FIDE Candidates Matches 2011 start on Thursday

5/4/2011 – In 2012 there will be a World Championship match between the reigning champ Vishy Anand and – who? We will know that on May 25, when the Candidates Matches in Kazan, Russia, finish. It will be one of eight players, with Levon Aronian, Vladimir Kramnik and Veselin Topalov being the favourites. The event coverage includes excellent live hi-res video from Kazan.

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From 3 to 27 May 2011 Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, will play host to the participants of the Candidates Matches 2011. On April 15 FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov together with the President of the Republic of Tatarstan Rustam Minnikhanov discussed the questions in respect of the preparation and holding the matches. The meeting was held in the Government House of the Republic of Tatarstan. Ildar Khalikov, Prime Minister of Tatarstan, Rafis Burganov, Minister of Youth Affairs, Sports and Tourism of Tatarstan and Ilsur Metshin, Mayor of Kazan also took part in the meeting.

Rustam Minnikhanov thanked the FIDE leadership for their choice of Kazan as the venue for the Candidates Matches 2011. President of the Republic of Tatarstan assured that the Matches will be organized on the highest level.

During the meeting Kirsan Ilyumzhinov also offered to pay attention to the opportunity of the implementation of chess to the school curriculum. FIDE President added that, for example, in Kalmykia, Kabardino-Balkaria, Tomsk and Yekaterinburg chess is already introduced to the curriculum of the elementary schools. Rustam Minnikhanov positively met this offer, as a “pilot” project chess lessons ill be introduced to the several schools of the Republic during the next term of the study.

The decision of holding the event in Kazan was made during the FIDE Presidential Board meeting in Tromso, Norway. Eight strongest chess players will compete for the World Champion title; the prize fund is 500,000 Euros.

Time controls and tie-breaks (FIDE regulations)

3.5 The time control for the regular games are: 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.

3.7.1.a If the scores are level after the regular games, after a new drawing of colors, four (4) tie-break games shall be played. The games shall be played using the electronic clock starting with 25 minutes for each player with an increment of 10 seconds after each move.

3.7.2 If the scores are level after the games in Article 3.7.1a, then, after a new drawing of colors, a match of two games shall be played with a time control of 5 minutes plus 3 seconds increment after each move. In case of a level score, another 2-game match will be played to determine a winner. If still there is no winner after 5 such matches (total 10 games), one sudden-death game will be played as described below in Article 3.7.3.

3.7.3 If the score is still level after five matches as described in Article 3.7.2, the players shall play a one sudden death game. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the color. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the player with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.

3.7.4 There shall be a pause of 10 minutes between all tie-break games, unless the Chief Arbiter decides otherwise.

Participants

WR Player Rating  Nat. Born Qualification
 3 Levon Aronian 2808 ARM 1982 winner of the FIDE Grand-Prix 2008-2009
 4 Vladimir Kramnik 2785 RUS 1975 qualified by rating
 7 Veselin Topalov 2775 BUL 1975 runner up of the previous World Championship
 9 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2772 AZE 1985 wild card
12 Alexander Grischuk 2747 RUS 1983 qualification from the FIDE Grand-Prix
13 Teimour Radjabov 2744 AZE 1987 qualification from the FIDE Grand-Prix
16 Boris Gelfand 2733 ISR 1968 winner of the FIDE World Cup 2009
18 Gata Kamsky 2732 USA 1974 runner up of the Challengers Match 2009

Pairings

  Quarterfinals (best of 4) Semifinals (best of 4) Final (best of 6)
                           
  1   Veselin Topalov 0  
8   Gata Kamsky 0  
       
       
4   Boris Gelfand 0
  5   Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 0  
       
     
  3   Levon Aronian 0  
6   Alexander Grischuk 0  
     
       
2   Vladimir Kramnik 0
  7   Teimour Radjabov 0  

Scoreboard

 
Nat.
Rtng.
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2
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4
5
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Tot.
Perf.
Levon Aronian
ARM
2808
                   
Alexander Grischuk 
RUS
2747
                   

 
Nat.
Rtng.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Tot.
Perf.
Vladimir Kramnik
RUS
2785
                   
Teimour Radjabov 
AZE
2744
                   

 
Nat.
Rtng.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Tot.
Perf.
Veselin Topalov
BUL
2775
                   
Gata Kamsky
USA
2732
                   

 
Nat.
Rtng.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Tot.
Perf.
Boris Gelfand
ISR
2733
                   
Shak. Mamedyarov 
AZE
2772
                   

The drawing of colours was conducted on Wednesday night, during the opening ceremony of the event. The winner of the Candidates Matches 2011 will qualify to challenge the World Champion Viswanathan Anand in a twelve-game match during the first half of 2012.

Schedule

All games start at 15:00h local time – 13:00h Berlin/Paris, 07:00 New York (check your local time here)

Tuesday May 03 Arrival
Audio/video commentary
on Playchess
Wednesday May 04 Opening Ceremony
Thursday May 05 Round 1 Game 1 Jan Gustafsson wrap-up
Friday May 06 Round 1 Game 2 Sam Collins wrap-up
Saturday May 07 Round 1 Game 3 Daniel King live
Sunday May 08 Round 1 Game 4 Daniel King live

Monday

May 09 Round 1 Tiebreaks    
Tuesday May 10 Free day    
Wednesday May 11 Free day    
Thursday May 12 Round 2 Game 1 Sam Collins wrap-up
Friday May 13 Round 2 Game 2 Dejan Bojkov wrap-up
Saturday May 14 Round 2 Game 3 Sam Collins live
Sunday May 15 Round 2 Game 4 Daniel King live

Monday

May 16 Tiebreaks    
Tuesday May 17 Free day    
Wednesday May 18 Free day    
Thursday May 19 Round 3 Game 1 van Wely/Gustafsson   live
Friday May 20 Round 3 Game 2 Dejan Bojkov live
Saturday May 21 Round 3 Game 3 Sam Collins live
Sunday May 22 Free day    

Monday

May 23 Round 3 Game 4 Loek van Wely live
Tuesday May 24 Round 3 Game 5 Daniel King live
Wednesday May 25 Round 3 Game 6 Daniel King live
Thursday May 26 Tiebreaks, closing    
Friday May 27 Departure    

Live broadcast

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The Russian Chess Federation is providing excellent hi-res live video coverage from
the playing hall in Kazan, with live commentary (in Russian).

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