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World Chess Candidates Tournament, London 2013. Opening ceremony

The technical meeting
The technical meeting before the opening ceremony. The time control: 40 moves in 2 hours, then 20 moves in 1 hour, and then 15 minutes to finish the game, with 30 seconds increment from move 61. The tie-break rules: result of mutual games; higher number of wins; Sonneborn-Berger points.

The participants of the Candidates Tournament 2013 Vladimir Kramnik and Levon Aronian
The participants of the Candidates Tournament 2013 and seconds study the new chess sets. Vladimir Kramnik and Levon Aronian.

Head of AGON Andrew Paulson and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
Head of AGON Andrew Paulson and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said: "The Candidates' Tournament is the main and most expected tournament of the year in the chess world".

Teimour Radjabov with his wife
Teimour Radjabov with his wife. The music band at the Opening ceremony.

The British Army with Magnus Carlsen A secret Russian meeting in the heart of London: Peter Svidler, Maksim Matlakov and Nikita Vitiugov
The British Army with Magnus Carlsen. A secret Russian meeting in the heart of London: Peter Svidler, Maksim Matlakov and Nikita Vitiugov.
Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich.

Organisers
AGON has undertaken to assist the World Chess Federation (FIDE) with the long term commercial development of World Chess and has been granted the rights to organize, promote and commercialize the 2-year World Chess Championship cycle for the foreseeable future.

Sponsors
The State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) is involved in exploring oil and gas fields, producing, processing, and transporting oil, gas, and gas condensate, marketing petroleum and petrochemical products in domestic and international markets, and supplying natural gas to industry and the public in Azerbaijan.

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