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Candidates Tournament Round 13

  • SonofPearl
  • on 31.03.2013, 13:09.

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There was a very tense atmosphere in round 13 of the London Candidates Tournament - the penultimate day of the competition.  Both Vladimir Kramnik and Magnus Carlsen were absolutely determined to win their games against Boris Gelfand and Teimour Radjabov respectively. 
Vladimir Kramnik had the advantage of the white pieces and played the novel idea 5.e3 in a fianchetto Gruenfeld sideline, putting Gelfand under great pressure and eventually winning a pawn.  But Gelfand was tenacious in defence, finding the crucial move 38...Rd8 as the time control approached to save the game.
A relaxed Boris Gelfand before the game
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Kramnik pressed hard, but Gelfand was equal to the task
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Magnus Carlsen had the black pieces against Teimour Radjabov, and opted for the Nimzo-Indian after Radjabov played 1.d4.  Radjabov slowly drifted into a slightly worse endgame, and Carlsen kept trying everything he could to keep the game alive and induce a mistake from his opponent.  Deep into the 6th hour of the game Radjabov was surviving almost solely on the 30 second time increment and Carlsen picked up a vital pawn.  Finally, incredibly, after nearly 7 hours of play Carlsen won the game!
Magnus Carlsen won an amazingly tense game
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Teimour Radjabov finally succumbed to Magnus Carlsen after nearly 7 hours
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The first game to finish today was the encounter between Peter Svidler and Vassily Ivanchuk. The spinning roulette wheel that seems to determine Chucky's choice of opening in this tournament stopped today at the French Defence. Svidler obtained a pleasant game with the advance variation and as Ivanchuk struggled to cope with his inferior position he lost on time for the fifth time in the tournament.
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Peter Svidler did what Magnus Carlsen couldn't - beating Vassily Ivanchuk
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Despite his loss to Vladimir Kramnik yesterday, Lev Aronian still had a mathematical chance of winning the tournament, but even that minuscule possibility vanished when he only drew with Alexander Grischuk, in the second game to finish today. 

Alexander Grischuk and Lev Aronian drew their game

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So Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik both have a score of 8½/13 going into the final round tomorrow.  But Carlsen has the superior tie-break score, so as long as he achieves at least the same result as Kramnik he will win the tournament.  Carlsen has white against Svidler, and Kramnik has black against Ivanchuk.

The standings after 13 rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2872
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2810
Peter Svidler RUS 2747 7
Levon Aronian ARM 2809 7
Boris Gelfand ISR 2740 6
Alexander Grischuk RUS 2764 6
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  0 - 1 Magnus Carlsen
Alexander Grischuk  ½ - ½ Levon Aronian
Vladimir Kramnik ½ - ½ Boris Gelfand
Peter Svidler  1 - 0 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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  • 19 miesięcy temu

    Joel_Hernandez

    @LaskerFan

    I see. It's late :) The point(s) stands for the Carlsen haters though :)

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    LaskerFan

    @Joel_Hernandez,

    I think you misunderstood my statement - I was praising Carlsen.

    You are trying to "smell" some intonation which is not there.

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    EternalChess

    Hello children, if you do not know how to play chess why are you even talking on here?

    Carlsen plays to win, if you cry like little children who don't know how to play chess, then please leave.

    Carlsen was in a must-win situation today children, do you expect him to take a draw in a position where he was slightly better?

    Sighs.. children these days.. in these times there are no Carlsen haters, there are just people jealous of him.

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    Joel_Hernandez

    @LaskerFan

    What's wrong with playing out drawn endgames? If it's a draw, prove it by actually drawing!

    Absolutely Carlsen should do the same vs Anand if he's the winner after tomorrow.

    Lot of hipocrites around here, most of these Carlsen hatters and critics saying he only wins by grinding drawn endgames I'm sure have complained in the past when there are lots of draws or short draws in other events.

    Anand and any other player knows they are in for tough fight and countless marathons if they face Magnus in a match because he won't give anybody short draws. If Anand got used and confy with short draws vs Gelfand last time around, he better dust off his endgame books and plays fast to not fall in time pressure, otherwise he'll get run over by Magnus if he's indeed the challenger.

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    MKCIMICMAN2

    I still can't get over how so many are complaining that some Magnus tried to play game to bitter end, Fischer wanted Draws not to count . Makes sense. Saying he just wore his player down to win is suppose to be part of game. In all other sports that is part of sport or game. You can say many of the games in by them they did not take enough risks, that is done in all sports. Blaming a player for losing on time and saying it's fixed is also wrong, Chucky is known as a slow player, you should remmeber time controlls use to be longer back in 70s. 

