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Candidate matches 2011 to take place in Kazan

Grischuk will play if Topalov declines the invitation

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The Candidate matches 2011, part of the World Chess Championship Cycle 2010 – 2011, have been moved to Kazan, Russia. Despite the fact that Azerbaijan had already signed an agreement and had transferred 150 000 eur to FIDE, the Presidential Board in Tromso decided to award the event to Kazan.

Given the previous agreement with Azerbaijan, it has been decided to keep GM Mamedyarov as the nominated player. Besides him, the eight candidates include Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria), Magnus Carlsen (Norway), Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan), Boris Gelfand (Israel) and Gata Kamsky (USA). The pairings have not been changed and are as follows.

In case of a possible withdraw of Veselin Topalov, as explained by the ex World Champion in an open letter, there will be a substitute player – GM Alexander Grischuk.

Update: Topalov did not decline the invitation, however, Magnus Carlsen did and Grischuk enters at his place. Updated Candidates Matches pairings here

Stay tuned for more information on the Candidates matches on Chessdom.com later today as the story unfolds.

Excerpt from the Regulations: 3. 1 Matches Format & System

A – First Round of Matches (8 players)

a1 – Matches System: The player who lost the World Championship Match 2010 (V. Anand or V. Topalov) is ranked No.1, the rest are ranked in rating order using the FIDE Rating List of January 2010. The players are paired the following way: 1 vs 8 (match 1), 2 vs 7 (match 2), 3 vs 6 (match 3), 4 vs 5 (match 4). Each match will consist of 4 games.

a2 – The four (4) winners will qualify for the second round of the Candidate Matches.

B – Second Round of Matches (4 players)

b1 – The Second Round of Matches will start 2 days after the end of the First Round. Any qualified player for the second round of the Candidates Matches can only be replaced by the player he defeated in the first round of the Candidate Matches.

b2 – Matches System: The players are ranked according to the results of the first round of the Candidates Matches: winner of match 1 is No.1, winner of match 2 is No.2, winner of match 3 is No.3 and winner of match 4 is No.4. The players are paired the following way: 1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3. Each match will consist of 4 games.

b3 – The two (2) winners will qualify for the third round of the Candidate Matches.

C – Third Round of Matches (2 players)

c1 – The Third Round of Matches will start 2 days after the end of the Second Round. Any qualified player for the third round of the Candidates Matches can only be replaced by the player he defeated in the second round of the Candidates Matches.

c2 – Matches System: The match between the two players will consist of 6 games.

c3 – The winner will qualify for the World Championship Match 2011.

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