Added on 9/25/2014

The FIDE cycle to determine who will be in the Candidate Tournament in 2015 starts in Baku, Azerbaijan.

The first three rounds were quite interesting. Fabiano Caruana, the hottest chess player on the scene, won his game in the first round beating Karjakin, another young pretender to a spot in the 2015 FIDE Candidates Tournament. Boris Gelfand, the oldest in the lot, won the first game as well, taking advantage of an opaque performance by Andreikin.  Round 2 saw already a clash at the top, with the youngest and the oldest battling for the lead. A well-fought Sicilian Najdorf led to a draw; Svidler and Nakamura won their games to join Caruana and Gelfand in the lead after two rounds. In round 3 The Israeli wizard struck again, beating world #4 Alexander Grischuk. Caruana was held to a draw by an excellent Nakamura, this losing the leadership. Gelfand now leads with 2.5/3, followed by a howling pack with Caruana, Nakamura and Svidler, half a point behind. The ICC Team of commentators is providing the members with a video recap for each round. Find the videos here.

From October the 2nd to October the 14th, most of the top players will play in the first of four Grand Prix tournaments. The 11-round Round Robin tournament is a pretty strong one, with Fabiano Caruana, Alexander Grischuk, Hikaru Nakamura,  Sergey Karjakin, Leinter Dominguez, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Boris Gelfand, Peter Svidler, Dmitry Andreikin,  Teimour Radjabov, Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Evgeny Tomashevsky. All the players are rated above 2700, making this event a particlarly interesting one.


Everyone is expecting the Fab Fabiano from Brooklyin to keep up with his amazing performances, after the Sinquefield Cup and the European Club Cup, which projected the young chess wizard to a LIVE rating of 2843,  making Fabiano the most direct threat to Magnus' throne.

But, as we all know, in any sport the form can't be kept up indefinitely; even the Norwegian genius has gone through a period of  relatively bad form, losing some games and not showing his usual overwhelming superiority. It will be thrilling to follow this event, and ICC is going to provide its members with Game Of the Day Service. Games start every day at 6 A.M. ICC time (EDT) - Last round at 4 A.M.