Watch the Candidates Chess Tournament 2020 free live stream

18.03.2020 10:00:05 - Live online streaming from the FIDE Candidates Chess Tournament in Yekaterinburg, Russia.

( - At a time when events around the world are being cancelled, there is still some online viewing available with the ongoing Candidates Chess tournament in Russia.

You can watch the full tournament on the free online live stream:

Event background

There was some uncertainty as to whether the event would go ahead, given the ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus, but with the addition of some


increased health and safety measures, as well as the relative rarity of the virus in Russia so far, organisers decided to press ahead and the tournament is taking place as planned.

The qualifier on rating is the player with the highest average rating for the 12 ratings periods from February 2019 to January 2020, who does not qualify by another method. To be eligible, a player must have played at least 30 games during these 12 ratings periods, and at least 18 in the final 6 ratings periods.

The following table shows the ratings of the players with the top average ratings from February 2019 to January 2020. It includes the first eleven players except for world champion Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana (who qualifies as the 2018 challenger), Ding Liren (who qualifies as a finalist of the 2019 World Cup), Alexander Grischuk and Ian Nepomniachtchi (the winner and runner-up of the 2019 FIDE Grand Prix). All of the players in the table met the above game count requirements.

One wild card was selected by the organizer. This player must have participated in at least two of the three qualifying tournaments (World Cup, Grand Swiss and Grand Prix) and also must have met one of the following conditions: highest non-qualifier in the World Cup and also in the final 4 of the World Cup; highest non-qualifier in the Grand Swiss or Grand Prix; or in the top 10 by average rating from February 2019 to January 2020.

Four players were eligible: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (third in the World Cup, third in the Grand Prix, fifth in the rating list); Kirill Alekseenko (highest non-qualifier in the Grand Swiss and also played in the World Cup); Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (sixth in the rating list, played in the World Cup and Grand Prix) and Levon Aronian (tenth in the rating list, played in the World Cup and Grand Prix). Viswanathan Anand was ninth in the rating list but only participated in the Grand Swiss, and thus was ineligible to be picked as the wild card player.

On 11 November 2019, Andrey Filatov, the president of the Russian Chess Federation, announced the intention to use the wild card to choose a Russian player, stating: "The decision to host this event in Russia guarantees that there will be a Russian player participating. We’re still considering different options how we’ll choose a Russian wild-card but it will probably be a match or match-tournament with Kirill Alekseenko. At the time of the announcement no Russian had qualified for the Candidates; and Alekseenko, Grischuk and Nepomniachtchi were sure to be eligible for the wild card, although the latter two also had a chance to qualify via the Grand Prix.

The tournament will be contested as an eight player, double round-robin tournament, meaning there will be 14 rounds with each player facing each other twice: once with the black pieces and once with the white pieces. The tournament winner qualifies to play Magnus Carlsen for the World Championship late in 2020.

FIDE announced the pairings on February 14, 2020. All games begin at 4pm local time (1100 UTC), except Round 14, which begins at 3pm local time (1000 UTC).

Players from the same country must play each other in the earlier rounds: Ding Liren and Wang Hao will play each other in rounds 1 and 8; while Grischuk, Nepomniachtchi and Alekseenko will play each other in rounds 1 to 3 and rounds 8 to 10.

Martin Kerrigan
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