On October 30, Agon, the current tournament organizer, announced that the wild card for the 2018 Chess Championship had been assigned to Russian chess Kramnik.
It is said that before the final stop of the FIBA Grand Prix announced the news, in order to concentrate the players participating in the Grand Prix game, do not cranky.
Kramnik himself was surprised by the news: "About a week ago I heard some rumors that I was still a little surprised when the FIDE and the Russian Federation officially notified me two days ago."
Ilya Merenzon, CEO of World Chess, said: "We think inviting Mr. Kramnik to the finals will make the tournament more intense and will ensure the selection of the best challenger for incumbent world champion Magnus Karlsson.
The FIDE Candidate Competition will be held in Berlin, Germany from March 10 to March 28, 2018. The prize money will be 420,000 euros. The winner will have the right to challenge Carlson in the November 2018 World Championship