FIDE World Chess

Grand Prix

Этап 2

Май 12-21

Москва, Россия


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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 2018
March 2018
World Chess Championship 2018
November 2018

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Moscow Grand Prix 2017


Ding Wins Moscow Grand Prix
MAY 21 Ding Wins Moscow Grand Prix

With a win in the final round, Ding Liren won the second Grand Prix. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov drew his last game and finished in second.

Moscow Grand Prix Winner to Be Decided in Last Round
MAY 20 Moscow Grand Prix Winner to Be Decided in Last Round

Most of the games were drawn in Round 8 on Saturday, leaving the top of the leaderboard unchanged. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Ding Liren continue to lead.

Tension Mounts at Moscow Grand Prix
MAY 19 Tension Mounts at Moscow Grand Prix

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Ding Liren continue to lead, but there are now seven players trailing them by only half a point.

Moscow Grand Prix: The Race for First Place Tightens
MAY 18 Moscow Grand Prix: The Race for First Place Tightens

Ding Liren and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov still lead, but there are now six players who are half a point back.

Mamedyarov, Ding Continue to Lead Moscow Grand Prix
MAY 17 Mamedyarov, Ding Continue to Lead Moscow Grand Prix

The co-leaders drew to stay tied for first, but there were three other decisive games in Round 5.

Mamedyarov catches Ding
MAY 16 Mamedyarov catches Ding

Mamedyarov won in Round 4 and is now tied for the lead with Ding. Radjabov and Svidler are only half a point behind the leaders.

Ding Liren Takes Over Lead of Moscow Grand Prix
MAY 14 Ding Liren Takes Over Lead of Moscow Grand Prix

In a clash of co-leaders, Ding beat Hou Yifan, his compatriot, in Round 3 to take control of the tournament. There were four other decisive results on a busy day.

Ding, Hou Lead Grand Prix
MAY 13 Ding, Hou Lead Grand Prix

Ding joined Hou in the lead after winning in Round 2. Nepomniachtchi also won.

Hou Takes Early Lead in Moscow
MAY 12 Hou Takes Early Lead in Moscow

The only woman in the field was also the only one to win in Round 1 of the Moscow Grand Prix.

Grand Prix

The 2017 FIDE World Chess Grand Prix is a series of four chess tournaments that form part of the qualification cycle for the 2018 World Chess Championship. The top two finishers will qualify for the 2018 Candidates Tournament.

Moscow Grand Prix (May 12–21, 2017) is the second leg of the series. It will take place in Moscow’s famous Telegraph building.

There are four tournaments in the cycle. 24 players in total were selected to compete in the tournaments, and each player will compete in three of the four legs of the series.

Every tournament is an 18-player, nine-round Swiss system type. In each round, players will score 1 full point for a win, half a point for a draw, and zero for a loss. Grand Prix points will then be allocated according to each player's standing in the tournament.

The Grand Prix consists of 24 players. Two players qualified as finalists of the 2016 World Chess Championship; four players qualified from making the semi finals of the 2015 Chess World Cup; eight players will qualify based on rating; one player will qualify from participation in the Association of Chess Professionals; and finally nine players rated at no less than 2700 will be nominated by Agon and FIDE. The total prize money is €130,000 per single Grand Prix, or €520,000 for the total Grand Prix series. This money is allocated based on ranking in each individual tournament. The series is part of the 2017-2018 World Chess Championship cycle.

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May 2017

  • Thursday
    Opening ceremony
  • Friday
    Round 1
  • Saturday
    Round 2
  • Sunday
    Round 3
  • Monday
    Round 4
  • Tuesday
    Round 5
  • Wednesday
    Rest Day
  • Thursday
    Round 6
  • Friday
    Round 7
  • Saturday
    Round 8
  • Sunday
    Round 9
  • * All games at 14:00. Round 9 TBC

Public Program


  • Sunday
    Simul Game
  • Monday
    Telegraph Tournament Person needed: Volunteer
  • Thuesday
    IT Media Event by KL Person needed: Chess player
  • 20:00
    Chess lesson (Group 2)
  • Wednesday
    Rest Day
  • Thursday
    Telegraph Tournament Responsible on the venue: Simul Game
  • 20:00
    Chess lesson (Group 2) Person needed: Chess player
  • Friday
    Inclusive event
  • 19:00
    Mikhail Antipov
  • Saturday
    Chess lesson (Group 2) Person needed: Coach (2)


Dear members of the media: you can request media accreditation to the Moscow leg of the 2017 FIDE World Chess Grand Prix series by filling out the accreditation form www.agonlimited.com. Please, use the same form if you’d like to receive media alerts and obtain access to media-only footage and photoarchives. Please, contact Maria Yassakova, the Communications manager, with anymedia-related questions at yassakova@agonlimited.com



The Grand Prix cycle is organised by World Chess by Agon Limited, the official partner of FIDE. You can contact the organisers using the information below:

Stas Blagin, Event Director


UAE: + 971 56 782 6692

Nadia Panteleeva, Partnerships


Maria Yassakova, Media


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The Official Partners of the World Chess Moscow Grand Prix 2017:

EG Capital Partners — Official Partner

EG Capital Partners is one of the TOP-10 largest management companies in Russia with assets under management around USD 4,6 bln. EG Capital Partners manages assets of 3 Russian leading and rapid developing non-state pension funds - “FUTURE” NPF, “Education” NPF, and  “Telecom-Unity” NPF. The company offers its customers well-established technologies and high-quality investment ideas developed on the basis of many years of successful experience of trust management in constantly changing economic conditions.

