The last FIDE Grand Prix 2022 event starts in Berlin

The third and the last event of the 2022 FIDE Grand Prix 2022 series opens today in Berlin and takes place from 21st March – 4th April.

The system of play will be the same as within the first two events held in Berlin and Belgrade. 16 participants will be separated in 4 pools and they will compete in 3 double robin-round rounds for the first place of groups. Only the Group Winners will qualify for the knock-out phase of the event.

The last stage of the FIDE Grand Prix events series will decide the two qualifiers for the Candidates Tournament. The best ranked two players on the final Grand Prix list will book their seats for the Candidates Tournament 2022 in Madrid.

Before the last 2022 FIDE Grand Prix event, the overall ranking list is led by Richard Rapport who doesn’t participate in the Berlin event and scores 20 grand prix points. Hikaru Nakamura is second on the ranking list with 13 points (as the winner of 1st Berlin FIDE Grand Prix event), while Levon Aronian holds third place with 10 points (as the finalist of the 1st Berlin event) together with Dmitry Andreikin who withdrew from the second tournament for personal reasons.

Rapport, Aronian and Nakamura are followed by group of 3 players who scored 7 points at their first Grand Prix tournament and have chances to leap on the top of the ranking list if they win the last 2022 Grand Prix event: Anish Giri, Leiner Dominguez and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave.

The pairings of the pool stage of the third FIDE Grand Prix event in 2022 will be known tonight after the opening ceremony and drawing of lots. The first round starts tomorrow from 15:00 CEST and all the games can be followed live through the official website of the event.

More details can be found on the Official website of the event