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2022 FIDE Candidates Chess Tournament Chess.com's coverage of the 2022 FIDE Candidates Tournament runs from June 16 through July 7. This event is the most important of the year as the world's best players gather to fight for a chance to play GM Magnus Carlsen for the world championship title in 2023. Watch The Live Broadcast On Chess.com Follow the games on our dedicated events page with the engine, analysis function, guess the winner, and more. Watch the live commentary broadcast of the most important event of the year on Chess.com/TV. You can also enjoy the event's coverage on our Twitch channel and find all of Chess.com's live broadcasts at YouTube.com/ChesscomLive. With Chess.com sponsoring the event and having exclusive rights on Twitch to the playing hall footage, you won't miss a single detail of the action! Schedule The event starts on June 16 and ends on July 7. We will provide you with more information once FIDE releases the official schedule. Format Eight players compete in a double round-robin tournament (14 rounds) Time control: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, 50 minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 minutes for the rest of the game with a 30-second increment per move Draws by mutual agreement are not allowed before Black's 40th move Players earn 1 point for a win, 0.5 points for a draw, and 0 points for a loss The player with the most points at the end of the 14 rounds becomes the champion The winner earns the right to face Carlsen in the 2023 FIDE World Chess Championship. Tiebreaks FIDE has not yet released the official rules for tiebreaks. We will publish the tiebreak rules here once they're released. Players The 2022 Candidates Tournament features eight of the best players in the world. Six players have already qualified, with the two best players from the 2022 FIDE Grand Prix claiming the remaining two spots.
Ian Nepomniachtchi (31) Ian Nepomniachtchi (2773, Russia) qualified as the 2021 FIDE World Championship runner-up. Nepomniachtchi won the 2020-2021 Candidates Tournament with a round to spare but eventually lost to Carlsen in Dubai.
Teimour Radjabov (34) Teimour Radjabov (2753, Azerbaijan) was invited by FIDE to play the 2022 Candidates after qualifying for the previous edition of the event and refusing to participate due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jan-Krzysztof Duda (23) Jan-Krzysztof Duda (2760, Poland) qualified by winning the 2021 FIDE World Cup, even beating Carlsen in the process. He was also the player who stopped the world champion's unbeaten 125-game streak in 2020.
Alireza Firouzja (18) Alireza Firouzja (2804, France) qualified after winning the 2021 FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss. Firouzja broke the record for the youngest player ever to cross the 2800 rating barrier.
Fabiano Caruana (29) Fabiano Caruana (2792, United States) qualified for ending the 2021 FIDE Chess.com Grand Swiss in second place. Caruana won the 2018 Candidates and drew 12 games against Carlsen during the world championship match.
Highest FIDE rated player (May 2022) The highest-rated player who meets the requirements for playing in the Candidates will replace GM Sergey Karjakin after the Russian was banned from official FIDE events for six months starting on March 21, 2022.
Hikaru Nakamura (34) Hikaru Nakamura (2758, United States) qualified by finishing in the top two in the 2022 FIDE Grand Prix. It will be his second appearance in a Candidates Tournament (2016).
Richard Rapport (26) Richard Rapport (2776, Hungary) qualified by finishing in the top two in the 2022 FIDE Grand Prix. It will be his first appearance in a Candidates Tournament.