General Partner

Tashir is a diversified industrial holding founded in 1999 and comprised of over 200 companies in various sectors of Russian economy, including construction, manufacturing, finance, energy, development, and retail. The company employs over 45,000 people and has offices in over 25 cities in Russia and its neighboring states. Tashir Group’s founder and president is Samvel Karapetyan. The company is headquartered in Moscow.

Tahir Group’s primary business focus is development and management of commercial real estate projects, including retail. Tashir is a leading developer in Russia and has built over 2.5 million square meters of commercial and residential real estate.

Tashir Group is known as a patron of chess around the world. In 2014, Tashir Group organized the Tashir International Chess tournament in memory of Tegran Petrosian. The elite chess event received praise as one of the best-organized tournaments of the year. 

Official Partners

Official Auto Partner

BMW Russia

With its three brands BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

VIP program partner

Beluga Noble Russian Vodka

Beluga Noble Russian Vodka, which is admired all over the world, will showcase its brand-new product at the Tournament – a line of bitters, Beluga Hunting, which includes Beluga Hunting Herbal and Beluga Hunting Berry. It is made on Mariinsk Distillery (founded in 1900), in Siberia. The line of bitters was inspired by hunting lifestyle and its traditions – one of the most favorite leisure activities for the nobility — just like chess, a game favored by the elite throughout the ages.  

Official Hotel

Four Seasons Hotel Moscow

Four Seasons Hotel Moscow is the official hotel for the tournament. The Four Seasons, located in the building that once was the legendary hotel ‘Moskva’, is a unique combination of historic heritage and contemporary design with amazing views onto the main Moscow attractions — the Kremlin, Red Square, St. Basil Cathedral, Bolshoi Theatre and more. The hotel features 180 luxury rooms and suites, a selection of restaurants, a chic bar and the luxurious Amnis Spa.



Technical Partner



Samsung Electronics works in Russia for more than 20 years, being actively involved in social and cultural life. Being the leader in Smart technologies Samsung supports intellectual sports, that’s why the company is a partner of the World Chess Candidates Tournament. Chess is sport, which unite longstanding traditions and innovative multimedia technologies. Being a leader of smart technologies, Samsung traditionally supports intellectual kinds of sport. That’s why the company is an official partner of the tournament for the title of World Chess Champion.

Official Restaurant


The Legendary 'Aragvi' is the official restaurant of the tournament. It is located in the heart of Moscow, in a historical building on the Tverskaya Street. Some of restaurant’s rooms are in 17th century medieval chambers, which were recently found during the restoration works. 'Aragvi' Restaurant was firstly opened in 1938 and since then many famous people loved being here – politicians, scientists, businessmen, musicians and actors. Nowadays renewed 'Aragvi'  is a modern and a very comfortable place with its own bar and even a cabaret theatre.


Erevan Plaza Shopping Center 

Shopping and entertainment center «Erevan Plaza» opened for the first time in December, 2007. The shopping center is located in the center of the capital on one of the largest highways of the city, about "Tulskaya" metro station. Every visitor of the Mall will definitely find here something interesting, because "Erevan Plaza" has a balanced composition of tenants, representing the famous world trademarks.


The Shopping and Entertainment Center «RIO» on Leninskiy prospect is operated by the Management Company “UK Management” Ltd.  It is the network flagship store has become the “opening” place for the Russian and International retail business.  

A number of new brands for the «RIO» network and for the Russian market in general was first introduced namely in «RIO» on Leninskyi prospect.

The Shopping and Entertainment Center «RIO» on Dmytrovskoje highway is operated by the Management Company “Union Group” Ltd.  It is one the largest mall in Moscow. It was exactly there for the first time in Moscow that Oceanarium and Exopark were built on the territory of the shopping center.  Every visitor will definitely find there something interesting, because "RIO" has a balanced composition of tenants, representing the famous world trademarks.

The Shopping and Entertainment Center «RIO» on Bolshaya Cheremushkinskaya is operated by the Management Company “RIO Management” Ltd. It is one of the largest centers in South-West Moscow. It functions already more than 10 years.

The Candidates Tournament is organized
with the support of the Russian Chess Federation


Тhe Russian Chess Federation is a public non-profit organisation that brings together individuals and chess federations of republics, territories, regions, federal cities, autonomous regions and autonomous districts of the Russian Federation. The Russian Chess Federation seeks to encourage development and popularization of chess in the country. RCF was established on 14 February 1992, and is the current sponsor of the annual Russian national children’s championship, the White Rook tournament among educational facilities, the Russian championship and other chess competitions. The Chess in the Museums programme was initiated in Russia by the RCF in cooperation with the Timchenko Foundation in 2012.

Russian Chess Federation Partners

Art Russe was founded in 2012 with the aim of developing a greater understanding of Soviet and Russian cultural contributions. Art Russe focuses on collecting and increasing international awareness of Russian art dating mainly from 1917 – 1991. Its aim is to increase appreciation for this art through supporting exhibitions, lending to international museums and galleries, and publishing books and catalogues on key artists and artefacts.


PhosAgro, a vertically integrated Russia company, is one of the world’s leading producers of phosphate-based fertilizers and high-grade phosphate rock (containing >39% P2O5). PhosAgro is the largest European producer of phosphate-based fertilizers, the world’s largest producer of high-grade phosphate rock, and the world’s second-largest producer of DAP and MAP (excluding China), according to Fertecon.  It is also Europe’s largest, and Russia’s only, producer of monocalcium phosphate (MCP), as well as Russia’s only producer of nepheline concentrate. The Company’s products, including phosphate rock, 28 fertilizer grades, feed phosphates, ammonia, and sodium tripolyphosphate are used in 100 countries spanning all of the inhabited continents.  PhosAgro’s priority markets, in addition to Russia and the CIS, are Latin America, Europe and Asia.