Sharjah FIDE Grand Prix

Tomashevsky, Evgeny vs. Aronian, Levon

The Sharjah FIDE Grand Prix is taking place from 18-27 February in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. 18 players compete in a 9-round Swiss Open for a top prize of €20,000 out of a €130,000 prize fund. This is the first of four events in the 2017 Grand Prix series, from which the top two players will qualify for the 2018 Candidates Tournament. The 24 players competing in the Grand Prix series must each play in three of the four events. The time control is 100 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for the next 20 moves, and then 15 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1. Prize money and GP points are shared in case of a tie. Official website: worldchess.com/gp2017