The World Chess Candidates eight-player tournament has includes six of the world’s top ten players. Former World Champions Viswanathan Anand and Veselin Topalov will face a coterie of young talent for a right to challenge Magnus Carlsen for the chess crown. There have been a number of predictions posted on various sites which favor Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura as favorites. Levon Aronian will see if he can break the mold of his disappointing runs for the championship. They’ll also be joined by Russian duo of Sergei Karjakin and Peter Svidler. Anish Giri is hoping to make a breakthrough in his first Candidates tournament. Winning this supertournament would be the biggest of his short career.
Eight of the world’s top grandmasters come to Moscow to play in the tournament that will be contested as a double round-robin over 14 games. The winner will play a match for the title against reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen next November in the US.
The eight participants in the Candidaes tournament will be Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria and Anish Giri of the Netherlands, who qualified based on their ratings; Viswanathan Anand of India, the runner-up of the last championship match in 2014; Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana of the United States, who were the top two finishers in the last Grand Prix; Sergey Karjakin and Peter Svidler of Russia, the winner and runner-up, respectively in the last World Cup; and Levon Aronian of Armenia, a wild card choice.
The guaranteed prize fund of the Candidates Tournament will be in excess of 420,000 USD. First prize is €95,000, second €88,000, third €75,000, fourth €55,000, fifth €40,000, sixth €28,000, seventh €22,000 and eighth €17,000.
The time control for the games is 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, 50 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, plus an additional 30 seconds per move starting from move one. More details are given at the links below.
Main Site: http://moscow2016.fide.com/
March 11th-March 27th, 2016 (Moscow, Russia)