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Candidates Tournament - The Result!

  • SonofPearl
  • on 4/1/13, 11:12 AM.

Annotations by GM Sam Shankland

The 2013 Candidates Tournament will live long in the memory, and its conclusion was as unexpected as it was amazing! The two remaining contenders, Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik both had to keep one eye on each other's games, with Vladimir Kramnik needing to score a better result than his Norwegian rival to win the tournament.

Today is April Fool's day, but this is no joke: Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik both lost their final round games!  Incredibly, Vassily Ivanchuk gradually outplayed Vladimir Kramnik, and Magnus Carlsen went astray in rare (for him) time trouble to turn an equal position into a loss.

Carlsen was first to resign, but relatively safe in the knowledge that Kramnik was probably losing as well. What a finale!

Two rounds ago, it seemed that Vassily Ivanchuk had cost Magnus Carlsen victory in the tournament, but by beating Vladimir Kramnik in the final round, he ended up saving his skin!  Try to fit a conspiracy story around that...Wink

Magnus Carlsen at the start of his final round game



Peter Svidler's win gave him 3rd place in the tournament




Vladimir Kramnik came so close to winning the tournament



Vassily Ivanchuk is the toast of Norway after beating Kramnik!




2013 Candidates Tournament Final Standings

Name Fed Elo Pts
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2872
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2810
Peter Svidler RUS 2747 8
Levon Aronian ARM 2809 8
Boris Gelfand ISR 2740
Alexander Grischuk RUS 2764
Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2757 6
Teimour Radjabov AZE 2793 4


Lev Aronian completed Teimour Radjabov's miserable tournament by beating him after the Azerbaijani blundered in the endgame.

Lev Aronian ended the tournament with another win



Boris Gelfand and Alexander Grischuk finished their campaigns with a draw



The complete results of the 2013 Candidates

Round 1  15/03/13   
Levon Aronian ½ - ½ Magnus Carlsen
Boris Gelfand ½ - ½ Teimour Radjabov 
Vassily Ivanchuk  ½ - ½ Alexander Grischuk 
Peter Svidler  ½ - ½ Vladimir Kramnik
Round 2  16/03/13   
Magnus Carlsen ½ - ½ Vladimir Kramnik
Alexander Grischuk  ½ - ½ Peter Svidler 
Teimour Radjabov  1 - 0 Vassily Ivanchuk 
Levon Aronian 1 - 0 Boris Gelfand
Round 3  17/03/13   
Boris Gelfand 0 - 1 Magnus Carlsen
Vassily Ivanchuk  0 - 1 Levon Aronian
Peter Svidler  1 - 0 Teimour Radjabov 
Vladimir Kramnik ½ - ½ Alexander Grischuk 
Round 4  19/03/13   
Magnus Carlsen 1 - 0 Alexander Grischuk 
Teimour Radjabov  ½ - ½ Vladimir Kramnik
Levon Aronian ½ - ½ Peter Svidler 
Boris Gelfand ½ - ½ Vassily Ivanchuk 
Round 5  20/03/13   
Vassily Ivanchuk  ½ - ½ Magnus Carlsen
Peter Svidler  ½ - ½ Boris Gelfand
Vladimir Kramnik ½ - ½ Levon Aronian
Alexander Grischuk  ½ - ½ Teimour Radjabov 
Round 6  21/03/13   
Peter Svidler  0 - 1 Magnus Carlsen
Vladimir Kramnik ½ - ½ Vassily Ivanchuk 
Alexander Grischuk  ½ - ½ Boris Gelfand
Teimour Radjabov  0 - 1 Levon Aronian
Round 7  23/03/13   
Magnus Carlsen ½ - ½ Teimour Radjabov 
Levon Aronian ½ - ½ Alexander Grischuk 
Boris Gelfand ½ - ½ Vladimir Kramnik
Vassily Ivanchuk  ½ - ½ Peter Svidler 
Round 8  24/03/13  
Magnus Carlsen ½ - ½ Levon Aronian
Teimour Radjabov  0 - 1 Boris Gelfand
Alexander Grischuk  1 - 0 Vassily Ivanchuk 
Vladimir Kramnik 1 - 0 Peter Svidler 
Round 9  25/03/13  
Vladimir Kramnik ½ - ½ Magnus Carlsen
Peter Svidler  ½ - ½ Alexander Grischuk 
Vassily Ivanchuk  1 - 0 Teimour Radjabov 
Boris Gelfand 1 - 0 Levon Aronian
Round 10  27/03/13  
Magnus Carlsen 1 - 0 Boris Gelfand
Levon Aronian 1 - 0 Vassily Ivanchuk 
Teimour Radjabov  ½ - ½ Peter Svidler 
Alexander Grischuk  0 - 1 Vladimir Kramnik
Round 11  28/03/13  
Alexander Grischuk  ½ - ½ Magnus Carlsen
Vladimir Kramnik 1 - 0 Teimour Radjabov 
Peter Svidler  1 - 0 Levon Aronian
Vassily Ivanchuk  ½ - ½ Boris Gelfand
Round 12  29/03/13  
Magnus Carlsen 0 - 1 Vassily Ivanchuk 
Boris Gelfand ½ - ½ Peter Svidler 
Levon Aronian 0 - 1 Vladimir Kramnik
Teimour Radjabov  ½ - ½ Alexander Grischuk 
Round 13  31/03/13  
Teimour Radjabov  0 - 1 Magnus Carlsen
Alexander Grischuk  ½ - ½ Levon Aronian
Vladimir Kramnik ½ - ½ Boris Gelfand
Peter Svidler  1 - 0 Vassily Ivanchuk 
Round 14  01/04/13
Magnus Carlsen 0 - 1 Peter Svidler 
Vassily Ivanchuk  1 - 0 Vladimir Kramnik
Boris Gelfand ½ - ½ Alexander Grischuk 
Levon Aronian 1 - 0 Teimour Radjabov 


