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Dates for Candidates Matches 2011 in Kazan announced

Contracts with players to be signed by December 22nd

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FIDE announced the dates for the Candidates Matches. They will take place 3 to 27 May 2011, in Kazan. The 8 original qualifiers are GMs Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria), Magnus Carlsen (Norway), Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Boris Gelfand (Israel), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan) and Gata Kamsky (USA). In case of replacements, the 3 first reserves from the FIDE Grand-Prix 2008-2009 are respectively GMs Alexander Grischuk (Russia), Dmitry Jakovenko (Russia) and Wang Yue (China).

Qualified players and reserves are expected to fax or email a copy of their signed contract, as well
as the original by registered post, reaching the FIDE Secretariat no later than 22 December 2010,
GMT 13:00. After 22 December 2010, FIDE will announce the provisional list of players and the
final pairings of the 1st round matches will be announced on 4 February 2011, after all possible
replacements are made.

In case Grischuk is the only replacement (at the place of Magnus Carlsen) then the possible pairings for Candidates Matches are here.

The Candidates Matches have a total prize fund of EUR 420,000 (four hundred and twenty
thousand euros). The amount of EUR 420,000 will be distributed as follows: the 4 losers of the
first round matches will each receive 30,000 euros. The 2 losers of the second round matches will
each receive 60,000 euros. The prize fund for the final match of the 3rd round is 180,000 euros
which will be divided 50%-50% between the two players (90,000 euros each).

Excerpt from the contracts

The World Chess Federation (FIDE) is the governing body of the World Chess Championship cycle 2009-2011 and the Candidates Matches 2011 are an integral part of it (hereinafter referred to as the
Candidates Matches).

The Administrator of the 2011 Candidates Matches is FIDE, in collaboration with the Russian Chess
Federation which is the local Organising Authority.
In order to ensure that the Candidates Matches are played in accordance with the approved regulations
and the statutes of FIDE, the following provisions shall apply:

1. Dates and Venue

1.1 The Candidates Matches will be held from 3 May 2011 (arrival) to 27 May 2011 (departure) in
Kazan, Russia.

1.2 All the participants in the Candidates Matches, and their delegation, must use the official hotel(s)
of the event.

2. Right of Participation

2.1 A list of qualified players and reserves, approved so far by FIDE, is published online on the FIDE
website as well as the publication of any other important information regarding the event. The
present Player’s Contract is also published on the FIDE website, from where the players can
download it and send it to the FIDE Secretariat within the deadline specified below.

2.2 Qualified participants are entitled to play in the Candidates Matches. This right may only be set
aside if the player does not meet the deadlines specified in the approved regulations or otherwise
behaves in a way and manner that is in violation of the provisions of this contract, when a reserve
may replace him.

3. Confirmation deadlines

3.1 Qualified players and reserves are expected to fax or email a copy of their signed contract, as well
as the original by registered post, reaching the FIDE Secretariat no later than 22 December 2010,
GMT 13:00. After 22 December 2010, FIDE will announce the provisional list of players and the
final pairings of the 1st round matches will be announced on 4 February 2011, after all possible
replacements are made, if any (articles 3.3.1, 3.3.2 and 3.3.3 of regulations).

3.2 Qualified players shall register at the Candidates Matches secretariat in Kazan in person no later
than the time set for the opening ceremony, failing which their right of participation may be
forfeited. The FIDE President has the right to allow participation in exceptional circumstances.

4. The Player’s Obligations

4.1 On signing this contract, the player commits himself to completing the various stages of the
Championship in accordance with the regulations for the World Cup, Candidate Matches, World
Chess Championship Match, FIDE Code of Ethics, FIDE Anti-Doping Disciplinary Regulations,
FIDE Statutes, FIDE Laws of Chess and regulations which form an integral part of this contract,
except in the case of illness evidenced by a medical certificate.

4.2 All players that sign this contract are not permitted to take part in any World Championship event
which is not recognized by FIDE.

4.3 During the event, players will have to give interviews and make appearances as described in
article 3.12.2 of the Candidates Matches Regulations.

4.4 Players may be required to wear clothes or apparel with special branding from sponsors when
specifically approved by the FIDE President.

4.5 Players are required to appear punctually for the commencement of play in each game of every
round. A player who arrives at the chessboard after the start of the session shall lose the game.
Thus the default time is 0 (zero) minutes. Moreover, any unjustified violation of this rule may also
attract a fine of USD 3,000. Such a fine is decided by the Chief Arbiter and shall be deducted from
the prize money.

4.6 Participants in the Candidates Matches shall be required to attend the Opening Ceremony, Closing
Ceremony or any official reception specifically approved by the FIDE President, failing which a
fine as detailed in the regulations, may be imposed and deducted from the prize money for each
violation.

5. Financial conditions

5.1 The Candidates Matches have a total prize fund of EUR 420,000 (four hundred and twenty
thousand euros). The amount of EUR 420,000 will be distributed as follows: the 4 losers of the
first round matches will each receive 30,000 euros. The 2 losers of the second round matches will
each receive 60,000 euros. The prize fund for the final match of the 3rd round is 180,000 euros
which will be divided 50%-50% between the two players (90,000 euros each).

5.2 Subject to the provisions of this contract, the amount to which each player is entitled, will be
paid by direct bank transfer or cheque drawn in euros on UBS Lausanne, Switzerland not later than
two weeks after the event is completed.

5.3 Although FIDE has an agreement with the organiser that the prize funds are net and free of all
local tax, FIDE will not be responsible for any national or local tax deducted from the prize
money. FIDE will give all necessary assistance to the players if the organiser acts to the contrary.

5.4 FIDE or the Organising Committee will not be responsible for any application of political or
financial sanctions from the organising country against the players of the tournament. At the same
time, FIDE has no prior knowledge of such sanctions.

5.5 Without prejudice to the provisions of this contract, the game scores and scoresheets are the
property of FIDE.

5.6 Each player will receive two (2) free single rooms for their hotel accommodation, including full
board, for the whole duration of their matches. There shall be no cash advance or pocket money for
the players. On written request of a player, at least two weeks before the Candidates Matches,
FIDE may agree to settle players’ bills up to EUR 1,000 per round by deducting the amount from
their prize money. With the prior approval of FIDE, in writing, this arrangement may be extended
to accompanying persons.

6. Arbitration

6.1 Any dispute arising from or related to the present contract will be submitted exclusively to the
Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne, Switzerland, and resolved definitively in accordance
with the Code of Sports related Arbitration.

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