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Baku bids to host FIDE Candidates Tournament in 2018

Baku, July 21, AZERTAC

Baku is among the bidders to host the next FIDE Candidates Tournament in 2018, President of the World Chess Federation (FIDE) Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said.

The next Candidates Tournament will take place in March 2018 involving eight grandmasters. The tournament is the final contest to determine the challenger for the reigning world chess champion Magnus Carlsen of Norway.

K. Ilyumzhinov said: “There are some probabilities about where the Candidates Tournament will take place. The capital of Great Britain, London, as well as the Azerbaijan Chess Federation are interested in organizing the tournament. One of the best World Olympiads in FIDE history was held in Baku, in 2016. I also had talks with sponsors who would like to host the competition in Germany”.

Russian grandmaster Sergei Karjakin won the Candidates Tournament in 2016.

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