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Candidates Pairings & Tickets Released

  • SonofPearl
  • on 3/6/13, 9:37 AM.

World%20Chess%20Logo%20(Agon)%20The%20Best%20Mind%20Wins.jpgWith a little over a week to go before the start of the 2013 Candidates Tournament in London to determine the next challenger for Vishy Anand's title, the pairings and tickets for the event have been released.

As previously announced on the official website www.worldchess.com, the 8-player double round-robin competition will take place from 15 March - 1 April.

The venue is The IET at 2 Savoy Place, on the banks on London's river Thames, and the prize fund to be shared by the players totals €510,000 (approx 665,000 USD).

To remind ourselves, the eight Candidates are:

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Name  Fed Elo Rank
Carlsen, Magnus   NOR  2872 1
Kramnik, Vladimir   RUS  2810 2
Aronian, Levon   ARM  2809 3
Radjabov, Teimour   AZE  2793 4
Grischuk, Alexander   RUS  2764 10
Ivanchuk, Vassily   UKR  2757 13
Svidler, Peter   RUS  2747 14
Gelfand, Boris   ISR  2740 18

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Tickets are available from the official website at this link. Standard prices are £25 for rounds on weekdays, £30 for rounds on weekends, or £200 for a ticket to all the sessions.

The pairings are:

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Round 1  15/03/13   
Levon Aronian Magnus Carlsen
Boris Gelfand Teimour Radjabov 
Vassily Ivanchuk  Alexander Grischuk 
Peter Svidler  Vladimir Kramnik
Round 2  16/03/13   
Magnus Carlsen Vladimir Kramnik
Alexander Grischuk  Peter Svidler 
Teimour Radjabov  Vassily Ivanchuk 
Levon Aronian Boris Gelfand
Round 3  17/03/13   
Boris Gelfand Magnus Carlsen
Vassily Ivanchuk  Levon Aronian
Peter Svidler  Teimour Radjabov 
Vladimir Kramnik Alexander Grischuk 
Round 4  19/03/13   
Magnus Carlsen Alexander Grischuk 
Teimour Radjabov  Vladimir Kramnik
Levon Aronian Peter Svidler 
Boris Gelfand Vassily Ivanchuk 
Round 5  20/03/13   
Vassily Ivanchuk  Magnus Carlsen
Peter Svidler  Boris Gelfand
Vladimir Kramnik Levon Aronian
Alexander Grischuk  Teimour Radjabov 
Round 6  21/03/13   
Peter Svidler  Magnus Carlsen
Vladimir Kramnik Vassily Ivanchuk 
Alexander Grischuk  Boris Gelfand
Teimour Radjabov  Levon Aronian
Round 7  23/03/13   
Magnus Carlsen Teimour Radjabov 
Levon Aronian Alexander Grischuk 
Boris Gelfand Vladimir Kramnik
Vassily Ivanchuk  Peter Svidler 
Round 8  24/03/13  
Magnus Carlsen Levon Aronian
Teimour Radjabov  Boris Gelfand
Alexander Grischuk  Vassily Ivanchuk 
Vladimir Kramnik Peter Svidler 
Round 9  25/03/13  
Vladimir Kramnik Magnus Carlsen
Peter Svidler  Alexander Grischuk 
Vassily Ivanchuk  Teimour Radjabov 
Boris Gelfand Levon Aronian
Round 10  27/03/13  
Magnus Carlsen Boris Gelfand
Levon Aronian Vassily Ivanchuk 
Teimour Radjabov  Peter Svidler 
Alexander Grischuk  Vladimir Kramnik
Round 11  28/03/13  
Alexander Grischuk  Magnus Carlsen
Vladimir Kramnik Teimour Radjabov 
Peter Svidler  Levon Aronian
Vassily Ivanchuk  Boris Gelfand
Round 12  29/03/13  
Magnus Carlsen Vassily Ivanchuk 
Boris Gelfand Peter Svidler 
Levon Aronian Vladimir Kramnik
Teimour Radjabov  Alexander Grischuk 
Round 13  31/03/13  
Teimour Radjabov  Magnus Carlsen
Alexander Grischuk  Levon Aronian
Vladimir Kramnik Boris Gelfand
Peter Svidler  Vassily Ivanchuk 
Round 14  01/04/13
Magnus Carlsen Peter Svidler 
Vassily Ivanchuk  Vladimir Kramnik
Boris Gelfand Alexander Grischuk 
Levon Aronian Teimour Radjabov 

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If tie-breaks are necessary, then they will be played on the 2nd April. Ground-breaking new online coverage is promised at the official website! UPDATE: All rounds start at 14:00 GMT, and the time control is 2 hours for 40 moves, then an extra 1 hour for the next 20 moves, then 15 minutes with a 30 second increment to finish.

Who is your pick to rise above the rest and become the official world championship challenger?

