Toronto will host the 2024 FIDE Candidates and Women’s Candidates, scheduled for April 3-25, with a prize fund of EUR 750,000. It will be the first time in chess history that both events will be held at the same time and venue, and also the first time that the Candidates Tournament is held in North America.
The event will be sponsored by the Scheinberg family, as part of the long-term collaboration agreement that was announced in 2022. FIDE would like to thank the Scheinberg family, whose support for chess over the last nine years has made possible a number of top-level events and is going to be instrumental in staging the Candidates and Women’s Candidates in 2024.
FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich said: “FIDE is happy to award such an important competition to Canada, a country that has made significant chess progress in recent years, with more kids playing the game, more titled players, and more chess fans and chess streamers. The fact that it is going to be the first time that the Candidates and Women’s Candidates will be played under one roof underlines FIDE’s efforts to promote chess, providing more opportunities and proper financial conditions for top female players. Holding the events concurrently at the same venue with a single broadcast can only help bring the Women’s Candidates to a wider audience, with a greater following.”
“The Candidates Tournaments will start in just over a year’s time, but I know many chess fans will already be counting down the days towards these exceptional events,” added Dvorkovich.
Isai Scheinberg said: “My family and I are very happy that the Candidates Tournaments will be held in Canada, our home country. The Candidates has a long tradition of producing exciting and gruelling battles in pursuit of the biggest prize in chess, and I’m sure that the 2024 edition will be no exception. I look forward to seeing many of the world’s top players in action, with Toronto at the center of the chess world for over three weeks in April 2024.”
Candidates Tournament 2024 will determine the challenger in the 2024 World Championship. The paths are:
- Runner-up at the 2023 World Championship
- Top 3 finishers at the 2023 World Cup
- Top 2 finishers at the 2023 Grand Swiss
- Top finisher in the “FIDE Circuit”
- And one spot by rating.
Five spots have been rearranged compared to the previous cycle—the one after the 2021 World Championship—which ultimately produced both GM Ian Nepomniachtchi and GM Ding Liren as challengers after GM Magnus Carlsen decided not to defend his title. Three spots remain consistent: the World Championship runner-up and the two spots from the Grand Swiss.
Updated FIDE Candidates Cycle for 2024
The FIDE Council approved a major reform of the qualification paths to the Candidates Tournament – the event that decides the challenger for the World Championship match.
The main innovation is creating a new qualification path through different FIDE-rated tournaments. Tournaments that meet certain criteria, like being played under standard time control, supervised by International Arbiters, and where Fair Play measures are applied (among other criteria listed below in detail), will grant points towards the “FIDE Circuit”. The player with more points at the end of 2023 will get the coveted spot in the most prestigious of all chess tournaments.
The second main change consists of increasing the number of qualification spots at the World Cup from 2 to 3. Already a flagship event, the popularity and importance of the World Cup keep increasing even further, and this extra spot would add more interest for the match for the 3rd-4th place.
FIDE Candidates Tournament 2024
Eight players shall qualify for FIDE Candidates Tournament 2024 by the following criteria:
Path A. 1 spot – FIDE World Championship Match 2023, Runner-up (Ian Nepomniachtchi or Ding Liren)*
Path B. 3 spots – FIDE World Cup 2023 (Baku 2023), three players who finish 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
If any of these players already qualified for the FIDE Candidates Tournament 2024 or the FIDE World Championship Match 2024 at the moment of the beginning of World Cup via another qualification path, the qualification spot(s) shall be be awarded, in order of priority:
– the player who finished in 4th place in the World Cup;
– according to rating as in (E).
Path C. 2 spots – FIDE Grand Swiss Tournament 2023 (Isle of Man 2023), two players who finish 1st and 2nd.
If any of these players already qualified for the FIDE Candidates Tournament 2024 or the FIDE World Championship Match 2024 at the moment of the beginning of Grand Swiss via another qualification path, the qualification spot(s) shall be awarded to the highest-placed player(s) in the final standings who have not yet qualified to the FIDE Candidates Tournament 2024 at the moment of the beginning of Grand Swiss.
