Chess.com Global Championship 2022: All The Information (2022)

The 2022 Chess.com Global Championship (CGC) is the first Chess.com global championship cycle open to all of our verified players. Players compete in official Chess.com verified events for their share of the $1,000,000 prize fund and the Chess.com Global Champion title.

The cycle features an Open Qualifier phase, with the first event starting on May 1. Open Qualifiers are followed by a Play-in phase beginning on July 11, succeeded by the CGC Knockout starting on September 14. The previous phases culminate in the CGC Finals occurring on November 2.

  • How To Watch On Chess.com
  • Open Qualifier Phase
  • Play-In Phase
  • CGC Knockout
  • CGC Finals
  • Results

How To Watch On Chess.com

We will broadcast all the games from the Play-In phase forward. Join the action to enjoy expert commentary by GMs Daniel Naroditsky, Robert Hess, IM Danny Rensch, and more! Just tune in to Chess.com/TV or to our Twitch channel, or watch all our broadcasts on YouTube.com/Chess.comLive.

Open Qualifier Phase

The Chess.com Global Championship kicks off on May 1 with the Open Qualifier phase, which ends on July 31, with a total of 81 events.

Players

All Chess.com verified players can participate in the Open Qualifier phase. Titled players or players who are already qualified for any of the subsequent phases can't play in the qualifiers. Players who are already qualified and try to play in another qualifier risk getting banned from the CGC.

Format

  • 81 qualifier events happen every Saturday and Sunday across three different times;
  • Open Qualifiers consist of 11-round Swiss online tournaments;
  • The time control is 10+0;
  • The top four players from each event are eligible to advance to the Play-In phase;
  • Chess.com's tiebreaks (Sonneborn-Berger) determine the final standings of each tournament;
  • If Chess.com's tiebreaks cannot resolve a tie that crosses the qualification threshold, the tied players are all eligible to participate in the Play-In phase.

Schedule

Open Qualifier events run three times a day every Saturday and Sunday from May 1 through July 31, totaling 81 events. Note that the last three weekends of qualifiers overlap with the Play-in phase.

QualifierPTCESTIndiaShanghai
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#212:00 p.m.21:0000:30*03:00*
#38:00 p.m.05:00*08:30*11:00*
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Results

You can check out the results of all the open qualifiers here.

Play-In Phase

The Play-in phase follows the qualifiers, starting on July 11 and ending on August 5, with a total of 16 events.

Players

Titled verified players and the top four finishers from each event of the Open Qualifier phase are eligible to compete.

Titled players include NMs, CMs (FIDE only), FMs, IMs, GMs, WCMs, WFMs, WIMs, and WGMs.

The 32 players directly invited to the CGC Knockout (read further for more details) cannot participate in the Play-in phase.

Format

  • 16 Play-in events happen every Monday and Friday across two different times;
  • Titled players can join the qualified players from the previous stage to participate in the Play-in phase (except for the 32 players already invited to the next phase);
  • Play-in events consist of Swiss tournaments.
  • Two players from each event in the Play-in phase (32 total) qualify for the Knockout phase.

Swiss Format

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  • Each event consists of a nine-round Swiss tournament;
  • The time control is 10+0;
  • The first place in each Swiss events advances to the Knockout phase
  • The second and third place players contest a two-game match to decide who moves on to the Knockout phase.
  • If the match between second and third place ends in a tie, a single armageddon game determines the winner. White gets 10 minutes (no increment) 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 bids are discarded and players bid again.
  • Chess.com's tiebreaks (Sonneborn-Berger) are used to determine the final standings of each Swiss tournament.

Prizes

The total prize fund for the Play-in phase is $60,000, with $3,750 for each event.

  • 1st: $850
  • 2nd: $600
  • 3rd-4th: $400
  • 5th-8th: $300
  • Top non-titled player: $300

The first and second places also qualify for the CGC Knockout.

Schedule

Play-in events run twice a day every Monday and Friday from July 11 through August 5, totaling 16 events.

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CGC Knockout

The CGC Knockout occurs after the Play-in phase, starting on September 14 and ending on October 9.

Players

The 32 players who qualify from the Play-in phase continue to the CGC Knockout. They are joined by 32 players invited by Chess.com.

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Format

  • The 32 players who qualify from the Play-in phase join 32 invited players;
  • They play a 64-player single-elimination bracket;
  • Players are divided into eight groups of eight players each according to their timezone;
  • Matches consist of 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.

