2022 Candidates Tournament


July 1, 2022

The 2022 Candidates Tournament is an eight-player chess tournament whose function is to decide the challenger for the 2023 World Chess Championship. The tournament is scheduled to take place at the Palacio de Santoña in Madrid, Spain, from June 16 to November 5. July 2022,[1] while the World Championship is scheduled for early 2023.[2] Like all Candidates tournaments since 2013, it will be in a double-round league format.[3] The winner of the tournament will have the right to challenge defending champion Magnus Carlsen for the World Chess Championship. If Carlsen decides not to play, the top two finishers in the tournament will meet for the world title.[4][5]​ The eight qualified players are Yan Nepómniashchi, Teimour Radjabov, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Alireza Firouzja, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Richárd Rapport and Ding Liren. Sergei Kariakin was initially one of the qualifiers, but was disqualified for violating the FIDE Code of Ethics after publicly supporting Russia's 2022 invasion of Ukraine. The Russian Chess Federation unsuccessfully appealed FIDE's decision on Kariakin's behalf. . The spot went to the highest ranked FIDE ranked player from May 2022 who would not have qualified, Ding Liren.


The players qualified for the Candidates Tournament are:[6][7]​

Radjabov Classification

Radjabov had qualified for the previous Candidates Tournament as the winner of the 2019 Chess World Cup, but withdrew from the tournament after his request to postpone the tournament due to the COVID-19 pandemic was rejected.[9] the postponement of the 2020 Candidates Tournament mid-tournament due to the pandemic until 2021, Radjabov asked to return to the tournament.[10] FIDE decided it was appropriate to offer Radjabov direct entry to the 2022 tournament instead. [11]

Kariakin disqualification

On March 21, 2022, the FIDE Ethics and Disciplinary Commission ruled that Sergei Kariakin had violated Article 2.2.10 of the FIDE Code of Ethics after publicly supporting the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine. As a result, they decided to expel him. from all FIDE-organized tournaments during a six-month period,[12][13] thus making him ineligible for the 2022 Candidates Tournament.[14] Kariakin had 21 days to appeal.[12] Although he stated that there was no point in appealing,[15] the Russian Chess Federation announced almost immediately that it was preparing an appeal on his behalf.[16] On May 6, the Appeals Chamber of the FIDE Ethics and Disciplinary Commission announced its decision to reject Kariakin's appeal,[17] which involved his disqualification from the Candidates Tournament,[18] although it maintains the option of appealing to the Court of Sports Arbitration.[18]

Ranking Ranking (Ding Liren)

Originally, no player would have qualified by Elo rating.[19] However, the rules state that if one of the qualified players dropped out, the highest ranked player on the May 2022 list who also played at least 30 games evaluated between June 2021 and May 2022 would be invited as a replacement.[3] On the April 2022 list,[20] the highest ranked player (apart from the world champion and already ranked players) was Ding Liren with an Elo rating of 2799, but had only played 4 rated games between June 2021 and April 2022 due to travel difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic.[15][21] He therefore needed 26 games in March and April for the May 2022 roster to be eligible. The Chinese Chess Association organized three separate events for Ding to participate in,[22] allowing him to meet the minimum games requirement, in addition to reaching the