The draw ceremony, which took place on Zoom, was presided over by the chief referee Klaus Deventer which divided the players into groups via a random selection procedure. The players were divided into four different pools:

Pool A:

Levon Aronian (USA), 2785
Hikaru Nakamura, (USA), 2750
Dmitry Andreikin (FIDE), 2719
Grigory Oparin (FIDE), 2674

Pool B:

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), 2776
Leinier Dominguez (USA), 2756
Daniil Dubov (FIDE), 2711
Vincent Keymer (Germany), 2655

Pool C:

Wesley So (USA), 2778
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), 2761
Sam Shankland (USA), 2704
Alexander Predke (FIDE), 2682

Pool D:

Anish Giri (Netherlands), 2771
Nikita Vitiogov (FIDE), 2726
Yu Yangyi (China), 2713
Amin Tabatabaei (Iran), 2623

The third leg of the FIDE Grand Prix Series 2022 will take place in Berlin, Mittelstrasse 51-52, from March 21 to April 4. Heats will start at 3:00 p.m. CET.

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