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Candidates Tournament Round 11

  • SonofPearl
  • on 3/28/13, 11:47 AM.

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Round 11 of the 2013 Candidates Tournament in London took place today, and with each passing round we get a little closer to establishing the name of the next challenger for the World Chess Championship.

Tournament leader Magnus Carlsen faced Alexander Grischuk and played the Gruenfeld, which provoked an extraordinary caveman-style attack with 5.h4 from Grischuk! Carlsen's defense involved grabbing the b1-h7 diagonal with 8...Bf5 to blunt any possible attack.  This proved to be effective and Grischuk could find nothing better than allowing a repetition after 23 moves.

Alexander Grischuk took the fight to leader Magnus Carlsen...

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...but the Norwegian was less ruffled than his hair might suggest

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Vladimir Kramnik had the white pieces against Teimour Radjabov and piled on the agony for the Azerbaijani by scoring another win.  Radjabov spent a lot of time trying to find an answer to Kramnik's play, leaving himself only 7 minutes for 14 moves.  Short of time, his pawn grab with 28...Qxa2 proved to be a blunder, allowing 33.Nxe7! losing the exchange and soon the game.

Teimour Radjabov ran into more trouble against Vladimir Kramnik

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The clash between Vassily Ivanchuk and Boris Gelfand was the first game to finish after the players reached a repetition after just 17 moves. 

No time trouble for Ivanchuk today...his game only lasted 17 moves

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The last game to finish was the encounter between Peter Svidler and Lev Aronian. Aronian started the round only ½ point behind the leader Magnus Carlsen, and Peter Svidler had fallen down the standings after a promising start to the tournament. However, today Svidler played well and had a slight advantage when Aronian seemed to self-destruct with the astonishing moves 22...g5 and 23...b5.  A modest Svidler said "I can definitely say I got a bit lucky today".

Svidler put a huge dent in Aronian's chances of winning the tournament

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So Magnus Carlsen still leads, but his closest pursuer is now Vladimir Kramnik who is just half a point behind.  Lev Aronian is a full point behind the leader.  Aronian has the white pieces against Kramnik in round 12 tomorrow, and a decisive result either way will probably end the tournament chances of the loser.

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The standings after 11 rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2872
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2810 7
Levon Aronian ARM 2809
Peter Svidler RUS 2747
Boris Gelfand ISR 2740 5
Alexander Grischuk RUS 2764 5
Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2757 4
Teimour Radjabov AZE 2793

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The 2013 Candidates Tournament runs from 14 March - 2 April in London, with the winner earning the right to challenge current world champion Vishy Anand for the title.

The tournament is an 8-player double round-robin event and the venue is The IET at 2 Savoy Place on the banks of the river Thames. The total prize fund is €510,000 (approx 665,000 USD). 

All rounds start at 14:00 GMT, and the time control is 2 hours for 40 moves, then an extra hour added for the next 20 moves, then 15 minutes more with a 30 second increment to finish.

The official FIDE website coverage is at london2013.fide.com.

Round-by-Round Pairings

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 Vassily Ivanchuk 
Boris Gelfand Peter Svidler 
Levon Aronian Vladimir Kramnik
Teimour Radjabov  Alexander Grischuk 
Round 13  31/03/13  
Teimour Radjabov  Magnus Carlsen
Alexander Grischuk  Levon Aronian
Vladimir Kramnik Boris Gelfand
Peter Svidler  Vassily Ivanchuk 
Round 14  01/04/13
Magnus Carlsen Peter Svidler 
Vassily Ivanchuk  Vladimir Kramnik
Boris Gelfand Alexander Grischuk 
Levon Aronian Teimour Radjabov 

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Look out for details of Chess.com TV coverage of the event at this page.

Pictures by Ray Morris-Hill.

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Comments


  • 20 months ago

    halfgreek1963

    Seems like a lot people here are channeling Fischer's paranoia.

  • 20 months ago

    bolshevikhellraiser

    I wonder if he has several blue-striped shirts or does he have to wash the same one every night.

