The FIDE Council has approved the qualifying path to the Women’s Candidates Tournament 2022. The eight spots in the Women’s Candidates Tournament 2022 will be allocated based on the following criteria:
A. 1 spot – FIDE World Championship Match 2020, Runner-up
B. 2 spots – FIDE Grand Prix Series 2019-20
The players who finish 1st and 2nd in the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2019-20. If one or two of these players is/are GM Ju Wenjun and/or GM Goryachkina, the reserved spot(s) is (are) awarded to the next non-qualifying player(s) in the final ranking of the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2019-20.
C. 3 spots – FIDE World Cup 2021
The three winners of the FIDE World Cup 2021. If GM Ju Wenjun and/or GM Goryachkina and/or one of the players qualified via event B is (are) among the three winners, one qualification spot is awarded to the fourth place of the FIDE Women’s World Cup 2021.
D. 1 spot – FIDE Women’s Grand Swiss Tournament 2021
The winner of the FIDE Women’s Grand Swiss Tournament 2021. If the winner is GM Ju Wenjun or GM Goryachkina, or one of the players qualified via events B or C, the reserved spot is awarded to the next non-qualifying player of the FIDE Women’s Grand Swiss Tournament 2021.
E. 1 spot – by Rating
The player having the highest standard rating in the January 2022 FIDE rating list, provided she has at least 15 standard games rated in FIDE standard rating lists 2021 or participated in events C or D.
1. If there are unawarded spots after event C, they shall go to event D, but can be awarded only to players who finish in 4th place or higher.
2. If there are unawarded spots after event D, they shall go to event B, but can be awarded only to players who finish in 4th place or higher.
3. If there are still unawarded spots, they shall be awarded by rating as described in clause E.
Women’s World Championship Cycle events scheduled for 2021:
In case of any schedule modification caused by force majeure/pandemic circumstances, the FIDE Council is entitled to adjust the qualification criteria accordingly.