FIDE Candidates 2020 to Take Place in Yekaterinburg, Russia

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The FIDE Candidates 2020 will take place in Yekaterinburg, Russia from March 15 until April 5.  Eight top grandmasters will contest in a double round-robin tournament for the right to challenge the current World Champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway).

Participants:
 

Fabiano Caruana (USA, 2842) – qualified as the Challenger of the World Championship match 2018

Teimour Radjabov (AZE, 2765) – qualified as the winner of the FIDE World Cup 2019

Ding Liren (CHN, 2805) – qualified as the finalist of the FIDE World Cup 2019

Wang Hao (CHN, 2758) – qualified as the winner of the FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2019

Alexander Grischuk (RUS, 2777) – qualified as the winner of the FIDE Grand Prix 2019

Ian Nepomniachtchi (RUS, 2774) – qualified as one of two top finishers in the FIDE Grand Prix 2019

Anish Giri (NED, 2763) – qualified by rating as the player with the highest average rating for 12 rating periods from February 2019 to January 2020

Kirill Alekseenko (RUS, 2704) – was given a wild card by the organizers

Schedule:

Day 1 – Arrivals
Day 2 – Opening Ceremony & Technical Meeting
Day 3 – Round 1
Day 4 – Round 2
Day 5 – Round 3
Day 6 – Free day
Day 7 – Round 4
Day 8 – Round 5
Day 9 – Round 6
Day 10 – Free day
Day 11 – Round 7
Day 12 – Round 8
Day 13 – Round 9
Day 14 – Free day
Day 15 – Round 10
Day 16 – Round 11
Day 17 – Round 12
Day 18 – Free day
Day 19 – Round 13
Day 20 – Round 14
Day 21 – Tie-breaks & Closing Ceremony
Day 22 – Departures

Players from the same federation play each other in earlier rounds: Ding Liren and Wang Hao will play each other in rounds 1 and 8; Alexander Grischuk, Ian Nepomniachtchi and Kirill Alekseeko – in rounds 1, 2, 3 and 8, 9, 10.

Source: fide.com

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