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World Champion Vishy Anand awaits his challenger!

WCC Anand v Gelfand tie-break press conference Vishy Anand.jpg
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Comments


  • 16 months ago

    vlad77k

         It seems to be complicated the very notion of Elo, and this Chess Qualification Index does mean nothing while Grandmasters are fighting for world-wide famousness and especially for obtaining the Chess Crown...

  • 16 months ago

    vlad77k

           Our ancient hearhts are with you, Levon, you can win this tournament and prove agaian the Armenian excellent mode to play chess!!!

  • 17 months ago

    SeanMorphy

    Carlsen may be employing an old Soviet Strategy: quickly and safely force a draw when against the more dangerous players (eg. Kramnik/Aronian/Chucky/Radja) and calmly bide time until, like the Viper wandering by the King Cobra, a weakling approaches (eg. Svidler/Gelfand/Grischuk) and opportunity with it. Why risk stalwart play against a famed defender like Kramnik or Aronian - the latter recently going over a year undefeated - when such inconsistant prey, like the obviously outclassed Svidler who is here for benefit of an extra slot and nothing more and who weighs in over 120 points Carlsen's inferior? This is a simple issue of Practicality: and Vikings are a practical race, by nature.

  • 17 months ago

    Skand

    IMO Calsen won't make it this time to challenge Anand. There is too much pressure on him at the moment. He will crumble under it.

  • 17 months ago

    mccool72

    It's none other than magnus carlsen Wink


  • 17 months ago

    Nando30238

    I do believe Carlsen will be the Winner!

    If Vishy lost to Caruana, he has no chance against Carlsen.

  • 17 months ago

    elyar91

    GO RADJABOV!!!!!! PROVE YOUR STRENGTH,WE ARE WITH YOU!

  • 17 months ago

    kdrg9999

    Ivanchuk, Vassily, my bet is for youMoney Mouth Make a great TournamentWink

  • 17 months ago

    RGBardagz

    This is a chance for Carlsen to prove that he is the best!!! Go Magnus! Be the World Champ!!!

  • 17 months ago

    john456852

    I no a website to learn from vishy

  • 17 months ago

    Majestic1988

    Carlsen against the post-soviet players!_)

  • 17 months ago

    conanbarbarian

    Ah-ha-ha-aaaagh! Radjabov?! The woosiest chess player ever? He's just there as a tourist...

  • 17 months ago

    brasdefer

    I am for Ivanchuk!

  • 17 months ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Everyone should check out the Chess.com/TV Schedule Wink

  • 17 months ago

    kawabanga

    My Money is on Radjabov! i hope he gives them hell. 

  • 17 months ago

    KingsBishopFour

    To clavier cavalier

    The prices I quote below are based on the elos at the top of this article.

    The 2908 figure for Carlsen is a separate exercise. The market was quoting Carlsen at 1.7 (just under 59%)

    I asked myself the question, what would Carlsen's expected ELO performance rating have to be for the market price to be correct? 2908 answers that question.

  • 17 months ago

    KingsBishopFour

    To Gray-orange-Gray

    You are right that Carlsen's recent performance is higher than his historic rating. I've traded sports markets professionally for a few years and I know from experience that in any event where there is a popular hot favourite, they always trade shorter than fair value. Laying Tiger Woods or Roger Federer when they were world number ones was a big money maker. Any one that wants to trade can make their own view. But if you want to back Carlsen at market, which was 1.7 when I ran the Monte Carlo, I thought you might be interested in what that meant in terms of what ELO true value that was implying for him. If you think the 2933 is sustainable, go ahead and back him.

    Kb4

  • 17 months ago

    chessdoggblack

    It is wonderful to see my man Vassily Ivanchuk in the race to win; and it's about time Carlsen gets in the ring with the other big boyz. Now we shall all  see what we have been waiting for:Carlsen vs Anand - maybe. Please remember that chess has a mind of its own and things may not turn out the way we see it. If Carlsen is to make his run, now is the time. Still Anand has his lofty place in chess history whatever the outcome; and I am absolutely loyal to him. Will the next chess champion last as long as Anand? Best of games to all candidate players and best of guess work to all chess players around the world. Everyone will be hunting for Carlsen and they won't be kidding around. Anand retains his world chess title with a serious fight is my guess.Cool

  • 17 months ago

    IM Chessexplained

    My win estimates:

    Carlsen 65 %
    Kramnik 15%
    Aronian 15% 
    Ivanchuk 5% 

    Anyone alse winning would be very surprising. Of course Chucky would be a big one as well, but still there is an outside chance he might play the tourney of his life, so my estimate is at 5 % for him. 

  • 17 months ago

    ClavierCavalier

    You're using the implied elo for Carlsen instead of the concrete known elo?  Are you also taking the implied elo of the other players into account, or are we magically bumping up Carlsen's rating?

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