Candidates Tournament 2016

The Candidates Tournament is one of the biggest tournaments of the year with the winner getting the nod to play in the World Championship in November against Magnus Carlsen. This tournament features 8 of the best players in the world that have qualified over the past 2 years. It is a 14 round tournament with each player facing off against each opponent twice. The competitors and how they qualified are below:

Qualification path Player Age Rating
Loser of the World Chess Championship 2014 match India Viswanathan Anand 46 2762
The top two finishers in the Chess World Cup 2015 Russia Sergey Karjakin 26 2760
Russia Peter Svidler 39 2757
The top two finishers in the FIDE Grand Prix 2014–15 United States Fabiano Caruana 23 2794
United States Hikaru Nakamura 28 2790
The top two players with highest average 2015 rating who played in World Cup or Grand Prix Bulgaria Veselin Topalov 41 2780
Netherlands Anish Giri 21 2793
Wild card nomination of Organizers (Agon), with FIDE rating in July 2015 at least 2725 Armenia Levon Aronian 33 2786