World Chess Championship 2014

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Defending champion Challenger
Magnus Carlsen
Viswanathan Anand
 Magnus Carlsen (NOR)  Viswanathan Anand (IND)
Born 30 November 1990
23 years old
Born 11 December 1969
44 years old
Winner of the 2013 World Chess Championship Winner of the 2014 Candidates Tournament
Rating: 2877 (World No. 1)[1] Rating: 2785 (World No. 5)[1]

The World Chess Championship 2014 will be a match between the current world champion, Magnus Carlsen, and challenger Viswanathan Anand, to determine the 2014 World Chess Champion. It will be held from 5 November to 25 November 2014, under the auspices of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) in Sochi, Russia.[2]

Schedule[edit]

Match System: The World Chess Championship Match 2014 will consist of 12 games and if necessary, tie-break games.[3]

The opening ceremony will be held one or two days prior.

Date Day Event
06 November 2014 Thursday Game 1
07 November 2014 Friday Game 2
08 November 2014 Saturday Rest day
09 November 2014 Sunday Game 3
10 November 2014 Monday Game 4
11 November 2014 Tuesday Rest day
12 November 2014 Wednesday Game 5
13 November 2014 Thursday Game 6
14 November 2014 Friday Rest day
15 November 2014 Saturday Game 7
16 November 2014 Sunday Game 8
17 November 2014 Monday Rest day
18 November 2014 Tuesday Game 9
19 November 2014 Wednesday Game 10
20 November 2014 Thursday Rest day
21 November 2014 Friday Game 11
22 November 2014 Saturday Rest day
23 November 2014 Sunday Game 12
24 November 2014 Monday Rest day
25 November 2014 Tuesday Tie-break games

The closing ceremony will take place one or two days after the World Chess Championship has been decided.

Historical notes[edit]

Both Carlsen and Anand appeared in the 2013 Championship, that time with Anand as the reigning world champion and Carlsen as the challenger. This will mark the first time that the same two opponents have met in consecutive World Championship matches since Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov (1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, and 1990).

Anand is only the second former champion (after Karpov in 1987 and 1990) to win a Candidates tournament. At 44, Anand is the second oldest person to win a Candidates tournament, behind Viktor Korchnoi in 1977 and 1981.

Candidates Tournament[edit]

The challenger was determined in the 2014 Candidates Tournament, an eight-player double round-robin tournament that took place in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, from 13 March to 31 March 2014.[2] The participants, in order of rules announced by FIDE, were:[4]

Qualification path Player March 2014 rating
Loser of the World Chess Championship 2013 match India Viswanathan Anand 2770
The top two finishers in the Chess World Cup 2013 Russia Vladimir Kramnik 2787
Russia Dmitry Andreikin 2709
The top two finishers in the FIDE Grand Prix 2012–13 Bulgaria Veselin Topalov[5] 2785
Azerbaijan Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2757
The next two highest rated players who played in the Chess World Cup 2013 or the FIDE Grand Prix 2012–13
(average FIDE rating on the 12 monthly lists from August 2012 to July 2013)[6]
Armenia Levon Aronian 2830
Russia Sergey Karjakin 2766
Organizing committee's wild card (FIDE rating in July 2013 at least 2725) Russia Peter Svidler[7] 2758

The tournament had a prize fund of €420,000. Prize money was shared between players tied on points; tiebreaks were not used to allocate it. The prizes for each place were as follows:[8]

  • 1st place – €95,000
  • 2nd place – €88,000
  • 3rd place – €75,000
  • 4th place – €55,000
  • 5th place – €40,000
  • 6th place – €28,000
  • 7th place – €22,000
  • 8th place – €17,000

Results[edit]

Final standings of the 2014 Candidates Tournament[9]
Rank Player Rating
March 2014[10]
1
(VA)
2
(SK)
3
(VK)
4
(SM)
5
(DA)
6
(LA)
7
(PS)
8
(VT)
Points Tiebreaks[4]
H2H Wins SB
W B W B W B W B W B W B W B W B
1 India Viswanathan Anand 2770 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 3 57.25
2 Russia Sergey Karjakin 2766 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 3 51.75
3 Russia Vladimir Kramnik 2787 ½ ½ 1 0 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 0 7 3 49.25
4 Azerbaijan Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2757 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 7 2 3 48.00
5 Russia Dmitry Andreikin 2709 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 7 2 48.50
6 Armenia Levon Aronian 2830 ½ 0 0 1 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 3 45.00
7 Russia Peter Svidler 2758 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0 1 0 ½ 3 46.00
8 Bulgaria Veselin Topalov 2785 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 0 6 2 42.25

