region.

The Partners: 

Sima Land - general partner of the FIDE Candidates Tournament
Algorand - official blockchain partner
Kaspersky - official cybersecurity partner
PJSC PhosAgro - General partner of the CFR
Mercedes-Benz Russia - official auto partner
Pine Creek Golf Resort and SILA International Lawyers - partners 

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