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World Championship Candidates (2011)

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Levon Aronian, Veselin Topalov, Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Grischuk, Teimour Radjabov, Boris Gelfand, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Gata Kamsky

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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-23-11  shach matov: <thefocus>

not at all. I made one comment to him, that's all!

but you made about 20 angry comments addressed to me!! this means that I was able to once again to completely frustrate you and make you very angry indeed!

for anyone wanting proof just look at the Naka-Goldsby page: <thefocus> was so angry that he began slapping himself out of frustration:)

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  TheFocus: 20? Wow! And you went back to count them? I am flattered.
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  TheFocus: <shach> is actually the president of my fan club.

I just don't trust him with the treasury.

May-23-11  Imposter: what more encouragement do these guys need than to be asked politely to take their spat elsewhere?
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  TheFocus: <shach> OK, Granny wants us to stop. She is all upset because no one changed her adult diaper.

I have to leave for a while anyway.

May-23-11  NGambit: <Imposter>

<tpstar: <Nina Myers> Note we now have World Championship Candidates Final (2011) where we may discuss the present match between Gelfand and Grischuk instead of round-the-clock Kramnik. Nina Myers: Thanks for dropping a hint, <tpstar>. I change over to it. Nina Myers: <polarmis: <GM Sergey Shipov's LIVE commentary on Grischuk - Gelfand:>> You might follow me...>

May-23-11  Tomlinsky: <Imposter> *nod* I'd go along with that pretty much. This debacle is adding nothing whatsoever to the lineage of the WCC title. No craft.

I'm going back to looking through Botvinnik, Smyslov, Petrosian, Tal encounters and giving this nonsense a miss until it's sorted out. If ever.

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  HeMateMe: The many short draws in Karpov/Kasparov 1985 resulted in FIDE changing future match conditions. The 6 wins, unlimited number of games condition was replaced by the more traditional 24 game match.

The short draws are bad for chess, and this is obvious. It is indefensible.

May-23-11  Imposter: <Tomlinsky> here's a website that shows all the previous world championship cycles starting from the 1834 labourdonnais - mcdonnell matches thru to the present. it's a <very> useful research tool with lots of commentaries and links about the controversial events such as the split and the attempts at reunification:
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  technical draw: <no one changed her adult diaper.>

<TheFocus> I think "adult diaper" should go the same way as "male nurse". Suffice it to say 'nurse' or 'diaper'....

Signed TD, see all-know all, buttinsky....

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  TheFocus: OK, you have all heard now from an expert on diapers; adult or otherwise.
May-24-11  Akavall:

And people say this event is boring.

May-24-11  zarg: <Kamsky would have made this final more interesting>

Hmmm.. that was a turnoff.

May-25-11  James Bowman: <HSOL: Jambow: Not really sure you can count the supposedly questionable behaviour of Topalov/Danailov in favour of Kamsky given the record of his father in the 90s?>

If it were still going on I would agree Kamsky would still be viewed in a less than favorable light, likewise if the Topolov/Danalov antics were 20 years past and not so recent Veselin veiwed more positively today. Kamsky also has been a gentelman and even interacts with his fans here.

May-25-11  mkrk17: And finally the best candidate to play Anand has emerged. None other than Gelfand. And all Grischuk fans can watch Grishuk play against Anand maybe in a simul :)
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  technical draw: Great, first prize (Gelfand) gets to play Anand for the world championship!

Second prize (Grishuk) gets a set of steak knives.

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  Jim Bartle: Third prize: You're fired?
May-25-11  VincentL: If we take the games Anand v Gelfand on the CG database, Anand leads 16 - 7. 5 of Gelfandīs wins were in the period 1990 - 1992, so since 1992, Anand leads 16 - 2.

Anyone give Boris Gelfand much of a chance?

May-25-11  bronkenstein: Anandīs baby is his best chance =)

On a serious note , in classic for the last 5-6 years they are almost equal , in case that pre-match statistics means anything.

For example, here in Kazan we witnessed the slaughter of the favorites, none of them even reached the finals, 2 went out in quarters , one was clock-lucky to enter semis.

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  technical draw: <Third prize: You're fired?>

No third prize is a lifetime premium membership in but with the user name: Iamaloser.

May-25-11  PJ chess player: Gelfand has last chance to become world chess champion. Now or newer!
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  chancho: In classical games, Anand has 9 wins to 6 losses and 27 draws.

The last time Anand defeated Gelfand in a classic game, was around five years ago.

Their last six classical games have ended in draws.

(According to the database.)

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  Jim Bartle: Yes, and the last time Gelfand defeated Anand in a classical game was in 1993, if I'm reading correctly.

Still it looks pretty competitive.

May-25-11  VincentL: These candidates matches produced some surprising results, but there were few classical games before the rapid/blitz started. Gelfand will have to play many more classical games against Anand, and if the match does indeed reach rapid/blitz, I am sure Anand would be an even greater favourite in that format.
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  chancho: Gelfand is no doubt aware of how formidable Anand is, and will prepare accordingly. Do I believe he can beat the Indian in a match?
No, but I think it will be a better match than some people expect.
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