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Candidates Tournament - The Result!

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

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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

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

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Vladimir Kramnik came so close to winning the tournament

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Vassily Ivanchuk is the toast of Norway after beating Kramnik!

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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

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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

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Boris Gelfand and Alexander Grischuk finished their campaigns with a draw

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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 

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

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The winner, and world championship challenger, Magnus Carlsen

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Photos by Ray Morris-Hill.

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Comments


  • 19 months ago

    Vorax

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

  • 19 months ago

    jaqm

    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?

  • 19 months ago

    steve_bute

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

  • 19 months ago

    chesshomen

    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!

  • 19 months ago

    aleksiolden

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  • 19 months ago

    magic-yak

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

  • 19 months ago

    Champeknight

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

  • 19 months ago

    nenad67

    Congratulations to Carlsen.

  • 19 months ago

    abiogenesis23

    Congrats to Svidler for a great tournament.  

  • 19 months ago

    Canario35

    Thanks Ivanchuk :D

  • 19 months ago

    Krangmx

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

  • 19 months ago

    ynbb

    Wow! Go carlsen!

  • 19 months ago

    anweshi

    A great tournament. And what an anti-climax ;) .

    Now eagerly awaiting for the WCh matches Anand Vs Carlsen.

  • 19 months ago

    eatherquake

    He did it!!!!! :):):):)

    Thank you so much Ivanchuk!!

  • 19 months ago

    ajttja

    Carlsen lost but he won!!

    http://www.chess.com/groups/home/the-magnus-carlsen-group join the magnus carlsen group

  • 19 months ago

    BloodyJack

    Controvercy! Drama! Tie-Breaks!

  • 19 months ago

    Twobit

    This was an incredible tournament with an incredible finale indeed. Chucky was the hero and antihero at the same time! Forget conspiracy theories and celebrate chess!

  • 19 months ago

    johnnyg264

    Eeh! My nerves are in splinters! Goodness gracious.

  • 19 months ago

    Destruction_30

    Seem an April fool!

  • 19 months ago

    Acidevil

    What an awesome tournament!  I'm thankful for the result between Ivanchuk and Kramnik if no other reason that to put down the rediculous russian conspiracy theories.  This tournament was certainly a nail biter!  

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