Wednesday, 4 May 2011

2011 Candidates Matches

The opening ceremony of the 2011 Candidates Matches is being held today in Kazan, Russia, with the actual matches starting tomorrow. It is an 8 player knock-out, with the first two rounds being 4 game matches (plus play-offs), and the final round being a 6 game match (plus play-offs). The winner of the Candidates Series gets to play Viswanathan Anand in next years World Championship Match, at a venue to be determined.
First round pairings are
  • Topalov v Kamsky
  • Kramnik v Radjabov
  • Aronian v Grischuk
  • Gelfand v Mamedyarov
Although knockouts are terribly difficult things to predict, I'll stick my neck out a predict that all the first named players in the pairings will win (although the first and last matched could go the other way). As for the semi-finals, I am less confident of making any pronouncements, but I believe the winner of Kramnik v Aronian (assuming the make it out of the first round), will go on the win the whole thing.
The official website is here, and will show the games live.


Paul said...

I'll take Topolov...:-)

Anonymous said...

Good that's one less Bulgarian to feed!

Anonymous said...

go aronian! all of australia is behind you come and visit after the matches

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