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Candidates Tournament Round 6

  • SonofPearl
  • on 3/21/13, 1:41 PM.

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It was another day of high excitement and fighting chess at the 2013 Candidates Tournament in London, with Magnus Carlsen winning his third game of the event against Peter Svidler.

As soon as Carlsen achieved the freeing central pawn break with 17...d5 his pieces were more active and the pressure gradually increased on Svidler until he blundered with 33.Qh5, losing his bishop and the game.

Magnus Carlsen scored his third win

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Carlsen's result was his second win with the black pieces

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The next game to finish was the clash between Vladimir Kramnik and Vassily Ivanchuk.  Kramnik was still looking for his first win after Lev Aronian miraculously slipped through his fingers yesterday, and with Ivanchuk once again burning a lot of time on the clock early in the game it looked good for the Russian.

Kramnik took advantage of Ivanchuk's time trouble by launching a direct sacrificial attack on his king.  But a rook down, Kramnik couldn't find a knockout blow for his attack and decided to repeat moves, despite Ivanchuk having just 1 minute left and 10 moves still to play before the first time control! 

Kramnik explained in the post match press conference, "If Vassily had 5 seconds left, then I would continue, but with one minute...", and joked,"Players are not blundering pieces to me!"

Win-less Vladimir Kramnik - unlucky so far?

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Carlsen may have had hopes of being the sole leader of the tournament, but Lev Aronian's perseverance in a long game with Teimour Radjabov was rewarded with a blunder from his opponent when 53. Nxe5 lost on the spot.

Lev Aronian, "I was very frustrated, but I got lucky"

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Teimour Radjabov's blunder proved costly

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It was also Lev Aronian's second win with black

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The last game to finish looked like being another win for the black pieces, but Boris Gelfand somehow managed to squander a winning position against Alexander Grischuk in a game where both players struggled to manage their clock time.

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Time-trouble addict Alexander Grischuk 

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Boris Gelfand missed a good chance for a win

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Alexander Grischuk and Boris Gelfand have both yet to win a game

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The standings after six rounds

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


Tomorrow (Friday) is the second rest day and two questions suggest themselves as we approach the halfway point of the tournament. Firstly, is the winner already between Lev Aronian and Magnus Carlsen who are 1½ points clear of the rest of the field? And secondly, is the time control (with no increments until move 60) having a significant effect on the results of the games?

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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 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

    PhilipN

    I thought one of the commentators on Chess.com TV said there was a time control at move 40.

  • 18 months ago

    UkrChess

    Very exciting games! Is Lev two times lucky? Appreciate Vlad's decision not trying to flag Chuky, very gentelemanly :-) Go Carlsen!

  • 18 months ago

    chichito

    lol lol  @ drumdaddy

  • 18 months ago

    mottsauce

    great stuff, lots of exciting games! I always want to change the Candidates Tournament to the 3-1-0 scoring system, but then I see games like these!

  • 18 months ago

    Mlmm

    nice black and whites.

  • 18 months ago

    drumdaddy

    Predator alert! 

  • 18 months ago

    chichito

    aronian came up strong just to give magnus a hard time. they both sould be matching each other for the world title instead of an opportunity to battle against anand. they both are the best players in the world right now. I hopefully I can see that match in the future.  

  • 18 months ago

    OM63

    Great chess, and I have to agree about the photography. The lighting is making for some stunning pictures

  • 18 months ago

    AngeloPardi

    Aronian's picture looks like an advertisement for chess...

  • 18 months ago

    Kulub1

    Levons picture looks like a champagne advertisement. 

  • 18 months ago

    mueller

    Lovin the candidates matches! Lots of exciting chess. Grischuk may have tried to bury classical chess at the last Candidates, but even he is turning some thumbscrews here! 

    Most of the draws at this tournament are hard fought and long games that are very double edged. No 8 move 12 move, or 14 move snorefests here. And all the players seem well prepared. I just wish they could all win. 

  • 18 months ago

    SonofPearl

    @ EvanTheTerrible - all of today's photos are from Ray Morris-Hill.  He always provides great photos, but I thought today's were outstanding!

  • 18 months ago

    ectp

    Not a good day for Ruy Lopez.

  • 18 months ago

    SonofPearl

    @Danny and EvanTheTerrible - thanks. I don't know about the players, but I need a rest day!  This tournament is incredibly exciting. What a contrast from the last Candidiates event with its short matches! Cool

  • 18 months ago

    EvanTheTerrible

    Great reporting. Thanks for covering this event.

    The photographs of the players are phenomenal. Aronian's almost looks like an advertisement: for what, I do not know.

  • 18 months ago

    Zinsch

    Maybe they should really just do increments all the way from move 1.

    But then again, why can't these top players manage their time properly?

  • 18 months ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Great reporting, as usual Ryan.

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