Candidates Tournament 2016

10 - 29 March 2016 The World Chess Candidates that takes place  on March 10 - 30, 2016, is a dramatic tournament which determines the challenger for the World Chess Championship.

The eight participants in the Candidates tournament will be Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria and Anish Giri of the Netherlands, who qualified based on their ratings; Viswanathan Anand of India, the runner-up of the last championship match in 2014; Hikaru Nakamura and Fabiano Caruana of the United States, who were the top two finishers in the last Grand Prix; Sergey Karjakin and Peter Svidler of Russia, the winner and runner-up, respectively in the last World Cup; and Levon Aronian of Armenia, a wild card choice.

The prize fund - 420,000 EUR.
Tournament format
Time control
100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for 20 moves and 15 minutes till the end of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from the first
Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri, Levon Aronian, Hikaru Nakamura, Veselin Topalov, Viswanathan Anand, Sergey Karjakin, Peter Svidler
GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko, GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, GM Ian Nepomniachtchi
Fabiano Caruana Anish Giri Levon Aronian Hikaru Nakamura Veselin Topalov Viswanathan Anand Sergey Karjakin Peter Svidler

The Russian GM Sergey Karjakin won the Candidates Tournament in Moscow and got the right to challenge the current world champion Magnus Carlsen in November 2016.