Svidler is FIDE Candidates Wildcard

  • FM MikeKlein
  • on 11/5/13, 6:29 AM.

The Russian organizers have chosen GM Peter Svidler as the lone wildcard to the 2014 FIDE Candidates Tournament, to be held in Khanty-Mansisyk in Siberia from March 12-30. The official statement on FIDE's web site is here.

They were free to choose any player rated above 2725; Svidler is currently 2752 on the live ratings list, ranking him 13th in the world.

Svidler finished third at the 2013 Candidates Tournament, the event that GM Magnus Carlsen won to challenge for the world title. Just three weeks ago, Svidler won his seventh Russian Championship.

Svidler (left) winning the 2013 Russian Championship. Photo courtesy Eteri Kublashvili, Russian Chess Federation

Svidler joins the other seven players who are already qualified - GMs Vladimir Kramnik, Dmitry Andreikin, Veselin Topalov, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Levon Aronian, Sergey Karjakin, and the loser of this month's World Championship Match.

Organizers passed over other possible nominations, including GMs Hikaru Nakamura (world number four), Alexander Grischuk (number five), Fabiano Caruana (number six), prior World Champion Runner-Up Boris Gelfand (number seven), and Leinier Dominguez (number 12).

A recent poll asked members which of these players they would like to see get the wildcard. With more than 3000 respondents, Nakamura had the highest share with around 40 percent of the voters choosing him.

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  • 3 years ago


    Natalia_Pogonina yeah Grischuck would have been a good choice too

  • 3 years ago


    vimzonich listen Nakamura is a big hit with a lot of americans and a lot of other people  too. He just doesn't have the skill there to win. Of course he has his glory moments, but his fighting games usually don't get him the draws he needs. Take Gelfand for instence. He can draw and win, of course he loses but not that often. 

  • 3 years ago

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    It was a tough choice between Grischuk and Svidler. Peter got the wildcard due to winning the Russian Superfinal this year & better historical records at the previous Candidates tournaments (2-3 at St. Louis-2005 and 3-4 at Candidates'2012).

  • 3 years ago


    Lmao - ChessPlayer6033   says   "Lawdoginator yes maybe Caruana but not nakamura. I'm sorry but he just isn't good enough." - Nakamura - #4, Caruana - #6, Svidler #13..  but Nakamura is not good enough?....hmmmm.

  • 3 years ago


    Nakamura and Caruana will have other chances.

  • 3 years ago


    Of course Nakamura won poll, how many americans did vote?

    This article seems a bit biased.

  • 3 years ago


    great , not only do great at classical chess, svidler is good at chess960,he won world chess960 championship three times.but i didn't find his chess960 games.

  • 3 years ago


    andreikin wins the candidates obvioulsy (you heard it from roeczak first)

  • 3 years ago


    Good choice he got third in last candidates...

  • 3 years ago


    This makes me very happy. Svidler is great face for chess: he is personable and funny, and always very eager to go through post mortem analysis. And of course, he is a brilliant player.

  • 3 years ago


    Lawdoginator yes maybe Caruana but not nakamura. I'm sorry but he just isn't good enough.

    I would have nominated Boris Gelfand But Svidler is my second favourite player so that is good.

  • 3 years ago


    Nakamura or Caruana would have been better choices. 

  • 3 years ago


    pretty awful choice imo..

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