The FIDE World Chess Championship Candidates Tournament 2014 starts today, at the Ugra Chess Academy (pictured above) in Khanty-Mansiysk (Russia). The winner of this event will face off with the reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen in November 2014 to challenge for the crown.
The eight players competing in the double-round-robin tournament are:
Viswanathan Anand (2770)
Vladimir Kramnik (2787)
Dmitry Andreikin (2709)
Veselin Topalov (2785)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2757)
Levon Aronian (2830 )
Sergey Karjakin (2766)
Peter Svidler (2758)
The time control for the event is two hours for the first 40 moves, one hour for the next 20 moves and then an additional 15 minutes up to the end of the game with 30 seconds increment from move 61. The prize fund is €600,000 with €135,000 going to the winner.
(Latest news: The only decisive game in the first round was Anand beating Aronian).