Candidates Tournament 2016 To Begin

Giri, Caruana, Aronian, Svidler, Anand, Nakamura, Topalov, Karjakin battle it out in Moscow.Official logo © http://moscow2016.fide.com/
Giri, Caruana, Aronian, Svidler, Anand, Nakamura, Topalov, Karjakin battle it out in Moscow.
Official logo © http://moscow2016.fide.com/

Within the next few weeks, the chess world will know the identity of Magnus Carlsen’s challenger for the World Chess Championship.

The FIDE Candidates Tournament, (the process traditionally called upon to decide the challenger to its World Champion), is due to begin, in Moscow, Russia on March 10. Eight hopefuls from the elite of international chess, will battle it out over 14 rounds in the double round robin event. These, together with how they have earned their place in the tournament, are as follows: (Ratings and seedings, FIDE ratings list, March 2016.)

Viswanathan Anand (2762, 6).
Defeated finalist in the World Chess Championship 2014 match.

Sergey Karjakin (2760, 7), Peter Svidler (2757, 8).
Top two finishers in the Chess World Cup 2015.

Fabiano Caruana (2794, 1), Hikaru Nakamura (2790, 3).
Top two finishers in the FIDE Grand Prix 2014–15.

Veselin Topalov (2762, 5), Anish Giri (2793, 2).
Highest average rating in 2015, who played in the Chess World Cup 2015 or FIDE Grand Prix 2014–15.

Levon Aronian (2786, 4).
Wildcard nominated by the organizers (Agon).

I am sure you will agree, that it is an exciting line-up, and very hard to speculate upon who will be victorious. Of course, Giri, Caruana, Aronian stand out to the instincts, but no one can discount any of the other players if they hit form. I think that desire and motivation is going to be a large factor, not just playing strength.

The time control for the games is as follows: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, 50 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game. There will be an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.

The playing schedule and draw is already known, and is as follows. Players from the same federation (Svidler and Karjakin (RUS) and Caruana and Nakamura (USA)) are deliberately paired to play in rounds one and eight.

There will of course be round by round coverage here on the site.

Good luck to all competitors, and let’s hope for some fighting chess!

Round 1, 11 March, 15:00 local time
GM Sergey Karjakin - GM Peter Svidler
GM Hikaru Nakamura - GM Fabiano Caruana
GM Anish Giri - GM Levon Aronian
GM Viswanathan Anand - GM Veselin Topalov

Round 3, 13 March, 15:00 local time
GM Hikaru Nakamura - GM Peter Svidler
GM Anish Giri - GM Sergey Karjakin
GM Viswanathan - GM Fabiano Caruana
GM Veselin Topalov - GM Levon Aronian

Round 5, 16 March, 15:00 local time
GM Anish Giri - GM Peter Svidler
GM Viswanathan Anand - GM Hikaru Nakamura
GM Veselin Topalov - GM Sergey Karjakin
GM Levon Aronian - GM Fabiano Caruana

Round 7, 19 March, 15:00 local time
GM Svidler Peter - GM Fabiano Caruana
GM Sergey Karjakin - GM Levon Aronian
GM Hikaru Nakamura - GM Veselin Topalov
GM Anish Giri - GM Viswanathan Anand

Round 9, 21 March, 15:00 local time
GM Veselin Topalov - GM Peter Svidler
GM Viswanathan Anand - GM Levon Aronian
GM Anish Giri - GM Fabiano Caruana
GM Hikaru Nakamura - GM Sergey Karjakin

Round 11, 24 March, 15:00 local time
GM Levon Aronian - GM Peter Svidler
GM Veselin Topalov - GM Fabiano Caruana
GM Viswanathan Anand - GM Sergey Karjakin
GM Anish Giri - GM Hikaru Nakamura

Round 13, 27 March, 15:00 local time
GM Fabiano Caruana - GM Peter Svidler
GM Levon Aronian - GM Sergey Karjakin
GM Veselin Topalov - GM Hikaru Nakamura
GM Viswanathan Anand - GM Anish Giri
Round 2, 12 March, 15:00 local time
GM Peter Svidler - GM Veselin Topalov
GM Levon Aronian - GM Viswanathan Anand
GM Fabiano Caruana - GM Anish Giri
GM Sergey Karjakin - GM Hikaru Nakamura

Round 4, 15 March, 15:00 local time
GM Peter Svidler - GM Levon Aronian
GM Fabiano Caruana - GM Veselin Topalov
GM Sergey Karjakin - GM Viswanathan Anand
GM Hikaru Nakamura - GM Anish Giri

Round 6, 17 March, 15:00 local time
GM Viswanathan Anand - GM Peter Svidler
GM Veselin Topalov - GM Anish Giri
GM Levon Aronian - GM Hikaru Nakamura
GM Fabiano Caruana - GM Sergey Karjakin

Round 8, 20 March, 15:00 local time
GM Peter Svidler - GM Sergey Karjakin
GM Fabiano Caruana - GM Hikaru Nakamura
GM Levon Aronian - GM Anish Giri
GM Veselin Topalov - GM Viswanathan Anand

Round 10, 23 March, 15:00 local time
GM Peter Svidler - GM Hikaru Nakamura
GM Sergey Karjakin - GM Anish Giri
GM Fabiano Caruana - GM Viswanathan Anand
GM Levon Aronian - GM Veselin Topalov

Round 12, 25 March, 15:00 local time
GM Peter Svidler - GM Anish Giri
GM Hikaru Nakamura - GM Viswanathan Anand
GM Sergey Karjakin - GM Veselin Topalov
GM Fabiano Caruana - GM Levon Aronian

Round 14, 28 March, 15:00 local time
GM Peter Svidler - GM Viswanathan Anand
GM Anish Giri - GM Veselin Topalov
GM Hikaru Nakamura - GM Levon Aronian
GM Sergey Karjakin - GM Fabiano Caruana
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