The 2022 Candidates Guide: Just the Facts

We understood. You are busy, but curious about Candidates.

So here it is: the who, what, when and where (to watch). We’ll leave you the why.

First, be sure to check out our Candidate Preview Podcast with CLO Editor John Hartmann and Managing Director Jacob Aagaard. And don’t forget to come back to online chess life every day to catch up on results and exclusive analysis of Aagaard’s game of the day.

Who (and how)

Ian Nepomniachtchi

Qualified via FIDE World Championship 2021 (runner-up)

Fabien Caruana

Qualified via FIDE Grand Swiss 2021

Alireza Firouzja

Qualified via FIDE Grand Swiss 2021

Jan-Krzysztof Duda

Qualified via FIDE World Cup 2021

Hikaru Nakamura

Qualified via FIDE Grand Swiss 2022

Richard Report

Qualified via FIDE Grand Swiss 2022

Teimour Radjabov

Direct seed via FIDE nomination

Ding Read

Highest-rated non-qualifier on the FIDE rating list for May 2022 (replaces Sergey Karjakin, who qualified via the 2021 World Cup)

What

Held in Madrid, Spain, the 2022 FIDE Candidates Tournament is a double-round tournament that will determine the challenger for Magnus Carlsen’s 2023 World Championship title. If Carlsen refuses to defend his title, as he has suggested , this could be the case. , it is assumed that the first two in Madrid will play a match for the world championship. The first round will be played on Friday, June 17.

Players compete for a total prize pool of €500,000, including €48,000 for the winner, as well as €3,500 for each half point scored.

New to this year’s Candidates is a quick playoff system to produce a winner overboard.

The full rules are available on the FIDE website.

When

The opening press conference took place on June 15.

The opening ceremony is scheduled for today, June 16th. It is currently not available online, but FIDE has released a teaser video.

Each round begins at 9 a.m. ET (3 p.m. local time). The game begins on June 17 with the first round, followed by thirteen more games and four days off:

June 17

Round 1

June 18

2nd round

June 19

Round 3

June 20

DAY OFF

June 21st

Round 4

June 22

Round 5

June 23

Round 6

June 24

DAY OFF

June 25

Round 7

June 26

Round 8

June 27

Round 9

June 28

DAY OFF

June 29

Round 10

June 30th

Round 11

July, 1st

Round 12

July 2nd

DAY OFF

July 3

Round 13

4th July

Round 14

July the 5th

Tie-breaks (if necessary)

Where (look)

Chess fans will have several options to delight their contestants. The following is a non-exhaustive list of some of the most popular options:

Chess.com

Chess.com will have GM Robert Hess (after recovering from COVID!), Daniel Naroditsky and IM Danny Rensch on location in Madrid to direct their coverage. General manager Jan Ludwig Hammer will play for Hess until he can join the team.

Direct link: YouTube, Twitch

Chess24

After some time in the German-language streamosphere, everyone’s favorite OG streamer Jan Gustaffson will lead Chess24’s coverage. Her main partner will be legendary GM Judit Polgar, with some special appearances from PlayMagnus namesake and FIDE World Champion Magnus Carlsen.

Direct link: YouTube, Twitch

St. Louis Chess Club

The triumphant trio of Alejandro (Ramirez), Cristian (Chirila) and Yaz (Yasser Seirawan) will lead the Saint Louis coverage.

Direct link: YouTube, Twitch

world chess

Tournament organizers World Chess will have GM Daniil Yuffa as lead commentator, with a cast of rotating guest hosts including IM Elizabeth Paehtz and WIMs Jesse February, Anna-Maja Kazarian and Fiona Steil-Antoni.

Direct link: Youtube

Hikaru Nakamura’s Twitch channel

Of course, Hikaru Nakamura will have coverage on his Twitch channel.

Among the many guest hosts will be IM Levy Rozman, FM James Canty and our very own WGM Jen Shahade. GM Benjamin Bok and GM Irina Krush will be in the hot seat for the first round.

Direct link: Twitch

And in case you forgot, be sure to check out our Candidate Preview Podcast with CLO Editor John Hartmann and Managing Director Jacob Aagaard. Come back to online chess life every day to catch up on results and exclusive analysis of Aagaard’s game of the day.