The Candidates Matches / 2013


World Championship Candidates Tournament

London, January 15, 2013: FIDE and AGON–the World Chess Federation’s commercial partner–are pleased to announce the players, dates and venue of the 2013 Candidates Tournament.

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.

Dates: March 14, 2013 through April 1, 2013

Format: Double round-robin tournament with four rest days.

Venue: The IET at 2 Savoy Place

Address: 2 Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL


  1. Magnus Carlsen
  2. Vladimir Kramnik
  3. Levon Aronian
  4. Teimour Radjabov
  5. Alexander Grischuk
  6. Vasily Ivanchuk
  7. Peter Svidler
  8. Boris Gelfand

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.”

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