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Women’s Candidates Chess 2022

The Women’s Candidates Chess Tournament 2022 qualifying path has been approved by the FIDE Council. The Women’s Candidates will be an eight player double round robin event, copying the format of the open Candidates which just finished.

Women’s Candidates Chess 2022

  • 1 player from the FIDE WC Match 2020, Runner-up (GM Aleksandra Goryachkina)
  • 2 players from the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2019-20
  • 3 players from the FIDE Women’s World Cup 2021
  • 1 player from the FIDE Women’s Grand Swiss Tournament 2021
  • 1 player by Rating

There was only one undefined qualification spot so far, which stayed in the official rules as TBD. Traditionally, in major FIDE events, one spot is a wild card chosen either by the organizers or the FIDE President himself. This time the participant will be determined by rating.

1 player from the FIDE WC Match 2020, Runner-up

GM Alexandra Goryanchkina, the winner of the Women’s Candidates 2019, is already part of the Women’s Chess Candidates 2022 field as a runner-up in the 2020 Women World Chess Championship.

Read more: Goryachkina wins Women’s Candidates 2019

2 players from the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2019-20

The FIDE Grand Prix Series 2019-20 was interrupted last year due to the pandemic. The forth stage of the Grand Prix, initially planned from 2 to 15 May 2020 in Sardinia, was postponed. It is now scheduled to take place 22 May to 2 June 2021 in Gibraltar.

Currently Goryachkina is leader in the general standings, but her final position will not matter, as she is already qualified for the Women’s Candidates 2022 as a WC Match runner-up. Therefore, Humpy Koneru, Alexandra Kosteniuk, and Nana Dzagnidze are the three best placed players in the standings.


Rank Player Skolkovo Monaco Lausanne Gibraltar Total
1  Aleksandra Goryachkina (RUS) 120 133⅓ 145 398⅓
2  Humpy Koneru (IND) 160 133⅓ 293⅓
3  Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS) 45 133⅓ 15 193⅓
4  Nana Dzagnidze (GEO) 35 145 180
4  Kateryna Lagno (RUS) 90 90 180
4  Dronavalli Harika (IND) 60 60 60 180
7  Anna Muzychuk (UKR) 80 85 165
8  Ju Wenjun (CHN) 120 35 155
9  Alina Kashlinskaya (RUS) 45 85 130
10  Mariya Muzychuk (UKR) 60 60 120
11  Zhansaya Abdumalik (KAZ) 110 110
12  Pia Cramling (SWE) 10 60 35 105
13  Elisabeth Paehtz (GER) 75 20 95
14  Valentina Gunina (RUS) 75 10 85
14  Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL) 25 60 85
16  Marie Sebag (FRA) 25 15 40
17  Zhao Xue (CHN) 35 35

3 players from the FIDE Women’s World Cup

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