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Pairings Candidates’ Tournament Published

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 2/12/14, 9:56 AM.

Today FIDE published the full pairings for the Candidates’ Tournament, to be held next month in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. In the first round, on 13 March, the following games will be played: Andreikin-Kramnik, Karjakin-Svidler, Mamedyarov-Topalov and Anand-Aronian. The winner of the tournament will earn the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen in a world title match scheduled for November this year.

The 2014 FIDE Candidates’ Tournament is an 8-player double round robin with 4 rest days. The dates are March 13th-31st, 2014. According to the regulations, the "total minimum" prize fund shared by the players totals € 420,000 which is € 90,000 less than last year.

FIDE Candidates’ 2014 | Players

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 winner of the Candidates will have the right to challenge World Champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway in a world title match which is scheduled to take place in November 2014. Carlsen defeated Viswanathan Anand in the Chennai World Championship match in November 2013. 

Anand, who is now a Candidate, had been World Champion since 2007, when he won the World Championship Tournament in Mexico City. He successfully defended his title against Vladimir Kramnik (Bonn, 2008), Veselin Topalov (Sofia, 2010) and Boris Gelfand (Moscow, 2012).

FIDE Candidates 2014 | Schedule

Event Day Date
Opening Ceremony Wednesday 12/03/2014
Round 1 Thursday 13/03/2014
Round 2 Friday 14/03/2014
Round 3 Saturday 15/03/2014
Free day Sunday 16/03/2014
Round 4 Monday 17/03/2014
Round 5 Tuesday 18/03/2014
Round 6 Wednesday 19/03/2014
Free day Thursday 20/03/2014
Round 7 Friday 21/03/2014
Round 8 Saturday 22/03/2014
Round 9 Sunday 23/03/2014
Free day Monday 24/03/2014
Round 10 Tuesday 25/03/2014
Round 11 Wednesday 26/03/2014
Round 12 Thursday 27/03/2014
Free day Friday 28/03/2014
Round 13 Saturday 29/03/2014
Round 14 Sunday 30/03/2014
Tie-Breaks if necessary/Closing Ceremony Monday 31/03/2014

According to the official regulations of the 2014 FIDE Candidates’ Tournament (here in PDF), just like last year “the draw for pairings and colours will be conducted in the FIDE office in Athens, one (1) month before the start of the event.” These pairings, in which the four Russian participants play each other in rounds 1, 2, 3 and 8, 9, 10 (as stipulated in the regulations), were published today on the FIDE website.

FIDE Candidates’ 2014 | Pairings

Round 1 13.03.14 15:00 MSK   Round 8 22.03.14 15:00 MSK
Andreikin - Kramnik   Kramnik - Andreikin
Karjakin - Svidler   Svidler - Karjakin
Mamedyarov - Topalov   Topalov - Mamedyarov
Anand - Aronian   Aronian - Anand
Round 2 14.03.14 15:00 MSK   Round 9 23.03.14 15:00 MSK
Kramnik - Karjakin   Karjakin - Kramnik
Svidler - Andreikin   Andreikin - Svidler
Topalov - Anand   Anand - Topalov
Aronian - Mamedyarov   Mamedyarov - Aronian
Round 3 15.03.14 15:00 MSK   Round 10 25.03.14 15:00 MSK
Andreikin - Karjakin   Karjakin - Andreikin
Svidler - Kramnik   Kramnik - Svidler
Topalov - Aronian   Aronian - Topalov
Mamedyarov - Anand   Anand - Mamedyarov
Round 4 17.03.14 15:00 MSK   Round 11 26.03.14 15:00 MSK
Mamedyarov - Andreikin   Andreikin - Mamedyarov
Karjakin - Topalov   Topalov - Karjakin
Aronian - Svidler   Svidler - Aronian
Anand - Kramnik   Kramnik - Anand
Round 5 18.03.14 15:00 MSK   Round 12 27.03.14 15:00 MSK
Andreikin - Anand   Anand - Andreikin
Karjakin - Mamedyarov   Mamedyarov - Karjakin
Svidler - Topalov   Topalov - Svidler
Kramnik - Aronian   Aronian - Kramnik
Round 6 19.03.14 15:00 MSK   Round 13 29.03.14 15:00 MSK
Aronian - Andreikin   Andreikin - Aronian
Anand - Karjakin   Karjakin - Anand
Mamedyarov - Svidler   Svidler - Mamedyarov
Topalov - Kramnik   Kramnik - Topalov
Round 7 21.03.14 15:00 MSK   Round 14 30.03.14 15:00 MSK
Karjakin - Aronian   Aronian - Karjakin
Svidler - Anand   Anand - Svidler
Kramnik - Mamedyarov   Mamedyarov - Kramnik
Andreikin - Topalov   Topalov - Andreikin

Who do you think will win this year's Candidates’ Tournament? Let us know!

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Comments


  • 7 months ago

    TheMagicianPaul

    Aronian will win. The field consists of extremely strong players, but I think that Levon is that one little step ahead of them (together with Kramnik). I want to see Aronian - Carlsen. A like Alekhine and Ca like Capablanca! :)

  • 7 months ago

    Eeyore12

    In this type of event, having in mind all the aspects...knowledge, experience, willpower, psychology...Kramnik is surely N1 favorite.

    Others lack either experience or consistancy, or motivation (Anand).

  • 7 months ago

    Enthusiast14

    Although Anand lost in Zurich tournament, but it will fortify his eagerness towards success in this tournement.Who knows bottom contender Svidler could cross the river while top guns fight with each other.

  • 7 months ago

    SonofPearl

    I think Kramnik is the most likely winner, despite Aronian's recent good form. I would love to see either of them take on Carlsen for the title!

  • 7 months ago

    Hesper

    Aronian is the strongest, and I will be most happy if Anand gets another chance, but my money is still 55/45 on Kramnik and Topalov...

  • 7 months ago

    ArmenMartirosyan2013

    Go Aronian!

  • 7 months ago

    pdela

    Karjakin has higher rating average from last candidates.

    Players compiting are those who qualified- I don't get the "Nakamura and Caruana should be there"- they had the same chances that the rest to qualify (except Svidler, but by nature wildcard is arbitrary), possibly Grischuk or Gelfand could say the same

  • 7 months ago

    GeniusKJ

    I think Kramnik will win.

  • 7 months ago

    63_AMG

    Does anyone know why Karjakin is in front of Caruana? Caruana should be there instead of Karjakin.

  • 7 months ago

    barihamwedouglas

    topalov could win but i think kramnick is better

  • 7 months ago

    Lawdoginator

    Aronian will win, hopefully. Nakamura and Caruana should be there too. 

  • 7 months ago

    KREMLINIZER42

    its between vlad and levon for sure

  • 7 months ago

    volencho

    GO TopalovCool

  • 7 months ago

    harimanjunathan

    Anand is out of form. Let's see what happens.

  • 7 months ago

    guru200773

    All the best anand!! :) 

  • 7 months ago

    Swathikrishna

    I think it will be between Aronian and Topalov.....still..Aronian stands with better chances....

  • 7 months ago

    scorpion2a

    I expect the Topalov-Mamedyarov game to be on fire!

  • 7 months ago

    CP6033

    Go Aronian!!!! I think it is pretty ovbious that Aronian, Kramnik and Topalov are the only ones who will be good matches for Carlsen.

  • 7 months ago

    JohnGkafra

    caruana?

  • 7 months ago

    crazyim5

    @HristoProtos I believe you meant to the Toilet :) 

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