The first move is made at the Candidates

The first round of the Candidates tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk is played today.

The symbolic first move in the game between Levon Aronian and Vishy Anand was made by Vassily Filipenko, the major of Ugra capital and the President of Ugra Chess Federation.

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Russian participants are meeting each other today: Dmitry Andreikin faces Vladimir Kramnik, and Sergey Karjakin plays against Peter Svidler. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) has White against Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria), and Vishy Anand (India) has Black against Levon Aronian (Armenia).

The time control is 2 hours for 40 minutes, then 1 hour for 20 minutes, and 15 minutes plus 30 second per move for the rest of the game.

A live video relay is available online. Russian commentary is provided by grandmasters Sergey Shipov and Sergey Rublevsky, while Peter-Heine Nielsen and Victoria Cmilyte work for the English-speaking audience.


Live video

The capital of Ugra is a well-known chess venue. It hosted the World Cup several times, and in 2010 Khanty-Mansiysk was chosen for the 39th World Chess Olympiad, FIDE Assembly and 81st Congress. It is the first time a Candidates Tournament of this format is organized in Russia.

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