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Candidates Tournament Round 3

  • SonofPearl
  • on 3/17/13, 1:00 PM.

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Any lingering doubts that the 2013 London Candidates Tournament would be a draw-fest were surely dispelled completely in a pulsating third round which had three decisive games.

The wheels may have already come off Vassily Ivanchuk's challenge as he lost another game on time, under pressure from Lev Aronian in a hugely complicated fight.

"Today I tried to play something creative. A bad strategy!" said Ivanchuk after the game.  Aronian was annoyed that he had let some of his advantage slip, but he was taking advantage of Ivanchuk's time trouble instead of taking time to find the best moves.

A different vantage point? Ivanchuk checks the view from the audience's perspective...

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...before taking his seat for the game.

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Lev Aronian coped well with another unusual opening choice from Ivanchuk

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Alexander Grischuk played the Gruenfeld defence against Vladimir Kramnik and an interesting game ended in a draw by repetition after 35 moves.

Strained smiles before the start of the game

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Kramnik takes a peek at the electronic boards showing all the games

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Teimour Radjabov stayed true to his style by giving his opponent both barrels with the King's Indian, but Peter Svidler gained the upper hand and brought home his first full point.  A set-back for Radjabov after his win yesterday, but a big boost for Svidler.

Nothing up the sleeves...

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...a last minute adjustment of the pieces...

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...and a fierce look, but the game slipped away from Radjabov

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Last to finish was the game between Boris Gelfand and Magnus Carlsen, where once again the young Norwegian showed his remarkable endgame talent. From a dynamically balanced position, he gradually outplayed his opponent to earn his first win of the tournament.

After two draws, Magnus needed to get his campaign going today...

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...and the man in his way was Boris Gelfand...
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...but a determined Carlsen was not to be denied.
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World Champion Vishy Anand tweeted, "What a brilliant start to the candidates. I am sure the participants can use a rest day now!"

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The standings after three rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Levon Aronian ARM 2809
Peter Svidler RUS 2747 2
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2872 2
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2810
Alexander Grischuk RUS 2764
Teimour Radjabov AZE 2793
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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  • 20 months ago

    Ghost79

    Nice, I was rooting for aronian even though i knew the odds are stacked in carlsens favor... quick question, why would ivanchuck lose on time with a 30 sec. increment, i don't understand why he wouldn't try to win since he was up material... any thoughts?

  • 20 months ago

    Paulzzz

    Sorry for Chucky and Gelfand, most likely they will not qualify this season to challenge Vishy Anand. I think the main intrigue is between Carlsen and Aronian, these two are in the best condition.

  • 20 months ago

    Champeknight

    As I said, Magnus will win because of his endgame prowess.

  • 20 months ago

    kaspy2011

    Aronian, shrewd tactician is off to a great start, played well in both games.He has shown that he has prepared a lot well on his openings, as he has looked the best in the openings so far, playing all the game with ease.

    Rajdabov has potential, but he needs to be consistent to have any chance to challenge the top three trio.

    Kramnik is playing it very safe, but am sure he will soon have a win as both his main rivals are off to win.

    Carlsen, the wonderkid is just awesome. played out short draws to both his rivals. Then he showed why he is the best. No disrespect to any of other contestants, he is a way better chess player than rest because he has the skill pn the board to anaylze unkown postions in the best possible way. Infact the best ever end game player he could turn out to be!

    So for carlsen its going to be a quick short draws or an end game win from a equal position. Since its 14 rd tourney, a we move into later stage we got to see how aronian manages to keep winning with his opening play . 

    I bet on carlsen, but if aronian could beat carlsen in their match between them, aronain could edge out. I expect xarlsen to score 9.5 0r 10 points here. so aronian needs 7.5 more from 10 matches, meaning he got to win another 5 games, its a tough task but lets see how it goes.

    And for Anand he would be weary of carlsen than anyone else because all for other guys he can prepare a very good strategy what he did to kramnik and topalove, an also gelfy but gelfy was upto it.But if its carlsen he cant gain much and also got to fear lack of draws in equal endgames. Last time we saw many short draws between anand and gelfy, you wont see that with carlsen and anand. So i hope its Anand vs Carlsen.

    If Anand comes out triumph in that. he has achieved everything possible now!

  • 20 months ago

    Adrian_Kinnersley

    Anyway, yes, Gelfand-Carlsen was an incredible game. How many other players could have created a win in that situation against a 2700+ GM?!

    It may be a little harder for Carlsen to win this because his opponents are playing very cautiously for draws, but if he can keep playing endgames like this, he has a serious shot. I like the idea that either he or Aronian will win here, because either would be a good challenger for Anand, but when I look at the heart, intensity, and brilliance that Magnus shows when he pulls off wins like this time after time, I feel that he's the one who really deserves it.

  • 20 months ago

    Adrian_Kinnersley

    Where are you going to see press conference videos? Are they archived, or only available when live?

  • 20 months ago

    themiddlegameinchess

    it is interesting how Magnus always seems to win the games against the other top grandmasters even when the position is drawish

  • 20 months ago

    UkrChess

    Awesome chess. Magnus is unbelievable! Feel really bad for Chucky...

  • 20 months ago

    macer75

    I'd say best player of today was Carlsen, worst today was Radjabov.

  • 20 months ago

    macer75

    Gelfand won the candidates' tournament last year, and now hw's at the bottom so far. Is it that he was better last year, or that the other candidates this year are better?

  • 20 months ago

    MSC157

    Thank you SonofPearl! :)

  • 20 months ago

    dzindzifan

    One other comment ... man Gelfand looked whipped in the press conference ... he needs the rest day !  He needs an IV right now I'm sure, just to make it to the next round!

  • 20 months ago

    IM DanielRensch

    What an awesome day! What amazing chess!! What great coverage by GM Khachiyan and my lil bro on Chess.com/TV Wink!!!

    Yay Chess!

  • 20 months ago

    dzindzifan

    This is already turning into an EPIC tournament!! Quick questions ... who is the woman doing the press conferences?    I've been watching the official website / livestream for the first three rounds.  It's great coverage as is chess.com's coverage.  

  • 20 months ago

    Vingore

    Carlsen-the most incredible,  brilliant end game play of all time!  I am a 2000ish player, I have absolutely no clue as to how Carlsen took the position around move 30 and turned it into a win.  Absolutely incredible!  Norway should announce a major new holiday/day of celebration  over this game!Smile

  • 20 months ago

    dzindzifan

    This is already turning into an EPIC tournament!! Quick questions ... who is the woman doing the press conferences?    I've been watching the official website / livestream for the first three rounds.  It's great coverage as is chess.com's coverage.  -- Update -- after asking Chess.com's very own Chess Queen, I found out that she is none other than WGM Anastasia Karlovich!  --Thanks for the heads up, Chess Queen -- you rock!

  • 20 months ago

    hohohohihihi

    the winner should be carlsen or aronian and im pretty sure that anand kingdon is closer to an end

  • 20 months ago

    Sahasrara

    Mr. Aronian and Mr. Carlsen two top, hungry, Grandmasters, this is awesome!!!

  • 20 months ago

    immortalgamer

    I think Ivanchuk should give a win to each candidate just to even out the tournament since he isn't taking it seriously anymore.

  • 20 months ago

    Absolute_1

    sonofpearl your news is always the best, just thought that something is wrong that's why i commented, nothing personal.

    MKhitar, yes i saw how well Aronian paid and i was trying to say the same thing.

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