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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Another confirmation by Magnus Carlsen that he would take part in world chess championship cycle

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Hi everyone,

Do you remember this interview that World Chess No. 1 Magnus Carlsen gave to Brazilian website Folha in Portuguese?

Here is our earlier post:

Exciting chess news: Carlsen likely to play in World Chess Championship cycle 2012!

Well! There is fresh confirmation of the news by the talented grandmaster. According to, Magnus Carlsen is deciding to end the boycott of the World Championship Cycle that he announced in May 2010. The announcement was made right after he won the Bilbao Grand Slam Chess Masters and spoke to Norwegian VG.

Carlsen admits to have come to the decision after FIDE announced that the next Candidates Tournament will be a round robin event.Magnus Carlsen said, "If the changes that are predicted come true, I am ready to fight for the World Championship title.” Besides the change to tournament format, Carlsen will also have as a requirement a “waterproof contract”. More info by Eirik Gullaksen at

Chessdom has also compiled a nice refresher for you that includes the following data:

World Championship 2012

The World Chess Championship 2012 between the defending World Champion Viswanathan Anand and the challenger from the Candidates Matches Boris Gelfand will take place in May 2012 in Moscow, Russia. The runner-up of the World Championship in Moscow will be one of the participants in the Candidates tournament.

The next Candidates Tournament 2012-2013

FIDE has published the official Rules & regulations for the Candidates Tournament of the FIDE World Championship cycle 2011-2013. According to the regulations the 3 top players from the World Cup 2011 qualify (Svidler, Grischuk, and Ivanchuk), the player who loses the World Chess Championship 2012, three players on rating from the average FIDE Rating List of July 2011 & January 2012, and one nominated player by the organizer.

The total prize fund of the event is 420 000 eur and the format is double round robin. The time control is 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game plus an additional 30 seconds per move starting from move 61. A kind of a Sofia rule will be implemented. The players cannot draw a game by agreement. A claim for a draw is permitted only through the Chief Arbiter (or his Deputy) in the cases of perpetual check, stalemate, threefold repetition, the 50-move rule or insufficient material. Other kinds of theoretical drawn positions are allowed to be claimed by one or both players through the Chief Arbiter (or his Deputy). The Chief Arbiter can then declare it, or not, as a drawn game after consulting his/her Technical Advisor.

Read more about the FIDE Candidates Tournament 2012 regulations
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  • At October 13, 2011 at 2:06 PM , Anonymous Saira Fernandes, Madrid said...

    Let's see what happens. But surely one day Carlsen would be world champ I think.

  • At October 13, 2011 at 4:53 PM , Anonymous miguel said...

    Si cualquiera puede ser campeón del mundo será pronto carlsen

  • At October 13, 2011 at 4:56 PM , Anonymous Henry.p.w said...

    My life revolves around these high level tournaments. Actually if they have a Bilbao or Tal or London Classic etc every month I wouldnt really worry about having a world championship. I just want my daily dose of strong chess to watch.

  • At October 13, 2011 at 5:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I wonder if it has happened before that world title match players play a tournament a few months before.


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