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World Championship Candidates Tournament

Magnus Carlsen8.5/14(+5 -2 =7)[view games]
Vladimir Kramnik8.5/14(+4 -1 =9)[view games]
Peter Svidler8/14(+4 -2 =8)[view games]
Levon Aronian8/14(+5 -3 =6)[view games]
Boris Gelfand6.5/14(+2 -3 =9)[view games]
Alexander Grischuk6.5/14(+1 -2 =11)[view games]
Vassily Ivanchuk6/14(+3 -5 =6)[view games]
Teimour Radjabov4/14(+1 -7 =6)[view games]
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Magnus Carlsen wins on tiebreaks.

2013 London World Chess Candidates Tournament

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 56  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Aronian vs Carlsen ½-½31 2013 World Championship CandidatesE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
2. Gelfand vs Radjabov ½-½36 2013 World Championship CandidatesE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
3. Ivanchuk vs Grischuk ½-½44 2013 World Championship CandidatesE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
4. Svidler vs Kramnik ½-½23 2013 World Championship CandidatesD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Grischuk vs Svidler ½-½41 2013 World Championship CandidatesC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. Carlsen vs Kramnik ½-½30 2013 World Championship CandidatesA33 English, Symmetrical
7. Radjabov vs Ivanchuk 1-034 2013 World Championship CandidatesA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
8. Aronian vs Gelfand 1-035 2013 World Championship CandidatesA04 Reti Opening
9. Gelfand vs Carlsen 0-157 2013 World Championship CandidatesD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Kramnik vs Grischuk ½-½35 2013 World Championship CandidatesD71 Neo-Grunfeld
11. Svidler vs Radjabov 1-055 2013 World Championship CandidatesE81 King's Indian, Samisch
12. Ivanchuk vs Aronian 0-135 2013 World Championship CandidatesA45 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Aronian vs Svidler ½-½31 2013 World Championship CandidatesD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
14. Carlsen vs Grischuk 1-037 2013 World Championship CandidatesC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
15. Gelfand vs Ivanchuk ½-½35 2013 World Championship CandidatesD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
16. Radjabov vs Kramnik ½-½50 2013 World Championship CandidatesE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
17. Kramnik vs Aronian ½-½72 2013 World Championship CandidatesA06 Reti Opening
18. Grischuk vs Radjabov ½-½51 2013 World Championship CandidatesD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Svidler vs Gelfand ½-½31 2013 World Championship CandidatesD85 Grunfeld
20. Ivanchuk vs Carlsen ½-½57 2013 World Championship CandidatesD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
21. Svidler vs Carlsen 0-136 2013 World Championship CandidatesC78 Ruy Lopez
22. Kramnik vs Ivanchuk ½-½31 2013 World Championship CandidatesE10 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Radjabov vs Aronian 0-154 2013 World Championship CandidatesC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
24. Grischuk vs Gelfand ½-½55 2013 World Championship CandidatesB30 Sicilian
25. Ivanchuk vs Svidler ½-½30 2013 World Championship CandidatesC45 Scotch Game
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Kibitzer's Corner
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May-05-13  solskytz: I feel that this act from FIDE, not respecting due procedures and trying to close shady deals behind the players' back, is an act of disrespect to both chess and top players.

Somebody needs to stand up and say "No!". This has to be chess players themselves. If they will not respect themselves, their positions and their own profession - some corrupt guys will always rise and degrade what they are doing.

I believe tbat somebody, somewhere, is taking this kind of twisted pleasure, in corrupting the situation in such a blatant way. Carlsen doesn't want to give such people such pleasures, and I think he's right.

May-05-13  solskytz: As I say, this isn't 2000. We won't correct the evils of the past.
May-05-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jim Bartle: I'm not asking that, but to say that Kramnik was clearly "head and shoulders" over Shirov when Shirov had just beaten him 2-0 in a ten-game match is deceptive.
May-05-13  solskytz: Thanks for pointing that out, Jim.
May-05-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: The question is how stubborn Carlsen and his team will be in the face of a determined FIDE. Spraggett's headline <FIDE MEETING CALLS CARLSEN'S BLUFF!> is provocative enough:

http://kevinspraggett.blogspot.com/

But how far will Carlsen push the line?

He has a mega-load of chess clout but Ilyumzhinov knows how to play hardball with the best dictatorial tyrants.

