The FIDE Council has approved a new set of regulations for the Women’s Candidates Tournament, adopting a knock-out system with 8 players to be played between 2022 and 2023. The first two stages of this knock-out will be played as 4-game matches (plus a possible tie-break), with the final being played over the distance of 6 games. The total prize fund will stand at a record 250,000€.
The field includes:
- GM Aleksandra Goryachkina, the runner-up at the FIDE World Championship Match 2020.
- GM Humpy Koneru, 2nd in the overall standings of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix Series 2019-20.
- GM Kateryna Lagno, 3rd in the overall standings of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix Series 2019-20.
- GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, FIDE Women’s World Cup 2021 finalist
- GM Tan Zhongyi, FIDE Women’s World Cup 2021 semi-finalist
- GM Anna Muzychuk, FIDE Women’s World Cup 2021 semi-finalist
- GM Lei Tingjie, the winner of the FIDE Women’s Grand Swiss Tournament 2021.
- GM Mariya Muzychuk got the 8th and final slot as the highest-rated player in the FIDE January 2022 rating list.
The first stage of the event, consisting of Quarter Finals and Semi-Finals, will be held in October-November and will last for two weeks. Players were divided into pools based on the rating principle and matched accordingly:
Koneru – A.Muzychuk
Lei Tingjie – M. Muzychuk
Goryachkina – Kosteniuk
Lagno – Tan Zhonqyi
The exact locations and dates for the respective pool will be announced by FIDE in July 2022. The second stage will take place in Q1′ 2023. It shall consist of a 6-game match between the two finalists of the pools. Read more: Alexandra Kosteniuk not happy with the new system of the Women’s Candidates Chess Tournament
The winner of the final match becomes the Challenger to the Women’s World Champion Ju Wenjun. The Women’s World Championship Match is scheduled for summer 2023.
Several cities have already expressed a firm interest in hosting the Women’s Candidates. FIDE thanks all the organizers and federations willing to support women’s chess – and will confirm the venue for October pools in a short while. Parties interested to host the Final Match of the Women’s Candidates are welcome to address firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
The complete regulations for the event can be found in the FIDE Handbook.