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:


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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  • 3 years ago


    The prediction:

    Kramnik first, Aronian one point behind. 

    It will be equal three rounds from the end. Aronian will slip in the final rounds, and Svidler will come to equal second. 

    Topalov will have a +1 score. Anand will be at 50%. 

    Kramnik has a realistic chance to take the crown from Magnus. If he fails, it would be interesting to listen to his explanations :-)

  • 3 years ago


    I think V.Anand will have new idea and chance to prove himself againSmile

  • 3 years ago


    The Candidates Tournament won't be as interesting without Carlsen in it.

  • 3 years ago


    4 Russians in the field - we will see if the can make a team like in the "good old time" :-))

  • 3 years ago


    can't predict the outcome...but hope Anand have a great tournament..:)

  • 3 years ago


    Good and bad, good because we get to see Anand play, and Bad because i would have liked to see Caruana in the Candidates. But he didn't qualify so that's that. I think Aronian will win the Candidates, and then face down Carlsen for a match, where i would say probably Carlsen would win, but by a slim margin.

  • 3 years ago


    No Nakamura? I guess current ratings don't count for much for the Russians theses days

  • 3 years ago


    The winner will confront with Magnus for the world championship, right? I reckon who would pass up that opportunity, so is Anand in.After all world championship.

  • 3 years ago


    but carlsen will win the next fide chess champ

  • 3 years ago


    maybe karjakin

  • 3 years ago


    aronian or kramnik is the candidate winner

  • 3 years ago


    andreikin easily

  • 3 years ago


    Carlsen is going to stay there for a while I believe... but I'd love to see either Kramnik or Anand challenge him at WCC.

  • 3 years ago


    In a way this is a slight disappointment to me. Nothing against Anand or anything, he certainly has the right to participate, I was just looking forward to Caruana getting a crack at the title.

  • 3 years ago


    Probably the great news I have heard for this new year! come on Anand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, aronian or anand will win!! I hope so//////////////////////

  • 3 years ago


    Now Caruana will be depressed in Wijk... Frown

    Nice to see Anand playing again : I guess he doesn't want to end his career on a smackdown.

  • 3 years ago


    Excellent news, I hope Anand has a strong tournament!

  • 3 years ago


    I think it's great news. Caruana, Nakamura and other top players will have to wait/earn their chance to be in the Candidates.


    I would like Kramnik to challenge Carlsen, since last year they tied for first place in London. It's good to know that tie break games will take place in this tournament, if needed.

  • 3 years ago


    I'm going for aronian to win, who ever wins this however wont beat Carlsen.

  • 3 years ago


    When does the tournament start? :)

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