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World Championship Candidates (2011)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Levon Aronian, Veselin Topalov, Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Grischuk, Teimour Radjabov, Boris Gelfand, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Gata Kamsky

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 48  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Aronian vs Grischuk ½-½70 2011 World Championship CandidatesD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
2. Mamedyarov vs Gelfand ½-½39 2011 World Championship CandidatesB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. Kamsky vs Topalov ½-½41 2011 World Championship CandidatesB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. Radjabov vs Kramnik ½-½25 2011 World Championship CandidatesD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Topalov vs Kamsky 0-131 2011 World Championship CandidatesA15 English
6. Grischuk vs Aronian ½-½22 2011 World Championship CandidatesD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Gelfand vs Mamedyarov ½-½40 2011 World Championship CandidatesD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. Kramnik vs Radjabov ½-½61 2011 World Championship CandidatesE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
9. Kamsky vs Topalov ½-½37 2011 World Championship CandidatesB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. Mamedyarov vs Gelfand 0-139 2011 World Championship CandidatesB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
11. Radjabov vs Kramnik ½-½33 2011 World Championship CandidatesD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Aronian vs Grischuk ½-½59 2011 World Championship CandidatesD97 Grunfeld, Russian
13. Grischuk vs Aronian ½-½17 2011 World Championship CandidatesD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Gelfand vs Mamedyarov ½-½24 2011 World Championship CandidatesA43 Old Benoni
15. Kramnik vs Radjabov ½-½28 2011 World Championship CandidatesD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Topalov vs Kamsky ½-½58 2011 World Championship CandidatesA15 English
17. Aronian vs Grischuk 0-147 2011 World Championship CandidatesA37 English, Symmetrical
18. Grischuk vs Aronian 0-172 2011 World Championship CandidatesD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Radjabov vs Kramnik 0-165 2011 World Championship CandidatesC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
20. Kramnik vs Radjabov ½-½77 2011 World Championship CandidatesD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Kramnik vs Radjabov 1-063 2011 World Championship CandidatesE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
22. Aronian vs Grischuk ½-½61 2011 World Championship CandidatesA04 Reti Opening
23. Radjabov vs Kramnik 1-045 2011 World Championship CandidatesC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
24. Grischuk vs Aronian 1-049 2011 World Championship CandidatesD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Radjabov vs Kramnik  ½-½23 2011 World Championship CandidatesD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
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May-17-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  SteinitzLives: Most young irresponsible GMs under age thirty are from the pitiful generation that brought us "group-dating" and "online dating" popularity; so as not to have to face the reality (and character building qualities) that come from accepting rejection and pain, not to mention responsibility.

That this congenitally-ill kind of thinking can attempt to pervade and infest the world of chess and turn into a game where an inferior mind and character can whine and rationalize it's way out of accepting responsibility for poor performance is something that must be addressed immediately!

I call on all chess players to aggressively boycott speed chess tournaments until the loathesome laziness inherent in those who play it, is stamped out for good!

Make your own picket signs, with a few of the suggested titles below:

Speed Kills, Thinking Lives!

Fast Ignorance is Your Enemy!

Stop Diddling Your Clock in Public!

May-17-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  boz: <they willingly give up control in order to get away from the burden of blame for a loss. or at least, to lessen it.>

True, it's a lot easier to lose in blitz. It also doesn't feel all that special to win, so no argument there. Do you know, frogbert, I haven't even bothered to go over the blitz games. What for? No lasting value.

But as for your "thought provoking suggestion" I can't bring myself to contemplate something that is never going to happen. Frogbert, can you imagine the fallout if, say, Nakamura defeated Carlsen for the title in a Max Lange Attack?

May-17-11  Hovik2009: just like past 100 years or more, longer 12 or 24 clasic game format is the best way to determine who is little better than other, FIDE should draw back her claws and control her appetite for financial gains of this candidate matches, like old days we don't need a sponser and whole lot of money to make two people to play for prestigous and priceless title of Clasical World Champion, and candide matches could have been done in different places and not runned like a regular tournament. Any professional chess player motovated by FIDE's greedy approach to this games , asking for contract money to play in candidate matches should be vanished from this cycle for good.

Getting paid for being good in a sport is fine and is a human virtue, and making money after being World Champion in any available way is handy and fine also, but asking funds during candidate matches to me is outragous and is outside the circle of ethics in any real sports like football, where the players get paid by millions in club games, but when it comes to play for national teams in once in four years World Cup, they break their leg freely for nothing!

