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Aronian Leads the Way; Ivanchuk In the Basement!

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   After today’s Round 3, the Candidates tournament is about a quarter way through games and against what many expected, Magnus Carlsen is not leading the way, but Armenian GM Levon Aronian. With keen eyes on Mag-Town, it’s actually the “Aronian Train” flying up the tracks, winning two of his first three games, leading both Magnus and Petr Svidler by a ½ point.

 

   On the other hand, Vassily Ivanchuk is not doing so well. Drawing in game one, flagging in game two, and dropping another one today, he’s sharing the basement with the 2012 Championship match runner-up Boris Gelfand, both with ½ out of 3. In the middle of all this craziness are Vladimir Kramnik, Teimour Radjabov and Alexander Grischuk all with 1.5/3. It should make for some thrills and chills as we get deeper into the tournament.  Smile

 

   With Round 4 coming up on Tuesday, I have to admit having Magnus in the fold in this Cycle, it’s a lot more fun to watch than the debacle of 2011. Ivanchuk is unstable sometimes and even Anand said you never know which Ivanchuk will show up from one day—or one minute—to the next. He’s picked a hell of a time to be unstable. Obviously he’s earned his way to the Candidates tournament, but he’s not showing his mettle with only a half-point to his name. He’s been under a lot of time pressure so far and I really feel bad for him. I hope he can pull it together for the later rounds. Frown

 

   There haven’t been as many draws as there were in 2011, back when I was live-blogging the entire tournament. Watching those games was torturous for me, along with my horrifying assumptions of what would probably happen based on the previous day’s games. There was a lot of fallout from that, so I think they got their act together for this one.

 

   Along with the excellent coverage on Chess.com/TV, I’ve also enjoyed the commentary between IMs Malcolm Pein and Lawrence Trent, but have one gripe: the live video feed of the players needs adjusting; the glare from the lighting takes away from being able to see the players’ mannerisms, body language and the fidgets I relish so much. I especially like when Boris Gelfand takes the bishop and twirls it in his hand. I really enjoy seeing how they react to certain moves and situations; it’s a large part of the entertainment for me. How about you?

 

   For those who missed it, here are today’s games:


 

 

 


   It’s been an enjoyable tourney so far and I’m determined to not miss a day of it, especially since I missed most of the 2012 World Championship Match. Frown  As far as who I’m rooting for this time around, my top 3 favorites are:  1) Magnus, 2)  Kramnik, and 3) Aronian. I think if any player can beat Anand, it will be Carlsen, and if he does it, I don’t see Carlsen losing it for a while. That’s just my opinion.

  

   Tomorrow’s an off day, but here’s the schedule for Day 4, taken from the official site:

 

Round 4 on 2013/03/19 at 14.00

                 
                 

SNo.

 

Name

Rtg

Res.

 

Name

Rtg

SNo.

8

GM

Carlsen Magnus

2872

-

GM

Grischuk Alexander

2764

6

7

GM

Radjabov Teimour

2793

-

GM

Kramnik Vladimir

2810

5

1

GM

Aronian Levon

2809

-

GM

Svidler Peter

2747

4

2

GM

Gelfand Boris

2740

-

GM

Ivanchuk Vassily

2757

3

 

 

   The top 3 games on Monday will affect the standings more than the bottom game with Ivanchuk and Gelfand will. Those two players desperately need a win. I would really like to see Ivanchuk do well, even if he doesn’t win the entire event or place among the top 3.

 

   I hope you enjoyed reading about my outlook on things so far, and look forward to hearing your insights on what’s happened so far. Just keep it clean. Cool

 

   Have a good night!  Laughing

 

   -Mark

Comments


  • 16 months ago

    D_for_DJ

    Nice write up!

  • 19 months ago

    JianBatistaFidanza

    I do believe that Natural Prodauct has said the thing, of how it is, realy hmm yes.

  • 19 months ago

    ziind

    Going into the tournament, I thought Aronian had a slight advantage and would take it, but after seeing the first few games, I believe Carlsen will take the cake, his first  games were much more difficult than Aronian's.  I will give Magnus the advantage from here simply becaue he drew against Aronian as black. However, anything can happen!

  • 19 months ago

    MrMars

    ivanchuck was actually doing really well against aronion. just a final move blunder sealed the deal. instead of moving the knight to that vulnerable spot, he shouldve attacked blacks lsb. computer evaluation is equal.

  • 19 months ago

    NM Petrosianic

    Life scores:

    Classical games: Levon Aronian beat Viswanathan Anand 6 to 2, with 16 draws.

