FIDE Grand Prix 2019

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The FIDE Grand Prix 2019 is a series of four chess tournaments that forms part of the qualification cycle for the World Chess Championship 2020. The top two finishers who have not yet qualified, qualify for the Candidates Tournament 2020. The top non-qualifying finisher is eligible for the wild card. The series is organized by World Chess, formerly known as Agon. Alexander Grischuk won the FIDE Grand Prix 2019 and thus became the first player to qualify for the Candidates Tournament via the event. Ian Nepomniachtchi, who finished in second place, was the other qualifier, while Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, by finishing third, became eligible for the wild card. Maxime Vachine-Lagrave eventually qualified for the Candidates after Teimour Radjabov withdrew from the tournament.

Format[edit]

There are four tournaments in the cycle; each consisting of 16 players. There are 21 contestants, who each play in 3 of the 4 tournaments.

The tournaments are knock-out tournaments, in the same style as the Chess World Cup. At each round of the tournament, players play a best-of-2 game knock-out match. The regular games are:

  • best-of-2 games at a time limit of 90 minutes, + 30 minutes added after move 40, + 30 second per move increment from move 1.

If the match is tied 1-1, up to four tie breaks are played, at progressively faster time limits, with the match ending when a player wins any tie break. The tie breaks are, in order:[1]

  • best-of-2 games at a time limit of 25 minutes, + 10 second per move increment from move 1.
  • best-of-2 games at a time limit of 10 minutes, + 10 second per move increment from move 1.
  • best-of-2 games at a time limit of 5 minutes, + 3 second per move increment from move 1.
  • a single armageddon chess game: white receives 5 minutes + 2 second per move increment from move 61; black receives 4 minutes + 2 second per move increment from move 61; black wins the match in the case of a draw.

Scoring and tie breaks[edit]

Players receive Grand Prix points as follows:

Round Grand Prix points
Winner 8
Runner-Up 5
Semi-final loser 3
Round 2 loser 1
Round 1 loser 0
Each match won without a tie-break +1

The two players with most Grand Prix points qualify for the 2020 Candidates tournament. In the event of a tie on Grand Prix points, the following tie breaks are applied, in order:[1]

  1. most tournament wins;
  2. most tournament second places;
  3. most points won in standard time control games;
  4. head-to-head score, in terms of matches, between players tied;
  5. drawing of lots.

Dates and locations[edit]

The tournament dates and locations are as follows:

Prize money[edit]

The prize money is €130,000 per single Grand Prix with an additional €280,000 for the overall Grand Prix standings for a total prize fund of €800,000.

For each individual tournament, the prize money is: €24,000 for the winner, €14,000 for the runner-up, €10,000 for the semi-final losers, €8,000 for the Round 2 losers, and €5,000 for the Round 1 losers.

For the final standings, the prize money is €50,000 for 1st, €45,000 for 2nd, and so on down in steps of €5,000 to €10,000 for 9th, and also €10,000 for 10th. Prize money for players on equal Grand Prix points is shared.

Players[edit]

22 players will be playing in the Grand Prix. 20 qualify by rating (according to the average of the 12 monthly rating lists from February 2018 to January 2019, with ties broken according to the number of games played in that period), and one player is nominated per tournament by the organizer. World Chess nominated the same player, Daniil Dubov, for the first three tournaments, and he will therefore be entitled to participate in the Grand Prix series ranking. [2]

The list of rating qualifiers was released on 25 January 2019.[3] Five players qualified but declined their invitations: Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Ding Liren, Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand. Carlsen and Caruana had no need to play in the tournament (Carlsen as World Champion, and Caruana had already qualified for the Candidates Tournament); while Kramnik had recently announced his retirement. This resulted in the first five reserves being invited.