See you for the world championship in October/November: Magnus Carlsen versus Vishy Anand!


The winner, and world championship challenger, Magnus Carlsen


Photos by Ray Morris-Hill.

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19 votes


  • 17 months ago


    A great tournament. Well done Carlsen. 

  • 17 months ago


    The Tag Line of the Candidates Tournament says:

    "The Best mind wins"

    but now it has been changed by history to:

    "The least loser WINS"...

  • 17 months ago


    Chucky is the ultimate chess troll!

  • 17 months ago


    so now, all of those, who blamed chucky for match-fixing, get out of your holes right now. Had he played the way he did against Carlsen and Kramnik rounds for whole tournament, he would win for sure. 

    Congrats to Carlsen, but i am worried about the course against anand. Vishy will wait for his opportunity, strike fast and hard, and hope to hold out like he did against gelfand. If Carlsen is going to play way he did in last rounds, then Anand will win easily. But who knows, we will see in future...

  • 17 months ago


    now i believe there is really an april fools what a splendid and nerve cracking tournament, all the super grandmasters played so well but only one is needed to face vishy, congrats magnus hope youll probe it to all woodpushers that you really worth to be the challenger and hopefully a new world champion

  • 17 months ago


    In Aronian-Radjabov, why can't 35...Qxe4+ be played, it forces the rook battery to break up and then black can queen after? What am I missing?

  • 17 months ago


    My apology to Ivanchuk, for all I think and post here for him. He palys a fool all  the tournament, but managed to demonstrate his unusual strenght by strange and impressive way - beating world's number 1 & 2. Carlsen is not wining. Kramnik is not loosing. Ivanchuk made a real 1st April's joke with all of them and us. And chess is wining after all. Thanks for the great show.

  • 17 months ago


    The old monkeys showed the new generation a TRICK OR TWO!!

    Gelfand and Chucky are the REAL WINNERS of this Tournament!!


    Gelfand Beats Aronian - Player Number two!

    Chucky Beats Carlsen and Kramnik - Players Number One and Three!!

    Great Chess!! 

    Magnus Carlsen result - BELOW EXPECTATION performance - becomes a CHALLENGER by the skin of his teeth!!

  • 17 months ago


    Let's see what all the conspiracy theorist have to say about today. They can all admit they are biased and ignorant.

  • 17 months ago


    I keep looking at the end position of the Kramnik game. Why did he resign at that position? He could have keep on playing perhaps. What is the engine evaluation?

  • 17 months ago


    I would rather see a playoff than a tiebreak victory. There's no persuasive logic behind 'more wins' being better than 'fewer losses'.

  • 17 months ago


    What entertaining drama, it helps Magnus when he finally takes on the world champ. It tempers expectations... he's just like the rest of us... human!

  • 17 months ago


  • 17 months ago


    Peter Svidler is my new favorite player. Not for his style, but for his interviews and attitude. (and his result!)

  • 17 months ago


    I take back all my negative comments against Ivanchuk.  You are definitely Carlsen's savior and new best friend. 

  • 17 months ago


    Congratulations to Carlsen.

  • 17 months ago


    Congrats to Svidler for a great tournament.  

  • 17 months ago


    Thanks Ivanchuk :D

  • 17 months ago


    Ivanchuck should go against Anand!!!! Hes the best player of them all....

  • 17 months ago


    Wow! Go carlsen!

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