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Candidates Tournament Round 4

  • SonofPearl
  • on 3/19/13, 1:51 PM.

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Magnus Carlsen beat Alexander Grischuk in round four of the 2013 Candidates Tournament to move into a share of the lead with Lev Aronian on 3/4 points.

With 4.d3 Carlsen declined to enter the mainline Berlin and an imbalanced position developed. Attacks on opposite wings guaranteed excitement as the players raced to break through first.

It was Carlsen who gained the upper hand, and although Grischuk seemed to have chances on the kingside, his habitual time trouble combined with Carlsen's accurate defence left him lost before the first time control.  In the post-match press conference Carlsen said "I wasn't overly happy with the first two games, but now I've got two wins I'm right where I need to be."

Magnus Carlsen won his second game in a row

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Today's victim was Alexander Grischuk

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1.e4. Still best by test?

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First to finish was the game between Lev Aronian and Peter Svidler. It was excellent home preparation from Svidler once again, this time achieving a comfortable draw by catching Aronian by surprise with the Queen's Gambit Accepted.

Peter Svidler showed more great home preparation

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Accepted? Aronian was taken by surprise in the opening.

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The bottom of the table encounter between Boris Gelfand and Vassily Ivanchuk provided unexpected fireworks as Ivanchuk once again chose an offbeat opening line: the Chigorin Defence to the Queen's Gambit.  A ferocious struggle ended in a draw by perpetual check, but it was hugely entertaining while it lasted! 

Bloodied, but unbowed. Gelfand and Ivanchuk fought each other like wounded tigers.

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Last to finish was the game between Teimour Radjabov and Vladimir Kramnik.  It was an evenly matched encounter arising out of a Nimzo-Indian which ended in a draw after 50 moves.


A draw for Radjabov and Kramnik

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The view of the playing area from the audience.

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Magnus Carlsen and the head of organisers AGON, Andrew Paulson, were interviewed by the BBC:

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The standings after four rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2872 3
Levon Aronian ARM 2809 3
Peter Svidler RUS 2747
Teimour Radjabov AZE 2793 2
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2810 2
Alexander Grischuk RUS 2764
Boris Gelfand ISR 2740 1
Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2757 1

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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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Comments


  • 18 months ago

    Adrian_Kinnersley

    "Obviously, he was either misled or he didn't know what he was talking about."

    Haha, yes, it sounds like Carlsen was not amused. :-)

  • 18 months ago

    diomed1

      I usually dislike draws but Svidler played a great game and the Chucky-Gelfand game was entertaining as heck! Thanks SonofPearl and GM Shankland!!!!!

  • 18 months ago

    mobidi

    Funny game Carlsen -Grischuk-WHAT ABOUT CAPA's RULES, Alexander ???-7. ...a6?-8.Bc6!-and game is over-BAD PAWNS.When you are playing vs Carlsen-you need to remember great Capa.Wink

  • 18 months ago

    Roblinde

    @Marcokim Chucky is Ivanchuk

  • 18 months ago

    Marcokim

    Who the hell is Chucky... i have seen this nickname in many Chess bloggs... WHO IS CHUCKY??!!

    Confused young chess fan:)

  • 18 months ago

    Paulzzz

    Carlsen left Grischuk no chance. A remarkable and convincing victory.

  • 18 months ago

    abotass

    @ opla yeah thats what i said

  • 18 months ago

    tripathi7

    The real entertainer is definitely Ivanchuk

  • 18 months ago

    Balachandar

    The interviewer's level may be below 600, he plays a Blackmar-Diemar Gambit, without actually knowing it, and calls it the Sicilian Dragon, and thinks that Fischer was the highest rated player before Carlsen, but he is sure lucky to have got a chance to play with the Mozart. 

  • 18 months ago

    Champeknight

    Yup, that's how Carlsen will become Anand's challenger. He will draw with other top guys and beat others at least once.

  • 18 months ago

    LazyChessPlayer3201

    So far Magnus only has draws againsts the Top seeds "Levon Aronian" and "Vladimir Kramnik". In the last tournament I watched Magnus play (The Tata steel 2013) he would only draw against the Top seeds and beat everyone else. Magnus should get a lead soon.

    Magnus Carlsen, Boris Gelfand (Boris Gelfand was born in MinskBelarussian SSR, on 24 June 1968)Levon Aronian (is an Armenian chess Grandmaster.) Vassily Ivanchuk ( is a Ukrainian chess grandmaster.) and Teimour Radjabov ( is an Azerbaijani chessGrandmaster)these players are not currently from Russia, but the rest are http://ratings.fide.com/topfed.phtml?ina=1&country=RUS 

  • 18 months ago

    KudaMabok

    Carlsen showed his big diappoinment about the interviewer on BBC in the press conference following his game against Grischuk:

    Host: Before we start analyzing the game I just wanted to ask... Magnus yesterday you were in BBC program... news... how was it...? And have you learned something new about Sicilian Dragon which you played?... [ironic smile]...

    Carlsen: Well... he didn't think... in fact played that... Obviously, he was either misled or he didn't know what he was talking about. It was nice to be there .... it didn't take too much energy.

    *Please correct any mistakes I made in transcribing the audio*

    Video can be found here: http://new.livestream.com/WorldChess/Round4

  • 18 months ago

    abiogenesis23

    GO IVANCHUK

  • 18 months ago

    netzach

    Carlsen?

  • 18 months ago

    opla

    @abotass   All but Carlsen were born in different parts of former Soviet Union.

  • 18 months ago

    abotass

    @opla yeah youre right!

  • 18 months ago

    opla

    I just realized that 7 of 8 players are from Soviet Union.

  • 18 months ago

    Vingore

    Magnus Carlsen-another truly spectacular win by the Mozart of chess!

  • 18 months ago

    Christopher_D

    go carlsen

  • 18 months ago

    drumdaddy

    Cue the "JAWS" tuba, the candidates are getting that familiar seasick feeling that a large predator is in the water. Where the sea was calm, strong currents now begin to flow. The safe sandy shores of a "drawn" endgame are now deadly treacherous. Storm clouds roll and darken as the horizon is cut by the approaching silhouette of a Viking warship. The wind is building, whitecaps are flashing, moorings are tugging. 

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