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 pathPlayerAgeRating
Loser of the World Chess Championship 2014 matchViswanathan Anand462762
The top two finishers in the Chess World Cup 2015Sergey Karjakin262760
Peter Svidler392757
The top two finishers in the FIDE Grand Prix 2014–15Fabiano Caruana232794
Hikaru Nakamura282790
The top two players with highest average 2015 rating who played in World Cup or Grand PrixVeselin Topalov412780
Anish Giri212793
Wild card nomination of Organizers (Agon), with FIDE rating in July 2015 at least 2725Levon Aronian332786