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Candidates Tournament Round 2

  • SonofPearl
  • on 3/16/13, 1:30 PM.

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After a tentative opening round at the 2013 London Candidates Tournament, Lev Aronian became the first man to win a game by beating Boris Gelfand in round two. 

In a balanced position Aronian set a trap and sure enough, Boris Gelfand blundered with 25...Rc8??, allowing Aronian the nice tactical shot 26.Bh6+ and there was no way back for the former world championship challenger.

A day to forget for Boris Gelfand

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Lev Aronian took full advantage of his opponent's mistake

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Teimour Radjabov also opened his account by defeating Vassily Ivanchuk in a one-sided encounter. Ivanchuk never looked comfortable in a Leningrad Dutch and his uncoordinated pieces were no match for his opponent's army.

Teimour Radjabov was a convincing winner

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Ivanchuk - down, but not out

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The headline game of the day between Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik was also the first to finish, and it was a disappointing day for the world number one.  Kramnik was well prepared for Carlsen's opening choice and had no problems at all in achieving a draw.  A moral victory for the former world champion with the black pieces.

Vladimir Kramnik kept everything under control

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Alexander Grischuk and Peter Svidler had an evenly balanced fight in a Ruy Lopez which ended drawn. Svidler was asked how he had achieved his newly svelte shape at the post-match press conference.  He replied simply, "eating less junk!", before adding wryly, "there are books on the subject".

Healthy body = healthy mind. Svidler is in good shape!

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The all-Russian pairing ended with points shared

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The standings after two rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Levon Aronian ARM 2809
Teimour Radjabov AZE 2793
Peter Svidler RUS 2747 1
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2810 1
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2872 1
Alexander Grischuk RUS 2764 1
Boris Gelfand ISR 2740 ½
Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2757 ½

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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 Magnus Carlsen
Boris Gelfand Teimour Radjabov 
Vassily Ivanchuk  Alexander Grischuk 
Peter Svidler  Vladimir Kramnik
Round 2  16/03/13   
Magnus Carlsen Vladimir Kramnik
Alexander Grischuk  Peter Svidler 
Teimour Radjabov  Vassily Ivanchuk 
Levon Aronian Boris Gelfand
Round 3  17/03/13   
Boris Gelfand Magnus Carlsen
Vassily Ivanchuk  Levon Aronian
Peter Svidler  Teimour Radjabov 
Vladimir Kramnik Alexander Grischuk 
Round 4  19/03/13   
Magnus Carlsen Alexander Grischuk 
Teimour Radjabov  Vladimir Kramnik
Levon Aronian Peter Svidler 
Boris Gelfand Vassily Ivanchuk 
Round 5  20/03/13   
Vassily Ivanchuk  Magnus Carlsen
Peter Svidler  Boris Gelfand
Vladimir Kramnik Levon Aronian
Alexander Grischuk  Teimour Radjabov 
Round 6  21/03/13   
Peter Svidler  Magnus Carlsen
Vladimir Kramnik Vassily Ivanchuk 
Alexander Grischuk  Boris Gelfand
Teimour Radjabov  Levon Aronian
Round 7  23/03/13   
Magnus Carlsen Teimour Radjabov 
Levon Aronian Alexander Grischuk 
Boris Gelfand Vladimir Kramnik
Vassily Ivanchuk  Peter Svidler 
Round 8  24/03/13  
Magnus Carlsen Levon Aronian
Teimour Radjabov  Boris Gelfand
Alexander Grischuk  Vassily Ivanchuk 
Vladimir Kramnik Peter Svidler 
Round 9  25/03/13  
Vladimir Kramnik Magnus Carlsen
Peter Svidler  Alexander Grischuk 
Vassily Ivanchuk  Teimour Radjabov 
Boris Gelfand Levon Aronian
Round 10  27/03/13  
Magnus Carlsen Boris Gelfand
Levon Aronian Vassily Ivanchuk 
Teimour Radjabov  Peter Svidler 
Alexander Grischuk  Vladimir Kramnik
Round 11  28/03/13  
Alexander Grischuk  Magnus Carlsen
Vladimir Kramnik Teimour Radjabov 
Peter Svidler  Levon Aronian
Vassily Ivanchuk  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 Anastasiya Karlovich at the official website, and Ray Morris-Hill (where indicated).

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  • 18 months ago

    TheMagicianPaul

    Aronian for the win! I'm glad that Svidler finally became fit, I think it helps a lot in chess, keeping a good focus, so he might be playing stronger than his rating suggests. Chucky played kinda shaky, hopefully he plays better quality chess later on :)

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