  • 20 months ago

    ttukhun

    Conspiracy, fixed games... it's so entertaining to write crap on the Internet. Many patzers seem to know all the dirty little secrets behind the curtains. So much wisdom!

  • 20 months ago

    Aquinas65

    I came here to the comments for my daily dose of conspiracy theory lunacy. Once again I am not disappointed. Given the volume of comments, there must be a worldwide shortage of tinfoil hats.

  • 20 months ago

    BloodyJack

    Wow that's a lot of conspiratorial comments, what is this the 70s?

  • 20 months ago

    bolshevikhellraiser

    So that's why he wears the same shirt everyday, it's supposively lucky. He looks like his wife just asked for a divorce after his dog was hit by a car. It'll b ok radjabov. It wasn't your time.

  • 20 months ago

    LeeCooper78

    Haters will always pursue the conspiracy theories. When Gelfand blunders, then it's thanks to the brilliancy of Magnus Carlsen, when Grischuk blunders, then it's Soviet conspiracy...poor minds.

    Personally, I'm very much enjoying The Candidates 2013. A lot of fighting chess, unusually high percentage of decided games for this kind of super GM tournament, a lot of weird funny stuff (Chucky with his time management, Carlsen with his change of fighting mood (one day throws everything at his oponent, the next day keeps it simple and peaceful, Aronian and his run 'n' gun chess, Grischuk The Smiling Tourist, and, of course, Never Give Up Boris).

    Magnus is clear favorite to win it, no doubt about that. He proved that he can squeeze the water from the stone - in the final three rounds it will more come down to his psychology than his chess skill. If he avoids the pressure, I just can't see Kramnik catching him.

    On the other hand, Volodya proved the point once again. There isn't a single player in the world who would be called a favorite against him in the match. He presented novelties, got rid of poor time management, haven't had a single worse position in 11 rounds! Of course, he missed chances against Aronian and Carlsen, but... His willpower and motivation are different than Carlsen's.

    Aronian has actually dissapointed me a little - too many inconsistency for a serious crown challenger. OK, one might say that he wanted to take risks cause he cannot rely on untouchable endgame technique like Magnus. Still, I've expected more solid play, more clear positions from him.

  • 20 months ago

    Wappinschaw

    Very exciting,everything to play for still,Svidler still in with an outside chance,but it could be anyone from the top 3.

  • 20 months ago

    The_Aggressive_Bee

    I'm for Kramnik this tournament.

  • 20 months ago

    SylvXIII

    As much as I usually dislike Kramnik for making a lot of draws, he hasn't lost a single game and is up there with Carlsen.

  • 20 months ago

    kiokusanagy

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  • 20 months ago

    kiokusanagy

    @kingcrash Give it a rest, Cold War has been over for over 20 years.

  • 20 months ago

    FM VPA

    I think, Kramnik has a fare chance to catch up MCSurprised

  • 20 months ago

    shahrokh1975

    Carlsen will win the tournament provided that Kramnik doesn't win Aronian with black pieces

  • 20 months ago

    kvlc

    Don't cry, Radjabov!

  • 20 months ago

    XI_XI

    iam no fan of anyone of the players but the russians together with radjabov are playing in conspiracy style to get near to carlsen....its disgusting to see fixed games in that style...they dont even bother to make them look real....the game between grischuk an kramnik is a scandall....thats why i hope Carlsen will win against those poor sportsmen....poor really

  • 20 months ago

    Dev5

    now i am starting to think peter swidler has a chance

  • 20 months ago

    david-davila

    Mind my lack of foresight: I am no positional player and although I can faintly see b5 as a blunder from the Aronian game, I fail to see why it is so bad. Could anyboody expand on that?

  • 20 months ago

    NM Petrosianic

    Thanks Sam for the notes!

    Seems that Aronian lost his mind for a few moves.

  • 20 months ago

    UkrChess

    g5 was a surprise but b5 took the prize. That was the proverbial nail in the coffin.

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