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World Championship Candidates Tournament

Vladimir Kramnik8.5/14(+4 -1 =9)[view games]
Magnus Carlsen8.5/14(+5 -2 =7)[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]

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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Mar-02-13
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  HeMateMe: <im not surprised no one is saying it. in a match of 12 games, and given his match experience and level of preparation, 'even' carlsen will have to play well to get the title off him>

I've said it. Anand is world champion for a reason. If he emerges from the C tournamnet, Carlsen will be a very small favorite in the match with Annad.

24 games is better, more conclusive, and more sporting.

Mar-02-13
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  Eggman: Two weeks! I'm getting stoked!

Two questions:

1. Is the official site for the candidates up yet? I can't seem to find it.

2. Anyone know what the round-by-round pairings are, or is that determined by the drawing of lots at the opening ceremonies?

Mar-02-13  FadeThePublic: 1 Not up yet
2 Yes
3 Stoked yes
Mar-02-13  Xenon Oxide: I cannot wait for the tournament to start!!!!
Mar-02-13  IndigoViolet: <Urgh. I find this spectacularization irksome and really, really dumb.>

I have the same feeling about your <specularization>.

Mar-02-13
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  Absentee: Is there a meaning behind it or were you just feeling punny?
Mar-02-13
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  Rolfo: Eggman,

the closest I've found
http://www.worldchess.com/candidates/

Mar-02-13  fisayo123: As for <Radjabov>, well he is my favorite player, but I haven't seen anything special recently in his openings with the white pieces to suggest victory here. I'm going with Aronian/Grischuk.
Mar-02-13  Xenon Oxide: I predict a Carlsen win. He has simply been dominant. Nobody will catch him.
Mar-02-13  Mr. Bojangles: <Two weeks! I'm getting stroked!>

Really?? Perv...

Mar-02-13  fisayo123: <Xenon Oxide> I agree, but has he ever dominated a field like this before? Forgive me asking. All these guys are in good form as well except maybe Levon. This is like a Tal memorial like field. You can't dominate it. (considering what is at stake and the preparation involved) The winner will do well to win by a full point methinks.
Mar-02-13  jancotianno: I would like to see either Carlsen or Radjabov win this and go on to win the world championship but he (Radjabov) might be quite rusty in match play by the time this tournament gets started since he hasn't played much recently that I know of.
Mar-02-13
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  kellmano: <jancotianno: I would like to see either Carlsen or Radjabov win this and go on to win the world championship but he (Radjabov) might be quite rusty in match play by the time this tournament gets started since he hasn't played much recently that I know of.>

He might be very well prepared though of course. Hope he continutes to trot out the KID.

Mar-02-13  Ezzy: <Garry Kasparov responded to the question regarding Magnus Carlsen on the online-conference held on the Russian newspaper "Argumenty i Fakty" website.

"There's no doubt that Carlsen is the strongest chess player in the world today. It will be just strange if he won't become the next world champion. It's noteworthy that some sort of Fischer nightmare is happening at the upcoming Candidate's tournament which will start in London in three weeks: seven Soviet players against the foreigner. In early 60's there was a quite strict rule regulating the number of players coming from the same country. Now the flags will be different but seven participants were born in the Soviet Union. Only three of them are Russians though."

Kasparov also assessed the chances of other challengers:

"Well, relying on chess logic Levon Aronian is perhaps the most probable competitor for Magnus. He is hardworking, he has a strong team and a lot of attention is paid to chess in Armenia.

I wouldn't disregard Kramnik too. Although... recently his second child was born and you know that may divert his attention. It's very important that despite all of his numerous virtues he is still a family man with two children. That makes the person's subconsciousness to think about something different. Here Magnus has a huge advantage, for he shouldn't be thinking about anything except chess. Aronian actually can also concentrate on chess only.

Maybe Alexander Grischuk also has some chances, but again he has his own problems.

No one has such a steady play as Magnus for now. If Carlsen will be playing confidently in London it's unlikely that he will face a serious competition. On the other hand, Magnus will be confronted to the situation when he will have to win at any cost for the first time. It's not an ordinary competition ("if I haven't won this one I will win the next one"), but it's the tournament which will decide if he will play against Anand.

It's clear that Anand is not in his best shape now, he is not already the one whom he used to be once. So, most likely the person who will win in London will have a perfect chance to defeat Anand.">

http://chess-news.ru/en/node/11246

Mar-02-13
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  kellmano: <Maybe Alexander Grischuk also has some chances, but again he has his own problems.>

Far too cool for his own good. I love Grischuk, despite the fact his view on cynical draws is the opposite of my own. Partly, I rate him because he could not care less about the views of his supporters like me.