The main list of 21 players (20 qualifying by rating, plus organizer nominee Dubov), and their schedule, were released on 19 February.[4]

One more player was nominated for the Jerusalem tournament only, in coordination with the Israel Chess Federation;[5] their result will not be counted in the Grand Prix series ranking;[1] Boris Gelfand was announced as Jerusalem nominee on 25 October.[6]

Teimour Radjabov and Levon Aronian withdrew from the last stage of Grand Prix for medical reasons and are replaced by Wang Hao and Dmitry Andreikin. [7] [8]

Invitee Country Qualifying method Average rating Plays in tournaments
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov  Azerbaijan rating (3) 2812 1,2,4
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave  France rating (6) 2783 2,3,4
Anish Giri  Netherlands rating (7) 2779 1,2,4
Wesley So  United States rating (8) 2778 1,2,4
Levon Aronian  Armenia rating (9) 2773 1,2
Alexander Grischuk  Russia rating (11) 2767 1,2,3
Hikaru Nakamura  United States rating (12) 2767 1,2,3
Sergey Karjakin  Russia rating (13) 2766 1,2,4
Yu Yangyi  China rating (14) 2761 2,3,4
Ian Nepomniachtchi  Russia rating (15) 2758 1,3,4
Peter Svidler  Russia rating (16) 2751 1,2,3
Teimour Radjabov  Azerbaijan rating (17) 2751 1,3
Veselin Topalov  Bulgaria rating (18) 2744 2,3,4
Dmitry Jakovenko  Russia rating (19) 2739 1,3,4
David Navara  Czech Republic rating (20) 2737 2,3,4
Radosław Wojtaszek  Poland rating (1st reserve) 2734 1,3,4
Wei Yi  China rating (2nd reserve) 2733 1,3,4
Jan-Krzysztof Duda  Poland rating (3rd reserve) 2733 1,2,3
Pentala Harikrishna  India rating (4th reserve) 2732 2,3,4
Nikita Vitiugov  Russia rating (5th reserve) 2726 1,2,3
Wang Hao  China rating (10th reserve) 2715 4
Dmitry Andreikin  Russia Organizer nominee 2711 4
Daniil Dubov  Russia Organizer nominee 2698 1,2,3
Boris Gelfand  Israel Organizer nominee 2691 4

Events results[edit]

Moscow, May 2019[edit]

The first tournament was held in Moscow, Russia, from May 17 to 29. Each round had a day each for the two regular games, and a third day for tie-breaks; and there was a rest day before the final round. Games began at 3.00 pm Moscow time (12.00 pm UTC).[9]

Players were seeded according to their rating at the start of the tournament, the May 2019 ratings list.[10] The top four seeds (Giri, Mamedyarov, Nepomniachtchi, and Grischuk) were placed into different quarters of the draw, and the remaining starting positions were decided by the drawing of lots at the opening ceremony on May 16.[1] [11]

First round Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
            
1  Anish Giri (NED) ½
16  Daniil Dubov (RUS)
16  Daniil Dubov (RUS)
6  Hikaru Nakamura (USA)
7  Teimour Radjabov (AZE)
6  Hikaru Nakamura (USA)
6  Hikaru Nakamura (USA) ½
4  Alexander Grischuk (RUS)
13  Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL)
8  Wesley So (USA)
8  Wesley So (USA)
4  Alexander Grischuk (RUS)
9  Sergey Karjakin (RUS) ½
4  Alexander Grischuk (RUS)
4  Alexander Grischuk (RUS)
3  Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS)
3  Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS)
5  Levon Aronian (ARM) ½
3  Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS)
11  Wei Yi (CHN)
11  Wei Yi (CHN)
15  Dmitry Jakovenko (RUS) ½
3  Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS)
14  Radosław Wojtaszek (POL)
12  Nikita Vitiugov (RUS) ½
10  Peter Svidler (RUS)
10  Peter Svidler (RUS) ½
14  Radosław Wojtaszek (POL)
14  Radosław Wojtaszek (POL)
2  Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE) ½

Riga, July 2019[edit]

