The FIDE Candidates Tournament has ended in Yekaterinburg, Russia. The winner, Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi, European champion in 2010, champion of Russia in 2010 and 2020, two-time winner of the team world championship as part of the team of Russia (2013 and 2019), has positioned himself to challenge the reigning champion, Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, and win the world chess crown at the World Championship Match In Dubai. Ian Nepomniachtchi’s adversaries were eight of the world’s strongest grandmasters: Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), Anish Giri (Netherlands), Fabiano Caruana (USA), Alexander Grischuk and Kirill Alekseenko (Russia), Ding Liren and Wang Hao (China).
By tradition, the winner of the Candidates Tournament has received an additional reward: at the initiative of the Chateau La Grace Dieu des Prieurs winery, an Art Russe Saint-Emilion Grand Cru wine-and-chess case from the Art Russe Collection has become a Super Prize for the winning candidate. Six bottles of a top wine from the famous wine region of Bordeaux, with paintings by Russian artists on the labels, contained in a special-edition case with a set of chess pieces and a chessboard lid, have already been presented to the Tournament winner. The unique wine-and-chess gift case was developed by the chateau team in 2014 in tribute to the ancient intellectual game.
In 2018, the Super Prize from Chateau La Grace Dieu des Prieurs went to the winner of the Candidates Tournament in Berlin, American Fabiano Caruana. In February 2021, the GRENKE Bank team was awarded the wine-and-chess case following the team’s win in the FIDE Corporate Chess Championship attended by 288 companies from 78 countries, representing the largest sectors of the global economy.
A key event in the world chess calendar, the FIDE Candidates Tournament is held biannually. In March 2020, for the first time in chess history, the competition was suspended after the first round. The World Championship 2020 match will be held from November 24 to December 16, 2021 in Dubai, as part of the World Expo 2020, which has also been postponed to 2021.
Chateau La Grace Dieu des Prieurs is a winery in the Bordeaux region. The Chateau released its first wine-and-chess case in 2014. The chateau winemaker Louis Mitjaville, a descendant from a famous family of Bordeaux winemakers, is one of the world’s leading experts on Merlot. The chateau produces a single wine per year. The bottle labels are decorated with paintings by Russian artists. Every year a collection of 12 paintings plus one out-of-series artwork for the magnum (1.5 l) is published. All artworks reproduced on the chateau wine labels are part of the collection of the Art Russe Foundation. The right of use is granted to Chateau La Grace Dieu des Prieurs under a cooperation agreement with the Foundation.