press release

Candidates Tournament Announcement

The FIDE World Chess Candidates Tournament 2016 will take place in Moscow’s digital hub, the DI Telegraph space in the historic Central Telegraph building from March 11 to 29, 2016. Eight of the world’s top grandmasters will compete for a chance to face the reigning World Champion Magnus Carlsen later this year. The €420,000 prize fund is also at stake. Tashir Group is the general partner of the Tournament. 

The Candidates Tournament, considered one of the most important and grueling in the sport, will be played over 14 rounds and will feature GMs from six countries: Sergey Karjakin and Peter Svidler (Russia), Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana (the USA), Viswanathan Anand (India), Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria), Levon Aronian (Armenia) and Anish Giri (the Netherlands).

The event is organized by Agon Limited, owner of the WORLD CHESS brand as well as the owner of commercial rights to the FIDE Chess Championship cycle. The tournament’s general partner is Tashir Group, Russia’s largest diversified industrial holding as well as one of the largest developers in the country. The event is also supported by the Russian Chess Federation. 

The choice of the Central Telegraph building, Moscow’s digital hub that is home to many of Russia’s tech start-ups, as the Tournament venue is indicative of the organizers’ ambitions for the World Chess Championship cycle events and plans for taking chess digital, enriching the experience of tens of million of people who follow the game online.

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Call of Interest to Host the 2016 Candidates Tournament

Agon, FIDE’s commercial partner, in coordination with FIDE, is announcing call of interest to host the 2016 World Chess Candidates Tournament on March 8 - 29, 2016. 

The Candidates Tournament is one of the most important and most followed tournaments in the World Chess Championship cycle.  It will determine the challenger for the 2016 World Chess Championship Match. Eight players will participate in the Candidates Tournament and the winner qualifies for the Championship Match which will take place on November 9 - November 30, 2016. 

The eight players qualify to the Tournament as follows: one player who lost the 2014 World Chess Championship match, two winners of the World Cup, two winners of the Grand Prix series, two players by rating and one is nominated by the organizers. 

Prize fund for the event (including the FIDE fees) is EUR540,000.  Agon is inviting Federations and organizers interested to co-produce the event to review organization guidelines at and send a call of Interest by October 10,  2015 to Agon at

We are happy to review proposals and will make our final selection based on the following factors:

— Country/city (presence of business, presence of media)
— Value to the city (can the event add value to city’s cultural and sports heritage)
— Amount of proposed financing for the Tournament
— Easy access to required conditions/facilities to hold the event

Details of the Tournament:

Dates: March 8 - 29, 2016
Number of players: 8
Format: Double round robin tournament (14 rounds)
Length: 22 days including arrivals, departures, opening and closing ceremonies
Prize fund: EUR540,000 including FIDE fees  

Agon and FIDE are looking forward to working with you on holding this exciting event.