Prizes

The top-eight players move on to the CGC Finals, while the remaining 56 players share the total prize fund of $440,000 for the CGC Knockout.

PositionPlayersPrize Per PlayerTotal
9th-16th8$15,000$120,000
17th-32nd16$10,000$160,000
33rd-64th32$5,000$160,000

Schedule

CGC Knockout events start on September 14 and end on October 9. Starting times for each round will be determined for each group based on global time zones.

  • Round of 64: September 14-17
  • Round of 32: September 21-24
  • Round of 16: October 2-9

CGC Finals

The CGC Finals occur after the CGC Knockout, starting on November 2 and ending on November 7.

Players

The eight players who advance from the CGC Knockout compete in the CGC Finals.

Location

The finals of the Chess.com Global Championship take place in Toronto, Canada, at the 1 Hotel.

Format

  • Players compete in a single-elimination bracket;
  • Matches consist of eight 15+10 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.

Prizes

The total prize fund for the CGC Finals is $500,000.

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PositionPlayersPrize Per PlayerTotal
1st1$200,000$200,000
2nd1$100,000$100,000
3rd-4th2$50,000$100,000
5th-8th4$25,000$100,000

Schedule

The CGC Finals will happen from November 2 through November 7.

  • Arrivals/Setup: October 31-November 1
  • Opening ceremony/Quarterfinals: November 2-3
  • Semifinals: November 4-5
  • Finals: November 6-7
  • Departure: November 8

Results

You can find the results for every event of the CGC here.

Fair Play & Regulations

All players must abide by the following rules to play in the Chess.com Global Championship:

All Phases

  • Participants must be Chess.com verified players;
  • Players must have played at least 50 blitz or 20 rapid games (rated) on Chess.com to become verified prior to their first CGC event;
  • Players must join "Proctoring Calls" and share their screen at any time during any event at the request of Chess.com;
  • All players must abide by all rules and site policies found at Chess.com/legal/user-agreement and cooperate fully with Chess.com's fair play and cheat detection team;
  • Players who fail to comply with a request can be removed from the event immediately and may be denied participation in future CGC events without warning.

"Play-In" Phase Rules

  • Players must be available to join "Proctoring Calls" with a front-facing camera and be ready to set up a second camera in Zoom if requested by the proctor;
  • All accounts must be labeled with the player's real name;
  • Players must share their screen upon request;
  • All players from the Open Qualifiers must sign a participation agreement prior to being allowed to participate in the tournaments.

"CGC Knockout" Rules

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  • All players must join Zoom "Proctoring Calls" with a two-camera setup;
  • All players must share their screen upon request;
  • All players must be willing to follow any other instructions given by proctors.

Note: Players from Russia and Belarus can play in the event under the international flag.

Please refer to the CGC rulebook to read the detailed rules for the event.

FAQs

Will there be a world chess championship in 2022? ›

The World Chess Championship 2023 is an upcoming chess match, date not yet announced, to determine the new world chess champion.
...
Candidates Tournament 2022.
Qualification methodThe top two finishers in the Chess World Cup 2021
PlayerJan-Krzysztof Duda (winner)
Age(June 2022)24
Rating2750
World ranking16
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How much money do you get for winning the chess World Championship? ›

The prize fund was €2 million, split 60% vs 40% between winner and loser.

Who won the world chess Championship 2022? ›

GM Vladimir Fedoseev defeated GM Eric Hansen in the Qualifier 1 final of the 2022 Fischer Random World Championship on Wednesday. These two imaginative and tenacious players fought to an armageddon playoff in this captivating chess variant.

Who is the 13th world champion in chess? ›

The 13th World Champion, Garry Kasparov was born in Baku, Azerbaijan, and by the age of seven was recognized as a chess prodigy. While still very young, he won both top-level junior and adult events, including two first-place ties at the USSR Championship as a teenager in the early 1980s.

How high is Magnus Carlsen IQ? ›

If you were to estimate Magnus Carlsen's IQ, a figure of 190 would be a good estimation. What is the reason for choosing 190? Looking at other chess greats and what we know of their IQs gives us a good idea of a probable Magnus Carlsen IQ score. Bobby Fischer scored around 180, and Judit Polgar scored 170.

Why did Magnus quit? ›

OSLO: Norwegian world chess champion Magnus Carlsen abruptly withdrew from a game against American Hans Niemann, reigniting an ongoing cheating controversy in the sport.