    Classical games: Viswanathan Anand beat Magnus Carlsen 6 to 2, with 19 draws.

  • 19 months ago

    GmPrice

    I'll be shocked if Anand retains his title facing: Carlsen or Aronian. Kramnik is one of my favorite chess players, probably #2 behind Karpov, and I Know he has immense potential. Somebody on here said he's been training for this very hard, so maybe he'll be up to it since he still has a lot of strength in his game. Anybody else, I could see Anand Winning. Carlsen and Aronian are too fast to be beat in Rapids, and honestly, Aronian is Anand's nemesis as black, and Carlsen is so universal, he will probably just grind to wins through the entire thing.

  • 19 months ago

    RookedOnChess

    Eeeeew, dzindi! lol Yuck!

  • 19 months ago

    conanbarbarian

    Nothing new here...

  • 19 months ago

    dzindzifan

    Chucky may be in the basement right now but the real question to ask is ... what is he doing down there?  Answer: He's getting ready ... his assault on the world begins now ... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:ChuckyDoll.jpg

  • 19 months ago

    dzindzifan

    In the "official site" the IM's Pein and Trent are great and they had Super GM Luke McShane for round 2 as a guest analyst. One improvement for them would be to ditch the weird red/white and odd pieces on their board and, at least for online viewers like me, dump the "chess analyzer" it's difficult to see online and therefore absolutely worthless.  But the commentary makes up for all this ... and the press conferences have been wonderfully hosted and translated by WGM Anastasia Karlovich.

  • 19 months ago

    Tyozao

    I think carlsen will appear with some surprises. but Aronian is a way ahead him. i believe Aronian will get it.

  • 19 months ago

    Czechman

    I agree that the lighting is horrible for us watching on the computer. It may be fine for the contestants but cameras do not have the dynamic range to capture subtleties in the midtones and shadows. Photos of the players posed at the boards show this clearly with overhead lighting casting dark, unflattering shadows.

    They should crank up the ambient lighting (fill) for the cameras.

  • 19 months ago

    chessyjayesh

    today is ivanchuk birthday ............btw carlsen is not that much experinced to beat anand and his opening may ruined him against anand in long tourney where experince matter

  • 19 months ago

    naturalproduct

    I feel no pity for Ivanchuk or anyone in this tournament. This is what this tournament is about. Eliminate the weak, crush ego's, and claw your way to the top. If your having a bad day, then OK. Having a bad tournament, OK that can happen, but I think its harder to continue splitting skulls day after day than to lose on time pressure. The more talented players will win. Thats why this is carried out over a long period of time with rest days. There are little excuses.

  • 19 months ago

    melvinbluestone

    Ivanchuk has the dubious consolation of having tried a couple of unusual ideas (Leningrad Dutch & Trompowsky) for a tournament of such importance. In round 3, GM Khachiyan looked at a line, I believe it was after move nine: 10.Bxh7+ Kxh7 11.Ng5+. This seems to produce a winning attack, but then Melik pointed out 11...Kh6 probably holds for black, though the king is in a rather precarious position. Considering how badly the game went for Chuky, maybe he should have tried this anyway. I hope he does better in subsequent games.

  • 19 months ago

    Rasparovov

    Well Carlsen faced both Aronian and Kramnik these first rounds, top seeds. While Aronian played Ivanchuk instead of Kramnik. Which seems the be the easier games. I'm sure Carlsen will catch Aronian.

  • 19 months ago

    rioman

    That's a pity GMs in size of Ivanchuk - who I love - and Radjabov fall into such time trouble. They should take care of it and excuses like position was complicated is not acceptable. After all the situation is the same for their opponent. Radjabov in terrible lack of time ruined his position to get to move 40. What would happened if he spent less time in previous moves? It wouldn't be worse if he spent reasonable time for earlier moves I'm sure. I am really so sad about Ivanchuk and hope he is back on track. Come On Vassily! You deserve much more.

  • 19 months ago

    Sahasrara

    Carlsen's win against Gelfand was crucial to make sure Boris does not make a comeback, however he needs to rack up more wins like he usually does otherwise Aronian will cruise to a win. 

  • 19 months ago

    GoatsRUs

    I really like Chucky. If only he would not spend 30 minutes on a move and manage his time a better.

  • 19 months ago

    Paulzzz

    To my opinion the favourates are: 1) Carlsen 2) Aronian 3) Kramnik. So the key intrigue is between Carlsen and Aronian. I hope Magnus is fully aware of this.

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