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The eight-player Candidates tournament is one of the most prestigious global chess events, held every two years. The event will determine who will challenge the defender Magnus Carlsen for the title of the World Chess Champion. This year's event has a prize fund of 500,000 Euros, which is the highest ever in the history of the Candidates tournaments.
The players taking part in the Candidates are Fabiano Caruana (USA), Ding Liren (China), Alexander Grischuk (Russia), Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France), Anish Giri (The Netherlands), Wang Hao (China) and Kirill Alekseenko (Russia).
The format is a double round-robin of 14 rounds.
Time control: 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 minutes to finish the game with 30 seconds increment starting from first move.