Today in Chess: FIDE Candidates

Today in Chess brings you all the excitement from the FIDE Candidates Tournament. The Candidates is an eight player double round-robin tournament being held in Yekaterinburg, Russia under the auspices of the International Chess Federation (FIDE). The winner of the tournament becomes the challenger in facing World Champion Magnus Carlsen for the world title. Who will come out on top and challenge Magnus Carlsen? Tune in daily to hear Grandmasters Yasser Seirawan, Alejandro Ramirez and Maurice Ashley call all the action online.

At A Glance
Dates March 16 - 25, 2020 | April 19 - 28, 2021
Location Yekaterinburg, Russia
Format 8-Player Double Round Robin
Prize Fund €500,000


Date Round Time* Live Coverage Begins* Event
Monday, April 19 6:00 AM 8:00 AM Round 8
TuesdayApril 20
6:00 AM
8:00 AM Round 9
Wednesday, April 21
6:00 AM
8:00 AM  Round 10
Thursday, April 22
Rest Day
Friday, April 23 6:00 AM 8:00 AM Round 11
Saturday, April 24 6:00 AM 8:00 AM Round 12
Sunday, April 25
  Rest Day
Monday, April 26 6:00 AM 8:00 AM Round 13
Tuesday, April 27 6:00 AM 8:00 AM Round 14
Wednesday, April 28 6:00 AM  8:00 AM Tie-breaks (if required)
Closing Ceremony

* All times listed are Central Standard Time (CST).

The first half of the tournament was played in Yekaterinburg, Russia, from 17 March to 25 March 2020. It was suspended at the halfway point due to the COVID-19 pandemic when the Russian government announced the closure of air traffic with other countries, amid a rapidly escalating coronavirus pandemic.