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Anand to Play FIDE Candidates

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 1/21/14, 1:17 AM.

Soon after his lost World Championship match he wasn't completely sure, but today it became official that Viswanathan Anand will play the FIDE Candidates tournament in March in Khanty-Mansiysk. The other participants are Vladimir Kramnik, Dmitry Andreikin, Veselin Topalov, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Levon Aronian, Sergey Karjakin and Peter Svidler. The news was brought out today by the World Chess Federation.

Today on the FIDE website the following was posted:

FIDE announces that all qualifiers for the Candidates Tournament 2014 in Khanty-Mansiysk have confirmed their participation: 

1. Viswanathan Anand (IND, former world champion) 
2. Vladimir Kramnik (RUS, world cup 2013 winner) 
3. Dmitry Andreikin (RUS, world cup 2013 finalist) 
4. Veselin Topalov (BUL, grand-prix 2012-13 winner) 
5. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE, grand-prix 2012-13 runner-up) 
6. Levon Aronian (ARM, rating list 2012-13) 
7. Sergey Karjakin (RUS, rating list 2012-13) 
8. Peter Svidler (RUS, host nominee) 

The pairings will be announced by 13 February. 

The exact schedule of the event: 

11 March: Arrivals 
12 March: Opening Ceremony & Players Meeting 
13-15 March: Rounds 1-3 
16 March: Free day 
17-19 March: Rounds 4-6 
20 March: Free day 
21-23 March: Rounds 7-9 
24 March: Free day 
25-27 March: Rounds 10-12 
28 March: Free day 
29-30 March: Rounds 13-14 
31 March: Tiebreaks / Closing ceremony 
1 April: Departures 

Detailed technical regulations are published in the FIDE handbook: http://www.fide.com/fide/handbook.html?id=145&view=article

 

After he lost the World Championship match to Magnus Carlsen in November, Anand said that he wasn't sure if he would participate in Khanty. The 44-year-old Indian wanted to make up his mind after the Zurich Chess Challenge, which is played in the first week of February, but FIDE set a deadline on January 20th. If Anand had said no, Fabiano Caruana would have been his substitute.

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  • 8 months ago

    chessrook1234

    LOL...joke is on most of you...LOL..Anand won.

  • 10 months ago

    jashan2

    very interesting

  • 10 months ago

    Ricardoruben

    Chucky should get a free ticket to all tournaments, let´s put a petition to FIDE, there is only one... Go Chucky GOOOOOOOOOO!!!

  • 10 months ago

    Sahasrara

    Aronian or Kramnik for 1st. 

  • 10 months ago

    Sahasrara

    The host country always gets a free ticket, last time I checked. 

  • 10 months ago

    mcris

    It's Curaçao 1962 all over again!

  • 10 months ago

    NM Petrosianic

    it's silly that rating does not determine who qualifies.  or that 2012 rating is relevant.

  • 10 months ago

    Chuck4321

    Anand seems to be a very nice person, but he has unfortunately not performed well in tournaments over the last year as is evidenced by his current ranking of 9th in the world.  So, it is actually unlikely that he will win the Candidates Tourney.  

  • 10 months ago

    NM HowToTameADragon

    I believe - Vasily Ivanchuck (chuckee) should get an honarary invitation as he suceeded in increasing the suspense with wins over Carlsen and Kramnik last year

    lol-jk

    But seriously - Either going to be Anand or Mamedaryov

  • 10 months ago

    netzach

    Pleased to see that Anand is playing.

  • 10 months ago

    chess_uncertain

    Kramnik, easily perhaps!

  • 10 months ago

    Catorce_FCB

    Hoped to see Caruana and Nakamura... Disappointed to say the least. (And yeah, I know that earning your spot in the Candidates can also go via being a finalist or winner of other tournaments, like Topalov, Andreikin and Mamedyarov)

  • 10 months ago

    beardogjones

    Kramnik should be #1. His  name begins and ends with K so that proves it.

    At least Nakamura got a K for a third letter. But Carlsen only has a C.

    Kapablanca lives! Wht do you think Fischer avoided Karpov and later Kasparov?

  • 10 months ago

    bongcloudftw

    my own prediction:

    topalov first

    kramnik 2nd

    aronian 3rd

    svidler 4th

    karjakin 5th

    anand 6th

    mamedyarov 7th

    andreikin 8th

  • 10 months ago

    CM DaPazz

    these candidates! Topalov has only favorable score against Carlsen! but in return he (Topalov) is at a disadvantage against Anand and Kramnk

  • 10 months ago

    mruizinho

    Whats the criterion for the qualifiers?

    No Nakamura or Caruana.

  • 10 months ago

    yogiOK

    I would put Kramnik down as the clear favorite, but it could also be Aronian. A match with Kramnik and Carlsen would be incredible and very strong.

  • 10 months ago

    steve_bute

    I'm aware of that. It won't be as interesting because I won't get to see so many 'experts' predict Carlsen will not win the tournament, and then turn out to be wrong.

  • 10 months ago

    polimorpho

    I belive Kramnik is the ideal player for the nextcome world match, he deserves it ! 

  • 10 months ago

    Marignon

    Kramnik is the obvious favorite. You can support Kramnik here on chess.com by joining Vladimir Kramnik Club. http://www.chess.com/groups/home/vladimir-kramnik-club

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