FIDE World Chess

Candidates Tournament

March 10–28

Berlin, Germany

FIDE World Chess Championship Cycle
Grand Prix Series 2017
Sharjah, UAE
February 2017
Moscow, Russia
May 2017
Geneva, Switzerland
July 2017
Palma de Mallorca, Spain
November 2017
Candidates Tournament
Berlin, Germany
March 2018
World Chess
Championship 2018
November 2018

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Berlin Candidates Tournament 2018

The World Chess Candidates, a dramatic tournament which determines the challenger for the World Chess Championship Match, will take place in Berlin, Germany on March 10 — 28, 2018. Despite Berlin’s chess history and passion for the sport, it’s the first time ever when the Candidates Tournament takes place in the German capital.

Eight of the world's top grandmasters will come to Berlin to play in the tournament that will be contested as a double round-robin over 14 games. The winner will play a match for the title against reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen in November of 2018.

There are eight participants in the Candidates Tournament: Sergey Karjakin of Russia, who lost the 2016 Championship Match to Carlsen but automatically qualified for the Candidates Tournament. He will be joined by the top two finishers in the World Chess Grand Prix Series, the winner and runner-up in the 2017 World Cup which is taking place in Tbilisi, two players who qualify by rating, and a wild card choice.

The prize fund will be €420,000, or about $460,000 at the current exchange rate. In addition to €420,000, the prize will also include 10% of the pay-per-view revenues from the event.

The Tournament will take place in Central Berlin, with tickets and digital subscriptions going on sale on October 2, 2017. Pay-per-view tickets will include German and English-language commentary, advanced analytics, behind-the-view scenes, options to choose camera angles and more, and will cost $15.

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The Official Partners of the World Chess Berlin Candidates Tournament 2018:

EG Capital Advisors — Official Partner

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The official media partners of the World Chess Championship 2017:

TASS — General Media Partner

Russian news agency TASS’ profile

Established in 1904, TASS is a Russian government-run news agency and an integral part of the global media network.

The news agency employs more than 1,000 staff members at its 60 foreign and 70 domestic offices that keep TASS’ on-line operations functioning round-the-clock. TASS provides a diversified range of news, audio-visual products and services, which cover social, political, economic, international, scientific, cultural, sports and other affairs in Russian and English.

Its vast reference database and unique photo archive make it possible to couple any piece of news with images and in-depth historical background in the blink of an eye.

Every year TASS arranges hundreds of educational and wareness promotional events featuring Russian and foreign political figures, top managers of Russian and foreign companies, cultural workers, scientists and athletes.

The news wire distributes its products by subscription among Russian and foreign mass media, federal and regional governmental agencies, diplomatic missions, business and financial circles, non-governmental organizations and many other clients.

TASS is a pro-active and influential member of global and regional media organizations and maintains partnerships with more than 60 news agencies worldwide.

Gazeta.ru — Official Media Partner

«Gazeta.Ru» (Газета.Ru) is Russian online media based in Moscow. It covers politics, business, entertainment, technology, lifestyle, culture and sports. «Gazeta.Ru» is one of the most popular Russian language news sources. According to Alexa.com in 2016 «Gazeta.Ru» is in top-25 most popular sites of Runet, and in top-1000 most popular sites in the World Internet.


Sport FM — Media Partner

SPORT FM - is the only one sports radio station broadcasting all over Russian Federation. It's network includes over 500 localities all over the country, including Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi, Vladivostok, with it's daily reach of more than 1.2 million people. 24/7 broadcasting of SPORT FM allows to cover in full all main world and local sport events - from football to chess, with the highest level of hosts, analytics, top sportsmen and guests.

Esquire — VIP program Media Partner

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ESQUIRE.RU is the official web site of Esquire Russia Magazine and one of the most popular lifestyle media in Russia. The web-site has 1,2 million unique users per month with about 4,5 million monthly page views. Esquire.ru publishes content from print version and original content made exclusively for web-site.