2013 sees the return of the double round robin format to the Candidates tournament, and I can't wait to see the eight elite players battle it out over 14 rounds.
From March 15th~April 1st, chess fans all over the world will be following this event in London which will decide the next Challenger to the current World Champion, Anand, in this world championship cycle.
Carlsen is the obvious favourite, while Aronian and Kramnik are, as usual, expected to do well - but it would be exciting if one or more of the other five players surprised everyone. I'm hoping to see some good games by Grischuk and Ivanchuk.
If you don't know much about the Candidates' characters and views, these extensive 'KC-Conference' interviews with some of them are well worth a read.
While here are some interesting interviews with the other five:
Magnus Carlsen on an online show, Metaphysical Milkshake
Vladimir Kramnik: "Art, Chess, Beauty and Depth"
Teimour Radjabov: "I simply fought the way I always do!"
Vassily Ivanchuk: "I can still become World Champion"
Boris Gelfand: highlights from interviews he gave after winning the Candidates last year