With the open and invitational arena stage over, we now move to the first Swiss stages marking the midpoint of the qualifiers on Lichess.
At the Swiss stages, eligible players can only take part in the groups they’ve been sorted into. Eligible players and the groups they’ve been sorted into can be found here.
All the Swiss groups of the FIDE Offerspill World Fischer Random Championship Qualifiers begin at 1400 UTC on 10th September. All the Swiss groups of the FIDE CCC and NACCL World Fischer Random Championship Qualifiers begin at 1700 UTC on 10th September.
The top 18 players of each group go through, where they will meet on 11th September (with the same start times), and be met by 10 wildcards. In total, up to 100 players will compete in the second Swiss stage to determine the final 16 who go through to the KO stages.
Starting from the second Swiss stage, players who are asked will be required to join an online call 30 minutes before the round starts, with arbiters present to conduct relevant checks. Failure to join the call or comply with arbiters instructions may result in a player’s withdrawal from the tournament. More information will be sent directly to players; therefore players should carefully check their Lichess inboxes and notifications.
Wildcards of the second Swiss stage are as follows, to date:
|Offerspill Qualifiers||CCC & NACCL Qualifiers|
|Le Quang Liem (2728)||Hikaru Nakamura (2768)|
|Nodirbek Abdusattorov (2713)||Alexander Grischuk (2745)|
|Jules Moussard (2686)||Ray Robson (2690)|
|David Howell (2667)||Jeffery Xiong (2690)|
|Aryan Tari (2656)||Andrey Esipenko (2678)|
|Nijat Abasov (2646)||Gata Kamsky (2666)|
|Vasif Durarbayli (2628)||Christopher Yoo (2563)|
|Eric Hansen (2613)||Brandon Jacobson (2551)|
|Johan-Sebastian Christiansen (2583)||Andrew Tang (2539)|
|TBC||Andy Woodward (2465)|