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World Championship Candidates Tournament

Sergey Karjakin8.5/14(+4 -1 =9)[games]
Fabiano Caruana7.5/14(+2 -1 =11)[games]
Viswanathan Anand7.5/14(+4 -3 =7)[games]
Peter Svidler7/14(+1 -1 =12)[games]
Levon Aronian7/14(+2 -2 =10)[games]
Anish Giri7/14(+0 -0 =14)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura7/14(+3 -3 =8)[games]
Veselin Topalov4.5/14(+0 -5 =9)[games]
* Chess Event Description
World Championship Candidates (2016)

Played from 11-28 March 2016 at the Central Telegraph in Moscow, Russia, with rest days March 14, 18, 22 and 26, this World Championship Candidates tournament determined who would be the challenger for the World Championship title in 2016. The qualifiers were the loser of the Carlsen - Anand World Championship Match (2014) (Anand), the top two finishers of the World Cup (2015) (Karjakin and Svidler), the top two finishers in the FIDE Grand Prix 2014-2015 (which ended with FIDE Grand Prix Khanty-Mansiysk (2015)) (Caruana and Nakamura), the next two highest rated players, based on the average of their monthly FIDE ratings in 2015 (Giri and Topalov), and one wildcard nominated by Agon (Aronian). Tiebreak criteria: 1) head-to-head results between the tied players, 2) number of wins, 3) Sonneborn-Berger score, 4) rapid/blitz playoff. Prize fund: €420,000, with €95,000 to the winner. Chief arbiter: Werner Stubenvoll.

The two leaders Caruana and Karjakin were paired in the final round, and because of the tiebreak criteria, Caruana had to win with black. Sergey Karjakin won the game and qualified for the Carlsen - Karjakin World Championship Match (2016).

Elo 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 1 Karjakin 2760 ** ½1 10 ½½ ½½ ½½ 1½ ½1 8½ 2 Caruana 2794 ½0 ** ½1 ½½ ½½ ½½ ½1 ½½ 7½ 3 Anand 2762 01 ½0 ** 1½ ½1 ½½ ½0 1½ 7½ 4 Svidler 2757 ½½ ½½ 0½ ** ½1 ½½ ½½ ½½ 7 5 Aronian 2786 ½½ ½½ ½0 ½0 ** ½½ 1½ 1½ 7 6 Giri 2793 ½½ ½½ ½½ ½½ ½½ ** ½½ ½½ 7 7 Nakamura 2790 0½ ½0 ½1 ½½ 0½ ½½ ** 11 7 8 Topalov 2780 ½0 ½½ 0½ ½½ 0½ ½½ 00 ** 4½

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 56  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Anand vs Topalov 1-0492016World Championship CandidatesC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
2. Karjakin vs Svidler ½-½302016World Championship CandidatesD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
3. Giri vs Aronian ½-½652016World Championship CandidatesD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Nakamura vs Caruana ½-½312016World Championship CandidatesA30 English, Symmetrical
5. Aronian vs Anand ½-½312016World Championship CandidatesD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Svidler vs Topalov ½-½302016World Championship CandidatesC67 Ruy Lopez
7. Caruana vs Giri ½-½422016World Championship CandidatesC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
8. Karjakin vs Nakamura 1-0382016World Championship CandidatesE15 Queen's Indian
9. Nakamura vs Svidler ½-½642016World Championship CandidatesD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. Topalov vs Aronian 0-1502016World Championship CandidatesA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
11. Anand vs Caruana ½-½402016World Championship CandidatesC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
12. Giri vs Karjakin ½-½302016World Championship CandidatesE15 Queen's Indian
13. Nakamura vs Giri ½-½322016World Championship CandidatesD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. Caruana vs Topalov ½-½522016World Championship CandidatesC50 Giuoco Piano
15. Svidler vs Aronian ½-½412016World Championship CandidatesA22 English
16. Karjakin vs Anand 1-0432016World Championship CandidatesA06 Reti Opening
17. Topalov vs Karjakin ½-½412016World Championship CandidatesE15 Queen's Indian
18. Aronian vs Caruana ½-½302016World Championship CandidatesA77 Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2
19. Anand vs Nakamura ½-½302016World Championship CandidatesC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
20. Giri vs Svidler ½-½302016World Championship CandidatesD73 Neo-Grunfeld, 5.Nf3
21. Caruana vs Karjakin ½-½362016World Championship CandidatesE15 Queen's Indian
22. Anand vs Svidler 1-0242016World Championship CandidatesC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. Aronian vs Nakamura 1-0832016World Championship CandidatesE15 Queen's Indian
24. Topalov vs Giri ½-½682016World Championship CandidatesE61 King's Indian
25. Karjakin vs Aronian ½-½312016World Championship CandidatesA07 King's Indian Attack
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Apr-27-16  dynamica: Relax after game:
- having a nice sleep
- taking regular exercise will fight stress and gives you endurance while playing chess.
Apr-29-16  dynamica: Aronian - Carlsen

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29.Rb8 Qxb8
30.g4 Qb4
31.Nd3 ........

Apr-29-16  dynamica: Aronian - Carlsen

Possible options:
31... Qb6+

31... Qb1+

31... Qd2

31... Qe7

Apr-29-16  dynamica: Carlsen - Eljanov

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33.Bd3 g6
34.Bxe4 dxe4
35.Qxb6 ..........

