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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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  • 18 months ago

    EternalChess

    KiwiJuice, I was a part of that "conspiracy theoriest" group, but I had never thought that Ivanchuk was in the plan, but more or less suspicious that he would lose against everyone but try vs Carlsen. My apologies!

    In OTHER news if Peter Svidler drew against Kramnik in his loss OR drew against Carlsen in his loss he would have finished FIRST! Interesting eh?

  • 18 months ago

    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?

  • 18 months ago

    KiwiJuise

    First, why do people keep saying that Ivanchuck won against the world's #1 and #2? Magnus and Kramnik were #1 and #2 in the tournament, but Kramnik is #3 in the world as far as I know, behind Aronian, (who played good chess by the way)

    Second, all of these apologies to Ivanchuck disgust me. Didn't you consider the fact that you might be wrong about your conspiracy theories BEFORE you started slinging mud on Ivanchuck? As if it was ok that you slandered someone without evidence, because you made an apology afterwards... only because you were soundly PROVED to be wrong.

  • 18 months ago

    Ericbryan

    my prediction for the match: Carlsen (+7-0=0) Anand (+0-7=0)

  • 18 months ago

    juliandp

    To be honest, most people don't care if Kramnik was the rightful winner of the tournament. You can throw at me all sort of negative comments regarding my ignorance about tie-breaks. But I really don't care, because what we (chess fans) want to see is the best player of the world challenge toe to toe the world champion and give us a fascinating show. And I know there will be a lot of people who agree with me when I say that the best challenger for the World Championship wasn't gonna come out of the candidates tourney, rather than the excellent performance through a long period of time (such as Magnus Carlsen's case, he's the #1 on rating lists, he broke Kasparov's record and he has been winning almost every chess tournament he plays in). Besides, Kramnik got his chance for the World title against Vishy before. We are lucky that someone as good as Carlsen is the challenger for the World title, because we expect to see someone who has proven with results that he is the best chess player in the world, against the official world champion. I'm glad, I think we are going to have a great show on october and november! Laughing

  • 18 months ago

    Adrian_Kinnersley

    The Carlsen - Anand match is going to be great. I don't know who will win, but either way it will be a fascinating contest.

    It's high time for Magnus to start playing matches against top players, instead of just a lot of round robin tournaments, because the former is I think a truer test of chess greatness.

  • 18 months ago

    Champeknight

    Sore losers, just accept that Carlsen won this tournament with predetermined rules such as tiebreaks. Stop crying over spilled milk or lost chances. Kramnik is an excellent player and former world champion. But the spotlight and future rightly belongs to Magnus, who inspires thousands of chess addicts, young and old.

  • 18 months ago

    chessrook1234

    Vorax...nice table showing Kramnik's better performance...than Carlsen (2858 vs 2850). Also, Carlsen lost 4 points in this tourney while Kramnik picked up 10?

     

    chessdoggblack...still laughing at your comment...but this could well be true. Carlsen seemed truely tired and  lost towards the end of the tourney. I am sure at the press conference, Svidler was grinning and wishing he could play a 10 match series 1-1 with Carlsen..

  • 18 months ago

    hohohohihihi

    chucky and his own demons!!! you deserve a whole book talking about your unique way of playing chess. I'm not even gonna say anything about the winner, this is all about chucky being chucky. I feel proud of watching you playing the world with your unique extravagant and excitement way of messing with people's mind. the chess game owes you a highlighted page in its history in which you are the main character.

  • 18 months ago

    rupnaylak

    I could rewrite that as "Be objective, guys! Let's see hard facts: Kramnik got 8.5 with 1 loss, Carlsen got 8.5 with 2 losses ..."

    I don't think objective is the correct word. This is an arbitrary tiebreak rule, and therefore subjective.

     

    Well said. I agree that the winner should have been Kramnik.

  • 18 months ago

    morfos02

    Congratz to Ivanchuk! beating top 2 players in the torunament, and making it more exciting at the same time

  • 18 months ago

    rupnaylak

    I have no idea why they do not have a tiebreak. That would have given us the reult that nobody would complain about. Svidler had a wonderful tournament. After his win yesterday, he was like "Yeah, it is an OK performance. Tommorrow I have to play Carlsen with black." Then he shocked us all.

  • 18 months ago

    zhouwei

    Ivanchuk can do what others can't do. That is Chuky style!

  • 18 months ago

    El_Gremio

    anand v carlsen should be something else..

  • 18 months ago

    Vorax

  • 18 months ago

    kingfisher91

    First time I see Carlsen smiling! I have a silly question, but I am curious, does the results of this tournament affect the player's ratings??

  • 18 months ago

    nf6_tony

    congrat's magnus, thank's to ivanchuk for no conspiracy...hopefully you're the next world champion...good luck!!!

  • 18 months ago

    pinneese

    congratulations to carlsen

  • 18 months ago

    MindWalk

    Vorax: We should remember, when looking at performance ratings, that Carlsen didn't have to play himself or anyone else rated within fifty-some rating points of him.

  • 18 months ago

    friendjonny

    I miss Kamsky. :(

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