In the wake of Anand’s defeat to Carlsen in Chennai in November 2013 he said he was yet to decide whether to take up his automatic place in the next qualifying tournament. In December this year the Times of India even reported him as saying “most likely I won’t play”, although it seems a journalist may simply have misheard.
Anand’s confirmation now is bad news for Fabiano Caruana. The Italian-American just missed out on qualification through the FIDE Grand Prix series (see our round-up of the last tournament in Paris), but is the first reserve in case anyone pulls out. Many see him as a future World Championship contender, but it now looks as though he’ll have to wait another two years for his chance.
The Candidates Tournaments is an 8-player double round-robin (each player plays two games against everyone else), which will run from 13-31 March in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.
Here are the players and how they
qualified - note you can click on any name to see our chess24 profiles:
1. Viswanathan Anand
(India, former World Champion)
2. Vladimir Kramnik (Russia, 2013 World Cup winner)
3. Dmitry Andreikin (Russia, 2013 World Cup finalist)
4. Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria, 2012-13 Grand Prix winner)
5. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan, 2012-13 Grand Prix runner-up)
6. Levon Aronian (Armenia, 2012-13 rating list)
7. Sergey Karjakin (Russia, 2012-13 rating list)
8. Peter Svidler (Russia, host’s nominee)
Pairings will be announced on 13 February, and the schedule is as follows:
11 March: Arrivals
12 March: Opening ceremony & players meeting
13-15 March: Rounds 1-3
16 March: Free day
17-19 March: Rounds 4-6
20 March: Free day
21-23 March: Rounds 7-9
24 March: Free day
25-27 March: Rounds 10-12
28 March: Free day
29-30 March: Rounds 13-14
31 March: Tiebreaks / Closing ceremony
1 April: Departures
The only position that matters in the Candidates Tournament is first, with the
winner qualifying to play a match against Magnus Carlsen. As we reported earlier,
the dates for that match have been set for the 6-25 November, though the venue is as yet
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