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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Final FIDE Grand Prix Standings, 2012 FIDE Candidates Matches

Grandmaster Levon Aronian of Armenia is the winner of  the 2010 FIDE Grand Prixxx .Aronian
finished the competition amassing 500 points. In second place was GrandmasterTeimour Radjabov
of Azerbaijan, and in third place was Alexander Grischuk of Russia.Levon Aronian and
Teimour Radjabov qualify for the Candidate Matches for the FIDE World
Championship 2012. Congratulations to both of you!

According to the website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Chess_Championship_2012#Candidates_Matches


The Executive Board gave during its congress in fall 2009 in Halkidiki an option to London to organize the World Chess Championship 2012. They had until February 15, 2010 to exercise the option which had to include the offer of a prize fund similar to that for the World Chess Championship 2010 match.[1] The London Chess Classic organizing body "Chess Promotions Limited" confirmed that London are in negotiations to hold the World Chess Championships in 2012.[2]

Candidates Matches

The challenger will be the winner of an eight-player candidates matches. FIDE's most recent announcement (June 2009) indicates that the format will be matches.[3] The organizer of the matches will be Azerbaijan; however, matches involving Aronian will be held in a different country yet to be determined. [4]
Place Qualifier
Winner of the FIDE Grand Prix 2008–2010 Armenia Levon Aronian
Runner-up of the FIDE Grand Prix 2008–2010 Azerbaijan Teimour Radjabov
Winner of the Chess World Cup 2009 Israel Boris Gelfand
Loser of the World Chess Championship 2010 match Bulgaria Veselin Topalov
Loser of the 2009 Challenger Match United States Gata Kamsky
The next two highest rated players in the world
(average of July 2009[5] and January 2010[6] ratings)
Norway Magnus Carlsen
Russia Vladimir Kramnik
Tournament organisers' [4] nominee
(must have Elo rating over 2700)
To be announced.

 Pairings

According to FIDE, the loser of the World Chess Championship 2010 (Veselin Topalov) is seeded no: 1 and the rest according to FIDE January 2010 ratings[7]. These regulations were laid down assuming that all the grand prix events were on schedule. That not being the case, it is not clear if the regulations will change.


 If FIDE sticks to the regulations, then the following pairings hold good.
  Round of 8 (best of 4) Semi Finals (best of 4) Final (best of 6)
                           
  1  Bulgaria Veselin Topalov 0.0  
8  United States Gata Kamsky 0.0  
       
       
4  Armenia Levon Aronian 0.0
  5  Israel Boris Gelfand 0.0  
       
     
  3  Russia Vladimir Kramnik 0.0  
6  Nominee 0.0  
     
       
2  Norway Magnus Carlsen 0.0
  7  Azerbaijan Teimour Radjabov 0.0  

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