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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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  • 13 months ago

    pinneese

    congratulations to carlsen

  • 13 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.

  • 13 months ago

    friendjonny

    I miss Kamsky. :(

  • 13 months ago

    juanchito75

    Revenge is a dish best served cold!

    http://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=related&v=e4JhhF7tr_Q

  • 13 months ago

    chessdoggblack

    @Chesspanzer: wash your dirty mouth out before speaking to me. Did not your mother teach you any manners boy.

  • 13 months ago

    Vorax

    So, what is both amusing and ridiculous, that Kramnik's performance in this tournament was better than Carlsen's, yet the latter is the winner. Kramnik's performance is 2858, Carlsen's is 2850, 8 points lower. Life is so unfair. Also a great performance by Svidler, would have been very, very interesting if he had half a point more going into the last round. Oh, and Radjabov, will he crawl into a hole and weep slowly for a while after this tournament?

    (Picture is from chessbase.com)

  • 13 months ago

    chessdoggblack

    Welcome freshman Carlsen to the Universal University of Chess. I am chess Professor ANAND. I am also dean of  the "World Chess Championship" department and you will be under my careful tutelage as a chess undergraduate in the next core curriculum and prerequsite course concerning the subject matter of World Chess Title Competitions. I hope that you have a wonderful stay with me and that I may enlighten you in the true understandings of the Art of War in chess tatics. If at anytime you have questions, raise your hand and I will answer them. You may now have a seat and open your chess book to chapter one. Cool

  • 13 months ago

    luisalcuadrado

    If there is a tie for the first place...; a tiebreaker is needed!

  • 13 months ago

    Chesspanzer

    @chessdoggblack, just shut up already, for f***'s sake!

    ^This.

     

    Carlsen just about edged the player of the tournament but imo, Chucky and Gelfand especially played the best chess. Great prep from Svidler too!

  • 13 months ago

    RookedOnChess

    This whole tournament was SUCH a pleasure to watch! Great article, Ryan, and a heartfelt Congratulations AND "Thank you!" to the players and all the people involved with coverage, both here on Chess.com/TV and the official FIDE site. Wonderful stuff! Lots to look forward to with Magnus and Vishy :D
     

  • 13 months ago

    edward_glyver

    @chessdoggblack, just shut up already, for f***'s sake!

  • 13 months ago

    chessrook1234

    The Russian Svidler kept his end of bargain by beating a tired and downbeat (recent loss to Chucky) Carlsen...but the other Russian Kramnik with his up-tempo recent wins could not get a draw in the final round ;-(

  • 13 months ago

    jocelasi

    Wow.  What a finale.  Chucky forgive me for doubting you regarding your  mellow fights against players with Russian descent but putting it difficult against non-Russians.  Kasparov was correct afterall in asserting that Ivanchuk is one of the best chess players in the world.  In this tournament, had not for the endemic time control-problems Chucky had been into he could be a worthy champion.  Just imagine beating numbers 1 and 2 players in the world.  He is making a point.  Salute to the organizers and sponsors of prestigious tournament.  The topsy-turvy results every day make it more exciting.    

  • 13 months ago

    Lawdoginator

    Woo Hoo!  Carlsen won!  

  • 13 months ago

    hicetnunc

    A very very exciting tournament : I hope we will have a nice book on it ! Smile

  • 13 months ago

    rubensrocha

    well deserved Carlsen qualifying to the World Championship Final... but it will be even more difficult, despite people nowadays are rushing to underrate his power, to beat Anand than qualifying on Candidates...

  • 13 months ago

    MindWalk

    glowstixx: I entirely agree that there should have been a playoff between Carlsen and Kramnik to determine the winner. Having one more win but also one more loss shouldn't mean you come out ahead.

    But notice that that's exactly what those who propose that wins count for three points instead of two are proposing: a win and a loss total three points, but two draws only total two points. A win and a loss beats two draws. I take it that's one reason to oppose that proposal.

  • 13 months ago

    Champeknight

    The tourney is over and Carlsen has won. Stop sourgraping, detractors. Your bets have lost. Mine won!

  • 13 months ago

    Knightern

    Congrats Carlsen. Kramnik had to wait till his most important round to loose; too bad.

  • 13 months ago

    Aquinas65

    The tournament was fantastic. The icing on the cake is that the final day's results have driven all of the conspiracy theory nuts underground (at least until the next tournament).

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