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Deadline Set for Participants Candidates’ Tournament

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 28/12/13 02:58.

The World Chess Federation (FIDE) has announced that the deadline for player's participation in the Candidates’ Tournament is 20 January 2014. If anyone decines to participate, first reserve is Fabiano Caruana of Italy who came third in the 2012-2013 Grand Prix Series.

Just like in 2013, the FIDE Candidates’ Tournament will be held in March, and again it will decide who will be the next opponent of the reigning World Champion. Last March it was Magnus Carlsen who edged out Vladimir Kramnik on tiebreak, and he completed his journey to the throne by beating Viswanathan Anand in a match in November in Chennai.

The next Candidates’ Tournament will be held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia from 11 March (arrivals) to 1 April 2014 (departures). The qualified players are:

  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)

* Average FIDE Rating List of the 12 monthly lists starting from 1st August 2012 to 1st July 2013.

The winner of the Candidates’ Tournament will challenge Magnus Carlsen for the world championship title and this match is currently scheduled for the last quarter of 2014.

Last Monday FIDE announced a deadline for the players to participate, and a link to the players’ contract was also published. At the top it says that the “Administrator of the 2014 Candidates Tournament is FIDE, in collaboration with the autonomous institution of Khanty-Mansiysk okrug «UgraMegaSport», which is the local Organising Authority.” About the deadline, it says:

“The Qualified players reserves are expected to fax a copy of the original document of their signed contract, reaching the FIDE Secretariat no later than 20 January 2014, GMT 13:00.”

This clause seems mostly relevant to two players: Viswanathan Anand and Fabiano Caruana. After the world title match in Chennai, Anand said that he hadn't decided yet if he would play in Khanty-Mansiysk and that he wanted to make a final decision “after Zurich”. Anand referred to the Zurich Chess Challenge, but this takes place 29 January-4 February. It looks like Anand will have to make up his mind before that event.

One of Anand's opponents in Zurich will be Fabiano Caruana. The Italian GM finished third in the Grand Prix Series and because of that he is first reserve for the Candidates’ Tournament. Since his name was specifically mentioned by FIDE, apparently Caruana should sign the contract before the 20th as well. By that date we'll know who will play.

One sentence in the players’ contract is remarkable: “Players may be required to wear clothes or apparel with special branding from sponsors when specifically approved by the FIDE President.” Perhaps the word “required” should have been “allowed”, so that Anand can continue wearing his NIIT shirts and Karjakin can play with his big logos too? Or do the players really have to accept external sponsorship?

The total prize fund for the Candidates’ Tournament 2014 will be 600,000 euros and will be distributed as follows:

  1. 135,000 euros;
  2. 125,000 euros;
  3. 107,000 euros;
  4. 78,000 euros;
  5. 58,000 euros;
  6. 40,000 euros;
  7. 32,000 euros;
  8. 25,000 euros.

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  • 12 mesi fa

    rafaeldagger

    eugene torre should be included... he has greatest chance of beating MC

  • 12 mesi fa

    GoatsRUs

    Rating list should have been set Jan 20 FIDE = crooked

  • 12 mesi fa

    nymfobich

    @macokim:

    get real!!!!! Mamedyarov???? Sure, he won the world rapid championship this year...but look at the list of participants! It was a JOKE!!!! Le Quang Liem almost won it, but was probably cheated out of 1st by the 50 or so Russian GM participants. Hardly any "candidates" were there. Mamedyarov????? This is a guy who has been REPEATEDLY forfeited out of tournaments and accuses other GMs of cheating when they beat him. He actually dresses like a "bum" and is completely physically unfit. I am not saying he doesn't have a high rating...all I am saying is that he doesn't have a chance against Carlsen! Carlsen has an EXTREMELY lopsided record against him.

