FIDE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Cycle 2023-2024

FIDE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

2024 DATES AND HOST CITY TO BE ANNOUNCED

The World Championship Match consists of 14 games. The player who scores 7.5 points or more wins the Match, and no further games are played. If the score after 14 games is equal, the winner is decided on a tiebreak.

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World Champion

Winner of the World Championship Match 2023

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Challenger

Winner of the Candidates Tournament 2024

FIDE CANDIDATES TOURNAMENT

2024 DATES AND HOST CITY TO BE ANNOUNCED

The winner of this 8-player double round-robin (all-play-all twice) becomes the Challenger for the chess crown. In case of a tie for first place after 14 rounds, the playoff determines the winner.

Qualifiers

FIDE CIRCUIT

1 January – 31 December, 2023
One player who would achieve the highest results during 2023 in eligible tournaments. The final score is calculated as the sum of the player’s five highest scores.

Eligible tournaments are FIDE-rated individual tournaments which meet the following criteria:

  • Finish in the 2023 calendar year
  • At least 8 players
  • At least 7 rounds
  • The 8 highest-rated players have an average standard rating of 2550 at the start of the tournament (TAR)
  • The Chief Arbiter is an International Arbiter
  • Recommended FPL Fair Play procedures are applied
  • Players represent at least 3 national federations
  • Not more than 50% of either the 20 highest-rated players or all players, if there are fewer than 20 players, shall represent one federation.

For National Championships, the last two criteria are waived.

The following non-standard play tournaments are included:

  • World Rapid Championship
  • World Blitz Championship
  • Continental Rapid and Blitz Championships
  • Other Rapid & Blitz tournaments that meet the above criteria and have an average standard rating of top 8 players 2700 or higher

REGULATIONS

Points are awarded to players in one of the first 8 places in a tournament, provided that the player is in the top half of the final tournament ranking.
  • 10 points
  • 8 points
  • 7 points
  • 6 points
  • 5 points
  • 4 points
  • 3 points
  • 2 points
The event score for each player is determined by the number of points multiplied by the tournament strength factor calculated as follows: k= (TAR-2500)/100.

[Updated on 3 Feb 2023]

Past and future eligible tournaments:

*tentative, subject to meeting eligibility criteria upon receiving official tournament report

FIDE Circuit Leader - 31 Jan 2023

Anish Giri
Current Leader

2023 FIDE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH

Astana, Kazakhstan
7 April – 1 May, 2023

The World Championship Match consists of 14 games. The player who scores 7.5 points or more wins the Match, and no further games are played. If the score after 14 games is equal, the winner is decided on a tiebreak. Since the World Champion Magnus Carlsen officially declined to participate, the Match will be played between the two challengers, the winner of the 2022 Candidates Tournament, Ian Nepomniachtchi, and the runner-up, Ding Liren.

Standings will be updated during the match

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Runner-up

FIDE WORLD CUP

Baku, Azerbaijan
29 July – 26 August, 2023

206 players. Knockout.

System of play: Each match consists of two classical games (one game per day) with the time control of 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. If tied, a tiebreak follows on the third day: two 25m+10s rapid games, if still tied, then two 10m+10s games, if still tied, then two 5m+3s games, if still tied, an Armageddon game.

REGULATIONS

Standings will be updated during the tournament

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Winner

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Runner-up

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Third place

FIDE GRAND SWISS

Douglas, Isle of Man
23 October – 5 November, 2023

114 players. Swiss system, 11 rounds.

The time control: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for the next 20 moves, followed by 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.

REGULATIONS

Standings will be updated during the tournament

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Winner

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Runner-up

FIDE RATING

The highest-rated player by standard rating as of 1 January 2024, provided that the player has played at least 4 FIDE Circuit tournaments with standard time control.

Next (after all other qualifiers) highest-rated player by standard rating as of 01/01/2024, provided that the player has played at least 4 eligible FIDE Circuit tournaments with standard time control.

REGULATIONS

Current top-100 in FIDE Ratings: ratings.fide.com

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Top-rated