May-17-11  theodor: hi guys; today I saw on TV that they sell in internet stores little sphere(about 6 mm), you put in your ear, and you can hear a mobile phone or MP3 broadcast! all pupil going to the state test seems to use it! you've got the point? no? go and wash your...brain. NB you pull out the ball using a magnetized steak.
May-17-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: Personally, I liked the 8 player double round robin candidates tournaments that were held in 2005 and 2007. They were exciting and produced a lot of great chess.
May-17-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: <SteinitzLives> Happy Birthday! As a full-fledged member of the heathen chess public, I hope someone gets you a sandwich. Starvation is making you grumpy. =)

This backlash is just like when Kasimdzhanov won FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004) and we heard all about how terrible it was for a top 20 player to win the "random" "lottery" event, and the format was bad, and FIDE was bad, and everything was bad ...

Grischuk's strategy is nothing new. Players do that all the time in the World Cup: draw the classical games and try their luck in the tiebreaks. My sense is that they overestimate their chances in the faster time controls, but whatever. Grischuk was just more brazen, and more obvious.

Good luck to Gelfand and Grischuk in the finals!

May-17-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  SatelliteDan: Like I said if there going to use this format ( normal, rapid, blitz)then I think it should be done in the oppisite way with a culmitive total of all the games. Or at least make it the best of 7 like in baseball playoffs. Also confused, wouldn't a longer match format be better for the sponsers?
May-17-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  SatelliteDan: Both players should be running on a tread mill while playing. Maybe then FIDE could get NIKE or some tread mill company to give sponser bucks.
May-17-11  Hovik2009: <Those supporting the current format or advocating it for the future, like Grischuk, who really looks like he needs to learn how to shave, could use a bath (preferably using lye soap), and a visit to a tailor, (not to mention a good thrashing,) are yet more in the long line of oafish louts (or as Swift puts it, Odious Vermin)who should be on trial for chess crimes against decency and good taste! >

well said <SteinitzLives>, you are blessed with your strong English language command and ability(maybe because it is your first mother tounge, unlike with me which is 3rd or 4th), you said what was in my mind but I couldn't bring it down into written form properly.

May-17-11  theodor: I bet 100 to 1 you didnt get the point! what about common people?!
May-17-11  Hovik2009: <This backlash is just like when Kasimdzhanov won FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004) and we heard all about how terrible it was for a top 20 player to win the "random" "lottery" event, and the format was bad, and FIDE was bad, and everything was bad ...>

Kasimdzhanov with all respect that I have for him, along with other lame and low caliber dudes like Khlifman and Pono , never have been FIDE or not world champions(not with capital letters) if you ask for humble opinion of me!

May-17-11  frogbert: max lange attack? that's mainstream opening theory! nope, they would have to play much more balanced stuff than that in "my" tie-break games. :o)
May-17-11  BobCrisp: Could these games not be sorted or split into a sensible order - classical, rapid, blitz?
May-17-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  SetNoEscapeOn: <My saying is that in professional and real world class competitions if somebody withdraws like Carlsen for any given reason then he has forfited his rights to his direct opponent in first round so he should be declared as winner>

Well that's nice, but the saying of the regulations Aronian agreed to was that if a participant withdraws, they would be replaced.

May-17-11  Hovik2009: <theodor: I bet 100 to 1 you didnt get the point! what about common people?!>

we get the point, but conservative people like us would feel satisfied and foolhardily happy to pretend that classical chess and champions are still live and healthy, unshakened by outside threats, and nothing will be able to disgrade their historic values and glories down into common everyday trash.

May-17-11  Hovik2009: <Well that's nice, but the saying of the regulations Aronian agreed to was that if a participant withdraws, they would be replaced. >

Aronian like me was naive then thinking he could beat anybody no matter what in any kind of format, it was Carlsen the fox who sensed the immenent danger long before the matches and pulled out on time!