Will he risk it all? That seems unlikely now that he's made it this far. He's published an official protest and that is a good thing to have on file in any event. Afterall, rumor has it FIDE is trying to pull off a backroom deal as a favor to India considering Moscow swept the rug out from under them leading up to the Anand - Gelfand match.

Jun-04-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: "I am just dead nervous about the zero-tolerance rule!"

- Magnus Carlsen (on why he arrives early for games in 2013 World Championship Candidates Tournament in London)

Jun-04-13  SoUnwiseTheKnight B4: Let this result be remembered as the 'cheap tiebreak trick' :)
Jun-04-13  schweigzwang: ha! :)
Jun-04-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: <wordfunph> Interesting quote.

Get your avatar back right away!

Jun-04-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  AgentRgent: <Check It Out: http://kevinspraggett.blogspot.com/ > Spraggett's Blog has apparently been removed... http://baconlog.blogspot.com/2013/0...
Jun-08-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Check It Out: <AgentRgent> Here's the new location if you're interested: http://kevinspraggettonchess.wordpr...
Jun-22-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Tiggler: <AuN1: <john abraham>, i'm not sure what carlsen can do to surpass kasparov.>

Nothing, except doing it over and over again for 20 years. Why would anyone expect a 22-year old to compete with someone's lifelime achievement?>

Just someone who is looking to denigrate Carlsen's already impressive resume-of whom, it seems, there are a few lurking in the weeds.

Jun-22-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  parmetd: First of all... Carlsen already agreed to the match in Chennai.

second, even if he refused and FIDE replaced him with Kramnik, If Kramnik said anything other than yes we should all be upset with him. He won the candidates too.

third, any comparison between Carlsen and Kasparov will be fraught with problems and subjectivity. Just leave it at the facts. Both are greats. Does it really matter anyways if one could eventually prove one was greater?

Aug-16-13
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  visayanbraindoctor: I estimated Carlsen, who is the best tournament player in the last four years, to have good chances of qualifying. He did, but it turned out via tiebreaks over Kramnik who shared the first two places with him. I agree they both won this tournament.

What I don't agree with is the tie breaker. I believe that in times past, there was a rule that if two players tie for first in a round robin Candidates tournament, then they play a match with each other in order to determine the Challenger.

It would have been great to see a Carlsen vs Kramnik match and strengthened to credibility of the eventual winner as the fitting Challenger.

IMO the reason why there are few complaints lies in the pre-tournament expectation of most chess fans that Carlsen would be the proper Challenger to Anand. But what if Carlsen tied with another player (not Kramnik) and instead of qualifying got eliminated by tiebreaks?

In any case, it's a good thing that Carlsen finally gets to challenge for the World Title. Aside from the interest and fascination an Anand vs Carlsen Title match would generate, it would resolve countless debates in CG.com. (",)

Dec-11-13  RedShield: < Formula 1 world champion Sebastian Vettel has criticised plans to award double points for the final race of the season from 2014.

The winning driver of next year's Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will earn 50 points instead of 25 under the proposals.

"This is absurd and punishes those who have worked hard for a whole season," said the 26-year-old, who won the final nine races in 2013.

"Drivers, fans and experts are horrified." >

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/formul...

If this rule had been in place in London, then Svidler and Aronian would have tied for first, with Lev edging the tiebreak by order of winning more games.

Jan-21-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: 2014 World Championship Candidates Tournament

FIDE announced that all qualifiers for the Candidates Tournament 2014 in Khanty-Mansiysk have confirmed their participation:

1. Viswanathan Anand (IND, former world champion)

2. Vladimir Kramnik (RUS, world cup 2013 winner)

3. Dmitry Andreikin (RUS, world cup 2013 finalist)

4. Veselin Topalov (BUL, grand-prix 2012-13 winner)

5. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE, grand-prix 2012-13 runner-up)

6. Levon Aronian (ARM, rating list 2012-13)

7. Sergey Karjakin (RUS, rating list 2012-13)

8. Peter Svidler (RUS, host nominee)

The tournament will take place in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia from March 13 (Round 1) to March 31 (Tiebreaks).

Jan-26-14  Everett: Great line-up. Should be some interesting chess.
Jan-26-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Karposian: <Everett: Great line-up. Should be some interesting chess.>

Agreed. I think this will be a fantastic tournament. There's a lot of differences in playing styles here. From defensive, positional players to more tactically minded and attacking players. This is going to be a lot of fun!

