CHALLENGERS CHESS TOUR 2022

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The Challengers Chess Tour is a set of tournaments running alongside the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour, and featuring some of the world’s most exciting young chess players.

$30,000 USD

Prize fund + $10,000 USD match in Tel Aviv with 2021 Champion

4 Events

Players battle it out over a full season of online tournaments

16 Players

A diverse mix of young talents from around the world compete

115m views

The Tour is followed by a global, growing fanbase with 115m live views in the 2021 Tour season

Everything you need to know

The newly-revamped 2022 Tour is ready to go. The season starts on September 3 and runs until December. Here are the key details:

The Tour will feature two “Challenges” one Final Four and Julius Baer Challenger Championship for a total of four events. The Challenges will each be two-day, round robin tournaments, the Final Four will bring the top 4 players (Julius Baer Challenge Champion, Julius Baer Challenge Runner-Up, Magnus Academy Challenge Champion, Magnus Academy Challenge Runner-Up) together and Julius Baer Challenger Championship will be a match between Challengers Champion 2021 vs Challengers Champion 2022. All tournaments will be played in blitz format with all games played on chess24.

Meet the players

Players competing on the Tour represent the young talents of world chess

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Nurgyul Salimova

Nurgyul Salimova

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Leon Luke Mendonca

Leon Luke Mendonca

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Carissa Yip

Carissa Yip

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Andrey Esipenko

Andrey Esipenko

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Tour Overview

The 2022 Challengers Chess Tour season features 4 tournaments. Two Regular events, followed by a Final. The last tournament is a live tournament in Tel-Aviv, Israel.

September

3-4

Julius Baer Challenge

$10K Prize Fund

October

8-9

Magnus Academy Challenge

$10K Prize Fund

October

29-30

Challengers 2022 Final Four

$10K Prize Fund

+ Wildcard to following Meltwater Champions Chess Tour 2023

December

11-14

Julius Baer Challenger Championship

$10K Prize Fund