Pairings Candidates’ Tournament Published

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 12.02.14, 09:56.

Today FIDE published the full pairings for the Candidates’ Tournament, to be held next month in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. In the first round, on 13 March, the following games will be played: Andreikin-Kramnik, Karjakin-Svidler, Mamedyarov-Topalov and Anand-Aronian. The winner of the tournament will earn the right to challenge Magnus Carlsen in a world title match scheduled for November this year.

The 2014 FIDE Candidates’ Tournament is an 8-player double round robin with 4 rest days. The dates are March 13th-31st, 2014. According to the regulations, the "total minimum" prize fund shared by the players totals € 420,000 which is € 90,000 less than last year.

FIDE Candidates’ 2014 | Players

1. Viswanathan 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) 

The winner of the Candidates will have the right to challenge World Champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway in a world title match which is scheduled to take place in November 2014. Carlsen defeated Viswanathan Anand in the Chennai World Championship match in November 2013. 

Anand, who is now a Candidate, had been World Champion since 2007, when he won the World Championship Tournament in Mexico City. He successfully defended his title against Vladimir Kramnik (Bonn, 2008), Veselin Topalov (Sofia, 2010) and Boris Gelfand (Moscow, 2012).

FIDE Candidates 2014 | Schedule

Event Day Date
Opening Ceremony Wednesday 12/03/2014
Round 1 Thursday 13/03/2014
Round 2 Friday 14/03/2014
Round 3 Saturday 15/03/2014
Free day Sunday 16/03/2014
Round 4 Monday 17/03/2014
Round 5 Tuesday 18/03/2014
Round 6 Wednesday 19/03/2014
Free day Thursday 20/03/2014
Round 7 Friday 21/03/2014
Round 8 Saturday 22/03/2014
Round 9 Sunday 23/03/2014
Free day Monday 24/03/2014
Round 10 Tuesday 25/03/2014
Round 11 Wednesday 26/03/2014
Round 12 Thursday 27/03/2014
Free day Friday 28/03/2014
Round 13 Saturday 29/03/2014
Round 14 Sunday 30/03/2014
Tie-Breaks if necessary/Closing Ceremony Monday 31/03/2014

According to the official regulations of the 2014 FIDE Candidates’ Tournament (here in PDF), just like last year “the draw for pairings and colours will be conducted in the FIDE office in Athens, one (1) month before the start of the event.” These pairings, in which the four Russian participants play each other in rounds 1, 2, 3 and 8, 9, 10 (as stipulated in the regulations), were published today on the FIDE website.

FIDE Candidates’ 2014 | Pairings

Round 1 13.03.14 15:00 MSK   Round 8 22.03.14 15:00 MSK
Andreikin - Kramnik   Kramnik - Andreikin
Karjakin - Svidler   Svidler - Karjakin
Mamedyarov - Topalov   Topalov - Mamedyarov
Anand - Aronian   Aronian - Anand
Round 2 14.03.14 15:00 MSK   Round 9 23.03.14 15:00 MSK
Kramnik - Karjakin   Karjakin - Kramnik
Svidler - Andreikin   Andreikin - Svidler
Topalov - Anand   Anand - Topalov
Aronian - Mamedyarov   Mamedyarov - Aronian
Round 3 15.03.14 15:00 MSK   Round 10 25.03.14 15:00 MSK
Andreikin - Karjakin   Karjakin - Andreikin
Svidler - Kramnik   Kramnik - Svidler
Topalov - Aronian   Aronian - Topalov
Mamedyarov - Anand   Anand - Mamedyarov
Round 4 17.03.14 15:00 MSK   Round 11 26.03.14 15:00 MSK
Mamedyarov - Andreikin   Andreikin - Mamedyarov
Karjakin - Topalov   Topalov - Karjakin
Aronian - Svidler   Svidler - Aronian
Anand - Kramnik   Kramnik - Anand
Round 5 18.03.14 15:00 MSK   Round 12 27.03.14 15:00 MSK
Andreikin - Anand   Anand - Andreikin
Karjakin - Mamedyarov   Mamedyarov - Karjakin
Svidler - Topalov   Topalov - Svidler
Kramnik - Aronian   Aronian - Kramnik
Round 6 19.03.14 15:00 MSK   Round 13 29.03.14 15:00 MSK
Aronian - Andreikin   Andreikin - Aronian
Anand - Karjakin   Karjakin - Anand
Mamedyarov - Svidler   Svidler - Mamedyarov
Topalov - Kramnik   Kramnik - Topalov
Round 7 21.03.14 15:00 MSK   Round 14 30.03.14 15:00 MSK
Karjakin - Aronian   Aronian - Karjakin
Svidler - Anand   Anand - Svidler
Kramnik - Mamedyarov   Mamedyarov - Kramnik
Andreikin - Topalov   Topalov - Andreikin

Who do you think will win this year's Candidates’ Tournament? Let us know!

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  • vor 3 Jahre


    Slightly improved list of pairings,
    with CET of course.
    Just enjoy, free to use or improve further.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    vishy anand will do his best ....and will hopefully win the tournament..............:Laughing

  • vor 3 Jahre


    It's funny that people seem to have this concept that Aronian or (insert-underdog-here) is more exciting than Kramnik or Carlsen. I sometimes wonder if chess fans study the opinions of the masses more than they do the games of the greats..

  • vor 3 Jahre


    karjakin must be training his arse off. Watch him he's badass, I'm telling you

  • vor 3 Jahre


    aronian will win but I want anand too

  • vor 3 Jahre


    Aronian or Svidler, I hope.  Those two and Kramnik are the only ones I could see maybe beating Carlsen, and Kramnik-Carlsen would be the most boring match possible.  

  • vor 3 Jahre


    They all are great player. eager to see them play

  • vor 3 Jahre


    There is no way on this world that Anand has a chance to ever win the world championship again. Caruana would win before Anand.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    I support Anand, but I think the winner will be Aronian or Kramnik.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    Im sorry guys, but Anand will not be even close.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    i think anand will win this

  • vor 3 Jahre


    Kramnik and Topalov have not played in elite tournaments for over 3 months therefore they will be out of form.

    Aronian is in optimal form and he is having a six week break to prepared for the tournament. He should arrive in good form, well rested, and well prepared.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    I guess among the players, potentially, Kramnik has the most chance to beat Carlsen. 

  • vor 3 Jahre


    I wish GM Vishy Anand to win in this.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    @Towerwood, Svidler is a 7-time Russian Champion: 94, 95, 97, 03, 08, 11 and 13, and finished 3rd in last year's Candidates, beating the following players: Radjabov, Aronian, Ivanchuk, and some guy named Carlsen...

    Fairly good reasons to pick him I reckon.

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  • vor 3 Jahre


    Mamedyarov is my favourite, then Kramnik, Aronian. I think Kramnik has the best chance to defeat Carlsen in a match.

  • vor 3 Jahre


    The great technician Kramnik is the GM I would most like to see challenge Carlsen in November as he is one of my favourite players. Aronian on the other hand seems to be playing spectacular chess at the moment and has a great chance of winning the Candidates. Looking forward to this tournament enourmously whoever wins :)

  • vor 3 Jahre


    I wonder why the host put Peter Svidler forward, rather than Alexander Grischuk. During the period 2012-2013 Svidler was never in the rating top 10, while Grischuk was.

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