Path D. 1 spot – High-Level International Tournaments (HIT), the player with the best results during one year (2023) in FIDE rated tournaments satisfying the below criteria who has not already qualified from Path A, B or C. The winner becomes a qualifier before determining a qualifier by rating as in (E).
Path E. 1 spot – The highest-rated player by standard rating in the January 2024 rating list provided that the player has played at least four standard eligible tournaments according to the criteria in Article 1.1 below, who has not already qualified from Path A, B, C or D.
If reserves are needed due to a withdrawal from the FIDE Candidates Tournament 2024, their spot is allocated to a player who has not already qualified, in the following way:
– In Paths B and C, the next highest-finisher in the final tournament standings, but not beyond 4th place. If this fails to replace a player, then the spot(s) are allocated using the process in Path E.
– In Paths A, D and E, using the process in Path E.
Qualification Path D:
1. Eligible Tournaments
1.1 Eligible over-the-board tournaments are FIDE-rated individual standardplay 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 (see Annex 1)
- Players represent at least 3 national federations
- Not more than 50% of either the 20 highest-rated players, or not more than 50% of all players if there are fewer than 20 players, shall represent one federation.
For National Championships, criteria 1.1g and 1.1h are waived.
1.2 Other eligible over-the-board FIDE-rated individual tournaments are:
- World Rapid Championship
- World Blitz Championship
- Continental Rapid Championship
- Continental Blitz Championship
- Other Rapid & Blitz tournaments that meet the criteria of 1.1, except that the 8 highest-rated players have an average standard rating of 2700 at the start of the tournament (TAR)
For National Championships eligible under 1.2e, criteria 1.1g and 1.1h are waived.
2. Points System per Tournament
2.1 Basic 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.
1st place 10 points
2nd place 8 points
3rd place 7 points
4th place 6 points
5th place 5 points
6th place 4 points
7th place 3 points
8th place 2 points
2.2 A player will only count for any calculation in Articles 1 and 2 of these rules if they played, or won by forfeit, in at least 50% of the total number of games in the tournament.
2.3 The number of basic points that tied players score shall be calculated as 50% of basic points for their final ranking determined by the tournament’s tie-break rules, plus 50% of the sum of basic points assigned for the tied places divided by the number of tied players. This also applies to players who tied for one of the first 8 places but appear below 8th place in the final ranking according to the tournament’s rules.
2.4 The event score for each player is determined by the number of basic points (see Articles 2.1 and 2.3) multiplied by a tournament strength factor calculated as follows: k=(TAR-2500)/100.
2.5 Losing Quarter Finalists in the World Cup shall be deemed to have finished in 5th place for the purpose of calculating the event score. World Cup event scores calculated using the method in 2.4 are added to 2 for the purpose of the final score calculation.
2.6 The event scores calculated using the method in 2.4 for the World Rapid and Blitz Championships are multiplied by 0.8 and 0.6 respectively for the purpose of the final score calculation.
2.7 The event scores calculated using the method in 2.4 for the Continental Rapid and Blitz Championships and other eligible rapid and blitz tournaments are multiplied by 0.6 and 0.4 respectively for the purpose of the final score calculation.
2.8 The event scores calculated using the method in 2.4 for other eligible rapid and blitz events, where the tournament is organised as a combination of rapid and blitz games (excluding their use as part of a playoff), are multiplied by 0.5 for the purpose of the final score calculation.
3. Ranking List
3.1 Each player has to play in a minimum of five eligible tournaments, including at least four eligible tournaments with a standard time control.
3.2 The final score of a player for the purposes of qualification to the Candidates is calculated as the sum of the player’s five highest event scores, of which at least four tournaments must be tournaments with standard time controls. The final score calculation can include the following eligible tournaments:
3.2.1 Official eligible tournaments: National Championships and/or FIDE competitions organised under the aegis of EVE and GSC.
3.2.2 Other eligible tournaments: A maximum of one event per country. A “country” for the purpose of this rule is defined as the territories represented by national federations.
3.3 In case of a tie in the final ranking of players, the tie will be broken by removing the lowest event score that was included in the player’s final score calculation. If this fails to resolve the tie, then this process shall be repeated until the tie is broken. If this fails to resolve the tie, there will be a drawing of lots.
3.4 FIDE shall update and publish the Ranking List on a weekly basis.