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Play in a Chess World Championship

Lichess publicizes international entry paths to the FIDE World Fischer Random Finals, with anybody eligible for entry, totally free of charge

The 2022 version of the FIDE World Fischer Random Championship will happen this October in Reykjavik, Iceland. Three years in the past, Wesley So beat Magnus Carlsen to turn into the primary ever official Fischer Random World Champion; each gamers will probably be competing once more for the crown this autumn, alongside six different contenders…and one in all them may very well be you! 

Beginning this Friday (19 August), Lichess and its co-organisers Charlotte Chess Heart, the North American Company Chess League, and Offerspill Sjakklubb are internet hosting two official qualifier occasions, with the winner of every incomes an invite to Reykjavik. Anybody can enter. All you have to do is win!


The qualifiers will observe the multi-stage format outlined within the graphic under:

Stage 1 (19 August – 4 September) includes two phases. First, a number of open-entry 3+2 arenas will probably be held over the subsequent two weeks. These are the place anybody – titled or untitled, rated or unrated, skilled or newbie – can begin their journey to Reykjavik. The highest 50 finishers in every enviornment will qualify for the second section: a single 3+2 enviornment per qualifier, from which 500 gamers will advance to the subsequent stage, per qualifier.

Stage 2 (10-11 September) may also comprise two phases. First, the gamers will probably be divided into teams to play an 11-round, 5+2, Swiss event. The highest 18 finishers in every group will be part of one another and 10 wildcard gamers – be careful for some huge names! – to play a 9-round, 10+2, Swiss, from which the highest 15 will advance to the ultimate stage.

Within the closing stage (17-25 September), the gamers will duel one another in knockout matches to find out who will probably be invited to play within the over-the-board finals in Reykjavik (and a share of the $400,000 prize fund). Those that progress to this stage may also obtain a share of a $2,500 prize fund, per qualifier.

The complete qualifier laws might be discovered right here. You will need to conform to adjust to them to take part, so please take the time to evaluate them (and notice particularly the necessities for identification verification and honest play). Entry right into a qualifier assumes you might have learn them and agreed with them.

Word that because of FIDE / IOC restrictions, Russian and Belarusian gamers is not going to be eligible to qualify if their Lichess profile shows a Russian or Belarusian flag. Flags might be modified in person settings (we advocate the Lichess flag!) may also be internet hosting two qualifiers, solely for titled gamers on the finish of August. Keep in mind that our event laws have some variations to theirs, so if you happen to compete in each make sure you learn each units of laws with care.

Though it’s not required for participation within the qualifiers, those that need the most recent official event updates ought to be part of FIDE’s official group web page on Lichess.

Enviornment Calendar

The complete occasion calendar is on FIDE’s official group web page on Lichess. A few of the subsequent few days’ occasions are listed under:

nineteenth August 1600 – 1800 UTC:
nineteenth August 1900 – 2100 UTC:

twentieth August 0100 – 0300 UTC:
twentieth August 0500 – 0700 UTC:
twentieth August 1600 – 1800 UTC:
twentieth August 1900 – 2100 UTC:

twenty first August 0100 – 0300 UTC:
twenty first August 0500 – 0700 UTC:
twenty first August 1600 – 1800 UTC:
twenty first August 1900 – 2100 UTC:

twenty second August 0100 – 0300 UTC:
twenty second August 0500 – 0700 UTC:
twenty second August 1600 – 1800 UTC:
twenty second August 1900 – 2100 UTC:

What’s Fischer Random Chess?

Developed and refined by the eleventh World Champion GM Bobby Fischer, Fischer Random – aka Chess960 (as on Lichess) or shuffle chess (initially) – is the one chess variant recognised and ruled by FIDE. It follows the identical guidelines and has the identical items as customary chess, besides the beginning positions of the backrank items for each colors are symmetrically randomised.

An instance Chess960 beginning place
Just a few commonalities with customary chess are retained, such because the requirement for each side to have reverse color bishops and the fitting to fortress on both aspect of the board. Because of this, there are 960 distinctive and legitimate beginning positions for a Chess960 recreation. 

Thus opening principle, pc evaluation and memorisation play a far much less essential function in Chess960 in comparison with customary chess, and Chess960 video games are sometimes good checks of chess instinct and creativity. 

Many Chess960 tournaments have been held internationally, however the first FIDE-recognised World Championship for the variant solely came about three years in the past. Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Ian Nepomniachtchi and Wesley So all performed – with Wesley So defeating all opposition to turn into the primary (and reigning) Fischer Random World Champion. 

For extra info on Chess960, take a look at the sources compiled by the official Lichess Chess960 group to assist gamers enhance their abilities. As you’d anticipate, they’re free to entry, so there’s actually no excuse not to take part! 

About our co-organisers

These qualifiers wouldn’t be potential with out the assist and experience supplied by our co-organisers, all of whom share with us a philosophy of constructing chess accessible, inclusive, and accessible to all.

Charlotte Chess Heart /

Primarily based in Charlotte, North Carolina, with roots courting again to 2007, Charlotte Chess Heart goals to offer chess fans a spot to play the sport (casually and in tournaments), develop chess friendships, and develop the chess neighborhood – each domestically and globally. In recent times, CCC has gone from energy to energy. With years of expertise, the CCC has expanded to a employees of greater than 20 chess professionals, and now runs huge faculty enrichment programmes, academy courses, and likewise the biggest OTB tournaments within the Southeast U.S.. With a wealth of expertise organising on-line and OTB championship tournaments, the Heart is dedicated to the success of the Lichess CCC & NACCL FIDE World Fischer Random Qualifiers. 


North American Company Chess League /

Based in 2020, the North American Company Chess League is a web based leisure chess league for firms headquartered within the USA, Canada, and Mexico. It’s the largest company chess league on this planet, with over 40 groups and 450 gamers competing every season. An inclusive and fascinating on-line chess league, the NACCL options pleasant competitors and group constructing amongst professionals from dozens of industries throughout the continent.


Offerspill Sjakklubb /

A non-profit, Offerspill Sjakklubb (Offerspill interprets as “sacrificial play”) was based in 2019 by World Champion Magnus Carlsen, who nonetheless chairs the membership. Norway’s largest chess membership by membership, Offerspill goals to make chess a low threshold exercise, accessible to all –  particularly web gamers – whereas additionally encouraging the event of proficient gamers and permitting them to pursue their chess desires. Offerspill affords numerous coaching camps, instructional supplies, tournaments and different content material to each its members and the broader chess neighborhood, typically that includes a few of the world’s greatest gamers. Offerspill additionally affords its members the prospect to play in a web based league to win prizes and digital awards.




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