2014 Candidates one month away!

Fédération Internationale des Échecs  (FIDE)

FIDE just released the pairings for the Candidates tournament which will be held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia is about a month away. The winner will face World Champion Magnus Carlsen in his first title defense.

This double round-robin event of the eight qualifiers is sure to be hotly-contested as many of the marquee players are present. Some of the missing luminaries are Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana. The wild card nominee went to eight-time Russian champion Peter Svidler.

Levon Aronian at last year’s Candidates. Will this year be fortuitous for the Armenian? Photo by Ray Morris-Hill.

The time control will be 40/120, 20/60, 15m+30s sudden death. The prize fund is 420,000 euros with 95,000 going to the winner. There will be strict anti-cheating rules and players cannot agree to a draw before Black’s 30th move. More details are given at the links below.

Main Site: https://candidates2014.fide.com/
Regulations: https://www.fide.com/FIDE/handbook/regscandidates2014.pdf
Pairings: https://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/7735-candidates-tournament-2014-pairings.html
Schedule: https://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/7688–candidates-tournament-2014-announcement.html

2014 Candidates Tournament
March 13th-31st, 2014 (Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia)
1 Aronian, Levon
(Rating Qualification 2012-2013)
GM Armenia
2 Kramnik, Vladimir
(2013 World Cup, 1st place)
GM Russia
3 Topalov, Veselin
(2012-2013 Grand Prix, 1st place)
GM Bulgaria
4 Anand, Viswanathan
(Immediate Past World Champion)
GM India
5 Karjakin, Sergey
(Rating Qualification, 2012-2013)
GM Russia
6 Svidler, Peter
(Organizer’s Nominee)
GM Russia
7 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
(2012-2013 Grand Prix, 2nd place)
GM Azerbaijan
8 Andreikin, Dmitri
(2013 World Cup, 2nd place)
GM Russia

Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.

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