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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Big Chess Show 2013: Candidates' Opening Ceremony Today

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Hi everyone, 

The big chess show of 2013 is here. Today is the opening ceremony of the World Chess Candidates Tournament being held in London
London from March 15-April 1. The event has been announced by FIDE and AGON – the World Chess Federation’s 
commercial partner. 

The London Candidates will be the strongest tournament of its kind in history. The Prize Fund to be shared by the players totals €510,000. The winner of the Candidates will become the Challenger to Viswanathan Anand who has reigned as World Champion since 2007.

Format: The Candidates is a double round-robin tournament with four rest days.
Venue: The IET at 2 Savoy Place
Address: 2 Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL
Tickets will be available on the official website and at the venue.

Levon Aronian (ARM)
Magnus Carlsen (NOR)
Boris Gelfand (ISR)
Alexander Grischuk (RUS)
Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR)
Vladimir Kramnik (RUS)
Teimour Radjabov (AZE)
Peter Svidler (RUS)

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the president of FIDE, said: “FIDE is happy that this major tournament will take place in London and that UK chess fans will be able to see the greatest chess players live. We support AGON’s efforts to bring important chess events to the great cities of Europe.” Andrew Paulson, the founder of AGON, said: “I am pleased to confirm that the 2013 Candidates Tournament will take place in a great venue on the banks of the River Thames and be broadcast online to a global audience.”

The World Chess Championship Cycle is the pinnacle of chess and consists of nine events over two years. The Championship Match between Viswanathan Anand and the winner of the Candidates Tournament will take place in November, 2013. The commercial rights for the World Chess Championship Cycle were accorded to AGON by the World Chess Federation (FIDE) in February 2012.

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  • At March 14, 2013 at 11:45 AM , Anonymous Alexis Cochran, NZ said...

    well well well the event is here good to take March through - of course Carlsen has the highest rating here but no taking the others lightly. in fact everyone would have prepared for carlsen :)

  • At March 14, 2013 at 12:01 PM , Anonymous Amrit Puri, Knights Chess Club, New Delhi said...

    Anything can happen I would say. Absolutely anything. The winners are the chess fans because none of these Grandmasters are going to go for easy draws I am sure.

  • At March 14, 2013 at 12:13 PM , Anonymous J.L. Vienna said...

    Sorry I am betting on Svidler or Grischuk

  • At March 14, 2013 at 4:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


  • At March 15, 2013 at 7:24 AM , Anonymous Srinivas, Colombo said...

    I think Carlsen is the lam among the wolves! Too bad no Indians to win and take on Anand :( Would have liked that. May the best man be the last one standing!


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