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Saturday, 01 Feb 2020 13:00
FIDE Candidates 2020

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

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

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA, 2767) - replaced Teimour Radjabov as the highest-rated reserve player

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

Full pairings:

R 01 (March 17, 2020)
Radjabov – Caruana
Ding Liren - Wang Hao
Giri - Nepomniachtchi
Grischuk - Alekseenko

R 02 (March 18, 2020)
Caruana – Alekseenko
Nepomniachtchi - Grischuk
Wang Hao - Giri
Radjabov – Ding Liren

R 03 (March 19, 2020)
Ding Liren - Caruana
Giri - Radjabov
Grischuk - Wang Hao
Alekseenko - Nepomniachtchi

R 04 (March 21, 2020)
Caruana - Nepomniachtchi
Wang Hao - Alekseenko
Radjabov - Grischuk
Ding Liren - Giri

R 05 (March 22, 2020)
Giri - Caruana
Grischuk - Ding Liren
Alekseenko – Radjabov
Nepomniachtchi - Wang Hao

R 06 (March 23, 2020)
Grischuk - Caruana
Alekseenko - Giri
Nepomniachtchi - Ding Liren
Wang Hao - Radjabov

R 07 (March 25, 2020)
Caruana - Wang
Hao Radjabov - Nepomniachtchi
Ding Liren - Alekseenko
Giri - Grischuk

R 08 (March 26, 2020)
Caruana - Radjabov
Wang Hao - Ding Liren
Nepomniachtchi - Giri
Alekseenko - Grischuk

R 09 (March 27, 2020)
Alekseenko - Caruana
Grischuk - Nepomniachtchi
Giri - Wang Hao
Ding Liren - Radjabov

R 10  (March 29, 2020)
Caruana - Ding Liren
Radjabov - Giri
Wang Hao - Grischuk
Nepomniachtchi - Alekseenko

R 11 (March 30, 2020)
Nepomniachtchi - Caruana
Alekseenko - Wang Hao
Grischuk - Radjabov
Giri - Ding Liren

R 12 (March 31, 2020)
Caruana - Giri
Ding Liren - Grischuk
Radjabov - Alekseenko
Wang Hao - Nepomniachtchi 

R 13 (April 02, 2020)
Wang Hao - Caruana
Nepomniachtchi - Radjabov
Alekseenko - Ding Liren
Grischuk - Giri

R 14 (April 03, 2020)
Caruana - Grischuk
Giri - Alekseenko
Ding Liren - Nepomniachtchi
Radjabov - Wang Hao

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.

Regulations for the FIDE Candidates Tournament 2020 in PDF format