Notes on 2013 World Candidates

World Chess Candidates 2013

There is a buzz circulating throughout the chess world concerning the World Chess Championship Candidates tournament that will take place in about a week’s time in London. The highly anticipated event will produce the qualifier who will then face World Champion Viswanathan Anand in November 2013. Most of the top players will be on hand to compete for a shot at the championship.

Many are choosing Magnus Carlsen as the favorite, but the field is competitive. The current cycle is a bit different from the women’s in that a candidate’s tournament is required to meet the champion.

In the women’s field the world champion has to defend her title in a knockout format which has been meet with fierce controversy. Past World Champion Hou Yifan of China was eliminated in the knockout format (by Monica Socko) and the title is now held by Anna Ushenina who is ranked #24 among women. Hopefully, the women’s field will make adjustments and abandon this format as was done after knockout was used 1998-2004 during the FIDE split.

ChessBase, the world’s premier company for chess software, has compiled a very interesting account of each players with their competitive record against the rest of the field including overall record, color distribution and opening choices. You can click on the names below.

The London Chess Class set a high standard for chess coverage and expect more of the same for such an elite event. FIDE and AGON are hosting the event and the prize fund is set €510,000 (approximately US$663,102.00).

Complete Pairings (WorldChess.com)

2013 World Championship Candidates Tournament
March 15th-April 2nd 2013 (London, England)
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Name
Title
Federation
Flag
Rating
1 Carlsen, Magnus GM Norway
2872
2 Kramnik, Vladimir GM Russia
2810
3 Aronian, Levon GM Armenia
2809
4 Radjabov, Teimour GM Azerbaijan
2793
5 Grischuk, Alexander GM Russia
2764
6 Ivanchuk Vassily GM Ukraine
2757
5 Svidler, Peter GM Russia
2747
8 Gelfand, Boris GM Israel
2740
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Daaim Shabazz

Dr. Daaim Shabazz is the creator and webmaster of The Chess Drum. He serves as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds an MBA in Marketing and a doctorate in International Affairs & Development. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

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