Anand, Ivanchuk, Kramnik, Topalov Among Global Chess Championship Participants

Kicking off Sept. 14, the Global Chess Championship will see legendary chess players such as GM Viswanathan Anand, GM Vasyl Ivanchuk, GM Vladimir Kramnik, and GM Veselin Topalov compete against today’s best (online) players, including GM Hikaru Nakamura, GM Ding Liren, GM Levon Aronian, and GM Jan-Krzysztof Duda. The full bracket of 64 players reveals a mouth-watering field.

A new and exciting phase of the Global Championship,’s first-ever event with a $1 million prize fund, is around the corner. With 32 qualifiers joined by 32 seeded players, we’ll be seeing youth vs. experience, upcoming talents vs. former world champions, and online specialists vs. seasoned grandmasters in the coming weeks as the knockout phase of the championship gets underway.

How to watch the Global Chess Championship Knockout

You can keep up with all the details of the tournament on our live events platform by following this link. You can also watch live coverage on Twitch and Youtube.


Chess Legends

The field includes five world champions: Anand, Kramnik, Topalov, and GMs Hou Yifan and GM Ju Wenjun. There are also five world championship challengers: GM Boris Gelfand, GM Fabiano Caruana, GM Peter Leko, GM Gata Kamsky, and GM Ian Nepomniachtchi. Besides Aronian, Duda, Gelfand, Kamsky, and Kramnik, there are two more FIDE World Cup winners: GM Peter Svidler and GM Teimour Radabov. And then there are also two players who made it to the final of a FIDE World Championship: GM Michael Adams and Ivanchuk.

New Power Generation

A large contention in the field is still a teenager, or (just over) 20 years old. The first mention should go to 18-year-old GM Arjun Erigaisi, currently the world’s number 18 player in the live ratings, in case you missed it! Olympic gold winner GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov is there as well, and also e.g. GM Jeffery Xiong, GM Nihal Sarin, GM Andrey Esipenko, GM Kirill Shevchenko, and GM Raunak Sadhwani

Online Specialists

Some participants might be lesser known in the world of classical chess, but have made a name in the past few years here on For example, there is GM-elect Denis Lazavik, who won Titled Tuesday a few days ago and topped the fourth Play-in of this Global Chess Championship. Other regulars are GM Oleksandr Bortnyk (who e.g. reached the 2019 Bullet Chess Championship final), GM Jose Martinez (a three-time victor in Winner Stays and the winner of the seventh season of Arena Kings), and GM-elect Tuan Minh Le (multiple Titled Tuesday winner and the winner of the final Play-in).

The Strength Throughout

The field of 64 players has many more big names that have frequented top tournaments in recent years. To name just a few: GM Anish Giri, GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, GM Alexander Grischuk, GM Leinier Dominguez, GM Le Quang Liem, GM Wang Hao, GM Dmitry Andreikin, and GM Vladimir Fedoseev. Pick your favorite! Global Chess Championship 2022 | Knockout, Round 1 Pairings

Group A

Group E
Hikaru Nakamura vs. Rodrigo Vasquez

Ian Nepomniachtchi vs. Mahammad Muradli
David Navara vs. Michael Adams

Peter Svidler vs. Alexei Shirov
Leinier Dominguez Perez vs. Maksim Chigaev

Teimour Radjabov vs. Hou Yifan
Le Quang Liem vs. Eric Hansen

Arjun Erigaisi vs. David Paravyan
Group B

Group F
Jan-Krzysztof Duda vs. 

Anish Giri vs. Ju Wenjun
Wang Hao vs. Peter Leko

Veselin Topalov vs. Raunak Sadhwani
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs. Vladislav Kovalev

Viswanathan Anand vs. Pavel Ponkratov
Vidit Gujrathi vs. Alexey Sarana

Nodirbek Abdusattorov vs. Boris Gelfand
Group C

Group G
Wesley So vs. Denis Lazavik

Ding Liren vs. Tuan Minh Le
Ray Robson vs. Vasyl Ivanchuk

Andrey Esipenko vs. Bassem Amin
Alexander Grischuk vs. Benjamin Bok

Vladimir Kramnik vs. Hrant Melkumyan
Jeffery Xiong vs. Oleksandr Bortnyk

Nihal Sarin vs. Rauf Mamedov
Group D

Group H
Fabiano Caruana vs. Martyn Kravtsiv

Levon Aronian vs. Nikolas Theodorou
Kirill Alekseenko vs. Jose Martinez

Francisco Vallejo vs. Maxim Matlakov
Dmitry Andreikin vs. Aram Hakobyan

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave vs. Eduardo Iturrizaga
Vladimir Fedoseev vs. Gata Kamsky

Sam Sevian vs. Rasmus Svane

This knockout phase runs between September 14 and October 9, 2022. On September 14, the knockout kicks off with Le Quan Liem-Hansen, Alekseenko-Martinez, Ding-Tuan Minh Le, Esipenko-Amin, Kramnik-Melkumyan, and Nihal-Mamedov. Full dates, times, and pairings will be published soon.

Armageddon Bidding

Each match is played over four 15+2 rapid games. If the match ends in a tie, a single rapid armageddon game determines the winner. White gets 15 minutes and must win, with a bidding system to determine who plays Black with draw odds. Players communicate privately the amount of time they are willing to get to play as Black; the lower time offered wins the bid, and that player starts with the amount of time bid. If the bid is tied, the higher-seeded player chooses the color.

$1 million Prize Fund

From this knockout phase, eight players will qualify for the Global Chess Championship Finals, to be held November 2-7, on site in Toronto, Canada, where a $200,000 first prize will be at stake. Meanwhile, the 32 players who get knocked out in the first round still go home with $5,000. The Global Chess Championship is’s first-ever event with a $1 million total prize fund.

Who do you think will win the inaugural  Global Chess Championship? Leave your choice in the comments!



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