Ilyumzhinov: "Candidates Tournament will cause a stir in Germany"

Candidates Tournament, which will determine the rival of the Norwegian Magnus Carlsen in a match for the world chess crown, will take place in Berlin on March 10- 28, 2018. Berlin will host this competition for the first time.

"Germany has traditionally been a chess country. The Second World Champion, Emanuel Lasker, was born there. More than 20 percent of Germans play chess. This sport is very popular there," Kirsan Ilyumzhinov said.

"Two years ago, we held the World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship in Berlin. People stood in lines for hours. I am sure that Candidates Tournament will cause no less excitement. The Germans have also expressed a desire to host the next round of Grand Prix series. I will visit them to discuss this issue in the near future," FIDE President summarized.