2nd stage, Riga, Latvia, 12–24 July 2019

First round Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
            
1  Anish Giri (NED) 4
8  Sergey Karjakin (RUS) 5
8  Sergey Karjakin (RUS)
5  Wesley So (USA)
12  Pentala Harikrishna (IND)
5  Wesley So (USA)
5  Wesley So (USA) ½
4  Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE)
10  Peter Svidler (RUS)
14  Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL)
14  Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL)
4  Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE)
16  Daniil Dubov (RUS) ½
4  Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE)
4  Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE) 5
2  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA) 4
3  Alexander Grischuk (RUS) 3
15  Nikita Vitiugov (RUS) 1
3  Alexander Grischuk (RUS)
11  Yu Yangyi (CHN)
11  Yu Yangyi (CHN) 4½*
6  Levon Aronian (ARM)
3  Alexander Grischuk (RUS) ½
2  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA)
7  Hikaru Nakamura (USA)
9  Veselin Topalov (BUL)
9  Veselin Topalov (BUL) ½
2  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA)
13  David Navara (CZE) ½
2  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA)

* Yu Yangyi won the match against Aronian because he achieved a draw with the black pieces in the deciding Armageddon game.

Hamburg, November 2019[edit]

The third tournament was played in Hamburg, Germany, from 5–17 November 2019. Each round had three days of play: two for the regular time control matches, and one for tie breaks, if required. Round 1 was November 5–7, Round 2 was November 8–10, Round 3 was November 11–13, November 14 was a rest day, and Round 4 was November 15–17.[12][13]

First round Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
            
1  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA)
12  Wei Yi (CHN) ½
1  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA)
9  Veselin Topalov (BUL) ½
8  Hikaru Nakamura (USA) ½
9  Veselin Topalov (BUL)
1  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA) ½
4  Alexander Grischuk (RUS)
14  David Navara (CZE) 3
6  Nikita Vitiugov (RUS) 1
14  David Navara (CZE) ½
4  Alexander Grischuk (RUS)
11  Radosław Wojtaszek (POL)
4  Alexander Grischuk (RUS)
4  Alexander Grischuk (RUS)
7  Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL)
3  Teimour Radjabov (AZE)
16  Daniil Dubov (RUS)
16  Daniil Dubov (RUS)
13  Peter Svidler (RUS)
13  Peter Svidler (RUS)
10  Pentala Harikrishna (IND) ½
16  Daniil Dubov (RUS)
7  Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL)
15  Dmitry Jakovenko (RUS)
5  Yu Yangyi (CHN)
5  Yu Yangyi (CHN) ½
7  Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL)
7  Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL)
2  Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS) ½

Jerusalem, December 2019[edit]

4th stage, Jerusalem, Israel, 11–23 December 2019. On November 30, 2019, FIDE announced that Teimour Radjabov and Levon Aronian will be replaced in FIDE Grand Prix Jerusalem for medical reasons by Wang Hao and Dmitry Andreikin from the reserve list of Grand Prix participants.[14][15]

First round Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
            
1  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA) 3
9  Veselin Topalov (BUL) 1
1  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA)
12  Dmitry Andreikin (RUS)
12  Dmitry Andreikin (RUS)
10  Radosław Wojtaszek (POL)
1  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA) ½
4  Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS)
5  Wesley So (USA)
8  Yu Yangyi (CHN) ½
5  Wesley So (USA)
4  Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS)
16  Boris Gelfand (ISR) 1
4  Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS) 3
4  Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS)
11  Wei Yi (CHN) ½
3  Anish Giri (NED)
11  Wei Yi (CHN)
11  Wei Yi (CHN)
7  Sergey Karjakin (RUS)
7  Sergey Karjakin (RUS) *
13  Pentala Harikrishna (IND)
11  Wei Yi (CHN)
14  David Navara (CZE)
6  Wang Hao (CHN)
14  David Navara (CZE)
14  David Navara (CZE)
15  Dmitry Jakovenko (RUS) ½
15  Dmitry Jakovenko (RUS)
2  Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE)

* Karjakin advanced to the second round due to achieving a draw as Black against Harikrishna in the Armageddon game.

