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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  • 3 years ago


    @ geographybuff - dammit, I'll have to think of something else now! Wink

  • 3 years ago


    Seeing Ivanchuk there is very nice. Finally having a cycle without Topalov is also a huge relief. I hope he and his evil manager slowly but surely fade away from the chess world.

    It's going to be a great competition with elites like Kramnik, Aronian, Carlsen, and a heavy weight like Gelfand who can reach the highest level on his best. Can't wait!

  • 3 years ago


    Caruana and Karjakin should really be there...

  • 3 years ago


    The last day is on April 1. I am sure that the news will report something like that Magnus Carlsen had to forfeit all his games on cheating accusations.

  • 3 years ago


    @ lifesnotfair:

    • Boris Gelfand (loser of the 2012 World Championship)
    • The top 3 in the 2011 World Cup (Peter Svidler, Alexander Grischuk, Vassily Ivanchuk)
    • The top 3 rated players not otherwise qualified (Magnus Carlsen, Lev Aronian, Vladimir Kramnik)
    • A wildcard nominee from the original hosts Azerbaijan (Teimour Radjabov)
  • 3 years ago


    Anand Vs Carlsen.

  • 3 years ago


    It would be one of the best fields but that Kasparov is not playing. He not Topalov should have had a rematch.

  • 3 years ago


    I look forward to this tournament. My money is on Carlsen, my hope is on Kramnik, and my dream is on Radjabov!

  • 3 years ago


    Finally at least no Topalov

  • 3 years ago


    The average Jan rating of players in this tournament is 2784.3....which is makes it strongest tournament ever may be......

  • 3 years ago


    No Caruana? No Nakamura? How is this field determined? 

  • 3 years ago


    i believe just in Kramnik and Radjabov 

  • 3 years ago


    One of the best fields you could think of.

    Ivanchuk is taking part, at least ! Smile

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