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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

World chess body releases pairings for Candidates Matches

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Hi everyone,

FIDE has released the pairing for the Candidates Matches to be held in Kazan, Russia, from May 3rd to 27th. The matches will be four games and six games long, with as many as 15 possible rapid and blitz tiebreak games to decide the winner in the event of a draw. There are two days rest between matches. 


First bracket

Topalov (BUL) - Kamsky (USA)

Gelfand (ISR) - Mamedyarov (AZE)

Second Bracket

Kramnik (RUS) - Radjabov (AZE)

Aronian (ARM) - Grischuk (RUS)

The drawing of colours for all the rounds will be conducted during the opening ceremony of the event. The winner of the Candidates Matches 2011 will qualify to challenge the World Champion GM Vishy Anand in a 12-game match during the first half of 2012. writes:

The pairings are organized in such a way that Kramnik and Topalov could only meet in the finals in the third match, however, one wonders what will happen in the event that Topalov does qualify to meet either Kramnik or Grischuk, considering that the Bulgarian's manager previously declared that Vesselin would not play against a Russian on Russian soil.

You can read the news website's most comprehensive report here.

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