FIDE Confirms Candidates Line-Up

FIDE Confirms Candidates Line-Up

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Dec 23, 2010, 12:28 PM |
48 | Chess Event Coverage

The deadline for acceptance of FIDE's terms for the candidates matches passed yesterday, and the official line-up for next year has now been confirmed.

As expected, Magnus Carlsen has declined to take part, so Alexander Grischuk (pictured) is his replacement.

FIDE confirms that the candidates are:

  • Veselin Topalov (loser against Anand last time)
  • Gata Kamsky (runner up in the last cycle)
  • Boris Gelfand (winner of the 2009 World Cup)
  • Lev Aronian (winner of the Grand Prix Series)
  • Teimour Radjabov (runner-up of the Grand Prix Series)
  • Alexander Grischuk (third in the Grand Prix Series)
  • Vladimir Kramnik (next highest rated not otherwise qualified)
  • Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (wildcard)

It now seems that the draw will likely look like this:

 Topalov    
 Kamsky
 Kramnik
 Radjabov
 Aronian
 Grischuk
 Gelfand
 Mamedyarov


The quarter-final and semi-final matches will be played over 4 games, and the final over 6 games, with the matches taking place between 3-27 May 2011 in Kazan, Russia.

The winner will then challenge Vishy Anand for the world title some time in 2012.

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