This weekend: FIDE World Corporate Championship

by ChessBase
2/19/2021 – The FIDE World Corporate Championship will take place online on February 19-21. It will be a team tournament in which companies will present a roster made up of employees and at the most one invited player. Giants like Amazon, Samsung, Ford, Microsoft and Gazprom have registered to participate, with some of them inviting elite grandmasters to join their teams — among them, Kindred (Magnus Carlsen), Sberbank (Ian Nepomniachtchi) and Optiver (Anish Giri) just to name a few.

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Carlsen, Giri and Nepomniachtchi to participate

The FIDE World Corporate Championship will take place online on February 19-21. It will be a team tournament in which companies will present a roster made up of employees and at the most one invited player — each team can only have one 2500+ rated player in its lineup. In addition, the teams must have at least one male player and at least one female player.

As stated by FIDE, “with 284 teams registered from 78 different countries, the event will bring together 1,467 players. This turnout widely surpassed all our estimations, and we would like to thank our partners at and the Chief Arbiter, Alex Holowczak, for the extra effort they are making to accommodate all the participants”. 

Not only is the field incredibly large but also surprisingly strong, as no fewer than 36 grandmasters have registered to participate. Most notably, Magnus Carlsen, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Anish Giri, Vladislav Artemiev and Radoslaw Wojtaszek will be playing.

Anish Giri

Anish Giri giving a blindfold simul at Optiver’s office in Amsterdam

The list of companies is also impressive, as it includes the likes of Amazon, Samsung, Ford, Microsoft, Gazprom, Facebook, Siemens, Dell Technologies, Bosch, Airbus, IBM, Boeing, Sony, Intel, ArcelorMittal, Equinor, HP, Twitter, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, Vodafone, Sberbank, American Express, Deutsche Bank, UBS, Oracle, Credit Suisse and Airbnb.

Some top executives from these companies have been included — Bernhard Spalt, CEO of Erste Group Bank, and Tomislav Topic, who is now the CEO of Telconet, a telecom company in Ecuador, will participate.

Notwithstanding, the strongest executive is the two-time French Champion and former elite grandmaster Joel Lautier, a Member of the Supervisory Board of Sovcombank, who will make a temporary comeback to play in the championship. 

No entry fee, donations welcome

There was no entry fee of any kind for this competition. However, FIDE is organizing a fund-raiser in cooperation with the platform Softgiving, and participant companies are encouraged to donate towards one of three social projects currently being developed by FIDE: Chess in Education programs for underprivileged children, Chess for people with Disabilities, and the FIDE veterans support program. If you also want to contribute, you can do it through this link.


All donations received through this link will count towards the leaderboard offered by Softgiving. The most generous donors will appear on top of the leaderboard (donation amounts won't be revealed).

At the end of the event, the team that has donated the most funds for those charity causes will be invited to the FIDE World Championship Match 2021, taking place at Dubai World Expo in late 2021, with accommodation expenses covered for three nights and VIP tickets to attend three rounds of the match.

Top players

Name Team
Carlsen Magnus Kindred
Nepomniachtchi Ian SBER
Giri Anish Optiver
Artemiev Vladislav Aeroflot
Wojtaszek Radoslaw WASKO
Jakovenko Dmitry Yandex
Korobov Anton Sberbank Trade Union
Saleh Salem Emirates
Malakhov Vladimir ALRUD Law Firm
Abasov Nijat SOCAR

Top teams

1. SBER (RtgAvg:2450 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Vladimir Vorozheykin
Bo.   Name Rtg FideID Gr Games
1 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2789 4168119   0,0
2 FM Kadatsky Alexander 2368 4144090   0,0
3 IM Lavrov Maxim 2401 4166418   0,0
4 WIM Komiagina Maria 2241 4153987   0,0
5   Vorozheykin Vladimir 2103 24110752   0,0
6   Surneva Elena 1200     0,0
2. Grenke Bank (RtgAvg:2427 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Georg Meier
Bo.   Name Rtg FideID Gr Games
1 GM Meier Georg 2628 4675789   0,0
2 IM Kashlinskaya Alina 2494 4198026   0,0
3 WGM Klek Hanna Marie 2302 24670057   0,0
4 WIM Agrest Inna 2285 1708830   0,0
  3. Morgan Stanley (HUN) (RtgAvg:2412 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Gabor Szamoskozi
Bo.   Name Rtg FideID Gr Games
1 IM Bregadze Levan 2454 13603264   0,0
2 IM Lizak Peter 2433 731595   0,0
3 WGM Papp Petra 2336 739049   0,0
4 IM Torma Robert 2424 719030   0,0
5 IM Nanjo Ryosuke 2338 7000634   0,0
  4. Sberbank Trade Union (RtgAvg:2396 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Vladimir Vorozheykin
Bo.   Name Rtg FideID Gr Games
1 GM Korobov Anton 2683 14105730   0,0
2 FM Kretov Evgenij 2269 4167821   0,0
3 FM Myshakov Fedor 2292 14111284   0,0
4 WFM Homyakova Elena 2113 13507761   0,0
5   Matukin Igor 2340 4123069   0,0
6   Khungueva Lyubov 1846 24117790   0,0
  5. Microsoft Redmond (RtgAvg:2380 / TB1: 0 / TB2: 0) Captain: Jasper Zaporteza
Bo.   Name Rtg FideID Gr Games
1 GM Rambaldi Francesco 2569 20657307   0,0
2 IM Uritsky Max 2395 2802554   0,0
3 FM Terekhov Andrey 2303 4121481   0,0
4 WIM Lee Megan 2211 2029618   0,0
5   Roetteler Martin 2254 4614046   0,0

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