Candidates Tournament to take place in Madrid

Candidates Tournament to take place in Madrid sponsored by

The 2022 Candidates Tournament, which will produce the challenger for the next world chess championship match, will take place in June-July 2022 in Madrid, Spain. As the organising sponsor of this prestigious tournament, signed an agreement on Monday with governing body FIDE and the Scheinberg family, patrons of the event.

The Candidates Tournament will once again be the most important tournament of the year, with eight top grandmasters fighting for a spot in the next title match. The previous Candidates tournament, which was held in Yekaterinburg, Russia partly in 2020 and partly in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, was one of the best-viewed tournaments in chess history.

So far, six players have qualified for the 2022 edition: GMs Fabiano Caruana, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Alireza Firouzja, Sergey Karjakin, Ian Nepomniachtchi, and Teimour Radjabov. The final two players will come from the 2022 FIDE Grand Prix, to be held February-April 2022.

Following the agreement among FIDE, the Scheinberg family, and, the dates and host city for the next Candidates Tournament have been set. The tournament is due to take place June 16 — July 7, 2022 in Madrid. The location of the playing hall is yet to be announced, but it’s known already that the opening and closing ceremonies will be held in the Four Seasons luxury hotel in the Spanish capital.