11 November 2019

Dates of Major FIDE Tournaments of 2020 Determined

Khanty-Mansiysk, Moscow, and Yekaterinburg will host these competitions.


Russia will host several important international chess events in 2020: The Candidates Tournament, in which eight top grandmasters will contest for the right to challenge the current World Champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway), will take place in Yekaterinburg from March 15 till April 5. Four participants are already known: Fabiano Caruana (USA), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan), Ding Liren and Wang Hao (both China). Two other participants will be determined following the results of the Grand Prix Series; one slot will be granted to the player with the best average rating in 2019. The eighth participant will be nominated by the organizers.  

Khanty-Mansiysk and Moscow will host the Chess Olympiad, the Chess Paralympics, and the FIDE Congress. It will be the 44th men’s Chess Olympiad (the first one took place back in 1927 in London) and the 29th women’s Chess Olympiad. Moscow has hosted the Chess Olympiad twice, in 1956 and 1994 and Khanty-Mansiysk once, in 2010. 

The International Braille Chess Association (IBCA), the International Chess Committee of the Deaf (ICCD) and the International Physically Disabled Chess Association (IPCA) are members of FIDE. All three organizations will be represented at the first Chess Paralympics. 

Several side events will be held during the Chess Olympiad in Moscow and Khanty-Mansiysk: simuls by grandmasters and masters, rapid and blitz tournaments for adults and children, lectures, master-classes, and many other events. 

Chess Olympiad Schedule: 

July 29 (Khanty-Mansiysk)

The opening ceremony of the Chess Olympiad 

July 30 – August 4 (Khanty-Mansiysk)

The Chess Paralympics, FIDE Congress and General Assembly 

August 5 (Moscow)

The opening ceremony of the Moscow leg of the Chess Olympiad

August 6-17 (Moscow)

Playing days 

August 17 (Moscow)

The closing ceremony of the Chess Olympiad