Do chess players have high IQ? ›

However, in general, it is believed and research indicates that top grandmasters usually have very high IQs. A person with average IQ is expected to reach a maximum rating of about 2000 in chess. Strong grandmasters with a rating of around and over 2600 are expected to have an IQ of 160 plus.

Who is the richest chess player? ›

El Pais published an article claiming that GM Hikaru Nakamura is the world's wealthiest chess player.

Do chess players burn calories? ›

Research suggests that a chess player could burn up to 132 calories per hour, and for a 9-hour haul, it could be around 1188 calories consumed while playing chess. Burning calories while playing chess is as possible as doing any other sedentary activity like working on your laptop or playing any other board game.

What rank is Praggnanandhaa? ›

Rameshbabu "Pragg" Praggnanandhaa (born 10 August 2005) is an Indian chess grandmaster. A chess prodigy, he earned the international master title at the age of 10, the youngest at the time to do so, and the grandmaster title at age 12, the second-youngest at the time to do so.

Who has beaten Magnus? ›

Nihal Sarin has beaten Magnus twice in his career. The first victory came in an unofficial event where Sarin beat Carlsen in an Online Blitz game in May 2020. The second official game came in April 2021 when Sarin beat the Norweigian chess player in a 3 minute Blitz format.

Is Praggnanandhaa defeated Carlsen? ›

For the third time in just six months, 17-year-old Indian Grandmaster Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu defeated world champion Magnus Carlsen, with the latest victory coming on Monday at the FTX Crypto Cup, the American finale of Champions Chess Tour, in Miami.

Who is No 1 chess player in the world? ›

GM Magnus Carlsen 2856 | #1

GM Magnus Carlsen is the current world chess champion. To many people, he's the best to ever play the game, although GMs Garry Kasparov and Bobby Fischer remain in the conversation. At any rate, the clear and remarkable point is that before turning 30 years old, Carlsen has already earned...

Is chess a sport? ›

5. Chess is recognized as a sport. The International Olympic Committee has recognized chess as a sport. While this acknowledgement falls shy of recognition as an "Olympic Sport" which would merit inclusion in the Games, it is an acknowledgement of the sport-like properties inherent in chess.

Why did Carlsen leave chess? ›

The Grand Chess Tour announced just an hour after Carlsen's tweet that it would be implementing additional anti-cheating precautions for the Sinquefield Cup's fourth round.

What is Bill Gates IQ? ›

Stephen Hawking's IQ – How Yours Compares to His and Other Famous Persons' IQ
Name (First/Last)DescriptionIQ (SB)
Benjamin FranklinWriter, scientist & politician160
Benjamin NetanyahuIsraeli Prime Minister180
Bill GatesCEO, Microsoft160
Bill (William) Jefferson ClintonPresident137
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Does IQ increase with age? ›

Not generally. IQ tests are age adjusted, basically to take account of youth and inexperience (under 18) or age and diminishing speed. The reason is that, as we get older, diminishing speed and spatial awareness are balanced by having more knowledge and experience to draw on to solve problems.

What is a good IQ? ›

85 to 114: Average intelligence. 115 to 129: Above average or bright. 130 to 144: Moderately gifted. 145 to 159: Highly gifted.

What does Magnus mean? ›

a Latin word meaning "great", used in medical names and descriptions.

How old is Hans Niemann? ›

How old is Carlsen? ›

How can I raise my IQ to 150? ›

This article explores some of the activities that can boost your IQ.
...
Activities that can boost your IQ
  1. jigsaw puzzles.
  2. crossword puzzles.
  3. concentration card game, or card matching.
  4. sudoku.
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How high is Hikaru IQ? ›

#5 is correct. It is 102. Levy also scored 102 on his IQ test. IQ is only a small factor in being a good chess player.

Did Einstein play chess? ›

It's well known that Albert Einstein was a friend of former world chess champion (and mathematician) Emanuel Lasker. It's also known that Einstein could play chess, though he reportedly disliked the competitive aspect. That said, he was a great player, even though he never really pursued the game.

Who is richer Magnus or Hikaru? ›

Is Hikaru Nakamura richer than Magnus Carlsen? As of 2022, world chess champion, Magnus Carlsen's net worth is estimated to be $50 million. On the other hand, several other sources claim that Hikaru's net worth is also somewhere around a similar number as Carlsen.

How much does a chess GM earn? ›

How much do chess Grandmasters earn? The average earning for a chess Grandmaster is $3500/month. If, however, the chess activity of the Grandmaster is based only on coaching then the average earning is $4800/month. Grandmasters who do not coach at all earn at best $2500/month.