Jan-28-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  visayanbraindoctor: <cro777: 2014 World Championship Candidates Tournament>

<1. Viswanathan Anand (IND, former world champion)>

If this were 6 years ago, I would immediately say that Anand would win it. A motivated Anand at his prime is more than a match for any player in this tournament. However, present-day Anand is neither motivated nor at his prime anymore. But who knows? Anand might suddenly believe he is back in 2007 and cream the field.

<2. Vladimir Kramnik (RUS, world cup 2013 winner)>

In the most important WC cycle tournaments of 2013, the Candidates and the World Cup, Kramnik took first. A healthy Kramnik is one of those who can seemingly raise his level of play in competitions that matter most. People don't talk much about it anymore but this is the same guy who managed to raise his game to a near perfect level in 2000 in order to beat the great Kasparov. Although far behind Aronian at present, Kramnik has already demonstrated he has the ability to trash Elo rating predictions (just look at his Kasparov and Topalov WC matches) at will in important events. It could happen again.

<3. Dmitry Andreikin (RUS, world cup 2013 finalist)>

The big surprise. The dark horse. A solid and sound player. He is exactly of Carlsen's and Karjakin's batch. Zooming past more well known and publicized youngsters, is he now catching up to his true potential?

<4. Veselin Topalov (BUL, grand-prix 2012-13 winner)> The dangerous veteran Challenger. He has played both Kramnik and Anand in WC matches for the Title. He could well end up playing another one with Carlsen.

<5. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE, grand-prix 2012-13 runner-up)> The second dark horse. No one quite expected him to place second in the Grand Prix, but his mettle was tested and he came out with flying colors. Lest any one forget, he has also played in a previous Candidates (2011), via organizer's choice. Now no one quite expects him to win, but now is the time that the red light might turn green for him.

<6. Levon Aronian (ARM, rating list 2012-13)> Both the rating and the public favorite. Magnificent pre-Candidates performances in the World Team Championship and Wijk. Not only his scores but his games as well razzle and dazzle. One of the chess world's genuine tactical maestros and strongest masters in the past few years, once on fire he can leave the field gasping behind. Now at his chess peak Aronian is the favorite to win the Candidates. Nearly every one is awaiting or hoping for a stupendously exciting Carlsen vs Aronian WC match, but Aronian will have to hurdle the Candidates first, something which he has failed to do so before. Maybe this time he hits gold.

<7. Sergey Karjakin (RUS, rating list 2012-13)> Once the main hope of the 1990s born generation, he has finally gotten to where he belongs. This immensely promising young master of Carlsen's batch now has realistic chances of taking a crack at the Title. With a solid but gray style that consistently lands him near the top of tournaments, but rarely at first, most chess fans do not expect him to win; but if he does no one will also be surprised.

<8. Peter Svidler (RUS, host nominee)> Winning the Russian championship many times over (which probably earned him the qualifying nod of host Russia), one of the more senior masters raised in the finest tradition of the respected and proficient Soviet school of chess, he has been in the chess elite for more than a decade, constantly knocking at Championship's door. After all is said and done, he still has to open and walk through that door.

Jan-28-14  Everett: Svidler is the best possible choice for host nominee, BTW. One, he's Russian; two, he did so well in the last candidates. And he beat Carlsen.

Mamedyarov to me is the greatest wild-card. I hope he does not pull a "Radjabov."

I make no predictions. No idea how everyone will perform here. I just find it amazing that a few will actually have a minus score at the end of it.

Feb-10-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: Reflections of <Experts on the Candidates Tournament 2013> http://www.crestbook.com/node/1798
Feb-10-14  dx9293: Thank you, <whiteshark>!!
Feb-11-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: The pairings will be announced by 13 February.

The games (Round 1) at the Candidates Chess Tournament 2014 start on 13th March.

According to tournament regulations,the draw for pairings and colours will be conducted in the FIDE office in Athens, one month before the start of the event

Feb-11-14  RedShield: < The pairings will be announced by 13 February.>

At which point, <cg.com> may deign to give us a tournament page. I already requested same a few days ago, pointing out that last year's event had its own page as early as January 28th. Who's running this site, us or them?

Feb-11-14  RedShield: The pairings for which everybody is looking are Kramnik-Topalov and Topalov-Kramnik. Chess hasn't witnessed such an acrimonious head-to-head since Korchnoi-Spassky, who couldn't bear to sit at the same table as the other.
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