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Candidates Tournament Round 12

  • SonofPearl
  • on 29.03.2013, 14:06.

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The drama reached fever-pitch in round 12 of the London Candidates Tournament today, as the event neared its final stages. It was a fantastic round where the result of the two crucial games was unclear until the very end.

After yesterday's 11th round Vladimir Kramnik claimed he would be happy to draw his vital game with Lev Aronian today with the black pieces. Yet when he played the bold anti-positional 10...f5 it was clear that he was targeting more than half a point!

Aronian found himself under great pressure and Kramnik grabbed a winning advantage with the beautiful 25...Be4. It seemed to be all over, but somehow Kramnik allowed Aronian back into the game and at the first time control computer analysis had it dead level.  However, the position wasn't so easy for tired carbon based life-forms near the end of a tournament after hours of hard-fought play. Aronian was unable to distract Kramnik's bishop with his extra pawns and Kramnik won the game!

Vladimir Kramnik won an amazing game against Aronian

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Lev Aronian was outplayed by Kramnik and missed his drawing chance

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The other crucial game was Magnus Carlsen's encounter with the unpredictable Vassily Ivanchuk. This time Chucky played a mainline defense, the Sicilian Taimanov, and when Carlsen spent fully 20 minutes thinking about his 13th move Bd4, it was clear something had already gone badly wrong for the tournament leader.

Carlsen has a great record against Ivanchuk and had already managed to save some difficult positions in the tournament, but this time it was too much to ask. Ivanchuk brought home the full point after 7 gruelling hours for a shock win which gives the tournament lead to Kramnik. "I think I played absolutely disgracefully from move one" said an obviously gutted Carlsen at the press conference.

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Magnus Carlsen...where did it all go wrong?

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The game between Boris Gelfand and Peter Svidler was the first to finish, and after a balanced struggle a draw was agreed once the first time control was reached.

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Boris Gelfand and Peter Svidler drew their game

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The game between Teimour Radjabov and Alexander Grischuk was another long struggle. Radjabov held an endgame advantage but was unable to convert a rook plus f and h pawn against rook ending, and the game ended in a draw.

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Teimour Radjabov and Alexander Grischuk

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Tomorrow is a rest day, so the penultimate round is on Sunday, and the final round Monday. The UK also moves onto BST (British Summer Time), so games will start at 13:00 GMT (14:00 BST).

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The standings after 12 rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2810 8
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2872
Levon Aronian ARM 2809
Peter Svidler RUS 2747 6
Boris Gelfand ISR 2740
Alexander Grischuk RUS 2764
Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2757 5
Teimour Radjabov AZE 2793 4

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The 2013 Candidates Tournament runs from 14 March - 2 April in London, with the winner earning the right to challenge current world champion Vishy Anand for the title.

The tournament is an 8-player double round-robin event and the venue is The IET at 2 Savoy Place on the banks of the river Thames. The total prize fund is €510,000 (approx 665,000 USD). 

All rounds start at 14:00 GMT, and the time control is 2 hours for 40 moves, then an extra hour added for the next 20 moves, then 15 minutes more with a 30 second increment to finish.

The official FIDE website coverage is at london2013.fide.com.

