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Svidler is FIDE Candidates Wildcard

  • FM MikeKlein
  • on 05-11-13 06:29.

The Russian organizers have chosen GM Peter Svidler as the lone wildcard to the 2014 FIDE Candidates Tournament, to be held in Khanty-Mansisyk in Siberia from March 12-30. The official statement on FIDE's web site is here.

They were free to choose any player rated above 2725; Svidler is currently 2752 on the live ratings list, ranking him 13th in the world.

Svidler finished third at the 2013 Candidates Tournament, the event that GM Magnus Carlsen won to challenge for the world title. Just three weeks ago, Svidler won his seventh Russian Championship.

Svidler (left) winning the 2013 Russian Championship. Photo courtesy Eteri Kublashvili, Russian Chess Federation

Svidler joins the other seven players who are already qualified - GMs Vladimir Kramnik, Dmitry Andreikin, Veselin Topalov, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Levon Aronian, Sergey Karjakin, and the loser of this month's World Championship Match.

Organizers passed over other possible nominations, including GMs Hikaru Nakamura (world number four), Alexander Grischuk (number five), Fabiano Caruana (number six), prior World Champion Runner-Up Boris Gelfand (number seven), and Leinier Dominguez (number 12).

A recent Chess.com poll asked members which of these players they would like to see get the wildcard. With more than 3000 respondents, Nakamura had the highest share with around 40 percent of the voters choosing him.

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  • 11 maanden geleden

    huhabu

    alexcross90226628 nakamura did have a lot of draws with those players. If he got a blitz tiebreak he would probably win. He is very good at blitz.

  • 12 maanden geleden

    w8lessly

    OMG. Why is it so difficult to accept that if russians organize the event, a russian gets the wildcard. If it was in Hungary, Leko would have it. It's simple as that.

    Is it fair? No, but it's the fault of FIDE. What is the point of this system? I would rather give the chance to the winner of another supertournament.

    Anyway Svidler is good enough to play in the candidates.

  • 12 maanden geleden

    MindWalk

    I think they should have expanded the size of the Candidates Tournament to sixteen and included, say, at least the top ten by rating. Then there could have been no grousing that someone really deserving didn't make it. The only drawback is that then it would have had to be a single round robin instead of a double round robin. But Nakamura, Grischuk, Caruana, and Gelfand would have been in. Caruana's omission is particularly galling.

  • 12 maanden geleden

    rorschach1985

    Very disappointing.  I would have liked Gelfand, Nakamura or Caurana to have gotten it.  Where is Svidler even ranked in the world right now?  If he is below these other contenders then why should he deserve the wildcard??

  • 12 maanden geleden

    chessfan19

    I think with the players who are playing in the candidates the loser of the world championship will win the candidates

  • 12 maanden geleden

    XavierPadilla

    I voted for Svidler, his play is solid as well as exciting, and he surprised many in this year's Candidates.

    Besides, as already noted, he nicely agrees to comment on his own (postmortem) or other player's games.

    Nakamura, Caruana, Gelfand, etc., all of them would have been great choices too!   Smile

  • 12 maanden geleden

    belgiangirl

    Caruana would have been my personal favourite. But somehow I'm sure he will get that chance sooner or later, he is only 21. We can continue this debate forever. I'm sure that being russian has played a role in this wildcard as well. I'm not naive. 

  • 12 maanden geleden

    chessrook1234

    The US should have been represented..We got enough Europeans competing ;-) Caruana may have been a good compramise since he is US citizen and Italian citizen. Naka would have made it exciting! #4 rank is nothing to sneeze at!!

  • 12 maanden geleden

    systematis

    Soviets as dominant as ever.

    It is fitting that the Russian Federation should choose their champion as their wildcard.

  • 12 maanden geleden

    JoseLL23

    @careyfan I totally agree with you 100%.

  • 12 maanden geleden

    CP6033

    ok lets put it this way. Svidler placed third in the 2013 candidates, with wins and draws against players like Aronian and Carlsen. He did very well in the world cup. And has won 7 russian superfinals against player like Kramnik. Caruana, ok yeah he would have been good. Grischuck, ok a great player, but he just stays in the middle.