May-17-11  queenfortwopawns: Enough about Grischuk and his draws. Now tell me what the numbers 22, 17, 16, 25, 8, and 14 have in common?
May-17-11  Refused: <Hovik2009: just like past 100 years or more, longer 12 or 24 clasic game format is the best way to determine who is little better than other, FIDE should draw back her claws and control her appetite for financial gains of this candidate matches, like old days we don't need a sponser and whole lot of money to make two people to play for prestigous and priceless title of Clasical World Champion, and candide matches could have been done in different places and not runned like a regular tournament. Any professional chess player motovated by FIDE's greedy approach to this games , asking for contract money to play in candidate matches should be vanished from this cycle for good. Getting paid for being good in a sport is fine and is a human virtue, and making money after being World Champion in any available way is handy and fine also, but asking funds during candidate matches to me is outragous and is outside the circle of ethics in any real sports like football, where the players get paid by millions in club games, but when it comes to play for national teams in once in four years World Cup, they break their leg freely for nothing!>

I see your point, and I do understand it, BUT the players have to meet expenses during the candidates as well. Their seconds don't work for free, that's the other side of the coin.

<Kasimdzhanov with all respect that I have for him, along with other lame and low caliber dudes like Khlifman and Pono , never have been FIDE or not world champions(not with capital letters) if you ask for humble opinion of me!>

I pretty much agree on Kashimdzhanov and Khalifman, and to a lesser degree on Pono. But here we have a totally different situation, the winner of the candidates is not WC, whether it will be Gelfand or Grischuk (for whom I root).

The winner will have to face Anand, if he beats him in a match, we have a new WC.

The problem with the legimacy of Khalifman, Ponomariov and Kashimdzhanov was, that they did not beat the reigning WC in a match and lacked dominance to cover up for that.

If Khalifman had beaten Kasparov in a match afterwards (ok the chances for that were lesser than 5%), then nobody would have denied the rightfulness of a claim that he is world champion.

Same goes for Pono and Kashimdzhanov with Kramnik. And basically that's the point where Topalov's place in history as a former WC is a bit weak imho.

Anyway, Topalov had had one advantage over the other three FIDE champs, he had a short period of dominance over the other elite players, that's something none of the other FIDE champs can claim to have had.

And Topalov's dominance was a really lucky moment for FIDE, since all of a sudden the champion they presented had some sort of legimacy to his claim to be the best player, and therefore be the true world champion. This in combination with Kramnik's lack of dominance and not having defended his title in a while forced Kramnik to rejoin the reunification process. If Kramnik had been as dominant as Kasparov, Topa's claim to be WC would've looked less convincing.

And if Grischuk or Gelfand beats Anand in a match, they can rightfully claim to be world champion. That Grischuk just joined as a replacement for Carlsen is imho not a problem, since he eliminated Aronian and Kramnik.

May-17-11  culei: Something besides that all of them are numbers?
May-17-11  Mozart72: A FIDE960 is what we need today.
May-17-11  Refused: Number of moves played in Grischuk's games with white? :)
May-17-11  theodor: <Hovik2009>, I bet 100 to 1 you've lost at least 4000 in las vegas!
May-17-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  dangerhump: 960 is not the answer. Much of the enjoyment for fans is knowing the openings and being able to follow along.

Chess is far from "drawish" as proven by tournaments where there are great incentives to win. As my previous post, just look at recent tournaments this year (Tata Steel, US & Euro championships) where there were many decisive games and winners were +5 or so.

Besides, many of the draws are not the fault of chess, it's the fault of players or tournament format. Either they arrange draws prior to their games or avoid a fight because they don't want to risk a loss.

960 may temporarily eliminate opening theory but that is not the problem with chess draws.

As I mentioned, if the Candidates followed the same structure as US Championships and brought in 4 more top players (Carlsen, Nakamura, Ivanchuk, etc) I guarantee you we would not be frustrated fans right now.

May-17-11  Hovik2009: <theodor: <Hovik2009>, I bet 100 to 1 you've lost at least 4000 in las vegas!>

wrong!!, it seems you are not a good better so quit gambling for your own good man!, actually I won 5000$ long time ago(I think 1989) in Vegas being first in unrated or under 1800 catagory in American open, you could check the Sunday LA Times and USCF magazine for records, my first name is there, beside that me in Vegas and many other gambling cities that I have been so many times that I can't count and remember, but humbly said I am a very good card player and if I wasn't lucky to win I have never lost any substantial amount of money.

May-17-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Anatoly21: A lack of quality chess and the whole forum starts to sound like a chessclub that just quit smoking: grumpy, irritable, and arguing about everything. Withdrawal is not pretty.
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