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Candidates Tournament - The Result!

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

Annotations by GM Sam Shankland
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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


  • 17 months ago

    philipalivar

    now is the beginning of a great fight of carlsen and anand! Im gonna follow it. . . Cool

  • 17 months ago

    Champeknight

    @maskedbishop. I love your comment. I really have no interest in arguing with leecooper78 who makes baseless accusations about me. So he can keep on whining and accusing me, but it stops here. It's total nonsense to keep on fanning his fires of ignorant accusations and stubbornness.

  • 17 months ago

    LeeCooper78

    @maskedbishop

    You're right. Very sorry for overreacting, no excuse there.

  • 17 months ago

    maskedbishop

    Champeknight and LeeCooper...get a room. It's really (really) not about you two.

    What's it about? Why, getting a spot on Team Magnus! I've already sent him a fax with my creds. Hey, if Patrick Wolfe can try and fail to get on Team Nigel back in the day, so can I.

  • 17 months ago

    LeeCooper78

    @champeknight

    No real arguments, huh? And as I've said - point one thing that I'm whining about concerning the tournament. Just a single thing... Of course, you can't! Because there isn't one.

    And I've clearly pointed what you were whining about. And insulting the super GM and one of the favorite characters in the chess world who has done no harm to you. How sorry and how miserable you have to be to do that?!

  • 17 months ago

    edward_glyver

    @zzgloo, He was theClassical World Chess Champion from 2000 to 2006, and the undisputed World Chess Champion from 2006 to 2007. The hell are you talking about?

  • 17 months ago

    zzgloo

    This result was the most disappointing for Kramnik....as this may have been his last attempt.....he who had been endorsed by Kasparov to be the next world champion, and many times came very close to be the champ...yet, he never seen to be able to do final  step......

  • 17 months ago

    Champeknight

    @leecooper78. Yeah, this is a free world. And what makes sense to you is nonsense to me. What makes sense to me is nonsense to you. So live with it and keep on whining.

  • 17 months ago

    LeeCooper78

    @champeknight

    Well, this is a free world - you can write any nonsense you like. And why am I a whiner? Have you seen any of my comments? You're talking nonsense again. Just because I'm a Kramnik fan, doesn't mean I'm a whiner. Unlike you, I do appreciate other players. Especcially Magnus. But also Ivanchuk! Yes, I did say a bad word about Grisha, but that was with Smile.

    You are the one insulting other players, just beacuse their results doesn't fit you. So, you go figure out who is a whiner...

  • 17 months ago

    Champeknight

    @leecooper78. Too many words you accuse me of and now you mention ivanchuk. You should have gone straight to the point instead of accusing me of all the crap I never said. Guess what, the tourney is over and some people will never accept the fact that Carlsen is the winner. So keep on whining until 2014. You have the right to whine as I have the right to speak my mind.

  • 17 months ago

    LeeCooper78

    @ champeknight

    You malign Ivanchuck, how is that any different? And all I wanted to say is that after those words you've lost the right to criticize the whiners on "the other side".

  • 17 months ago

    Champeknight

    @leecooper78. So where exactly did I mention KGB, conspiracy, communist crap that you accuse me of? Where did I malign Kramnik? Why are you insisting that I am teaching any one a lesson? I am not claiming that at all. Why do you have to personalize your attack to me? I never even know that you existed before you make nonsense claims against me. I am celebrating that Carlsen has won and have totally accepted that the game is over and I am a fan of the winner.

  • 17 months ago

    LeeCooper78

    @champeknight

    "Ivanchuk loses on time again. He is the biggest joke of this tourney. He is setting up the stage for losing to Kramnik in last round."

    Those are your exact words in the comment after Round 12, when Ivanchuk won against Carlsen. And now you dare to teach someone a lesson.

    And why am I a sore loser? Have you even read any of my comments regarding Magnus or are you again talking nonsense as usual?

    Why am I even a loser? I haven't participated in that tournament, I'm just a fan, nothing more and nothing less.

  • 17 months ago

    Champeknight

    @LeeCooper78.  What a true loser you are!  Don't accuse me of things I haven't said.  I've never said a bad thing about Kramnik either.  I said that he was an excellent player but this is Carlsen's time.  I've never been a conspiracy guy and I don't want to teach any one a lesson.  But sore losers like you just need to move on and accept that Carlsen is the best right now.

  • 17 months ago

    maskedbishop

    >Anand will smash the pampered kid...showing that his weak openings and cheap endgame tricks cannot work against high class players. <

    Oh I dunno about that. Those "weak openings and cheap endgame tricks" have managed to give Magnus Carlsen Ale the highest rating in the known universe. It's going to be a fine match...the Scandinavian renaissance vs. old Indian grandeur...tell me you really want to see yet another denizen of the post-Botvinnik school playing for draws. This is all good. 

    TMB

  • 17 months ago

    ttukhun

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  • 17 months ago

    Usermain

    Awesome tournament; good games by Ivanchuck (unpredictably awesome). Congratulations to Super GM Carlsen; hopefully he'll be WCC, I think he is worth it. Kramnik was playing on the safe side in his last game, but I think he should have pressed a little more; however, Ivanchuck was up to the challenge and prevented Kramnik.

    Good luck to Carlsen.

  • 17 months ago

    ildolphino

    @vodkarov

    What about a relaxed Carlsen against any of these players?

  • 17 months ago

    vodkarov

    Yes, it was a sad result for chess, as I've been saying for months. KBC was lost against Ivanchuk in their first game, lost against Radja and Kramnik, he was smashed terrible with white against Chucky and Svidler... and who qualifies? Yes, the king of boring chess. As Nakamura pointed out is his twitter: "Botvinnik and Rubinstein are rolling in their graves..."

    But maybe it will be good for the ones (many) who deny the truth. The Champ will put the boy in the place he deverve to be: Anand will smash the pampered kid like Kramnik also would do in a match, just showing that his weak openings and cheap endgame tricks cannot work against high class players. That's why Kramnik, Anand, relaxed Ivanchuk can outplay him with ease.

  • 17 months ago

    Calafell

    I think Carlsen may not defeating anand in a match

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