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Friday, March 15, 2013 1:37
FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov officially opened the FIDE Candidates' Tournament on Thursday night during the opening ceremony held at the IET London, Savoy Place. The first round starts on Friday at 14:00 GMT (15:00 CET). Photos © Ray Morris-Hill The long-awaited FIDE Candidates' Tournament, or rather World Chess Candidates Tournament, as the...
Candidates: Predictions by Caruana, Ponomariov, Jones and l'Ami
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 12:55
Now that the first round of the FIDE Candidates tournament is just two days away, it's high time for some predictions! Will it be a walk in the park for Magnus? Can we expect surprises from outsiders like Svidler or Gelfand? Will Ivanchuk be the decisive factor in the end? GMs Fabiano Caruana, Ruslan Ponomariov, Gawain Jones and Erwin l'Ami look...
FIDE Candidates: a historical perspective
Monday, March 11, 2013 13:57
Next Friday the first round of the FIDE Candidates tournament will be played, and the winner has the right to challenge World Champion Vishy Anand. After decades of knockout matches, the way to reach that glorious world title match will now be decided in a round robin tournament. The last time this happened was more than half a century ago! Keres-...
FIDE Candidates: all the info (including the pairings!)
Wednesday, March 06, 2013 11:34
The first round of the Candidates tournament in London, on March 15th, 2013 will see the games Aronian-Carlsen, Gelfand-Radjabov, Ivanchuk-Grischuk and Svidler-Kramnik. Nine days before the opening ceremony the full pairings were already published on the official website. FIDE and AGON, the commercial partner of the World Chess Federation, will...
London Candidates: dates & venue announced
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 10:45
The dates and the venue for the Candidates tournament were announced yesterday in a press release: March 14, 2013 – April 1, 2013 at the IET London: Savoy Place. Levon Aronian, Magnus Carlsen, Boris Gelfand, Alexander Grischuk, Vassily Ivanchuk, Vladimir Kramnik, Teimour Radjabov and Peter Svidler will fight for a chance to play Vishy Anand in the...
Official request from Bilbao organizers to FIDE to change Candidates dates
Monday, February 27, 2012 17:36
The organizers of the Grand Slam Masters Final have sent an official request to FIDE to reconsider the dates for the Candidates Tournament. The letter, which is addressed to FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, is backed by both Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik. The FIDE Candidates Tournament, a qualifier for the 2013 World Championship Match, is...
The Candidates' in London; is FIDE selling its World Championship cycle?
Friday, February 10, 2012 11:14
This week there were rumours about the next Candidates Tournament being held in London, as a result of a tweet by the assistant of the FIDE President. These rumours seem to have been confirmed now by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. In their own report on the recent Presidential Board meeting, FIDE only mentions that a decision on the bids...
Levon Aronian: I cannot play the Candidates' in Azerbaijan
Thursday, February 02, 2012 17:37
In an official statement, Levon Aronian has repeated what he expressed before: that he cannot play a 'high ranked tournament' in Azerbaijan. The Armenian grandmaster made this statement today and it was published at the website of the Armenian Chess Federation. With this message, Aronian reacts to bids for the 2012 FIDE Candidates Tournament...
Svidler, Grischuk and Ivanchuk qualified for... what exactly?
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 10:45
In this year's FIDE World Cup, which concluded last Monday, the first three players qualified for the next Candidates event. But what will this event look like? What we know is that, like in Kazan in May this year, there will be eight players. But will there be matches again, or will there be a round-robin tournament? Until early September, the...