Saturday, April 30, 2011

FIDE Candidates 2011

FIDE Candidates 2011

The FIDE Candidates take place in Kazan 3rd-27th May 2011. 8 players compete to produce one world championship candidate to face Viswanathan Anand. The first and second round matches are four games plus rapid and blitz playoffs if required. The final is of six games.
Round 1 Pairings:
Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) - Gata Kamsky (USA)
Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) - Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan)
Levon Aronian (Armenia) - Alexander Grischuk (Russia)
Boris Gelfand (Israel) - Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan)
Arrival 3rd May, Meetings 4th May, Round 1 Thurs 5th May 12pm UK time.

Final Candidates Pairings now published (1)

Topalov (BUL) - Kamsky (USA)
Kramnik (RUS) - Radjabov (AZE)
Aronian (ARM) - Grischuk (RUS)
Gelfand (ISR) - Mamedyarov (AZE)
According to a Russian report the winners of the outer two pairings will meet in the semi-finals as will the inner two. Thus the potentially problematic Topalov against Kramnik match (their match in Elista for the world title was one of the very most bitter in chess history) cannot take place until the final. Veselin Topalov and his manager Silvio Danailov said that Topalov would refuse to play a Russian in a match on Russian soil and so a similar problem with Grischuk has also been postponed. That said all three rounds are scheduled to take place in Kazan and FIDE must be hoping that the final between Topalov and one of the Russians doesn't happen as there has been no contingency announced.
World Chess Championship Candidates 2011 (1)
World Chess Championship Candidates 2011 (Games and Results)

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