Round-by-Round Pairings

Round 1  15/03/13   
Levon Aronian ½ - ½ Magnus Carlsen
Boris Gelfand ½ - ½ Teimour Radjabov 
Vassily Ivanchuk  ½ - ½ Alexander Grischuk 
Peter Svidler  ½ - ½ Vladimir Kramnik
Round 2  16/03/13   
Magnus Carlsen ½ - ½ Vladimir Kramnik
Alexander Grischuk  ½ - ½ Peter Svidler 
Teimour Radjabov  1 - 0 Vassily Ivanchuk 
Levon Aronian 1 - 0 Boris Gelfand
Round 3  17/03/13   
Boris Gelfand 0 - 1 Magnus Carlsen
Vassily Ivanchuk  0 - 1 Levon Aronian
Peter Svidler  1 - 0 Teimour Radjabov 
Vladimir Kramnik ½ - ½ Alexander Grischuk 
Round 4  19/03/13   
Magnus Carlsen 1 - 0 Alexander Grischuk 
Teimour Radjabov  ½ - ½ Vladimir Kramnik
Levon Aronian ½ - ½ Peter Svidler 
Boris Gelfand ½ - ½ Vassily Ivanchuk 
Round 5  20/03/13   
Vassily Ivanchuk  ½ - ½ Magnus Carlsen
Peter Svidler  ½ - ½ Boris Gelfand
Vladimir Kramnik ½ - ½ Levon Aronian
Alexander Grischuk  ½ - ½ Teimour Radjabov 
Round 6  21/03/13   
Peter Svidler  0 - 1 Magnus Carlsen
Vladimir Kramnik ½ - ½ Vassily Ivanchuk 
Alexander Grischuk  ½ - ½ Boris Gelfand
Teimour Radjabov  0 - 1 Levon Aronian
Round 7  23/03/13   
Magnus Carlsen ½ - ½ Teimour Radjabov 
Levon Aronian ½ - ½ Alexander Grischuk 
Boris Gelfand ½ - ½ Vladimir Kramnik
Vassily Ivanchuk  ½ - ½ Peter Svidler 
Round 8  24/03/13  
Magnus Carlsen ½ - ½ Levon Aronian
Teimour Radjabov  0 - 1 Boris Gelfand
Alexander Grischuk  1 - 0 Vassily Ivanchuk 
Vladimir Kramnik 1 - 0 Peter Svidler 
Round 9  25/03/13  
Vladimir Kramnik ½ - ½ Magnus Carlsen
Peter Svidler  ½ - ½ Alexander Grischuk 
Vassily Ivanchuk  1 - 0 Teimour Radjabov 
Boris Gelfand 1 - 0 Levon Aronian
Round 10  27/03/13  
Magnus Carlsen 1 - 0 Boris Gelfand
Levon Aronian 1 - 0 Vassily Ivanchuk 
Teimour Radjabov  ½ - ½ Peter Svidler 
Alexander Grischuk  0 - 1 Vladimir Kramnik
Round 11  28/03/13  
Alexander Grischuk  ½ - ½ Magnus Carlsen
Vladimir Kramnik 1 - 0 Teimour Radjabov 
Peter Svidler  1 - 0 Levon Aronian
Vassily Ivanchuk  ½ - ½ Boris Gelfand
Round 12  29/03/13  
Magnus Carlsen 0 - 1 Vassily Ivanchuk 
Boris Gelfand ½ - ½ Peter Svidler 
Levon Aronian 0 - 1 Vladimir Kramnik
Teimour Radjabov  ½ - ½ Alexander Grischuk 
Round 13  31/03/13  
Teimour Radjabov  Magnus Carlsen
Alexander Grischuk  Levon Aronian
Vladimir Kramnik Boris Gelfand
Peter Svidler  Vassily Ivanchuk 
Round 14  01/04/13
Magnus Carlsen Peter Svidler 
Vassily Ivanchuk  Vladimir Kramnik
Boris Gelfand Alexander Grischuk 
Levon Aronian Teimour Radjabov 

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Look out for details of Chess.com TV coverage of the event at this page.

Pictures by Ray Morris-Hill.

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  • 17 miesięcy temu

    atKr

    Kramnik is easily the best player in the lot .. i dont care if Carlsen fanboys are upset and inventing rubbish conspiracy theories .

    Kramnik will be a much tougher opponent for Anand than Carlsen , I would have loved to see Aronian comming on top but that doesnt seems likely ..

    If Carlsen wins i think it will way too easy for Anand to retain his title.

