Carlsen and Lagno to Star in FIDE Steinitz Memorial


FIDE will pay tribute to the first world chess champion in history, organizing a new online event that will be held on Chess24. Taking place over the weekend of May 15-17, the new FIDE Steinitz Memorial consists of two 10-player tournaments, one open and one for women. Each player will play each other twice over 18 rounds of blitz (3+2), with live commentary in multiple languages.

The World Champion and 5-time World Blitz Champion Magnus Carlsen will top the open section. He’s joined by 3-time World Blitz Champion Alexander Grischuk, 2013 World Blitz Champion Le Quang Liem, and 2013 World Rapid Champion Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, among others.

2018 and 2019 Women’s World Blitz Champion Kateryna Lagno heads the women’s line-up, with former Women’s World Champions Alexandra KosteniukAntoaneta Stefanova and Tan Zhongyi, and 2018 World Blitz silver medalist Sarasadat Khademalsharieh, all in action.

NOpen sectionBlitz RatingWomen sectionBlitz Rating
2Grischuk2765Lei Tingjie2530
3Bu Xiangzhi2760Kosteniuk2521
4Svidler2754Tan Zhongyi2510
8Le Quang2690Khademalsharieh2431
10Anton Guijarro2590Cori D2391

“Steinitz is the first official World Chess Champion, and with him began a long tradition lasting to our day”, said the FIDE president, Arkady Dvorkovich“He was also a revolutionary, who created a whole new school of chess: ‘positional play’ was a concept that didn’t exist before him. He was also a celebrated author and publicist. All this is his legacy, a legacy to which we pay tribute today. We are very proud to have Magnus Carlsen taking part in this event, as a worthy heir of this long lineage of champions. Probably Magnus understands better than anyone that the role of a World Champion implies certain responsibilities, and he has always been on the frontline when it comes to giving chess the role it deserves in our society. It is safe to say that Steinitz would have been proud of him.”

(all times are CEST)

Friday, May 15thSaturday, May 16thSunday, May 17th

Rounds 1-6 Women:
15:00 – 18:15

Rounds 7-12 Women:
15:00 – 18:15

Rounds 13-18 Women:
15:00 – 18:15
Rounds 1-6 Open:
18:30 – 21:30
Rounds 7-12 Open:
18:30 – 21:30
Rounds 13-18 Open:
18:30 – 21:30




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