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Kevin Bonham
22-07-2011, 09:03 PM
The released regulations include the following. It appears that the Grand Prix is either no longer functioning or no longer relevant to the cycle.

Presumably the selection of three players from the 2011 World Cup means there will be a 3rd/4th playoff for a qualifier spot.

As Mig (http://chessninja.com/dailydirt/) has pointed out none of Carlsen, Kramnik, Aronian, Topalov and Nakamura are contesting the World Cup so even if one of them is selected as wild card at least one will not compete.

But it's quite likely at least one won't want to anyway since exactly the same 4 game - 4 game - 6 game match format that was in use last time is being used again. FIDE again just don't seem to be taking the integrity of the title seriously.


2. Qualification for the 2012 Candidates Matches
The players who qualify for the Candidates Matches are determined according to the following, in order of priority:
2. 1
World Cup 2011 - The three (3) top winners of the World Cup 2011 qualify.
2. 2
World Championship Match 2012 - The player who lost the 2012 WCC Match (V. Anand or his challenger) qualifies.
2. 3
Average FIDE Rating List of July 2011 & January 2012 - Three (3) players qualify to participate by rating (excluding the
players who qualify from articles 2.1 and 2.2 above). For the purpose of deciding the 3 rated player qualifiers, the average from the
following lists will be used: rating of July 2011 plus rating of January 2012 divided by 2. In case of equality two decimals will be
taken into consideration. If the numbers are still equal then the number of games from the twelve months covering the whole year
2011 shall be decisive. That means the player with the greater number of games shall qualify. If the numbers are still equal then the
list of March 2012 shall be decisive. If the rating in the March 2012 list is still the same, the player with the greater number of games
in this list will qualify. Players who appear in the inactive list in both July 2011 and January 2012 will not be able to qualify as a rated
player. If the player is inactive in one list but appears in the other, then the single rating that is published shall be taken as the
average.
2. 6
One nominated player by the Organiser - A player, nominated by the organiser, with a rating of at least 2700 in the FIDE
rating list of January 2012.
2. 7
Replacements - Any replacements necessary will be fulfilled from the average rating list of July 2011 & January 2012.

Garvinator
23-07-2011, 06:21 PM
While not a great prospect as a spectacle, I think the only hope of getting longer candidate matches is for Anand to smash Gelfand.

ER
23-07-2011, 07:34 PM
thing short.

Garvinator
01-10-2011, 08:30 PM
But it's quite likely at least one won't want to anyway since exactly the same 4 game - 4 game - 6 game match format that was in use last time is being used again. FIDE again just don't seem to be taking the integrity of the title seriously.The 4 game candidate matches have been ditched in place of an eight player double round robin.

http://www.fide.com/FIDE/handbook/regscandidates2012.pdf


3. Candidates Tournament Regulations

3. 1 Tournament Format & System

The 8 players shall play a double round robin tournament (14 rounds). The players who are from the same federation will play each other in rounds 1 and 8 (if only two) and if up to four players are from the same federation in rounds 1, 2, 3 and 8, 9, 10.
If a player withdraws after completing 50% or more of the games, the rest of his games are lost by default. In case a player completes less than 50%, all his results are annulled.

Hard not to say that fide have just rolled over after Carlsen's protest and given him everything he has wanted.

Kevin Bonham
01-10-2011, 08:42 PM
Hard not to say that fide have just rolled over after Carlsen's protest and given him everything he has wanted.

Quite easy to say actually. He wanted reigning Champion priveleges abolished, and that hasn't (as yet) happened.

He also wanted an 8 or 10 player World Championship 2RR and that hasn't happened yet either; the 2RR is at the Candidates' stage.

I think this is a good solution. A 2RR for the title itself is unsatisfactory and the too-short Candidates Matches were boring.