5 May 2011, Kuala Lumpur – In Kazan, Russia, the FIDE Candidates Matches has begun today and eight candidates that includes Levon Aronian (pix above), Gata Kamsky, Veselin Topalov, Vladimir Kramnik, Teimour Radjabov, Alexander Grischuk, and Boris Gelfand will be competing to become the next challenger to the current reigning World Champion, Vishy Anand. The dates of the Candidates matches are from May 3rd-27th, 2011.
Game Format: The matches will be played over four games. Two days after these matches end, the second round starts, with the winner of Topalov-Kamsky against the winner of Gelfand-Mamedyarov and the winner of Kramnik-Radjabov against the winner of Aronian-Grischuk. These matches will also consist of four games. The final match will consist of six games.
The matches are being held in Kazan, Russia. It’s the capital city of the Republic of Tatarstan where it ranks as the sixth largest city of Russia.
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