Grand Prix standings[edit]

The following table shows the overall Grand Prix standings. Best two players qualified for the Candidates Tournament.

Player Moscow Riga Hamburg Jerusalem Total
GP points
TB1 TB2 TB3 Prize money
1  Alexander Grischuk (RUS) 7 3 10 20 1 1 12½ €98,000
2  Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS) 9 0 10 19 2 0 10 €94,000
3  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA) 8 5 3 16 0 1 11½ €74,000
4  Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE) 0 10 0 10 1 0 €69,000
5  Jan-Krzysztof Duda (POL) 0 1 7 8 0 1 8 €57,000
6  Wei Yi (CHN) 2 0 5 7 0 1 €52,000
7  Wesley So (USA) 1 3 2 6 0 0 7 €46,000
8 (tie)  Daniil Dubov (RUS) 2 0 3 5 0 0 6 €34,666.66
8 (tie)  Radosław Wojtaszek (POL) 5 0 0 5 0 0 6 €34,666.66
10  David Navara (CZE) 0 1 4 5 0 0 €34,666.66
11  Peter Svidler (RUS) 2 0 2 4 0 0 €21,000
12  Veselin Topalov (BUL) 1 2 0 3 0 0 €21,000
13  Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 3 0 0 3 0 0 4 €20,000
14  Sergey Karjakin (RUS) 0 1 1 2 0 0 €21,000
15  Yu Yangyi (CHN) 1 1 0 2 0 0 4 €21,000
16  Dmitry Jakovenko (RUS) 0 0 1 1 0 0 3 €18,000
17 (tie)  Anish Giri (NED) 0 0 0 0 0 0 €15,000
17 (tie)  Nikita Vitiugov (RUS) 0 0 0 0 0 0 €15,000
17 (tie)  Pentala Harikrishna (IND) 0 0 0 0 0 0 €15,000
20  Teimour Radjabov (AZE) 0 0 0 0 0 2 €10,000
21  Levon Aronian (ARM) 0 0 0 0 0 €10,000
Standings table legend
Players Results
Qualified for the Candidates
Tournament via Grand Prix
Qualified for the Candidates
Tournament by another path
Didn't qualify for
Candidates via Grand Prix
Did not participate Lost in the quarter-finals Lost in the final
Lost in the first round Lost in the semi-finals Winner

Teimour Radjabov qualified for the Candidates via the World Cup, but withdrew before the tournament began. He was replaced by Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Regulations for the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2019" (PDF). FIDE. 7 February 2019. Retrieved 8 February 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "World Chess Invites Daniil Dubov into the Grand Prix Series". WorldChess. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  3. ^ 2019 Grand Prix Series: Dates and Qualifiers, FIDE, 25 January 2019
  4. ^ FIDE announces the line-up for the FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Series 2019, FIDE, 19 February 2019
  5. ^ "Guide to the 2019 Grand Prix Series". WorldChess. Retrieved 21 September 2019.
  6. ^ Guide to Jerusalem Grand Prix 2019, World Chess
  7. ^ https://www.fide.com/news/230
  8. ^ https://www.fide.com/news/248
  9. ^ 2019 FIDE Grand Prix Series starts in Moscow on May 17, FIDE, 13 May 2019
  10. ^ Top 100 Players May 2019, FIDE
  11. ^ FIDE Grand Prix to kick off in Moscow, Chess24, 16 May 2019
  12. ^ Grand Prix in Hamburg Starts On November 5, World Chess, October 3, 2019
  13. ^ “Fide Gran Prix Live Results”
  14. ^ “Radjabov and Aronian withdrew from Grand Prix Jerusalem”
  15. ^ “Wang Hao and Andreikin join the Jerusalem Grand Prix”

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