The Candidates Tournament 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 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 Tournament website provides background information on each participant, including their historical ratings and statistics.

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Chess is now played by more people than ever before: around the world, online and off, over 600 million adults play regularly – a number comparable to regular users of Facebook. Chess app is installed on over a billion smartphones.  

To ennoble the game and engage with this existing global audience, AGON is bringing the Chess Championship Cycle to spectacular venues in world cities and transforming chess into a spectator sport using cutting-edge data visualization technology. 

 World Chess is poised to emerge as a force in sports entertainment, backed up by a strong brand identity, animated by recognisable heroes in front of an existing enormous fanbase, financially supported by “best in class” global marketing partners. 

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About the Match

World Chess Championship matches have been held since 1886. The title of the world chess champion is one of the most prestigious in the world of sports. Most of the world’s population can name the current or the past world chess champions.

The 2014 World Chess Championship

The Match between incumbent champion Magnus Carlsen and challenger Visvanathan Anand  took place from 7 to 28 November 2014 in Sochi, Russia, the city that has established itself as one of the premier venues for major sporting events.

Results of the match

The match became record-breaking in terms of media coverage and online and offline audience. Over 12 million uniques visited the official site, over 2000 media outlets covered the event. It was broadcasted live on TV in several countries, including Norway, Russia, Sweden, India, and more. The Match earned coverage on front pages of major leading newspapers, including FT and WSJ



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Dates: November 7 - 28, 2014
City: Sochi, Russia
Venue: Sochi Media Center
Twitter Hashtag: #CarlsenAnand

Instagram: @worldchesschampionship


Over 600 million people play chess worldwide. That's comparable to the number of Facebook users. Chess is growing in the age of intelligence and mobile computing. The game is installed on over 1 billion devices. 

Learn more about chess players' demographics, media consumption, and purchasing behavior.


The World Chess Championship Cycle is a two-year series that consists of Grand Prix tournaments, the Candidates, and the World Championship Match.

The events are held in prestigeous venues in world cities and generate major attention among chess enthusiasts around the world and global media.


World Chess Championship Book by Dylan Loeb McClain and Peter Svidler


In November 2014, Magnus Carlsen undertook his first title defense since winning the championship the year before. His challenger was Viswanathan Anand, the former champion that Carlsen had dominated to gain the crown. Could and would history repeat itself? Or could the former champion score an upset and add another notch to his list of victories? Set against the site of the match venue of the Olympic Village in Sochi, Russia, this book offers round-by-round coverage with game analysis by one of the world's foremost players, GM Peter Svidler, and overviews by Dylan Loeb McClain, former chess columnist for the New York Times. 



Published by Agon Limited
298 pages
ISBN 978-0-9764633-9-9
Over 100 images by anastasia Karlovich/fide