Apr-30-16  dynamica: Carlsen - Eljanov
Great solid game,solid defensive position is constructed.
May-01-16  dynamica: I walked through the door with you.
It was cold, but something about it felt like home somehow, and I Left my scarf there at your sister's house And you still got it in your drawer even now.
Oh, your sweet disposition
And my wide eyed gaze,
We're singing in a car getting lost upstate.
The autumn leaves falling down like pieces in their place And I can picture it after all these days, And I know it's long gone, and that magic's not here no more, And it might be okay, but I'm not fine at all. Cause here we are again on that little town street.
You almost ran the red cause you were looking over me. Wind in my hair, I was there, I remember it all too well. Photo album on my counter, Your cheeks were turning red.
You used to be a little kid with glasses in a twin size bed And your mother's telling stories 'bout you on the T-ball team. You tell me about your past thinking your future was me. And I know it's long gone, and there was nothing else I could do, And I forget about you long enough to forget why I needed to. Cause here we are again in the middle of the night, Down the stairs I was there I remember it all too well. And maybe we got lost in translation, Maybe I asked for too much.
But maybe this thing was a masterpiece
Till you tore it all up.
Running scared, I was there,
I remember it all too well.
Hey, you called me up again
Just to break me like a promise?
So casually cruel in the name of being honest.
I'm a crumpled up piece of paper lying here,
Cause I remember it all, all, all too well.
Time won't fly, it's like I'm paralyzed by it.
I'd like to be my old self again,
But I'm still trying to find it.
After plaid shirt days and nights when you made me your own, Now you mail back my things and I walk home alone, But your keep my old scarf from that very first week, Cause it reminds you of innocence and it smells like me. You can't get rid of it, cause you remember it all too well, yeah. Cause there we are again, when I loved you so, Back before you lost the one real thing you've ever known. It was where, I was there, I remember it all too well. Wind in my hair, you were there, you remember it all. Down the stairs, you were there, you remember it all. It was where, I was there, I remember it all too well.
May-02-16  dynamica: Hermonic:'"That,s totally barbaric."
Ron:"That's wizards chess."

by J.K.Rowling

May-02-16  Petrosianic: "No, it's Battle Chess, but we don't think Interplay has enough money to sue."
May-02-16  dynamica: MIRANDA Sweet lord, you play me false.
FERDINAND No, my dear’st love,
I would not for the world.

MIRANDA Yes, for a score of kingdoms you should wrangle, And I would call it, fair play.

ALONSO If this prove
A vision of the Island, one dear son
Shall I twice lose.

SEBASTIAN A most high miracle!

FERDINAND Though the seas threaten, they are merciful; I have cursed them without cause.

by Shakespeare

May-02-16  GiuocoPianoMan: Does anyone know what the time control will be in the World Championship match? Is it going to be 90mins/40 moves? And how does the increment work? Thanks!
May-02-16  cro777: The time control shall be: 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting after move 61 has been made.
May-02-16  GiuocoPianoMan: <Cro777> I see so many matches now with 90 mins- I do hope you are correct because I think more time will help Sergey play good chess against Magnus- no small task indeed!
May-02-16  devere: <GiuocoPianoMan: <Cro777> I see so many matches now with 90 mins- I do hope you are correct because I think more time will help Sergey play good chess against Magnus- no small task indeed!>

120 minutes for 40 moves is the same amount of time as 100 minutes + a 30 second increment starting at move 1. 90 minutes + 30 seconds is 10 minutes less time for the first 40 moves. Most chess players prefer the increment from move 1 because it greatly lessens extreme time pressure blunders.

May-08-16  dynamica: Today's translation tools also tend to move only between two languages.In the future the number of languages being spoken won't matter.You could host a dinner party with eight people at the table speaking different languages. by The Wall Street Journal.
May-11-16  dynamica: According to legend, a donkeys introduced the practice of pruning to grape: apparently , a donkeys nibbled at a grape much to the horror of the villagers! However, when this vine produced particularly large fruit, the villagers got the idea to start pruning their vines from then on. As amusing as the past may appear, every hobby-vintner needs to reflect on present day technologies and use contemporary pruning methods.
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  technical draw: A new name: Drawnish Giri.
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: <technical draw:> A new name : "One Month too late Man"
May-13-16  technical win: <moronovich: <technical draw:> A new name : "One Month too late Man">

Man, that was a hoot! What else could you expect from <t.draw>?

Sep-09-16  dynamica: If you just have somebody’s phone number, what could you do?

Karsten Nohl: Track their whereabouts, know where they go for work, which other people they meet when. We can spy on whom they call and what they say over the phone. And We can read their texts.

Now cellphones and mobile phone networks are vulnerable to hacking.

by cbsnews

Sep-09-16  dynamica: Keyser Söze is familiar with development Karsten Nohl?

Kobayashi:Yes, he yesterday install on his computer.

Jun-11-17  User not found: Really???!
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  chancho: 15 days to go until the 2018 Candidates tournament begins.

This is possibly Levon Aronian's last great chance to play for the title.

Mar-23-18  jith1207: It is not going well for Aronian, but I would not discount his chances in future. He would be stronger as ever soon, and it all has to come at right time. Winning the Candidates after a tough qualification is tough indeed.
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  Peligroso Patzer: The two links at the bottom of the caption box, above (to the official site and crosstable) have expired.

In lieu thereof, the Wikipedia page for this tournament provides a considerable amount of useful information:

Jul-17-18  jith1207: Thanks <PP>. FIDE cannot even keep up the website in this day and age for a tournament that happened just one cycle of candidates ago?

No wonder chess historians have tough job keeping all the data archived somehow.

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