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FIDE Candidates 2013 (Announcement)

FIDE Candidates in London move to March 2013

IM Malcolm Pein welcomed the announcement of the change of dates of the London Candidates to March 2013 as the Director of the London Chess Classic. Seen here opening last year's event with World Champion Viswanathan Anand and World Number 1 Magnus Carlsen. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill.

IM Malcolm Pein welcomed the announcement of the change of dates of the London Candidates to March 2013 as the Director of the London Chess Classic. Seen here opening last year's event with World Champion Viswanathan Anand and World Number 1 Magnus Carlsen. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill. | http://www.rmhphoto.eu

FIDE have announced dates for the World Chess Championship Cycles 2012-16.

The major points are that there will be world title matches in 2013, 2014 and 2016 and the moving of the FIDE Candidates tournament (still in London) from October 24 - November 12, 2012 to March 13th - 31st 2013. The previously announced dates for the London Candidates were too close for comfort to the Bilbao Final Masters and the prospective 4th London Chess Classic with the latter being put very much in doubt. The March 2013 dates always seemed ideal as there was clearly a big hole in the calendar following the demise of the Linares and Amber tournaments traditionally around these dates. Although having previously officially announced the London Candidates as being held in October-November 2012 one wonders if organisers had already started to plan things for those dates in 2013. There have for instance been reports that organisers of the Linares tournament intend to return. However in the future, provided FIDE themselves can stick to these dates, this is a big leap forward.

IM Malcolm Pein in his role as Director of the London Chess Classic responded:

"I think this is great news, not only for the London Chess Classic but for the chess community as a whole. It clearly shows the value of having a promoter working independently of FIDE. I would like to thank Andrew Paulson for his efforts over the last few weeks, he consulted widely and found a solution that is good for world chess."

Pein added that he would soon have news about the 4th London Chess Classic.

Below is the calendar in full 2012-16.

"Following publication of the draft calendar two weeks ago and after evaluating feedback from players and organizers, FIDE and AGON, FIDE's partner for organizing the World Chess Championship Cycle, are pleased to announce the revised schedule of events for 2012-2016." reports FiDE in an article on their website: FIDE Announces Dates for World Chess Championship Cycles.

Chairman of the Russian Chess Federation Ilya Levitov, commented on the changes in the schedule of competitions of FIDE: "Well done, that the applicants have moved the tournament in March. Although it is too late, but right. And that's why the world championship match three consecutive years - a new mystery."

Quote from Russian Chess Federation Report

"Too late" in this case means that the Russian Chess Federation already had to change the dates of their strongest event the Tal Memorial from November to June 2012, something they weren't terribly keen on doing.

2012
EventVenueStartEnd
Championship MatchMoscowMay 10May 30
OlympiadIstanbulAugust 27September 10
Grand PrixChelyabinskSeptember 19October 3
Grand PrixTashkentNovember 21December 4
2013
CandidatesLondonMarch 13March 31
Grand PrixLisbonApril 10April 24
Grand PrixMadridMay 22June 4
Grand PrixBerlinJuly 3July 17
World CupTromsoAugust 10September 5
Grand PrixParisSeptember 18October 2
Championship MatchTBDNovember 6November 26
2014
CandidatesTBDMarch 12March 30
Grand PrixTBDMay 14May 28
Grand PrixTBDJuly 2July 16
OlympiadTromsoAugust 1August 14
Grand PrixTBDSeptember 10September 24
Championship MatchTBDNovember 5November 25
2015
Grand PrixTBDMay 13May 27
Grand PrixTBDJuly 1July 15
World CupTBDAugust or November
Grand PrixTBDSeptember 9September 23
2016
CandidatesTBDMarch 9March 28
Grand PrixTBDMay 11May 25
Grand PrixTBDJuly 6July 20
OlympiadTBDAugust or September or November
Grand PrixTBDAugust or September or November
Championship MatchTBDAugust or September or November

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