    I don't know why they didn't pick Gelfand, a fantastic player who won the tal memorial, tied for first in the last grand prix and in the alkine memorial. 

    Ok now nakamura. Let face it, he just isn't good enough. you may say what are you talking about he is number 4 rated! well has he won and big tournaments recently? NO! he is an excitment player, who most americans love, but really he just doesn't have what it takes to take down those big guys. yes he beat aronian but just because of a slip in a drawn position. that is my opinion

  • 12 maanden geleden

    careyfan

    Objectively, it's difficult to argue with Caruana.  He's had an incredible run of good tournaments.  

    For Chess publicity, Nakamura makes sense.  As much as the rest of the world may dislike the US, let's face it-- America can help drive the marketability of game like Chess pretty effectively.  

    Politically, Grischuk makes sense...since the host country undoubtedly gets a weighted vote.  

    Svidler is a fantastic player...and someone I've always rooted for.  The fact that he represents Chess in such a classy way no doubt influenced this decision.  Not to mention that at times, he shows that he can play with, and beat, the best players in the world.  

    But I have to say that while all of the mentioned players are supremely talented world class players, Svidler does not deserve it more than the other three.  I think they made a mistake.    

  • 12 maanden geleden

    JoseLL23

    @belgiangirl I am sure they do take more variables into account to pick a wildcard player than just excitement like winning other tournaments besides there own. Caruana won the Kings Tournament, was tied for first in the Fide Grand Prix Paris, second in Fide Grand Prix Thessamloniki Tournament (ahead of Svidler) and, now that I am thinking about it, outperformed Svidler every way possible. In addition, Grischuk didn't even play in the Russian Superfinals, and if he had, I'm more than sure he would have done quite well. I could make a case for other players ahead of Svidler on the ratings lists too but I won't. And as far as Nakamura, he is the #4 player in the world right now (based on rating), he has been the far more active chess player, and sometimes it is about excitement.

  • 12 maanden geleden

    belgiangirl

    Well Jose, I'm willing to debate with you about Naka, and even Caruana. Although I think he will get his chance, I'm sure. Svidler only got the wildcard over GrisChuk because he's got the Russian superfinal for example, plus, I'm sure there are more variables that they take into account to pick a wildcard player than just excitement 

  • 12 maanden geleden

    JoseLL23

    Naka, Caruana, and Grishuk were all better choices than Svidler. Peter is a great player but you have to give it to a person who really deserves it. And to the people who say Naka doesn't deserve it because he isn't good enough, I say, look at the live ratings list. He knows how to win and bring excitement to this game!

  • 12 maanden geleden

    belgiangirl

    I think patriotism doesn't have anything to do with this issue. At least I hope every decent chess player votes who he truly thinks would win and not be influenced by the fact that they have the same flag hanging outside. It's chess. Not soccer

  • 12 maanden geleden

    FM MikeKlein

    @Nao_83 Reporting on the results of a poll is not inherently biased. Your dissatisfaction with the results does not make the reporting biased. If there was another poll that was conducted on another site, I would have posted that too. To the best of my knowlegde, there wasn't.

    The stats you posted prove my point, not yours. A plurality of Chess.com members are Americans, but at 38 percent, that's not a majority by far.

    I don't think it is easy to gauge how many Americans are interested in a hypothetical comparison of scientists as chess players. My point is that not every poll is won by an American simply because he is an American. Your comment would have been better to say "Nakamura was probably assisted in the poll since a plurality of Chess.com members are Americans, but he has traits and stats deserving of inclusion, as do some of the other players listed."

  • 12 maanden geleden

    CP6033

    philidor_position he beat aronian to third and defeated both aronian and Carlsen

  • 12 maanden geleden

    Alpenschach

    I like Svidler! Positively surprised they chose him over the more marketable Nakamura (who would have been my second choice probably).

    While I don't think Svidler will win, he is one of the more underrated top players and he is certainly a big obstacle to be overcome by any of the other participants.

  • 12 maanden geleden

    gregdocot

    Good choice. All Peter Svidler need is the urge to go for the top. Peter rises to the occasion. 

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