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World Championship Candidates Tournament

Magnus Carlsen8.5/14(+5 -2 =7)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik8.5/14(+4 -1 =9)[games]
Peter Svidler8/14(+4 -2 =8)[games]
Levon Aronian8/14(+5 -3 =6)[games]
Boris Gelfand6.5/14(+2 -3 =9)[games]
Alexander Grischuk6.5/14(+1 -2 =11)[games]
Vasyl Ivanchuk6/14(+3 -5 =6)[games]
Teimour Radjabov4/14(+1 -7 =6)[games]
* Chess Event Description
World Championship Candidates (2013)

Played at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) in Savoy Place, London, England, 15 March - 1 April 2013. Rest days: March 18, 22, 26 & 30. Main sponsor: SOCAR. The field consisted of the loser of the Anand - Gelfand World Championship Match (2012) (Gelfand), the top three finishers in the World Cup (2011) (Svidler, Grischuk, Ivanchuk), the three highest rated players, based on the average of July 2011 and January 2012 (Carlsen, Aronian, Kramnik), and the organizer's wild card (Radjabov). Rounds started at 2 pm. Time control: 120 minutes for the first 40 moves and 60 more minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 more minutes till the end of the game, with 30 seconds added per move from move 61. Tiebreak criteria: 1) head-to-head results, 2) number of wins, 3) Sonneborn-Berger score. Prize fund: €510,000, with €115,000 to the winner. Organizer: Agon and FIDE. Tournament director: Robert Fontaine. Chief arbiter: Werner Stubenvoll.

Magnus Carlsen had one more win than Vladimir Kramnik, and qualified for the Anand - Carlsen World Championship Match (2013).

Elo 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 1 Carlsen 2872 ** ½½ 10 ½½ 11 1½ ½0 ½1 8½ 2 Kramnik 2810 ½½ ** ½1 ½1 ½½ ½1 ½0 ½1 8½ 3 Svidler 2747 01 ½0 ** ½1 ½½ ½½ ½1 1½ 8 4 Aronian 2809 ½½ ½0 ½0 ** 10 ½½ 11 11 8 5 Gelfand 2740 00 ½½ ½½ 01 ** ½½ ½½ ½1 6½ 6 Grischuk 2764 0½ ½0 ½½ ½½ ½½ ** ½1 ½½ 6½ 7 Ivanchuk 2757 ½1 ½1 ½0 00 ½½ ½0 ** 01 6 8 Radjabov 2793 ½0 ½0 0½ 00 ½0 ½½ 10 ** 4

Official site:
Wikipedia article: Candidates Tournament 2013

Previous: World Championship Candidates (2011). Next: World Championship Candidates (2014)

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 56  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Gelfand vs Radjabov ½-½362013World Championship CandidatesE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
2. Svidler vs Kramnik ½-½232013World Championship CandidatesD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Aronian vs Carlsen ½-½312013World Championship CandidatesE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
4. Ivanchuk vs Grischuk ½-½442013World Championship CandidatesE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
5. Radjabov vs Ivanchuk 1-0342013World Championship CandidatesA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
6. Grischuk vs Svidler ½-½412013World Championship CandidatesC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
7. Carlsen vs Kramnik ½-½302013World Championship CandidatesA33 English, Symmetrical
8. Aronian vs Gelfand 1-0352013World Championship CandidatesA04 Reti Opening
9. Ivanchuk vs Aronian 0-1352013World Championship CandidatesA45 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Gelfand vs Carlsen 0-1572013World Championship CandidatesD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Kramnik vs Grischuk ½-½352013World Championship CandidatesD71 Neo-Grunfeld
12. Svidler vs Radjabov 1-0552013World Championship CandidatesE81 King's Indian, Samisch
13. Carlsen vs Grischuk 1-0372013World Championship CandidatesC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
14. Gelfand vs Ivanchuk ½-½352013World Championship CandidatesD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
15. Radjabov vs Kramnik ½-½502013World Championship CandidatesE54 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System
16. Aronian vs Svidler ½-½312013World Championship CandidatesD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
17. Kramnik vs Aronian ½-½722013World Championship CandidatesA06 Reti Opening
18. Grischuk vs Radjabov ½-½512013World Championship CandidatesD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Svidler vs Gelfand ½-½312013World Championship CandidatesD85 Grunfeld
20. Ivanchuk vs Carlsen ½-½572013World Championship CandidatesD93 Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3
21. Radjabov vs Aronian 0-1542013World Championship CandidatesC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
22. Kramnik vs Ivanchuk ½-½312013World Championship CandidatesE10 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Grischuk vs Gelfand ½-½552013World Championship CandidatesB30 Sicilian
24. Svidler vs Carlsen 0-1362013World Championship CandidatesC78 Ruy Lopez
25. Aronian vs Grischuk ½-½432013World Championship CandidatesE17 Queen's Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  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:

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  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! :)
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  Check It Out: <wordfunph> Interesting quote.

Get your avatar back right away!

Jun-04-13  AgentRgent: <Check It Out: > Spraggett's Blog has apparently been removed...
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  Check It Out: <AgentRgent> Here's the new location if you're interested: http://kevinspraggettonchess.wordpr...
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  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  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  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 (",)

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." >

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  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  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  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  whiteshark: Reflections of <Experts on the Candidates Tournament 2013>
Feb-10-14  dx9293: Thank you, <whiteshark>!!
Feb-11-14  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, <> 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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  perfidious: <Mr Bojangles....The best players aren't the best trainers ... go figure.>

So it has been in other sports: Ted Williams and Ty Cobb could not, for all their greatness at bat, lift teams they managed to any sort of success.

Checking one's ego at the door and accepting that one's past glories have long since flown is no mean feat; after all, it is the immense ego which provides so very much of the impetus towards greatness in the first place. Combine such an ego with the impulsive, headstrong character which has always been Kasparov and the end result is nothing if not predictable.

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  Tabanus: I tried to add a little summary and a crosstable, but the bio field is blocked by the World Chess logo. Which itself is a now broken link.
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  Tabanus: Until today.
May-21-20  jith1207: <toktorook: I take you all 10,000 Carlsen is not going to win it. Somebody amongst the 7 will. Deal?>

I hope this bet didn't actually happen.

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