FIDE Candidates 2022: Venue and schedule announced

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3/28/2022 – The schedule and venue of the FIDE Candidates Tournament 2022 have been recently announced by FIDE. The double round-robin tournament will be played at the magnificent Palacio de Santoña, a centrally located historic building in Madrid. The first round will take place on June 17.

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A palatial venue

Press release by the International Chess Federation

We’re pleased to announce the schedule and venue of the FIDE Candidates Tournament 2022. The magnificent Palacio de Santoña, a centrally located historic building in Madrid, will be the venue of the most anticipated chess tournament in 2022. Built in 1730, this mansion boasts of distinguished carved granite baroque façade and is home to one of the most refined eclectic interiors in the Spanish capital. It is currently one of the headquarters of the Madrid Chamber of Commerce.

Eight prominent grandmasters will compete in a double round-robin (all play all) tournament from 16 June to 6 July. The schedule includes four free days, one after every three rounds:

  • June 16: Technical meeting and opening ceremony
  • June 17-19: Rounds 1-3
  • June 20: Rest day
  • June 21-23: Rounds 4-6
  • June 24: Rest day
  • June 25-27: Rounds 7-9
  • June 28: Rest day
  • June 29 - July 1: Rounds 10-12
  • July 2: Rest day
  • July 3-4: Rounds 13-14
  • July 5: Potential tiebreaks

The first place is all that matters, as the tournament’s winner will become the World Championship Challenger and acquire the right to face World Champion Magnus Carlsen in a match. You can follow the updates on the World Championship Cycle on our dedicated webpage: worldchampionshipcycle.fide.com

Palacio de Santoña

The palace of Santoña or palace of the Dukes of Santoña (formerly known as the palace of Goyeneche) is a Spanish palace located on the corner of Huertas and Príncipe streets, in the city of Madrid. It is a 16th-century building, later renovated in the 18th century by the architect Pedro de Ribera, and in the 19th century by Antonio Ruiz de Salces.

The exterior appearance of the building shows the typical features of 18th century Madrid palaces. Symmetrical compositions with a horizontal perspective, combining brick with stonework, especially in the main doorway, carved in granite, which were Ribera’s speciality.

Palacio de Santoña

Palacio de Santoña

Palacio de Santoña

Palacio de Santoña


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LazyKnight LazyKnight 3/31/2022 06:28
What is happening in China in the name of helping Ding Liren qualify is a farce. I remember that there were rules for GM norms which required that a player must achieve it's norms in tournaments above a specific average rating and a minimum percentage of "foreign players" for the norm to be considered valid.

But in China, the tournament organized to allow Ding to qualify are mostly 'weak' players and 'willing to gift' points to Ding Liren, so that he can maintain a high rating.

In fact a 2nd tournament planned in China, also has all 'home country players', chosen to gift rating points to Ding Liren.

It is utterly shameful that a player of his caliber is choosing to be part of this fraud. He is definitely a top-5 player currently but he got equal chances throughout the cycle and if he could not qualify through the regular and a process that was 'equal for all', has been spoilt by FIDE's stupid decision in which they completely forgot that this "highest rating" required can be exploited a country by organizing dodgy tournaments.

Imagine if other countries also resort to this approach of questionable home tournaments to boost the chances of their players in top-10/15.
Pionki Pionki 3/29/2022 08:46
Royal game, royal venue.
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