FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship Finals opened in Reykjavik

The FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Championship over-the-board final opened yesterday in Reykjavik, and will be played from 25-30 October 2022 at the Brjaya Reykjavik Natura Hotel.

The finals will consist of a two-group stage followed by the knockout semifinals and final. The time control will be 25 minutes per player for the first 30 moves, after which each player will receive additional 5 minutes on the clock and an increment of 5 seconds per move. The overall prize fund will be 400.000 USD with 150.000 USD reserved for the Winner of the event.

The field includes: Wesley So (defender of the FIDE World Fischer Random Chess Champion title), Magnus Carlsen (reigning World Chess Champion), Ian Nepomniachtchi (wild card), Hjorvar Steinn Gretarsson (wild card), Vladimir Fedoseev (Qualifier, Matthias Bluebaum (Qualifier, Hikaru Nakamura (Qualifier and Nodirbek Abdusattorov (Qualifier

Group A Round 1 pairings:
Hjorvar Steinn Gretarsson – Wesley So
Nodirbek Abdusattorov – Ian Nepomniachtchi

Group B Round 1 pairings:
Matthias Bluebaum – Hikaru Nakamura
Magnus Carlsen – Vladimir Fedoseev

The opening ceremony of the event and drawing of lots took place yesterday evening with the opening speech made by the President of the Icelandic Chess Federation and the ECU Vice President Gunnar Bjornsson.

Official website of the event
Photos by: David Llada and Lennart Ootes