Rules and regulations of the World Chess Candidates Tournament
The Candidates Tournament to determine the challenger for the 2016 World Chess Championship Match is organised in the first quarter of 2016 and represents an integral part of the World Chess Championship regulations for the cycle 2014- 2016. Eight (8) players will participate in the Candidates Tournament and the winner qualifies for the World Chess Championship Match in the last quarter of 2016.
The players who qualify for the Candidates Tournament are determined according to the following, in order of priority:
1. The player who lost the 2014 World Championship Match.
2. The two top winners of the World Cup 2015.
3. The two top players from the FIDE Grand-Prix 2014/2015.
4. Two players from average FIDE Rating List of the 12 monthly lists starting from 1st January 2015 to 1st December 2015 qualify to participate by rating (excluding the player who lost the 2014 World Championship Match, two top winners of the World Cup 2015 and two top players from the FIDE Grand-Prix 2014/2015). A player can qualify by rating only if he/she participates in the World Cup 2015 or the FIDE Grand Prix 2014-2015.
5 One nominated player by the Organiser.
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