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Norway’s Magnus Carlsen
World Chess Champion

Born: November 30, 1990 in Tønsberg, Norway

Magnus Carlsen is the #1 rated chess player in the world

#1 Rated Chess Player in the World

31 Years Old
Rated 2864


Who’s Playing?

The players in rank order based on June 2022 World Chess Federation (FIDE) Ratings:


1 GM Ding Liren, China, rated 2806 (2nd in world)

2 GM Firouzja, Alireza, France, rated 2804 (3rd in world)

3 GM Caruana, Fabiano, USA, rated 2783 (4th in world)

4 GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian, Russia, rated 2766 (7th in world)

5 GM Rapport, Richard, Hungary, rated 2764 (2776 (8th in world)

6 GM Nakamura, Hikaru, USA, rated 2760 (11th in world)

7 GM Radjabov, Teimour, Azerbaijan, rated 2753 (13th in world)

8. GM Duda, Jan–Krzysztof, Poland, rated 2750 (16th in world)

9. GM Karjakin Sergey, Russia, rated 2765. (17th in world)***

*** FIDE sanctioned Sergey Karjakin for his support of Russia’s invasion into Ukraine.


The 2022 Candidates Tournament

The 14-round tournament will take place in Madrid, Spain at the luxurious Palacio Santona, home of the Madrid Chamber of Commerce.

Tournament Hall at Madrid Chamber of Commerce

An 8-player double round-robin will determine who challenges Magnus Carlsen for the World Championship match later in 2022 at a time and place to be determined.


China’s Ding Liren

Born: October 24, 1992 in Wenzhou, China

Ding Liren in blue blazer seated behind black pieces

#2 Rated Chess Player in the World

29 Years Old
Rated 2806


France’s Alireza Firouzja

Born: June 18, 2003 in Babol, Iran

Alireza Firouzja glasses hand on chin in blue blazer seated behind black pieces

#3 Rated Chess Player in the World

18 Years Old
Rated 2804


USA’s Fabiano Caruano

Born: July 30, 1992 in Miami, Florida

Fabiano Caruana ranked #4 29 years old

#4 Rated Chess Player in the World

29 Years Old
Rated 2783


Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi

Born: July 14, 1990 in Bryansk, Russia

Ian Nepomniachtchi at 2021 Candidates Tournament

#7 Rated Chess Player in the World

31 Years Old
Rated 2766


Hungary’s Richard Rapport

Born: March 25, 1996 in Szombathely, Hungary

 

Richard Rapport 26 years old rated 2764

#8 Rated Chess Player in the World

26 Years Old
Rated 2764


USA’s Hikaru Nakamura

 

Born: December 9, 1987 in Hirakata, Osaka, Japan

Hikaru Nakamura #11 ranked 34 years old

#11 Rated Chess Player in the World

34 Years Old
Rated 2764


Azerbaijan’s Teimour Radjabov

Born: March 12, 1987 in Baku, Azerbaijan

Teimour Radjabov rated #13 35 years old

#13 Rated Chess Player in the World

35 Years Old
Rated 2753


Poland’s Jan–Krzysztof Duda
Born: April 26, 1998 in Wieliczka, Poland

Jan–Krzysztof Duda ranked #16 24 years old

#16 Rated Chess Player in the World

24 Years Old
Rated 2750


 

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