2016 World Chess Candidates tournament to be played out in March

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – World Chess Federation (FIDE) and Agon Limited, commercial partner of FIDE, are excited to announce that the next FIDE World Chess Candidates tournament will take place in Moscow, Russia on March, 10-30 2016.

“Tashir Group” is an official partner of the tournament. The event is supported by the Russian Chess Federation.

Previously, London (United Kingdom), and Khanty-Mansiysk (Russia) hosted the prestigious event. 

8 players, including 6 of the World’s top-10 grandmasters, representing 6 countries, will battle in the prestigious chess event.

The winner will determine the challenger to compete against the reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen. The World Championship match will be played out in November 2016 in the USA.

According to FIDE regulations, the list of players includes top 2 performers from the 2014-2015 Grand Prix: Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana (both of the USA), winner and runner-up of the 2015 World Cup: Sergey Karjakin and Peter Svidler (both of Russia), as well as runner-up of 2014 World Chess Championship match Viswanathan Anand of India; Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria and Anish Giri of the Netherlands, based on their 2015 FIDE rating will also participate.

The eight and final participant is Levon Aronian of Armenia, who was chosen as Wild Card entry by the organizers.

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, president of the World Chess Federation, said, “We are looking forward to an exciting tournament in Moscow. The Candidates tournaments usually receive wide media attention, and this one is likely to be one of the most televised chess events as FIDE and its partners are working to make chess a spectator sport. We hope chess fans around the world will follow the tournament and will enjoy it.”

The guaranteed prize fund of the tournament will be in excess of 420,000 Euros.

About World Chess by Agon Limited

Agon Limited is the official partner of World Chess Federation (FIDE) and owner of commercial rights to the World Chess Championship cycle. The company aims to develop and commercialize chess, create favorable environment for partners, players, and brands, and to significantly expand the broadcast coverage of the sport. With this in mind the company introduces World Chess brand, targeting 600+ million chess players and spectators all over the world.

Agon became owner of commercial rights in 2012. The company successfully managed the 2012-2013 Grand Prix cycle, the 2014 World Championship Match, and the 2015 Rapid and Blitz World Championships. For commercial and partnership opportunities, please visit www.agonlimited.com.

About Tashir Group

Tashir is a diversified federation-wide group of companies founded in 1999 and uniting over 200 companies in various sectors of Russia’s economy, including construction, manufacturing, finance, energy, development, and retail. Its staff totals over 45,000 people. The company’s geography covers over 60 cities of Russia and the former USSR. Tashir’s founder and President is Samvel Karapetyan; the company is headquartered in Moscow.

The Group’s primary business is development and managing of commercial real estate, with a focus on retail estate. Tashir is a leader in development in Russia and has so far built 2.5 million sq m of modern, hi-tech commercial and residential real estate.