2022 started brightly with a number of exciting chess events, from Tata Steel Chess to the FIDE Grand Prix series. The second half of the year promises to be even more exciting, as it features several high-status events, including the FIDE Candidates Tournament and the Chess Olympiad.
We’ve prepared the list of the most important international chess tournaments running from May to December 2022.
The first event of the 5-event $1.4 million Grand Chess Tour, the Superbet Chess Classic started early in May. Ten world-class players competed in a round-robin format for a prize fund of 350,000$.
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave emerged as a winner after defeating Wesley So and Levon Aronian in the playoffs.
The second GCT tournament starts almost immediately after the first. Rapid & Blitz Poland features a strong field of 10 players competing in three days of rapid (25+10) and two days of blitz (3+2). The prize fund is $175,000.
The 4th event of the $1.6 million 2022 Meltwater Champions Chess Tour will kick off toward the end of May. With Carlsen having won the first 2 regulars and Duda triumphing in the first Major, the intrigue in the Chessable Masters will be high!
One of the strongest chess tournaments in the world! The 2022 edition of Norway Chess features a strong 10-player field led by the world champion Magnus Carlsen, who is bidding for a 5th Norway Chess title and a 4th in a row.
The 4th edition of the Prague Chess Festival will be the first major event of June. The tournament will have three sections: Master, Challengers, and Futures.
Held in Panama City, the championship features 12 sections in Open and Girls for each age category: Under 17, Under 15, Under 13, Under 11, Under 9, and Under 7.
Ian Nepomniachtchi, Teimour Radjabov, Jan-Krzysztof Duda, Alireza Firouzja, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Richard Rapport, and Ding Liren will compete in a 14-round event to decide who earns the right to face Magnus Carlsen in the 2023 World Chess Championship match.
Postponed from 2021 to 2022 due to the pandemic, the World Senior Team Championship for teams in 50+ and 65+ age categories will take place in Acqui Terme, Italy.
The top 5 Open and Women’s players form the Russian Higher League, where the winners qualify for the Russian Chess Championship Superfinals.
The Saint Louis Chess Club will host the US Junior and Girls Championships, the winners of which will qualify for the US Championships.
The 4th of 6 Regular events on the Meltwater Champions 2022 Tour is planned to be held in July.
The 55th edition of the Biel Chess Festival features a grandmaster tournament where the players compete in classical, rapid, and blitz chess. A Chess960 event will act as the tiebreaker in case of equal points.
Vladimir Kramnik and Vishy Anand will be joined by Krishnan Sasikiran and Daniel Fridman in a no-castling chess event to headline the traditional Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Trophy. There will also be a strong 8-player German Grand Prix and several open tournaments.
The 3rd leg of the 2022 Grand Chess Tour will be held in Zagreb with a total prize fund of $175,000.
The World Chess Olympiad has been held biennially since 1950. The only exceptions were the years 2020 and 2021 due to the Pandemic. This year, the Olympiad will take place in Chennai, India, with around 300 teams participating in the Open and Women’s sections.
This is the 2nd Major on the 2022 Tour, which will also feature 6 Regular events and another Major event.
The 2022 European Women’s Championship will take place in Prague, Czech Republic. The champion will qualify for the FIDE Women’s World Cup.
The 4th tournament of the 5-event $1.4 million Grand Chess Tour will take place in the STL chess club. The 10 participants will compete in 3 days of rapid chess (25+10) followed by 2 days of blitz (3+2) for a $175,000 prize fund.
The final event of the Grand Chess Tour will also be held in Saint Louis, USA. Sinquefield Cup is traditionally the only classical chess tournament of the Tour featuring a $350,000 prize fund.
The 2022 World Youth Championship will be held over the board for the first time since 2019. The event will feature 3 age categories (U14, U16, and U18) in open and girls sections.
The National Championship of Russia traditionally features a very strong field led by several 2700+ grandmasters. The 2022 championships will take place in Cheboksary.
This major Asian sporting event takes place every 4 years, and the 2022 edition will again feature chess as one of the mind sports. The event was supposed to be held this September in Hangzhou, China, however, the OCA Executive Board has announced the postponement of the event.
The 5th out of 6 regular events of the 2022 Meltwater Champions Tour will start in mid-September.
The annual European Chess Club Cup is a 7-round event for open and women’s teams that have previously competed in European national leagues. The Cup will take place in Mayrhofen, Austria.
The 12-player US Open and Women's Championship are the best-funded national championships in the world. Traditionally featuring a very strong line-up, the 2022 open championship will become even stronger thanks to the participation of Levon Aronian.
Some of the best Russian players will compete for the national rapid and blitz titles both individually and in team competitions.
The final regular event of the Meltwater Champions Tour will take place in October.
Planned to take place in Malta in October, the World Amateur Championship will allow around 150 participants who do not have a published FIDE rating of 2300 or greater for at least one year prior to the registration deadline of the event.
Female players from all over Europe will gather in Kyiv, Ukraine, to compete for the European rapid and blitz chess titles.
The 3rd and final Major of 2022 will begin in November to bring an end to the 2022 Meltwater Champions Chess Tour.
The World Senior Chess Championships for 50+ and 65+ players are planned to be held for the first time since 2019.
The top performers of the traditional Rapid Grand Prix series will compete in a knockout tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.
Open and Women’s knockout tournaments featuring the top players in the Russian Cup series of events.
We will keep the list constantly updated in case of changes or new events.
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