Do chess players earn? ›

Today, the very top chess players in the world can make good livings from the game. Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand, who will play this month's world chess championship in Russia, made more than $1 million each of the past two years from chess winnings alone. The other top grandmasters in the world do pretty well, too.

What do chess players eat? ›

Most of the players depend on quick, solid food such as chocolates, cereal bars, fruits, dry fruits, cereal cookies, etc. And in fluids, they take mineral water, chocolate shake, fruit juice, coffee, tea, etc.

What does Magnus Carlsen eat? ›

Carlsen's chef told ESPN in an interview, “Before tournaments, you need a lot of energy, so I am trying to trick him to eat some pasta, so he gets some reserve energy. “ The chess grandmaster follows a vegetarian diet and makes sure to eat superfoods that help boost brain function.

Why Is chess a sport? ›

The International Olympic Committee considers chess to be a sport. Chess requires physical exertion as mental exertion manifests itself physically. Chess has rules and etiquette which are officially recognized internationally. Chess is competitive as the participating players feel the drive to win.

Who is India No 1 chess player? ›

Viswanathan Anand

How do I get a FIDE rating? ›

You have to play 20 official games to get a fide rating. It's only 5 games played under 6.2 (round robin) or 6.3 (swiss) according to the ratings regulations; 7.14 (and subsections). Also requires at least a performance rating of 1000. 20 games grants you an official rating.

What is a FIDE rating? ›

A FIDE rating is a number between 100 and 2,800.

It is calculated based on an algorithmic analysis of your play in FIDE tournaments. The lowest possible rating of 100-200 means that you are considered to be a Class J player, this goes up in increments of 200, to class A which is a rating of between 1800 and 2000.

Who is the 72 grandmaster? ›

Detailed Solution. The correct answer is ​Mitrabha Guha. International Master Mitrabha Guha has become the 72nd Grandmaster of India after completing the requirement by securing his third and final GM norm at GM Third Saturday Mix 220 - Novi Sad, Serbia.

Is Hikaru or Magnus better? ›

Magnus Carlsen is the best player in the world right now. He is the current World Blitz Champion, the World Rapid Chess Champion, the World Chess Champion and has a higher ELO rating than Hikaru. Carlsen also has a better record head-to-head though Hikaru has won more rapid games as black than Carlsen has.

Is 900 good in chess? ›

I coach a high school chess club and my players around 700 were beginners. Those in the 900-1000 range were ok, those in the 1200-1400 range were very good.

Who beats world chess champion? ›

Indian Grandmaster Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu defeated world champion, Magnus Carlsen, for the third time in just six months to finish runner-up at the FTX Crypto Cup, the American finale of the Champions Chess Tour, in Miami.

How many games has Magnus Carlsen lost? ›

During Magnus Carlsen's current unbroken streak as World #1, starting July 2011, he has lost only 20 Classical Games with White, to 16 different players.

Why are Russian so good at chess? ›

Why are the Russians and their neighbors so good at chess? Because the Soviets subsidized the game. Chess has long been popular in Russia—Czar Ivan IV is thought to have died while playing a match in 1584. After the Bolsheviks took power in 1917, it became a national pastime.

How is Magnus Carlsen so smart? ›

His memorization of various masters game, his ability to maintain focus and concentration for long stretches at a time, and his fierce desire to win are all elements that make him good at chess. Having started at a young age and having several years of top competition helps hone his skills.

Is chess good for your brain? ›

When playing chess, your brain will be challenged to exercise logic, develop pattern recognition, make decisions both visually and analytically, and test your memory. Chess can be enjoyed by any age—as a result, these brain exercises can be part of the health of your brain for your entire life!

Why is chess so hard? ›

Chess is a hard game to learn due to its sheer number of pieces (16 for each player) that have their own unique movements. The openings that are too diverse and extensive, and there are too many options that the player has to choose from.

Is chess hard to learn? ›

Chess is not very hard to learn.

It only takes a few hours learning the rules properly. What's a few measly hours in exchange for a lifetime of enjoyment? Chess is unique combination of warfare, art, science, and sport making it enjoyable for people of all ages, ethnic and social backgrounds, and personalities.

Who recently retired from chess? ›

VLADIMIR KRAMNIK ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT AS A PROFESSIONAL CHESS PLAYER. Former World Chess Champion, Vladimir Kramnik (RUS, 2777) announced his retirement after Tata Steel Masters 2019 tournament, where he participated.

