The 2022 Chess.com Global Championship (CGC) events started this May determining 64 players of the knockout phase. The knockout phase starts on September 14 and ends on October 9 featuring 32 players who qualified from the Play-in chess.com tournaments and 32 invited players. 64 players are divided in eight groups, and the Winners of each group will move on to the CGC Finals which will take place from 2-9 November in Toronto, Canada, while the remaining 56 players share the total prize fund of $440,000 for the CGC Knockout. A very strong CGC Knockout line-up includes Hikaru Nakamura, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Wesley So, Fabiano Caruana, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Anish Giri, Ding Liren and Levon Aronian who are topping the respective groups: Group A, Group B, Group C, Group D, Group E, Group F, Group G, and Group H (click on each group to see participants, pairings and games schedule).
The participants of the Group C are: Wesley So, Alexander Grischuk, Vasyl Ivanchuk, Jeffery Xiong, Benjamin Bok, Denis Lazavik, Ray Robson, and Oleksandr Bortnyk.
The matches will consist of four rapid games with time control 15 minutes + 2 seconds increment. Players will alternate colors between all games of the match and the match ends when a player reaches 2.5 points. If neither player reaches 2.5 points after four games, a single game of Armageddon will determine the player who advances to the next round.
Group C pairings and schedule:
Wesley So vs Denis Lazavik, September 17, 18:00 CEST
Ray Robson vs Vasyl Ivanchuk, September 17, 18:00 CEST
Alexander Grischuk vs Benjamin Bok, September 17, 18:00 CEST
Jeffery Xiong vs Oleksandr Bortnyk, September 17, 18:00 CEST
Hikaru’s group LIVE / Duda’s group LIVE / Wesley So’s group LIVE / Caruana’s group LIVE / Nepo’s group LIVE / Giri’s group LIVE / Ding Liren’s group LIVE / Aronian’s group LIVE
About the event:
The 2022 Chess.com Global Championship will be played from May to November 2022 with a series of phases: Open Qualifier Phase, Play-in phase, CGC Knock-out phase and CGC Finals. All the phases except the finals are taking place online and were open to all chess.com’s verified chess players. The Finals will be held from 2-9 November in Toronto, Canada as an over-the-board tournament. The total prize fund of the event is 1.000.000$.
The event was initially named Chess.com World Chess Championship, but after the global (no pun intended) pressure from the chess community, Chess.com rectified and changed the title of their new event from World Championship to Global Championship.