Chessable Masters, 1st stage of CCT 2024, with Carlsen and MVL!

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Chessable Master, first leg of the Champions Chess Tour 2024

The following players have already secured a place in Chessable Masters Division I based on their performances in last year’s CCT event, the AI Cup:

  • GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (AI Cup Division I winner)
  • GM Magnus Carlsen (AI Cup Division I finalist)
  • GM Vladimir Fedoseev (AI Cup Division II winner)

Also depending on their results in the AI Cup 2023, the players below are exempt from the play-in, but will enter the fray on the second day already:

  • GM Ian Nepomniachtchi (3rd in Division I)
  • GM Anish Giri (4th in Division I)
  • GM Vladislav Artemiev (2nd in Division II)
  • GM Sam Sevian (1st in Division III)


Champions Chess Tour (CCT) 2024 format

The CCT comprises four online stages. The best players then meet in a live final to determine the Champions Chess Tour 2024 champion. The eight finalists qualify either by winning a stage or via the final overall ranking.

Chessable Masters format

Chessable Masters 2024

The Chessable Masters 2024 will take place in four phases:

  1. Open pre-qualifier open to all non-GMs (26.01.24)
  2. Play-In open to all GMs + players qualified via 1. (31.01.24).
  3. Placement in the various divisions (01.02.24).
  4. Final phase in the various divisions. in division (02-07.02.24).

Chessable Masters 2024

Play-In Format (31.01.24)

This Open determines the level to which the top 69 finishers can aspire, and the conditions under which they can advance to a higher Division.

  • 9 rounds in the Swiss system.
  • Cadende: 10’+2”.
  • The first 69 qualify for the Placement phase.

Chessable Masters 2024

Placement phase format (01.02.24)

The 69 players who managed to qualify at the end of the play-in phase join the four pre-selected players – Nepo, Giri, Artemiev and Sevian. The players compete to reach the highest possible division:

  • The Division Placement phase consists of two rounds:
    • the first being a two-game match;
    • the second a four-game match.
  • Players who lose their match are demoted to a lower Division (players in Division Placement III are eliminated).
  • Players who win all their Placement matches are qualified to stay in the same Division for the next finals phase.
  • The cadence is 10’+2”.
  • An Armageddon with time auction for Black determines the winner if the match is drawn.

Chessable Masters 2024

Finals format (02-07.02.24)

Players compete for cash prizes, promotion to a higher division at the next CCT event and qualification for the CCT final.

  • Double elimination tournament (consolation for the loser of a match):
    • Division I: 8 players.
    • Division II: 16 players.
    • Division III: 32 players.
  • Matches in the upper section are played in 2½ winning sets.
  • The consolation matches in 1½ set win.
  • In the event of a tie, an Armageddon takes place, with time auctioned to Black.
  • If the winner of the consolation round wins the first part of the Grand Final, he must confirm his victory in a 1½ set match.
  • Cadence: 10’+2”.

Prizes and points for the overall classification

Chessable Masters 2024

Prizes for the best women

  • 1st: $500
  • 2e: $300
  • 3e: $200

Other prizes

  • Best veran: $500
  • Most brilliant stroke: $500
  • Most beautiful game: $500
  • Players eliminated in the Division III Placement phase: $500

Automatic qualification

Players earn places at future CCT events based on their results:

  • Division I
    • The winner qualifies directly for the CCT 2024 live final.
    • The winner and runner-up qualify directly for Division I of the next stage of the CCT.
  • Division II
    • The winner qualifies directly for Division I of the next stage of the CCT.
  • Division III
    • The winner qualifies directly for the Placement phase of the next CCT stage.

CCT 2024 program

Champions Chess Tour 2024


Tour 2023:

Tour 2022:

Tour 2021:

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