  • 12 mesi fa

    nymfobich

    @slashpile, @ocapi777:

    These guys are "bums" in the same sense that Mohammad Ali, Mike Tyson, etc. would fight the "bum of the month", a phrase coined by the press---everyone knew who was going to win. Naka is a "bum" because Magnus beats him like a drum! Magnus is younger and has a much sounder opening repertoire. Since 2009, Magnus has been beating Svidler like a drum. I stand corrected on Svidler's experience...I just don't see him playing in as many international tournaments and he spends a lot of time on the idiotic Fischer Random chess. He looks younger than 37...his old age actually gives him LESS of a chance to beat Magnus! Gelfand is a "bum" because he is just plain too old. It's time to retire! Caruana is 2 years younger than Carlsen and plays at top 5 level...he obviously should have been invited. Kasparov does not like him...so maybe that has something to do with it!

  • 12 mesi fa

    sanju55j5

    what is the  entry free for the candidates tournament?????CoolLaughing

  • 12 mesi fa

    chessrook1234

    naka and caruana should be special invitees..make it a top 10 tourney!!

  • 12 mesi fa

    maistor_tri4ko

    Shi_Tou 

    Topalov....Boring....

    What do you mean?


     

  • 12 mesi fa

    Marcokim

    Mamedyarov, Topalov, Anand, Nakamura, Grischuk, and Gelfand have no chance against Carlsen. What's the point of inviting these "bums"? The only players with a chance are Kramnik, Andreikin, Svidler, Karjakin, Aronian, and Caruana...and Andreikin and Svidler are not experienced enough. Why not have them all dress up like race car drivers covered in patches?

    Some of the comments here are obviously fished out of the water. Mamedyarov "Shakh" is easily a 2780+ GM, World junior chess champion 2003 and 2005 (only person in the world to do this), World Team Championship best player 2010 and 2012, World rapid champion 2013, has featured in top 3 in several CAT 21 tournaments, Winner of Mikhail Tal memorial 2010, Presidents cup 2011. If anything Andreikin is the light weight in this group.

    And quoting Svidler "Shakh is the most underated strong GM in the world. He is capable of winning the Candidates outright"... thats Svidler talking.

    The list could easily have been made from ratings, but this format forces the top GMs to play in big events ie. the Grand Prix and the World Cup. I wish Naka was there too, but hey, rules are rules.

  • 12 mesi fa

    Ameryy

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  • 12 mesi fa

    Sahasrara

    It's Aronian's turn!

  • 12 mesi fa

    Luvrug

    all just playing to find out who carlsen will beat in the WC match

  • 12 mesi fa

    Ocapi777

    @nymfobich wtf?

    why do Andreikin (2709) or Svidler (2758) have a chance, while Nakamura (2789) or Gelfand (2777) are bums and have no chance?

    also why would you say Svidler is inexperienced (37 yr old) while Caruana (21 yr old) is not?

  • 12 mesi fa

    BigChessEnthusiast

    Looking forward to it, it would be interesting to see Anand challenging Magnus. Otherwise, Kramnik or Aronian should be favorites.

  • 12 mesi fa

    Muriustar

    25 000 € for basically just sitting there... Somehow I don't think there will be any last minute cancellation.

  • 12 mesi fa

    moonriver0712

    too mch excited about this candidate match but honestly all of the participants except lev aronian (who sometimes beat magnus) and karjakin are the two only had an fair chance though not to put it equal to the strength of magnus carlsen at this point in time...and the next world chess championship will surely be boring.

  • 12 mesi fa

    slashpile

    are you calling naka and gelfand "bums"? many people belive that naka can rout BC (boring carlsen) and who are you to call any of the listed players anything sine anyone of them could crush you

  • 12 mesi fa

    nymfobich

    Mamedyarov, Topalov, Anand, Nakamura, Grischuk, and Gelfand have no chance against Carlsen. What's the point of inviting these "bums"? The only players with a chance are Kramnik, Andreikin, Svidler, Karjakin, Aronian, and Caruana...and Andreikin and Svidler are not experienced enough. Why not have them all dress up like race car drivers covered in patches?

  • 12 mesi fa

    Shi_Tou

    Topalov....Boring....

  • 12 mesi fa

    pt1992

    They should just go straight down the rating list (with some simple restrictions like having in x number of tournaments from a certain list or what have you). 

  • 12 mesi fa

    meed77

    hhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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