Saturday, 26 March 2016

Who will challenge Carlsen?

The FIDE World Candidates Tournament, currently taking place in Moscow, is reaching an exciting conclusion.   After 12 of the scheduled 14 rounds, at least six of the eight competitors are in with a chance of winning the event and thus gaining the honour of challenging World Champion Magnus Carlsen.   The 12-game World Championship will take place next November in New York, where the two contestants will be competing for a prize fund of at least a million euros.

After 12 rounds the joint leaders in the Candidates are Fabiano Caruana and Sergey Karjakin, on seven points.   They are closely followed by Vishy Anand (6½ points) and Anish Giri, Peter Svidler and Lev Aronian, all on six points.

Round 13 takes place tomorrow, Sunday with Round 14 on Monday.   The final round pairs Caruana and Karjakin, and this could be the match that decides who the 'challenger' will be.

The official site is here.   Live games can be watched on a number of chess websites, including ChessBomb.   Games start at midday UK time.

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