  • 17 miesięcy temu

    KudaMabok

    I wish either one of these two scenarios to conclude the rest of the tournament:

    1) Kramnik: one win, one draw | Calrsen: two wins

    2) Kramnik: two draws | Carlsen: one win, one draw

    Otherwise, I will congratulate Kramnik Cool

  • 17 miesięcy temu

    chessdoggblack

    Today is the day you all have been waiting for...Death Sunday. Ivanchuk has set everything into "panic mode" in this Candidates match. Today all players are on "ground zero" with no way out of this death trap. Today you fight to stay alive and die trying. Carlsen will have huge problems to over come today to face Anand...caution and fear. Excess of either one will cause him to lose or draw and he clearly understands this. His only hope to the finish line first is to have some help from his fellow chess players. Don't count on this: because every man will be for himself on this ship in stormy seas. No one will want to be lost at sea in these shark filled waters today. Steady as she goes in round I3...cause we're in for it now bozzz.Cool

  • 17 miesięcy temu

    dancentino

    to those who want magnus to be the challenger of anand, then tell him that he must win this tournament...lets not disrespect kramnik-anand 3. They are Super GMs...who among here in this forum dares to match these chess titans...Laughing

  • 17 miesięcy temu

    GoodGoodChess

    Hey Magnus, what is wrong with you?!

  • 17 miesięcy temu

    ferdinandplebie

    go magnus

  • 17 miesięcy temu

    Andre_Harding

    @machete68:

    I was mistaken that Botvinnik won the match in 1954, it was drawn.

    However, how many World Championship matches did Capablanca, Euwe, Smyslov, Tal, Spassky, or Fischer win as World Champion?

  • 17 miesięcy temu

    Champeknight

    Carlsen Anand part 1, a much more interesting and decisive championship. Drawnand meets Winsen.

  • 17 miesięcy temu

    alfonse

    anand-kramnik part 3

  • 17 miesięcy temu

    alfonse

    anand-kramnik part 3

  • 17 miesięcy temu

    IndianHarry

    I come across some of the people talking about Botvinik. I like to share some of my view about Botvinik. He is the first perosn who work for 3 phase of this game. He approached the game in scientific manner, since he is an Phd holder( Doctorate). He plays positionaly great example Karpov and Kramnik who resembles like him but not fully. Kasparov is another category student of him. Kasparov generates unbalance positions in game. 

    I feel sad with out knowing Botvinik people are commenting on him. 

  • 17 miesięcy temu

    beardogjones

    Oh it so unfair, Ivanchuk trying against Carlsen that is so unfair!

    Doesn't he know Carlsen is better than him!

  • 17 miesięcy temu

    akazakev

    machete68: Kasparov, Kramnik, and Karpov are all products of the Botvinnik school

  • 17 miesięcy temu

    akazakev

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  • 17 miesięcy temu

    leaderless

    if you are world number 1 does not guarantee that you become world champion, experience and psychological factors would matter best....

  • 17 miesięcy temu

    beardogjones

    Oh it so unfair, Ivanchuk trying against Carlsen that is so unfair!

    Doesn't he know Carlsen is better than him!

  • 17 miesięcy temu

    Andre_Harding

    @machete68

    You really need to study some chess history regarding Botvinnik. He IS one of the greatest, he DID establish the greatest chess school, and he DID win matches as World Champion (1951 was a draw, but he defeated Smyslov in 1954). Moreover, his nickname IS "The Patriarch." Who cares if it "sounds communist" or not? That's the society Botvinnik lived in, whether he liked it or not. It has nothing to do with the man's chess or his legacy to the game.

    Chess has been around a long time and has done well before Magnus Carlsen was born in 1990. Chess was here long before Magnus, and will be here long after Magnus.

  • 17 miesięcy temu

    akazakev

    @incrense: "at least some theory here have some logic to it"

    I am looking forward to reading about that logic. And do not forget to back it up with facts, please!

  • 17 miesięcy temu

    akazakev

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  • 17 miesięcy temu

    kidpoolside

    my prediction:

    Kramnick - gelfand : draw

    magnus - radj : magnus wins

    Magnus - svidler : draw

    and then, you guessed it, ivanchuk, after opening with the Battambang, loses  to kramnick on time!!

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