Anand, Ivanchuk, Kramnik, Topalov among the participants of the World Chess Championship

Beginning September 14, the Chess.com Global Chess Championship will see legendary chess players such as GM Viswanathan Anand, GM Vasyl Ivanchuk, GM Vladimir Kramnik and GM Veselin Topalov take on the best (online) players in today, including GM Hikaru Nakamura, GM Ding Liren, GM Levon Aronian and GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda. The full roster of 64 players reveals an enticing line-up.

An exciting new phase of the Chess.com World Championship, Chess.com’s first-ever million dollar prize event, is just around the corner. With 32 qualifiers joined by 32 seeded players, wWe’ll see youth versus experience, future talent versus former world champions, and online specialists versus seasoned grandmasters in the coming weeks as the knockout phase of the championship begins.

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Chess legends

The field includes five world champions: Anand, Kramnik, Topalov and GMs Hou Yifan and GM Ju Wenjun. There are also five challengers to the world championship: GM Boris Gelfand, GM Fabiano Caruana, GM Peter Leko, GM Gata Kamsky and GM Ian Nepomniachtchi. Besides Aronian, Duda, Gelfand, Kamsky and Kramnik, there are two other FIDE World Cup winners: GM Peter Svidler and GM Teimour Radabov. And then there are also two players who have reached the final of a FIDE World Championship: GM Michael Adams and Ivanchuk.

New generation of energy

A big statement in the field is still a teenager, or (a little over) 20 years old. The first mention should go to 18-year-old GM Arjun Erigaisi, currently world number 18 in the live rankings, in case you missed him! Olympic winner GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov is also present, as well as GM Jeffery Xiong, GM Nihal Sarin, GM Andrey Esipenko, GM Kirill Shevchenko and GM Raunak Sadhwani.

Online specialists

Some participants may be lesser known in the classical chess world, but have made a name for themselves in recent years here at Chess.com. For example, there is Denis Lazavik, elected GM, who won the title on Tuesday a few days ago and dominated the fourth Play-in of this World Chess Championship. Other regulars are GM Oleksandr Bortnyk (who for example reached the final of the 2019 Bullet Chess Championship), GM Jose Martinez (three-time winner of Winner Stays and winner of the seventh season of Arena Kings) and the GM elected Tuan Minh Le (multiple titled Tuesday winner and final Play-in winner).

strength everywhere

The field of 64 players includes many other big names who have attended the best tournaments in recent years. To name a few: GM Anish Giri, GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, GM Alexander Grischuk, GM Leinier Dominguez, GM Le Quang Liem, GM Wang Hao, GM Dmitry Andreikin and GM Vladimir Fedoseev. Choose your favourite!

Chess.com World Chess Championship 2022 | Knockout, Round 1























group A Group E
Hikaru Nakamura vs. Rodrigo Vasquez Ian Nepomniachtchi vs Mahammad Muradli
David Navara vs. Michael Adams Peter Svidler vs. Alexei Shirov
Leinier Dominguez Perez vs Maksim Chigaev Teimour Radjabov vs. Hou Yifan
The Quang Liem vs. Eric Hansen Arjun Erigaisi vs. David Paravyan
Group B Group F
Jan-Krzysztof Duda vs. Mitrabha Guha Anish Giri vs. Ju Wenjun
Wang Hao vs. Peter Leko Veselin Topalov vs. Raunak Sadhwani
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Vladislav Kovalev Viswanathan Anand vs Pavel Pokratov
Vidit Gujrathi vs. Alexey Sarana Nodirbek Abdusattorov v Boris Gelfand
Group C Group G
Wesley So vs Denis Lazavik Ding Liren vs. Tuan Minh Le
Ray Robson vs. Vasyl Ivanchuk Andrey Esipenko vs. Bassem Amin
Alexander Grischuk vs Benjamin Bok Vladimir Kramnik vs. Hrant Melkumyan
Jeffery Xiong vs. Oleksandr Bortnyk Nihal Sarin vs. Rauf Mamedov
Group D Group H
Fabiano Caruana vs. Martyn Kravtsiv Levon Aronian vs. Nikolas Theodorou
Kirill Alekseenko vs Jose Martinez Francisco Vallejo vs. Maxim Matlakov
Dmitry Andreikin vs Aram Hakobyan Maxime Vachier-Lagrave against Eduardo Iturrizaga
Vladimir Fedoseev vs Gata Kamsky Sam Sevian vs. Rasmus Svane

This knockout stage runs from September 14 to October 9, 2022. On September 14, the knockout stage kicks off with Le Quan Liem-Hansen, Alekseenko-Martinez, Ding-Tuan Minh Le, Esipenko-Amin, Kramnik-Melkumyan and Nihal-Mamedov. . Dates, times and full agreements will be published soon.

Armageddon Auctions

Each match is played in four quick games in 15+2. If the match ends in a tie, a single game of Quick Armageddon determines the winner. White gets 15 minutes and must win, with a bidding system to determine who plays black at draw odds. Players privately communicate when they are ready to play as Black; the lowest bid time wins the auction, and that player starts with the bid duration. If the bid is equal, the highest ranked player chooses the color.

$1 Million Prize Fund

From this knockout stage, eight players will advance to the World Chess Championship Finals, to be held November 2-7, on location in Toronto, Canada, where a top prize of $200,000 will be up for grabs. game. Meanwhile, the 32 players eliminated in the first round still go home with $5,000. The World Chess Championship is Chess.com’s first-ever event with a total prize pool of $1 million.

Who do you think will win the first World Chess Championship? Leave your choice in the comments!

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