Magnus Carlsen not to take part in the Candidates Tournament in 2024


Magnus Carlsen has confirmed that he will not be playing at the Candidates 2024. He made this statement after he defeated D Gukesh in the quarterfinals of the FIDE World Cup 2023 in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Carlsen stated that ”Under the current format, there is no chance. I think everybody should operate under the assumption that I will not play at the Candidates and that everybody else who’s in the semifinals is qualified for the Candidates.”
Meanwhile the winner of the game between Praggnanandhaa and Arjun Erigaisi will be confirmed to play at the Candidates in 2024. Already, the world championship challenger Ian Nepomniactchi has qualified. Azerbaijan’s Nijat Abasov who defeated India’s Vidit Gujrathi in the quarterfinals has earned a spot in the Candidates.


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