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Candidates Tournament Round 12

  • SonofPearl
  • on 29.03.2013, 14:06.

Annotations by GM Sam Shankland

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



Lev Aronian was outplayed by Kramnik and missed his drawing chance




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.


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




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.


Boris Gelfand and Peter Svidler drew their game




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.


Teimour Radjabov and Alexander Grischuk




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).


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



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 


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


    Do not give up on Magnus yet...

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    wow based on the next two matches, i wouldn't be too surprised if kramnik takes it home, Magnus has the harder matches and a lead to catch up to.

  • 17 miesięcy temu



    What makes you think you are any kind of authority to determine who is the great and who is not?

    Speaking of chess and not mentioning The Patriarch is just ignorance. Botvinnik established the most famous chess school in the world (and in the history of the game), he held and defended the title for 15 years. And you don't even mention him...

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    Rating is not about everything l o l . THeoritically acording to elo players like Anand. Nakamura are better than Fischer....even if i am a huge fan of Anand you cant say he plays better than Fischer...so elo is n ot everything

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    To kidpoolside

    Yes,Ivanchuk lost 3 of 4 games on time,but he would loss them anyway!See the analize by yourself in the chess news- round 2,3 and 8. It seems to me that he wants it like that and he does this on purpose instead of resigning and admitting his defeat!

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    Magnus is still the greatest chess player of all time.  Ratings are aquired by many games against many opponents, in many tournaments.  This is just one tournament.  His rating is the highest of all time. Period.  (And please do not give me that sad song about "ratings inflation").

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    I do hope Chucky beats Kramnik.

    Chances are slim for Magnus now but anything can happen. Magnus will most likely score 1.5/2 during the last two rounds. If Kramnik scores the same or 2 points then it's obviously over.

    Who is better in the tie breaks right now? What if Magnus gets 1.5 next two rounds while Kramnik gets 1 ?

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    @ lat3ne,  

    Invanchuk has actually lost 4 games on time! (someone please correct me if Im wrong).  

    I dont think there is a conspiracy, I just think Ivanchuk had two interests in this tournament: 1) beat Magnus 2) creative chess.  It has, in fact, messed with the standings (IMHO).

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    @akazakev you accuse carlsen cheat? if he did how would he lose  rofl. at least some theory here have some logic to it and nobody is 1000% sure whats going on. I believe bobby would show up on the last day if something turn out to be true

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    Well, that's it! It's all over. Magnus is washed up. The kid was just a flash in the pan. Kramnik's got it all wrapped up...... or maybe Aronian, or Svidler, or Mamedyarov, or Vischjager.......

  • 17 miesięcy temu




  • 17 miesięcy temu


    People,there are two different things we are talking about!First thing is time trouble.Yes it is true that Ivanchuk was in time trouble in few matches but he never lost on time-which is the second thing many people is talking here!You have to know that these chess players are playing blitz 3 min +1second many times over 40 or 50 moves without making mistakes so running out of time in this case was not the issue!

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    They don't get Easter off?  Bummer:(  (Although I guess the Russians probably won't complain, since their Easter is on a different day.)

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    I am really curious about comments if Ivanchuk demolishes Kramnik on monday:) Still, this wierd coincidences happen, Carlsen should have fought for a full point against Aronian and Kramnik. To hope that you can score against lower seeds more than those two players can is way too risky for a candidates tournament. If this strategy backfires, you cannot call it bad luck.

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    @fischerrandom. Excellent comment! Totally agree with you. Go Carlsen!

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    There was no collusion IMO, however, that is not to say that Carlsen has not been somewhat unlucky in how things have turned out for him. His loss yesterday was certainly on him - he was outplayed. However, the fact that Ivanchuk has been so inconsistent (I will be pissed if he loses on time to Vlad), and the fact that Levon probably made the blunder of his career yesterday, make it so that Carlsen's chances have been severely compromised by extremely dubious events.

    If Carlsen loses in this manner, I will feel like the best player lost out on his chance to challenge for the WC, not because of his rating or even the level of past play (which has clearly shown he is the best in the world IMO)... but because extremely odd (statiscally unlikely) events outside of his own games will have moved him down into a 2nd place finish. 

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    @chessdoggblack:Superbly said! Kudos!

    I still feel Carlsen should win...In man to man play, Opening & preparation part, He is still kid to Anand...

    I dont won't people to complain again that Anand won because his Opponent was weaker... I really want him to face Tiger...Because However old TIger becomes, He never forgets to hunt.

    Go Carlsen Go...

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    the game between Kramnik and aronian is very nice the endgame is beautiful!!Cool

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    I like Carlsen, and I don't think round robin format is fair for a world champ candidates match...

    However, I think Carlsen would have a much harder time if this was a knock-out tournament. Winning a round robin is totally different from winning a knock out.

  • 17 miesięcy temu


    Well, since conspiracy theories seem to be so much fun, here is mine:

    Carlsen is the one who is really cheating. That is why he was +4 before he lost to Ivanchuk. And some of Carlsen's people are posting false accusations on chess.com to deflect attention from the real cheater.

    Now, my theory has no factual evidence behind it. But that is the cool part. The standards seem to be so low that anyone can just come out with outlandish accusations and think s/he is being so smart doing that.

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