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Thursday, December 23, 2010

All players confirm Chess Candidates Matches 2011 participation, Carlsen substituted by Grischuk

Chess news and chess trivia blog (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2010

Hello Everyone,

All players have confirmed their participation for the Candidates Matches 2011. Magnus Carlsen has been substituted by Alexander Grischuk as the former has announced that he would not like to play in the cycle. This event would decide the next challenger for the current World Champion Viswanathan Anand.

A few days ago Mamedyarov and Radjabov signed their contracts for the Candidates matches in May, 2011 in Kazan. Now all players have confirmed their participation.

Here is the final list of players.

1. Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria, runner up of the previous World Championship)
2. Vladimir Kramnik (Russia, qualified by rating)
3. Levon Aronian (Armenia, winner of the FIDE Grand-Prix 2008-2009)
4. Boris Gelfand (Israel, winner of the FIDE World Cup 2009)
5. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan, wild card)
6. Alexander Grischuk (Russia, qualification from the FIDE Grand-Prix)
7. Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan, qualification from the FIDE Grand-Prix)
8. Gata Kamsky (USA, runner up of the Challengers Match 2009).

You can find all the pairings here as announced by last month. You can also find the full regulations at this website link.

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