Mar-02-13
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  Eyal: I like Grischuk quite a bit myself, but I'm afraid his main problem is that he's simply not strong enough in this company, and with the tournament format he won't be able to draw his way to tiebreaks as he did in Kazan.
Mar-02-13
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  kellmano: <eyal> I suggest he is the most naturally talented (whatever that means) of any of the candidates, bar possibly Magnus.

The way he plays in time trouble, and in endgames, would be my evidence.

Mar-02-13  fisayo123: <I like Grischuk quite a bit myself, but I'm afraid his main problem is that he's simply not strong enough in this company, > Really surprising comment from my favorite kibitzer. Like <kellmano> said, Sascha is one of the top five most naturally gifted players around. You can tell from his head to head against other top players, ability to play any opening and unbelievable ability in quick time controls. He is the biggest Russian talent since maybe even Kramnik himself, IMO. His problem here is squeezing out those wins against fellow geniuses. The only players I think that are not strong enough now are possibly <Gelfand> and <Ivanchuk>. It also remains to be seen if <Svidler's> weight loss improves his stamina.
Mar-02-13  Everett: <It also remains to be seen if <Svidler's> weight loss improves his stamina.>

Well I for one am happy to hear this about Svidler. Hopefully he did it safely. It would be nice to see some GMs trending toward some other body type besides "oompa loompa." Sitting down for 5+ hours while pounding sugar can't help.

Mar-02-13
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  Kinghunt: <I've said it. Anand is world champion for a reason.> Yes, because Gelfand scored +2 against the current world #10, 11, and 17.
Mar-02-13
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  Eggman: <<Yes, because Gelfand scored +2 against the current world #10, 11, and 17.>>

Well said. The previous candidates was such a farce. None of that was Gelfand's fault, of course - he did what he had to do - but what a farce. This double round robin is a welcome change.

Mar-03-13
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  morfishine: <Richard Taylor> Excellent post on how aging may affect one's play.

IMHO, one can maintain a high level of play for virtually their whole life; The main question being "Is that person willing to pay the price?" The price being a daily routine of chess study, working through tactical problems, staying current with theory, physical conditioning and of course, just playing. This can take up a lot of time and can get tiresome, especially for individuals with lots of other outside interests/hobbies or for those who have reached their chess goals.

Mar-03-13
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  SetNoEscapeOn: Looking at historical precedent, here's something to ponder: no ex world champion has ever been able recapture the title - except for Botvinnik, via his controversial rematch clauses.

The only one who even managed to qualify again is Karpov, and he did so twice (if you count the 1987 superfinal). Both times he was unable to overcome the Beast from Baku.

Mar-03-13
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  Richard Taylor: < morfishine: <Richard Taylor> Excellent post on how aging may affect one's play.>

Thank you. I agree. I'm club player so its maybe not so relevant to the World Champs. I think (not sure) that I am affected by (same thing that makes older peel confused in traffic etc, which happens to me more...)

<IMHO, one can maintain a high level of play for virtually their whole life; The main question being "Is that person willing to pay the price?" The price being a daily routine of chess study, working through tactical problems, staying current with theory, physical conditioning and of course, just playing. This can take up a lot of time and can get tiresome, especially for individuals with lots of other outside interests/hobbies or for those who have reached their chess goals.>

In many cases and the proviso / too high for me price / is the hard work. I did better when I was doing much like that. I did online and book tactics work, opening ideas, strategy etc and followed games on You Tube IN those years I beat three FMs and [played some nice combinative nd some good positional games - but of course I also played a lot of bad games. And luck plays a part in chess also.

My primary interest is literature and art now so my focus is on that. So I will still follow GM games and play over games etc but may not play OTB.

I know Korchnoi plays and van Riemsdijk who is an IM and plays here (in some tourneys) and has a brother here...he is the same age as me.

Of course I will follow the WCs, my feeling is that the younger players will prevail but it is not easy to predict what will happen when the pressure comes on.

I was never quite good enough at chess to justify intensive work.

I'm not big on studying openings (although I do do that, but perhaps not as systematically as I could have))

Well even as I think of bowing out I find myself opening old and new chess books and fiddling with games and studying combos...but I know it is just the terrible old addiction!!

Mar-03-13
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  Richard Taylor: Just playing over some games of Euwe's before his 1948 disaster. He is or was better than his reputation. Some great games.

His Judgment and Planning book is still good also.

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