The FIDE World Chess Candidates tournament 2018 starts tomorrow and will take place from 10th-28th March in Berlin, Germany.

The winner of the Candidates tournament 2018 will become a challenger of reigning World Chess Champion- Magnus Carlsen, and will have a chance to fight for the World Champion title this November, in London, at the World Chess Championship 2018.


The event participate eight players: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE, 2809), Vladimir Kramnik (RUS, 2800), Wesley So (USA, 2799), Levon Aronian (ARM, 2794), Fabiano Caruana (USA, 2784), Ding Liren (CHN, 2769), Alexander Grischuk (RUS, 2767), and Sergey Karjakin (RUS, 2763).

The tournament will be played in 14 rounds, double robin round system, with time control: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, 50 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game plus an additional 30 seconds per move starting from the move one.

The total prize fund will be 420.000 EUR and will include 10% of the pay-per-view revenues from the event.


Pairings of the first round: Kramnik-Grischuk, Karjakin-Mamedyarov, Aronian-Ding Liren and Caruana- So.

All the games will be live transmitted, and the live broadcast of the games, together with live commentary, can be followed through the official website of the event.


Official Website