In the event of a tie, the following tie-break methods were used, in order of precedence:[11]

  1. Head-to-head scores between the tied players;
  2. Highest number of wins;
  3. The player with the highest Sonneborn-Berger score;
  4. Rapid chess play-offs.

Timeline of changes[edit]

There were several changes and controversies in the process of selecting the challenger and hosts for the championship. A timeline is given below.

2013[edit]

  • 25 August. Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, announces its bid for the FIDE Candidates Tournament 2014.[13]
  • 5 October. FIDE deadline to bid for 2014 Candidates Tournament. Kozloduy, Bulgaria, requested an extension to the deadline until 12 October to provide a bank guarantee.[14]
  • 7 October. Kozloduy refused to bid for the 2014 Candidates Tournament.[14]
  • 22 October. FIDE announces that the 2014 Candidates Tournament will take place from 12 to 30 March 2014 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.[15]
  • 22 November. Magnus Carlsen becomes World Chess Champion 2013 and thus qualifies for the 2014 World Chess Championship match.

2014[edit]

  • 10 January. FIDE announces procedure regulations for bidding to host the 2014 World Chess Championship match.[16]
  • 21 January. FIDE announces that all qualifiers for the Candidates Tournament 2014 in Khanty-Mansiysk have confirmed their participation and confirms the match schedule for the candidates matches.[17]
  • 10 March. FIDE closing date for bid process to host the 2014 World Chess Championship match.[16]
  • 11 March. FIDE extended the bidding deadline to 30 April 2014, 13:00 GMT.[16]
  • 29 March. Anand wins the Candidates tournament with one round to spare, and thus qualifies to the 2014 World Chess Championship match.[18]
  • 30 April. New closing date for bid process to host the 2014 World Chess Championship match.[16] Due to absence of bidders FIDE announced to inform in due course.[19]
  • 10 May. Originally expected date for signature of the final contract with the successful bidder for the 2014 World Chess Championship match.[16]
  • 11 June Announcement of Sochi, Russia being the venue for the FWCCM 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Top 100 Players". Ratings.fide.com. Retrieved 11 Jun 2014. 
  2. ^ a b FIDE Calendar 2014
  3. ^ "RULES & REGULATIONS FOR THE FIDE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH (FWCM) 2014". http://www.fide.com/. FIDE. Retrieved 2014-06-11. 
  4. ^ a b FIDE: Rules & regulations for the Candidates Tournament of the FIDE World Championship cycle 2012–2014
  5. ^ Mamedyarov first in Beijing, Topalov wins Grand Prix overall
  6. ^ Players needed to have played at least 30 rated games in that time period, which all players under consideration have achieved.
  7. ^ Peter Svidler is Organiser's nominee for 2014 Candidates Tournament
  8. ^ Pairings for Candidates Tournament Published
  9. ^ a b "Pairings and results". FIDE. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "FIDE Top players – Top 100 Players March 2013". FIDE. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Rules & regulations for the Candidates Tournament of the FIDE World Championship cycle 2012-2014". FIDE. Retrieved 13 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "World Chess Championship Candidates (2014)". chessgames.com. 
  13. ^ http://www.chessdom.com/khanty-mansiysk-bidding-for-fide-candidates-tournament-2014/
  14. ^ a b http://www.chessdom.com/bulgarias-candidates-2014-bid-in-the-air-khanty-mansyisk-likely-venue/
  15. ^ http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/7495-2014-candidates-tournament-announcement-.html
  16. ^ a b c d e http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/7672-bidding-procedure-fide-world-championship-match-2014-.html
  17. ^ http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/7688--candidates-tournament-2014-announcement.html
  18. ^ http://en.chessbase.com/post/candidates-rd13-anand-carlsen-rematch
  19. ^ http://www.fide.com/component/content/article/1-fide-news/7951-world-championship-match-2014.html

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