This is good news for the Bilbao and London Chess Classic tournaments, both of which were imperiled by FIDE's original decision to hold the next Candidates' event in London from October 24-November 12 of this year. With Linares and the Amber tournaments no longer holding that slot on the calendar, the move to March 13-31 of 2013 is uncharacteristically sensible of the international chess federation, though the decision came too late for the Tal Memorial organizers to maintain their original dates.
Entries in Candidates 2012 (3)
As recently reported on this blog and elsewhere, FIDE has set the Candidates event for this October in London. That's the good news (except for those who are unhappy about London winning the bid); the bad news is that it's likely to have an adverse effect on no less than three major tournaments: the Grand Slam final in Bilbao and the London Chess Classic. Bilbao is scheduled to finish just ten days before the Candidates is scheduled to scheduled to begin, and with overlapping players in each and given the huge importance of the Candidates, it's likely that Bilbao will take a big hit. Further - and oddly - the London Chess Classic (LCC) may take a hit as well, as LCC organizer (and IM and former voice of Fritz) Malcolm Pein worries that "the public and particularly the media ... [might not] have the appetite for two elite tournaments in London staged so close together." Bad news if he's right.
It's worth reading the rest of the Pein article - the conversation he relates with Artiom Tarasov is simply chilling. (Off-topic, but relevant to that article, the game he presents at the end is simply fascinating.)
Practically, anyway. Continuing what's starting to look like a trend, the organizer's spot was again given to an Azeri player: Teimour Radjabov. It's objectionable that there should be an "organizer's spot" for an event like the Candidates, but as Radjabov (#5 in the world) was the highest-rated player not to qualify by other means it's at least as unobjectionable as such a decision could be.
Anyway, here's the field and how they qualified:
- Peter Svidler: 2011 World Cup Winner
- Alexander Grischuk: 2011 World Cup Runner-Up
- Vassily Ivanchuk: 2011 World Cup Third-Place Finisher
- Magnus Carlsen: Qualified by rating (#1)
- Levon Aronian: Qualified by rating (#2)
- Vladimir Kramnik: Qualified by rating (#3)
- Teimour Radjabov: Organizer's pick
- The Loser of the Viswanathan Anand-Boris Gelfand match