The next scheduled World Championship Match will be between reigning champion Magnus Carlsen and a challenger to be determined in a Candidate’s Tournament. The Candidate’s Tournament will be held in 2016, with the winner facing Carlsen in a match later in the year. The field for the Candidate’s Tournament will be determined through a series of events in 2014/2015, and on this page we will track those events as they occur, and keep a running projection of the most likely field.
THE FIELD (Players listed in bold are officially in, others mentioned are “potential” winners of the given spot):
Viswanathan Anand – 2014 World Championship Runner-up
Peter Svidler – 2015 World Cup Finalist
Sergey Karjakin – 2015 World Cup Finalist
Fabiano Caruana – FIDE Grand Prix 1st Place
Hikaru Nakamura – FIDE Grand Prix 2nd Place
Highest Average Rating – Currently projected to be Veselin Topalov
Second Highest Average Rating – Currently projected to be Anish Giri
Levon Aronian – Organizer’s Nominee
If any of the above eight players (once those eight are finalized) is unable to participate in the Candidates Tournament, or declines their invitation, the following players would serve as potential replacements, in the order listed:
1: Dmitry Jakovenko – Grand Prix 3rd Place
2: Highest Average Rating not yet in the field – Currently projected as Vladimir Kramnik, who currently maintains a very slim lead over Alexander Grischuk.
3: 4: 5: and as many additional places may be needed: Next highest Average Rating not yet in the field.
(All data and estimated odds are updates as of 11/5/2015)