How do I teach my 6 year old to play chess? ›

How can parents teach chess to a 6-year-old?
  1. Tell a bit of chess history. ...
  2. Practice board set up with stories. ...
  3. Practice checkmate. ...
  4. Practice the chess moves with your kids by building excitement. ...
  5. Watch interesting kids chess films. ...
  6. Don't miss playing chess with your kids often. ...
  7. Register with an online chess gameplay.
1 May 2019

Who won the World Chess Championship 5 times? ›

Viswanathan "Vishy" Anand (born 11 December 1969) is an Indian chess grandmaster and a five-time world chess champion. He became the first grandmaster from India in 1988, and is one of the few players to have surpassed an Elo rating of 2800, a feat he first achieved in 2006.

Where is the World chess championship 2022? ›

The tournament took place at the Palacio de Santoña in Madrid, Spain, from June 16 to July 5, 2022, with the World Championship to follow in early 2023.

Why is Magnus Carlsen not defending his title? ›

Magnus Carlsen, who has been ranked the No. 1 chess player in the world since 2011, announced Wednesday he will not defend his world championship title. "The conclusion is very simple that I am not motivated to play another match," the five-time world champion said on his podcast, The Magnus Effect.

Is Magnus Carlsen going to defend his title? ›

Magnus Carlsen will not defend his World Chess Championship title in 2023. Magnus Carlsen says he will not defend his World Chess Championship title in 2023 against Russia's Ian Nepomniachtchi.

Who is the chess grandmaster 2022? ›

In the FTX Crypto Cup 2022, India's Chess Grandmaster Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa beat five-time World Chess Champion, Norway's Magnus Carlsen.

What rank is Praggnanandhaa? ›

Rameshbabu "Pragg" Praggnanandhaa (born 10 August 2005) is an Indian chess grandmaster. A chess prodigy, he earned the international master title at the age of 10, the youngest at the time to do so, and the grandmaster title at age 12, the second-youngest at the time to do so.

Is chess a sport? ›

5. Chess is recognized as a sport. The International Olympic Committee has recognized chess as a sport. While this acknowledgement falls shy of recognition as an "Olympic Sport" which would merit inclusion in the Games, it is an acknowledgement of the sport-like properties inherent in chess.

How do I get a FIDE rating? ›

You have to play 20 official games to get a fide rating. It's only 5 games played under 6.2 (round robin) or 6.3 (swiss) according to the ratings regulations; 7.14 (and subsections). Also requires at least a performance rating of 1000. 20 games grants you an official rating.

Who is number 1 chess player in the world? ›

GM Magnus Carlsen 2856 | #1

GM Magnus Carlsen is the current world chess champion. To many people, he's the best to ever play the game, although GMs Garry Kasparov and Bobby Fischer remain in the conversation. At any rate, the clear and remarkable point is that before turning 30 years old, Carlsen has already earned...

How many hours a day does Magnus Carlsen play chess? ›

Magnus carlsen trains for around 30 hours a day, so you should at least train for 25 hours a day to be even decent.

Is 2900 ELO possible? ›

It is possible, but he must pick his opponents so they do not draw. Each draw loses rating for Carlsen. He will never reach 2900. In fact, he will never even get within 30 points of it.

Why did Bobby Fischer not defend his title? ›

In 1975, Fischer refused to defend his title when an agreement could not be reached with FIDE, chess's international governing body, over the match conditions. Consequently, the Soviet challenger Anatoly Karpov was named World Champion by default.

How many games has Magnus Carlsen lost? ›

During Magnus Carlsen's current unbroken streak as World #1, starting July 2011, he has lost only 20 Classical Games with White, to 16 different players.

Which country is best in chess? ›

There are many ways to measure the strongest chess nations. By sheer volume, Russia dominates, with 2,559 titled players, including a remarkable 243 grandmasters. In fact, Russia has more grandmasters than 143 countries combined, according to FIDE's list of 179 federations.

Who defeated Carlsen in chess? ›

For the third time in just six months, 17-year-old Indian Grandmaster Praggnanandhaa Rameshbabu defeated world champion Magnus Carlsen, with the latest victory coming on Monday at the FTX Crypto Cup, the American finale of Champions Chess Tour, in Miami.

Which country has best chess players? ›

Women, active only: Country rank by average rating of top 10 players
1Soviet Union18
2Russia6
3United States5
4Hungary3
5Armenia3
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