The FIDE Grand Prix 2022 is a series of three chess tournaments, to be played between 3 February and 4 April 2022 in Berlin, Germany and Belgrade, Serbia. The top two finishers will qualify for the Candidates Tournament 2022, which is the final qualification stage for the World Chess Championship 2023.
|Series of Single-elimination tournaments|
Due to the travel restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, all three tournaments were initially to be played in a single city, instead of playing in various cities as in previous editions.
Twenty-four players will qualify for the Grand Prix:
- The players who placed third to eighth at the Chess World Cup 2021, who were not World Champion or already qualified for the Candidates. Five out of a possible six players qualified in this way, because World Champion Magnus Carlsen placed third in the World Cup.
- The players who placed third to eighth in the FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2021, who were not World Champion, or already qualified for the Candidates or Grand Prix. Six players qualified in this way.
- Hikaru Nakamura, nominee of the FIDE president.
- Daniil Dubov, organizer's nominee.
- The remaining places will be filled by the top players in the December 2021 rating list, so long as they have participated in the FIDE World Cup 2021, or played at least nine games which counted in the FIDE rating lists from February to December 2021[a]. With 13 players qualifying by the other methods, 11 players will qualify in this way.
The table below shows the players who have qualified for the Grand Prix:
|Seeding||Invitee||Qualifying method||Rating (December 2021)||World rank|
|1||Ding Liren||Rating list (3rd)||2799||3|
|2||Levon Aronian||Rating list (6th)||2772||6|
|3||Anish Giri||Rating list (7th)||2772||7|
|4||Wesley So||Rating list (8th)||2772||8|
|5||Shakhriyar Mamedyarov||Rating list (9th)||2767||9|
|6||Alexander Grischuk||Rating list (10th)||2764||10|
|7||Richárd Rapport||Rating list (11th)||2763||11|
|8||Maxime Vachier-Lagrave||Grand Swiss (6th)||2761||12|
|9||Leinier Domínguez||Rating list (15th)||2752||15|
|10||Hikaru Nakamura||Presidential nominee||2736||-|
|11||Nikita Vitiugov||Rating list (19th)||2731||19|
|12||Wei Yi||Rating list (21st)||2729||21|
|13||Vidit Gujrathi||World Cup (5th-8th)||2727||22|
|14||Dmitry Andreikin||Rating list (23rd)||2724||23|
|15||Daniil Dubov||Organizer's nominee||2720||24|
|16||Yu Yangyi||Grand Swiss (4th)||2713||27|
|17||Sam Shankland||World Cup (5th-8th)||2708||29|
|18||Alexei Shirov||Grand Swiss (8th)||2704||31|
|19||Vladimir Fedoseev||World Cup (4th)||2704||32|
|20||Alexandr Predke||Grand Swiss (7th)||2682||52|
|21||Grigoriy Oparin||Grand Swiss (3rd)||2681||55|
|22||Vincent Keymer||Grand Swiss (5th)||2664||74|
|23||Amin Tabatabaei||World Cup (5th-8th)||2643||108|
|24||Étienne Bacrot||World Cup (5th-8th)||2642||111|
Each player will play in two out of three of the tournaments. Each tournament will have 16 players, and have a two-stage format.
In the first stage, the players are divided into four pools of four, and the players in each pool play a double round-robin mini-tournament. The four winners of the pools progress to the second stage.
In the second stage, the four pool winners play a knock-out tournament, consisting of semi-finals and a final. Both the semi-finals and final will consist of 2 regular time limit games, plus tie-breaks if required.
Players receive Grand Prix points according to their finishing position in each tournament. The two players with the most Grand Prix points across the two tournaments they play qualify for the Candidates Tournament 2022.
In the pool stage, if there is a tie for first, the tied players play tie-breaks.
In the knockout stage, tie-breaks are played if the match is tied after the 2 regular time limit games.
In both stages, two-way or three-way tie-breaks take the following format:
- Players play 2 rapid chess games at 15 minutes plus 10 seconds per move. In the case of a three-way tie, a single round-robin is played.
- If players are still tied, they play 2 blitz chess games at 3 minutes plus 2 seconds per move. In the case of a three-way tie, a single round-robin is played.
- If players are still tied, a single armageddon chess game is played to decide the winner. In the case of a three-way tie, lots are drawn to determine the players, and the loser of the lot shares second place with the loser of the armageddon game.
In the case of a four-way tie, the players are divided into pairs and each pair plays a two-player tie-break by the above method. The two tie-break winners then play a tie-break by the above method, while the losers share third and fourth place in the pool.
Grand Prix pointsEdit
Grand Prix points will be awarded as follows:
|Round||Grand Prix points|
|2nd in pool||4|
|3rd in pool||2|
|4th in pool||0|
The grand prix points for pool placings take into account tie-breaks played to determine first place. Players tied for other places, or still tied after tie-breaks, share grand prix points.
If players finish tied on Grand Prix points, then the following tie-breaks are applied, in order:
- number of tournament first-place finishes;
- number of tournament second-place finishes;
- number of points scored in regular time limit games;
- number of wins in regular time limit games;
- drawing of lots.
- Anand, Wang, and Topalov were not eligible because of inactivity.
- Doggers (PeterDoggers), Peter. "2022 FIDE Grand Prix To Start February 3". Chess.com.
- Berlin wins popular vote; will host the Grand Prix Series and other events in 2022, FIDE, 12 August 2021
- 2022 FIDE Grand Prix Series Announced, FIDE, 17 June 2021
- "Berlin Wins Popular Vote; Will Host the Next Grand Prix Series and Other Events in 2022". worldchess.com. Retrieved 2021-11-09.
- Regulations for the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2022, FIDE, June 2021
- Hikaru Nakamura is granted wild card to FIDE Grand Prix, FIDE, 20 December 2021
- World Chess Nominates Daniil Dubov to the Grand Prix Series; Fears Mild Outrage from Nepo’s Fans, World Chess
- Top 100 Players December 2021 - Archive, FIDE, 1 December 2021