EG Capital Partners is a strategic partner of the international management company EG Capital Advisors.


PhosAgro — Official Partner

PhosAgro is one of the world’s leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers, supplying high-quality crop nutrients for customers in 100 countries spanning all of the world’s inhabited continents. The Company’s main products include phosphate rock, 33 grades of fertilizers, feed phosphates, ammonia, and sodium tripolyphosphate. Outside of Russia and the CIS, PhosAgro’s priority markets are Latin America, Europe and Asia.

PhosAgro is the largest phosphate-based fertilizer producer in Europe, the largest producer of high-grade phosphate rock worldwide and the third largest MAP/DAP producer in the world (excluding China), according to Fertecon. The Company is also one of the leading producers of feed phosphates (MCP) in Europe, and the only producer in Russia. It is Russia’s only producer of nepheline concentrate.

“PhosAgro has a long history of supporting chess in Russia, including as the sponsor of the 2014 World Championship Match in Sochi. This is part of our comprehensive corporate responsibility programme, which seeks to create value for our stakeholders by supporting education, science, medicine, sports and healthy lifestyles. It is a great honour to be able to lead a company that supports World Championship Matches, and I hope that such high-profile events will help to popularise the sport worldwide.” (Andrey Guryev, PhosAgro CEO and Russian Chess Federation Board of Trustees Member)


Kaspersky Lab — Official Cybersecurity Partner

Kaspersky Lab is a global cybersecurity company founded in 1997. Kaspersky Lab’s deep threat intelligence and security expertise is constantly transforming into security solutions and services to protect businesses, critical infrastructure, governments and consumers around the globe.

The company’s comprehensive security portfolio includes leading endpoint protection and a number of specialized security solutions and services to fight sophisticated and evolving digital threats. Over 400 million users are protected by Kaspersky Lab technologies and we help 270,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them.


S.T . Dupont — Official Writing Instrument

For nearly 145 years, S.T.Dupont master goldsmiths and silversmiths, lacquerers and trunk-makers have created unique and durable objects that are entirely crafted by hand and made in France for exceptional individuals.

This legendary and unique know-how, combined with an entrepreneurial spirit true to founder Simon Tissot Dupont, contribute to perpetuating the international aura and recognition of a House that embodies Fine French Craftsmanship.

It is with great pride that S.T.Dupont preserves the know-how of its master craftsmen, who are heirs to skills passed down from generation to generation.

The choice of connoisseurs from visionaries and artists to world leaders and royalty: Exceptional products for exceptional people since 1872.

In the 21st century, the legend lives on, in perfect harmony with its roots and a future of promise.


PJSC “VimpelCom” (brand “Beeline”) is a part of VEON - an international communications and technology company, headquartered in Amsterdam, and driven by a vision to unlock new opportunities for customers as they navigate the digital world. Present in some of the world’s most dynamic markets, VEON provides more than 200 million customers with voice, fixed broadband, data and digital services.

«Beeline Business» is a structural subdivision of «VimpelCom», which operates in the market for corporate users. In the portfolio of "Beeline" Business more than 70 solutions for business, including on the basis of convergence of mobile and fixed communication. "Beeline" Business is the leader in providing communication services in the commercial real estate market.

VEON heritage as a pioneer in technology is the driving force behind a major transformation focused on bringing the digital world to each and every customer. VEON offers services to customers in 13 markets including Russia, Italy, Algeria, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Bangladesh, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Armenia, Georgia, Laos. VEON, whose licenses cover 10% of the world's population, operates under the “Beeline”, “Kyivstar”, “banglalink”, “Jazz”, “Djezzy” brands and owns 50% of a joint venture in Italy which operates under the “WIND” and “3” brands.


Isklar — Official Mineral Water

Isklar™ is native to the Hardanger region of Norway, a breathtaking place where massive mountains plunge into deep mysterious fjords. The artesian sources are located a few hundred meters under the glacier, close to the Folgefonna national park. The water is naturally filtered through the layers of ice and mountain mass.

Isklar is the exclusive supplier of mineral water for the World Chess Championship Match 2016.


Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow — Official Hotel Partner

Ararat Park Hyatt Moscow is a world-class, residential-style hotel designed for the discerning traveller. It is superbly located in the heart of Moscow, adjacent to the Bolshoi Theatre, the Kremlin, Red Square and the luxurious shopping and dining area.

The hotel offers 208 tastefully furnished guestrooms designed by Tony Chi, including luxurious Winter Garden suites with panoramic windows and private terraces overlooking the city centre and exclusive two-level Penthouse Suite, the authentic Armenian specialties in the contemporary settings of Café Ararat and the rooftop Conservatory Lounge & Bar with stunning views of the city.


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 awareness 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

Esquire Russia is the official Russian partner of Esquire USA. First published in April 2005, it has established itself as the leading men's magazine in Russia. Every month we present profiles of the world's leading cultural players, thus acquainting Russian readers with the life and philosophy of Mikhail Gorbachev, Garry Kasparov, John Malkovich, George Clooney, Bono and Al Pacino among others. Esquire Russia presenting many interesting photo works in it's pages.

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.



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Geneva, Switzerland