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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9 votes


  • 3 years ago


    This is what I would like to see. 

    Kramnik wins this time, giving Carlsen a chance to prove himself even further by beating an active legend. 

    In following years, Aronion and Carlsen engage in a world championship rivalry like Kasparov and Karpov did. 

    This is followed by a rivalry between Carlsen and somebody a bit younger than aronian (like Caurana or Nakamura). 

    Finally, some younger yet unknown future legend faces Carlsen a few times and eventually replaces Carlsen as the next person to dominate chess!

  • 3 years ago


    The battle between Aronian, Kramnik and Topalov will give others a chance.

    I would like to see Aronian v. Carlsen, but, honestly, there is no player I would not want to see. They could all make an exciting championship. I don't expect Andreikin to win, but if he did that would mean his skill jumped significantly and he would be a player to watch.

    It would be great to see Anand come back to life and turn around his recent performances. Another chance for Topalav or Kramnik would be well-deserved. Karjakin is a chess prodigy like Carlsen who should get a shot. Mamedrayov or Svidler would be an exciting suprise.

    I just can't wait to see these games. What a tournament this will be!

  • 3 years ago


    Carlsen was more than happy cause Caruana is not there in candidates list.. Otherwise things will be different :)

  • 3 years ago



    Good point! I'm thinking exactly the same.

  • 3 years ago


    A victory wish for GM Vishy

  • 3 years ago



  • 3 years ago


    Well there are four russians in the tourney , So my best bet would be on kramnik :D

  • 3 years ago


    Whole Asian guys supporting Anand, as comments reflect.But the opponents are bit heavier than ever like Carlsen, Kramnik, Aronian.Let's see if Anand can put the victory through at the end. 

  • 3 years ago


    anand will win this and will be champ again,i bet :)

  • 3 years ago


    Aronian is in top form, the sharks are circling. Beware Kramnik. The magnificent victor will claim the privilege of becoming Magnus' next lunch meat.

  • 3 years ago


    no official website yet? maybe the day before will be ready...

  • 3 years ago


    My thoughts on candidates:

    Obviously there is a good set of players and a double round robin tournment will provide a lot of drama and top chess ! Altho i think the players are not all at similar level, and because of that It will be decided between Kramnik, Aronian and maybe Karjakin (who knows about Anand).

    Another remark i should like to put into the debate is this format of a world match every year, personaly i think it is to much. 2 years i think it should be more appropriate, ofcourse the calendar should be expanded (in Mr Paulsen Style) making space for new tournments and giving to them more relative importance.

    Once i read "about anand" that a world match preparation takes about 6 months. So with a world match every year will take the actual WC to play very little tournments because the preparation time. Regarding the candidate its even worst because he should prepare hard for the candidates and then world match, so, as the World Champion, the candidate will also play very few tournments, well but they will play the MATCH ...


  • 3 years ago


    Go Andreikin!

  • 3 years ago


    One interesting question is whether the tie-break rules have changed from last time, or if "more wins / more losses" still trumps the more sensible (but less "sexy") Sonneborn-Berger coefficient, among other options.

  • 3 years ago


    greatt tournamount all playerrs can wwiin touurnamoount

  • 3 years ago


    Narendhranath No, I think the system is fine, apart from the time period to select the Top 2. I also think the Runner-Up in the World Cup shouldn't get selected for the Candidates. I think Top 2 in the Grand Prix Series is good, and either take Top 3 in that Series, or Top 3 in rankings.

  • 3 years ago


    @PDubya, Going by your logic, the world cup should immediately be followed by candidates, followed by the championship

  • 3 years ago


    Anand is the only one who doesn't speak Russian. 

  • 3 years ago


    Question is, will Anand be able to revive in this event???

    and I'm hopefull he will.

  • 3 years ago


    Aronian has been playing well... TATA he dominatedMoney Mouth

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