What’s next: top tournaments in January and February

by ChessBase
1/10/2022 – With the Tata Steel Masters kicking off next Saturday, chess aficionados are set to enjoy another year of elite tournaments. Besides the traditional event in Wijk aan Zee, a tournament with a new format will take place in Gibraltar, while the first two legs of the FIDE Grand Prix will be played in close succession in February.

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Wijk, Gibraltar and the FIDE Grand Prix

Tata Steel Masters

The Tata Steel Chess Tournament 2022 will take place in Wijk aan Zee on January 14-30. The Masters and the Challengers sections will be played concurrently.  As usual, 14 grandmasters will play in the Masters, led by the old and new World Champion Magnus Carlsen. With Fabiano Caruana and Sergey Karjakin, there are also two of the last three challengers for the world crown in the field.

Parallel to the Masters, a Challengers tournament will take place again this year. Last year, this tournament was on hiatus. Here, too, established players will meet rising talents. In addition, the organizers are integrating some female players.

The Challengers field is led by the Kazakh Grandmaster Rinat Jumabayev (33), who at the last World Cup in Sochi, eliminated Fabiano Caruana.

Preview | Official site

Tata Steel Chess 2022

Battle of the Sexes in Gibraltar

For the past eighteen years the Gibraltar International Chess Festival has been held in the Caleta Hotel. But the organizers have found an ideal replacement: Gibraltar’s historic Garrison Library. The 2022 event, #GibChess, is entitled “Battle of the Sexes Match-Tournament” and takes place from Monday 24 January until Thursday 3 February 2022.

The #GibChess event will occupy the upper floor of the library, with play taking place in the elegant and airy upper reading room, beneath a portrait of Colonel Drinkwater, the library’s founder. It is used as a space for conferences, recitals and lectures, but going back centuries it would have been a room where officers could read papers and books and smoke cigars. Beyond the upper reading room is a smaller ante-room, which will be a refreshment and rest area for the players during the tournament, and beyond that what was once known as the ballroom – not a common feature of many libraries, one would have thought!

  • The women’s team: Pia Cramling, Mariya Muzychuk, Zhansaya Abdumalik, Gunay Mammadzada, Antoaneta Stefanova, Marie Sebag, Marsel Efroimski, Irene Kharisma Sukandar, Olga Girya, Jovanka Houska
  • The men’s team: Sabino Brunello, Bobby Cheng, Leandro Krysa, Bilel Bellahcene, Ravi Haria, Balazs Csonka, Joe Gallagher, Gillan Bwalya, Husain Aziz Nezad, Eric Rosen

Preview | Official site

Gibraltar Chess 2022

FIDE Grand Prix

Berlin, the capital of Germany, will be the main host of the 2022 Grand Prix Series. The Series, a part of the World Chess Championship circuit, will run from February to April in a bespoke-designed chess arena. The city was chosen by World Chess, the gaming company that organizes the Series in partnership with FIDE, as well as by chess fans from all around the world.

The Series will feature 24 players, each of whom will compete in two out of three tournaments. Each event will consist of a group stage and then a knockout round. In the group stage, each group will play a round-robin six-round tournament.


  • Berlin: February 4 - 16, 2022
  • Belgrade: February 29 - March 13, 2022
  • Berlin: March 21 - April 3, 2022

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FIDE Grand Prix 2022

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