2013 Candidates Tournament Dates Announced by FIDE

  • SonofPearl
  • on 1/16/13, 12:17 PM.

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The World Chess Candidates Tournament to be Held in London

PRESS RELEASE: London, January 15, 2013 – FIDE and AGON – the World Chess Federation’s commercial partner – are pleased to announce the players, dates and venue of the 2013 Candidates Tournament. The London Candidates will be the strongest tournament of its kind in history. The Prize Fund to be shared by the players totals €510,000.

The winner of the Candidates will become the Challenger to Viswanathan Anand who has reigned as World Champion since 2007.

Dates: March 14, 2013 - April 1, 2013.

Format: The Candidates is a double round-robin tournament with four rest days.

For detailed schedule: www.worldchess.com/candidates/calendar (now http://london2013.fide.com/en/schedule)

Venue: The IET at 2 Savoy Place
Address: 2 Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL
For further information: www.worldchess.com/candidates/london (now http://worldchess.com/candidates/tickets.html)
Tickets will be available on the website and at the venue.


  • Levon Aronian (ARM)
  • Magnus Carlsen (NOR)
  • Boris Gelfand (ISR)
  • Alexander Grischuk (RUS)
  • Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR)
  • Vladimir Kramnik (RUS)
  • Teimour Radjabov (AZE)
  • Peter Svidler (RUS)

For further information: www.worldchess.com/candidates/players (now amended to http://london2013.fide.com/en/players)
World Chess Web Site: www.worldchess.com
FIDE Web Site: www.fide.com

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the president of FIDE, said: “FIDE is happy that this major tournament will take place in London and that UK chess fans will be able to see the greatest chess players live. We support AGON’s efforts to bring important chess events to the great cities of Europe.

Andrew Paulson, the founder of AGON, said: “I am pleased to confirm that the 2013 Candidates Tournament will take place in a great venue on the banks of the River Thames and be broadcast online to a global audience.”

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  • 4 years ago


    Carlsen the terminator to win easily. Smile

  • 4 years ago


    Go Carlsen! <3

  • 4 years ago


    @ RetiFan - FIDE have taken over the coverage with their own website, so the original links don't work. I've tried to replace them with new ones.

  • 4 years ago


    OP, links don't work.

  • 4 years ago


    9days left, iam so excited

  • 4 years ago


    I think Magnus Carlsen will narrowly win over Kramnik and Aronian, and then go on to win the championship on tiebreak. Wouldn't count out Vishy though.

  • 4 years ago


    It will be the biggest chess event in last 20 years. Also forcoming mach with Anand. Both events will be biggest pleasure for all chess lovers!  

  • 4 years ago


    @ kevinsmithstudi I assume that further information will be published at the official website when it becomes available.

  • 4 years ago


    Looking forward to this.  When do we find out pairings and so on?

  • 4 years ago


    Too many Russians :-) Ivanchuk and Gelfand are also effectively from RUS, that makes 5 of them in an eight candidate field !!

  • 4 years ago



  • 4 years ago


    London at IET Savoy Place

  • 4 years ago


    would have like to see moro in there!!!

  • 4 years ago


    Does anyone know what the time controls are??

  • 4 years ago


    Carlsen vs Anand in the final would be epic.

  • 4 years ago


    Gonna be close!..

  • 4 years ago


    Been waiting to see Svidler back in action

  • 4 years ago



    Gelfand won the tournament last time which shows that lower rated players can and do win events like these. Ratings mean little in these events, it is all about who shows up to play and performs the best at the event. I wish the criteria for entry into these events was based more on tournament achievements ( 1st, 2nd,3rd place in major tournaments) and less on ratings.

  • 4 years ago


    It would be much better and fair to just include 4 top players or just 6 top players than this!

    Where are Caruana and Karjakin?! 

    The players with low ratings will not win the tournoment but mixing the standings!

  • 4 years ago


    carlsen the likely challenger is gonna lose  lot of rating points going up against a lower rating world champion if there's a lot of draws.Smile

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