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


    @Pippychess "why no nakamura" - Naka failed to qualify, it's as simple as that (as did Caruana). I'm fairly sure he'll manage to qualify for the next one, he's been tearing it up recently. Smile

    I do agree with PDubya, though, that using 2012 ratings for an event in 2014 doesn't make a lot of sense. 

  • 3 years ago


    Aronian has been in smashing form recently, so he's probably the favourite. On the other hand, you can never count Kramnik out - remember, he lost the last Candidates only due to the tiebreak rules. Smile

  • 3 years ago


    In my opinion only Levon Aronian is capable to beat Magnus Carlsen, so I believe he will be the winner !

  • 3 years ago


    World Rankings, Names and Ratings of the Candidates: 

    2 Aronian 2830.1
    3 Kramnik 2787
    4 Topalov 2785
    8 Anand 2770.3
    9 Karjakin 2766
    10 Svidler 2758
    13 Mamedyarov 2757
    40 Andreikin 2709
    5 Caruana 2782.5
    6 Grischuk 2777
    7 Nakamura 2771.9

    I'd be surprised to see Andreikin do well. He got through to the final of the World Cup without winning any matches outright. 

    Mamedyaro and Svidler had impressive tournament results last year,  so could be an outside chance.

    Karjakin, the youngest ever GM, could surprise, as his immense talent cannot be denied.

    Anand will struggle, and will almost certainly finish in the bottom half.

    Topalov, Kramnik and Aronian can all win, so really this tournament is wide open.

  • 3 years ago


    @bobby mac - youre right, why no nakamura, he is #3 rating right?

  • 3 years ago


    Kramnik's best time has gone, and there are two favourites who most rightly may be called geniuses, and who deserve to win the Candidates. They are Aronian and Topalov.

  • 3 years ago


    If you have followed Karjakin's flight up in chess, you may not think he's less of a player than Caruana. In my opinion, he is the only one there capable of beating Aronian, but I doubt he will

  • 3 years ago


    "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)...".

    I guess this has something to do with prevention of cheating (fixed results), but it is not clear to me how exactly the round in which the Russians play each other matter.

  • 3 years ago


    So the #3 player in the world is not invited? Interesting.

  • 3 years ago


    I think a better field would be assembled if only the winner of the World Cup and the Top Three on Ratings were selected. 

    Currently, the Top Two on ratings not otherwise qualified gain entry. The problem I have with this is the ratings period they use (Aug 2012 - July 2013, min 30 rated games). Surely, someone's rating in Aug 2012 is not really relavant to an event in Mar 2014!

    It would make a lot more sense to base it on the period Jan 2013 - Dec 2013. That way the two who qualify on ratings, and everyone else would know on Dec 1st if they had qualified (still plenty of time, and it ensures an in form player makes it). 

    This table below shows that Caruana would have qualified if a more sensible ratings period was used:

    Period Nakamura Karjakin Grischuk Caruana
    Avg Aug 2012 - July 2013 2772.17 2779.67 2765.92 2775.00
    Avg Jan 2013 - Dec 2013 2775.25 2773.42 2776.5 2777.67
    Ave Mar 2013 - Feb 2014 2777.67 2770.00 2778.67 2779.75
  • 3 years ago


    Wow, 4 Russians out of 8 in the double round robin format in Russia. I think Fischer and Fischer fans would be disappointed.

  • 3 years ago


    i think topalov will win the candidates!

  • 3 years ago


    @P_G_M   That is correct, but that was surely their intention (Kramnik and Toplaov) . When asked at London Chess Classics what will be their next event, Anand said Zurich and Daniel King assumed Kramnik would play at least one event before the Candidats. But then Kramnik replied that he doesn`t wish to waste energy before the Candidates. Sometimes being fresh is good, but at times it could mean being rusty Laughing

    I d like a younger player to win, but seriously doubt that, Kramnik is way too serious when it comes to business. Therefore at times less exciting , but guess that doesn`t bother him too much.

  • 3 years ago


    most people think that aronian or kramnik will win, I can almost guarantee that neither will win; why do I say this? Because aronian is an amazing player but has failed to deliver in big tournaments and kramnik's kyrptonite opponent - Dmitry Andreikin - is playing. Instead I think that Mamedyarov or Karjakin will win but it is anyone's guess who will win. The only person to count out is Anand; everyone else has as much of a chance of any.

  • 3 years ago


    I want to see Kramnik or Aronian against Carlsen. Then they are my favourities to win the Candidates.

  • 3 years ago


    Kramnik and Topalov have not played in elite tournaments for over 3 months therefore they will be out of form.

    Aronian is in optimal form and he is having a six week break to prepared for the tournament. He should arrive in good form, well rested, and well prepared.

  • 3 years ago


    This is a long tournament, so a younger player may have his chances... I feel neither Aronian (lack of killer instinct) nor Kramnik (stamina) will emerge victorious and we will have a surprise.

    Let's see...

  • 3 years ago


    "Players competing 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)" (pdela)


  • 3 years ago


    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! :)

  • 3 years ago


    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).

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