     On if it's tied I think there should be a best of 3 , with person who had won tie breaker getting white twice.

       It also seems only non masters are saying tournament is fixed!

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    Vingore

    Today definitively proved that Carlsen is the greatest end game player of all time.

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    LaskerFan

    Estragon: The conspiracy nuts are, well, nuts.

    I fully agree - they should visit psychiatrists - seriously!

     

    Tomorrow the cards are stacked in favor of Carlsen. Highly likely he will win against Svidler with white.

    That is a neat trick of Magnus we have already seen several times - wearing out the opponent (Radjabov) in a long-drawn even endgame under time pressure till he cracks. It just might work against the elderly Anand in the WC!

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    golden_time

    chessdoggblack

    I knew from the bigining you did'nt want carlsen to win, you tried to make some speech making carlsen look bad only because you dont like him, but very deep in you, you know he is the best player in the world right now, and to be fear you have to admit that even carlsen dont win this tournement, he is best and the one with more chances to beat anand

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    Joel_Hernandez

    @Marcokim

    Carlsen's performance has been dissapointing?? According to what criteria exactly? Only a Carlsen hater such as yourself can claim such a thing.

    This is a very strong field, and Carlsen's TPR is 2886 after 13 rounds. Do you know what TPR is? It means that he's performed slightly better than his 2872 rating.

    So what exactly is dissapointing about this performance?

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    NimzoRoy

    Being able to win a tnmt this important on tie break pts is an incredibly bogus idea. End of transmission.

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    Anatoly_Sergievsky

    For all those who are saying that Carlsen doesn't even deserve a shot at the title because he looks mediocre:

    Are you serious? His loss to Ivanchuck was what- his first loss in 6 months? We can argue about style, aesthetics, "cheap endgame tricks" or whatever, but you can't argue that he's not good at what he does- because clearly, he is.

    Looking forward to tomorrow.

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    Marcokim

    @MindWalk... thus my point, if you start by playing safe against the 2nd and 3rd seeds then you aren't better than they are... maybe you are marginally better than they are, but we don't want a marginal challenger we want a guy who can give Anand a run for his money, and Anand is a deadly match player.

    As far as rating goes, Carlsen's dad chaperones him from tournament to tournament from the toilet to the chess board, he just has that much more access to free travel and a personal maid by his side... if you enter that many ITs then your rating anturally improves... so it don't impress me too much his high rating... of course its impressive, but lets not worship the horse because it enters more races.

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    Melchizedek10

    From the plays of this tournament...it seem that Kramnik deserve the win more and another chance at Anand...is it first time if there is Kramnik-Anand 3?

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    MindWalk

    Gelfand was rated somewhere around fifteenth in the world when he got his title shot. Carlsen is the highest-rated player ever and outrates everybody else by over fifty points. The two are hardly comparable.

    I think it's a shame that Carlsen was paired against Aronian and Kramnik in rounds one and two, and again in rounds eight and nine, instead of playing them later. As it was, Carlsen was able to play it safe against them. Imagine if Carlsen and Kramnik played in the last round!

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    Marcokim

    Magnus has been an over hyped disappointment... We were all expecting a Fischer-like performance, all we are seeing is a mediocre grinding out of opponents and a sterile performance against Aronian and Kramnik.

    Apparently he may win on tie-break, a sort of lottery of the chess world, because he wasn't good enough to demolish the field and take the thing outright. Very disappointing from Carlsen. I know this kid is good for chess because apparently little girls in Norway will suddenly ask their daddies to buy them panties with chess board prints, but I think Carlsen is over-hyped and doesn't deserve the title shot any more than Gelfand did.

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    MindWalk

    Anyone whose rating is the highest ever and far above anybody else's deserves to play for the title. So, I've wanted Carlsen to win from the very start.

    But Kramnik has been playing better chess, for the most part. He's only drawn a few games that could have turned into wins, while Carlsen has salvaged a few draws that could easily have turned into losses. If quality of play mattered more than results, Kramnik would be in the lead ahead of Carlsen.

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    beardogjones

    magnus carlsen might have to beat svidler

    tomorrow - and svidler will be TRYING!  That is SO UNFAIR!!!

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    beardogjones

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  • 19 miesięcy temu

    PhoenixTTD

    I would not bet against Carlsen in any match.  He does not lose any games easy and he grinds out wins no one else can.  I think Calsen can win tomorrow.  Peter is a good player having a great tournament, but he was the second lowest rated player coming in, and he is playing black against the best with everything on the line.  Remember Gelfand v. Anand?  Anand only won 1 of 12.  Carlsen is 2-0 against Gelfand this tournament.

  • 19 miesięcy temu

    EternalChess

    Chessrook1234, you are an idiot.

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