Anand out of World Championship cycle
KOLKATA: Viswanathan Anand's slim hopes of remaining in the World Championship cycle evaporated after organizing committee on Monday ignored the Indian Grandmaster and granted the wild card to Russian GM Vladimir Kramnik for the ensuing Candidates meet.
The Indian GM, who lost to Norwegian GM Magnus Carlsen twice in World Championship match, will thus not be among the eight players who will fight it out among themselves to challenge the world No. 1 next year.
The eight-player field for the Candidates meet will include loser of the 2016 World Championship match, top two finishers in World Cup, top two finishers in Grand Prix 2017, top two players with the highest rating and one wild-card nomination. So far, six players have been identified. They will be joined by top-two finishers of the Grand Prix event in Candidates meet to be held in Berlin from March 10-28 next year.
Russian GM Sergey Karjakin qualified as the last World Championship's challenger. Levon Aronian of Armenia who won the World Cup in Tbilisi and Chinese GM Ding Liren, who finished second, also made the grade. US GMs Fabiano Caruana and Wesley So qualify by virtue of their superior ratings.