RIGA gp2019

Riga, Latvia, June 11, 2019 – The race for the 2020 World Chess Championship continues in Riga with the second leg ofthe FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Series. The event takes place in Latvian capital from July 12 to July 24, 2019.

The four-tournament series, which will unfold throughout the year, features 21 of the world’s top players fighting for two spots in next year’s Candidates Tournament to determinea challenger for the World Championship title. The players are also competing for a total of €800,000 in prizes, with €130,000 in each FIDE Grand Prix Series and additional €280,000 for the best cumulative scorein the whole Series .

The Riga Grand Prix will be held in the National Library of Latvia, an iconic structure that dominates the downtown of Riga (Mukusalas iela 3). Admission to the tournament is free. Chess fans and tourists in Riga will have a rare opportunity to see the world’s best chess players in action.

The tournament will have a knock-out format, starting with 16 players. To win the tournament, a player will have to survive four rounds. Each round will consist of two classical games, followed by faster tie-breaker games if necessary.

The participants in the Riga Grand Prix (with most recent ratings that are used in world rankings) are:

Anish Giri (2779, Netherlands)
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2775, France)
Alexander Grischuk (2766, Russia)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2765, Azerbaijan)
Wesley So (2763, USA)
Levon Aronian (2756, Armenia)
Hikaru Nakamura (2754, USA)
Sergey Karjakin (2748, Russia)
Veselin Topalov (2740, Bulgaria)
Peter Svidler (2737, Russia)
Yu Yangyi (2736, China)
Pentala Harikrishna (2734, India)
David Navara (2734, Czech Republic)
Jan-Krzysztof Duda (2729, Poland)
Nikita Vitiugov (2727, Russia)
Daniil Dubov (2700, Russia)

Arkady Dvorkovich, FIDE President, says: We are very pleased that the Grand Prix is taking place in Riga, hometown of the great Mikhail Tal. We hope residents of Riga will join us in celebrating chess here.

Ilya Merenzon, World Chess CEO, says: Chess in Riga has a lot of history and a lot of love, and we are looking forward not only to bring the major part of the World Chess Championship cycle to Riga, but also find ways to establish cooperation with the start-up scene in the country and establish a permanent home for one of the top events here.


July 12-13 – Round 1, July 14 – Tie-break
July 15-16 – Round 2, July 17 – Tie-break
July 18-19 – Semi-final, July 20 – Tie-break
July 22-23 – Final, July 24 – Tie-break.
July 21 is a rest day.

The games start at 3:00 pm. The games will be broadcast live at worldchess.com, the official FIDE broadcasting platform.

Leading partners supporting the FIDE World Chess Grand Prix Riga 2019 include:

EG Capital Advisors as the Official Partner
PhosAgro as the Official Strategic Partner
Kaspersky as the Official Cybersecurity Partner

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About FIDE
The World Chess Federation or F?d?ration Internationale des Echecs, (FIDE), is recognized by its members and the International Olympic Committee as the international federation in the domain of chess, the supreme body responsible for the sport of chess and its Championships. FIDE has the sole rights to organize the World Chess Championships and the Chess Olympiads. www.fide.com

About World Chess
World Chess is a London-based media company. It’s the official broadcaster of the World Chess Federation events and a commercial partner of the World Chess Federation (FIDE). World Chess organized the World Championship Matches in Russia, USA, and the UK. It revolutionized chess by signing the biggest media partnerships in the history of chess. World Chess is also developing Armageddon, the chess league designed for television. It operates worldchess.com.

About PhosAgro
PhosAgro is one of the world’s leading vertically integrated phosphate-based fertilizer producers in terms of production volumes of phosphate-based fertilizers and high-grade phosphate rock with a P2O5 content of 39% and higher. The Company is the largest phosphate-based fertilizer producer in Europe (by total combined capacity for DAP/MAP/NP/NPK/NPS), the largest producer of high-grade phosphate rock with a P2O5 content of 39%, a top-three producer of MAP/DAP globally, one of the leading producers of feed phosphates (MCP) in Europe, and the only producer in Russia, and Russia’s only producer of nepheline concentrate (according to the RAFP).

PhosAgro’s main products include phosphate rock, 39 grades of fertilizers, feed phosphates, ammonia, and sodium tripolyphosphate, which are used by customers in 100 countries spanning all of the world’s inhabited continents. The Company’s priority markets outside of Russia and the CIS are Latin America, Europe and Asia. PhosAgro’s shares are traded on the Moscow Exchange, and Global Depositary Receipts (GDRs) for shares trade on the London Stock Exchange (under the ticker PHOR). Since 1 June 2016, the Company’s GDRs have been included in the MSCI Russia and MSCI Emerging Markets indexes

About EG Capital Advisors
EG Capital Advisors is a UK-headquartered asset management company which offers strategies across multiple asset classes. Specialist areas of focus include emerging markets high yield debt, pre-IPO private equity and biotec public equity. www.egcapitaladvisors.com.

About Kaspersky
Kaspersky is a global cybersecurity company, which has been operating in the market for over 21 years. Kaspersky’s deep threat intelligence and security expertise is constantly transforming into next generation 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 technologies and we help 270,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com.



Source: World Chess Federation – FIDE