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Monday, December 23, 2013

Khanty Mansiysk Chess Candidates 2014: FIDE seeks Players' Confirmation by Jan 20

Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013

Hello everyone,

FIDE has announced that the deadline for players to confirm their participation in the Candidates Chess Tournament is 20 January 2014. The event will be held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia from 11 March (arrivals) to 1 April 2014 (departures) and the qualifiers are: 

1. Vishy Anand (IND, former world champion)
2. Vladimir Kramnik (RUS, world cup 2013 winner)
3. Dmitry Andreikin (RUS, world cup 2013 finalist)
4. Veselin Topalov (BUL, grand-prix 2012-13 winner)
5. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE, grand-prix 2012-13 runner-up)
6. Levon Aronian (ARM, rating list 2012-13)
7. Sergey Karjakin (RUS, rating list 2012-13)
8. Peter Svidler (RUS, host nominee)

First reserve from the FIDE Grand-Prix standings is Fabiano Caruana (ITA).

The winner of the Candidates Tournament will challenge Magnus Carlsen for the world championship title in the last quarter of 2014. The Players' contract is available at this FIDE Link.

Meanwhile, we also found interesting reports in the Indian media about World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand having not yet decided whether he would play in the Candidates. Anand has said he would take the decision later about Khanty-Mansiysk.

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