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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


  • 17 months ago

    Aguchi71

    Kramnik :(

  • 17 months ago

    MindWalk

    systemovich: I like your tiebreaker.

  • 17 months ago

    PRILSTONE

    Why hate carlsen? 

  • 17 months ago

    mccool72

    congratulation carlsen Laughing

  • 17 months ago

    GmPrice

    That's the entire point of a conspiracy theory. You think it's happening without solid evidence. It's just a tenuous connection between events. You can say whatever you want. When a topic becomes taboo, you end up in the same situation as chinese martial arts. Nobody challenges the master because it's a horrid and forbidden taboo, but what happens is you end up with a weak master that is just a con man teaching you garbage. It's good for people to become suspicious. Keep questioning and fight for honesty. And it's completely fair to apologize after the fact. Everybody wants us to bow down and suck their toes because their ratings are huge. II don't care who it is, 'll call Jesus out if it looks like he's cheating.

  • 17 months ago

    PRILSTONE

    pretty good rounds. everyone deserves to be at what they are right now. Salute to all the GM's playing this tourney. I'm excited to see the upcoming fight of vishy and the mozart of chess. That's chess. unexpected results..hehehe

  • 17 months ago

    systemovich

    The Candidates tournament consisted of seven two-game matches per player.
    Kramnik won four matches, drew two, and lost one.
    Carlsen won three matches, drew three, and lost one.
    The "number of matches won" seems to be a far superior tiebreak than the "number of  individual game victories". Kramnik is the more deserving challenger.

  • 17 months ago

    anthonyjoschess

    Handling pressure is tough even for someone like Carlsen. That is why he got into such serious time issues. 

  • 17 months ago

    ardiyono

    yeah. i agree. world champ vs world no1 rating. amazing match.

  • 17 months ago

    Ecurbetneilav628

    Congrats to Carlsen for winning the tournament!!!

  • 17 months ago

    Ecurbetneilav628

    Sincere apologies?..the damaged has been done to Chucky..all insults and bad jokes accusing him as a cheater was proved wrong..If he's a cheater Kramnik will be the winner on this tourney and will face Vishy for the world championship this year..anyway, all commentators are free to express their honest opinion wether it is good or bad..but, accusing player cheating in the tournament is not right unless you proved it!!!...AMEN..

  • 17 months ago

    LaskerFan

    Those who act surprised at Kramnik's and Carlsen's losses in the final round must understand that both took lots of risks, as both were desperate to win!

  • 17 months ago

    LaskerFan

    Carlsen in his current form has a good chance of toppling Anand in his current form.

  • 17 months ago

    puppylover107

    to all carlsen haters, Carlsen praised Svidler for his play.

  • 17 months ago

    Cashionova

    Quoting:

    ZaneYosif

    ok, so can someone explain to me how Carlsen won this? I'm just wondering whether he had any tiebreaks over kramnik or what but they had the same score. They drew twice against each other so how did Carlsen win-by rating?



    Carlsen had more wins

  • 17 months ago

    Vingore

    Carlsen won this tournament with his phenomenal, incredible end game play.

  • 17 months ago

    Tikiboom123

    Damnit, Kramnik should have won :( He only lost once.... 

  • 17 months ago

    Dev5

    april fools!!

  • 17 months ago

    maistor_tri4ko

    If this tournament only had few extra rounds, Ivanchuk would  be the winner. And then Anand should prepare himself for Budapest, French, kings, bird or who knows what other opening Smile Wonderful for the chess fans. Wonderful! Go Chucky!

  • 17 months ago

    novzki41

    The highest ranked player in the world against the world champion of the world -- very fitting fight!

    Congrats to Ivy for making it possible.. hehe!

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