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Candidates Tournament Round 9

  • SonofPearl
  • on 3/25/13, 1:51 PM.

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Vladimir Kramnik had the white pieces against Magnus Carlsen in round nine of the Candidates Tournament and needed a win to allow him to catch up with the world #1 in the standings.

He chose the familiar Catalan hunting ground for his campaign, slowly turning the thumbscrews on Carlsen and winning a pawn for his efforts. It was a major test for Carlsen's defensive abilities and the he pulled it out of the bag, calmly finding a way to simplify the position into an ending where the extra pawn wasn't enough to give Kramnik any real chances of victory.  

A disappointed Kramnik said "I was sure there must be some way to win", and Carlsen admitted, "I thought it was dangerous (for me)...most of the time I have to make 'only' moves".

Vladimir Kramnik really needed a win today...

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...but Magnus Carlsen passed a stern test of his defensive skills

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Peter Svidler and Alexander Grischuk played an incredibly wild game, with both players sacrificing material in a very complicated encounter. Approaching the time control, Svidler had the better winning chances, but Grischuk took advantage of the exposed position of the white king for effective counterplay.  The players somewhat surprisingly agreed a draw once the time control was reached.

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Alexander Grischuk and Peter Svidler played a wild tactical game

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Svidler and Grischuk talked through their amazing game at the press conference

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Boris Gelfand won his first game of the tournament in yesterday's round, and today he faced the tournament co-leader Lev Aronian with the white pieces.  The game swung on a key moment when Aronian played 25...Rxd4, putting his faith in the discovered attack 27...Bc4.  However, an alert Gelfand spotted the flaw in this idea by finding 28. e6! which gave him a winning position. Time trouble for both players came and went, but Gelfand managed to retain an advantage and brought home the full point.

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Boris Gelfand won for the second day in a row

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It was Lev Aronian's first loss of the tournament

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The last game to finish was a marathon encounter between the players at the bottom of the standings, Vassily Ivanchuk and Teimour Radjabov.  Radjabov played very passively from the outset and Ivanchuk was able to put pressure on the Azerbaijani for the whole game. Eventually, Ivanchuk's persistence bore fruit as he wore down his opponent's resistance over 6½ long hours.

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Vassily Ivanchuk scored his first win of the event against Teimour Radjabov

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So Magnus Carlsen is the sole leader after 9 completed rounds, with 5 rounds left to play.  Tomorrow is the third rest day of the event - round 10 is played on Wednesday.

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The standings after nine rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2872 6
Levon Aronian ARM 2809
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2810 5
Alexander Grischuk RUS 2764
Boris Gelfand ISR 2740
Peter Svidler RUS 2747 4
Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2757
Teimour Radjabov AZE 2793 3

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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 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 Ray Morris-Hill.

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Comments


  • 19 months ago

    GoodGoodChess

    Magnus the BEST!!!

  • 19 months ago

    HyorioLee

    "Carlsen owes Gelfand a drink!"<--------chess.com you so funny

  • 19 months ago

    Skaboard

    I want a win for Gelfand, that can make the tournament very interesting :D

    By the way, i want Aronian to win this tournament and the title, since its probably the best chance of his life. If Carlsen wins he may keep the title for a long time, and i rather see very disputed world championship matches intead of a single player dominating an entire generation (like Kasparov). Once a player sits on the throne its hard to take him out.

  • 19 months ago

    edward_glyver

    @Aknaim, really? If you care so much about one bad move, then why don't you mention the blunder by Radjabov in the Radjabov - Aronian game, where Radjabov just gave away the game? Why don't you mention how unfair it would be if Aronian won the Candidates because of a blunder? 

  • 19 months ago

    RyanMurphy5

    "Carlsen owes Gelfand a drink" -Shanky. lol...

  • 19 months ago

    Leksidoleaen

    I think Magnus will win but i would definetely love to see some challenge in it for him and I think Aronian has two ways to go either get mad and use it to his advantage and crush anyone who comes in hes way :) or get all "well that was it then, no point in really fighting for even half points". Magnus is a talent but they are all good and I think the psychology will play a big part in the games to come.

  • 19 months ago

    ClavierCavalier

    I have a feeling Carlsen will beat Gelfand on Wednesday.  If so, if Aronian wins his game, Carlsen will still be ahead.  Then again, no one predicted that Gelfand would win against Aronian.

  • 19 months ago

    drumdaddy

  • 19 months ago

    mc4ever

    poor levon

  • 19 months ago

    Chess_Lover11

    Magnus on the way!

  • 19 months ago

    chesspunk04

    @chess25836 cheers thank you :-)

  • 19 months ago

    Ecurbetneilav628

    My humble prediction is...Lev Aronian will win againts Vasily Ivanchuk in round 10...GO..GO..GO..Levon!!!

  • 19 months ago

    Ecurbetneilav628

    Chess.com reminder is to be relevant, helpful and nice while commenting...therefore, using defamatory words againts fellow commentators and chess candidates is strictly not allowed...AMEN!!!

  • 19 months ago

    NicoHaag

    Vodkarov!?
    This is someone hiding under a nickname and most likely behind a false national ensign.
    Karjakin could be disappointed. But do you really see him or his likes write such a vicious stuff? Come on…
    Take the chess.com members from all those former soviet countries. Not the kind of people for scruffy  insults!
    But who is known for uncontrolled emotions? A guy who must be desparately disappointed for not taking part in this event J
    Just one person comes to mind… He stubbornly refuses to see that the truth is over the board, maintaining willpower and self-discipline. 
    Just as Carlsen shows. He shows us a classical conduct and a truly classical chess. 
    So what about all the attacks and insults, of which Vodkarov is only the most drastic. You adore Capablanca and all the great classics. With Carlsen you have a living example! 
    He knows that sharp openings favor computer preparation. And he stays away from cheap tactics. He plays chess, folks J Classical perfect chess.
    BTW, anymesh is the same junk like Vodkarov. Perhaps the superego of Vodkarov J

     

     

  • 19 months ago

    chess25836

    @ chesspunk Anastasiya Karlovich

  • 19 months ago

    chesspunk04

    Does anyone know who the girl is at the press conferences? She's gorgeous !!

  • 19 months ago

    Zinsch

    @Marcokim: That's the way things work ... in every sport.

    And doug is right. Aronian's loss actually doesn't change too much, because he needs to score half a point more than Carlsen out of the remaining games. Without the loss, that would have probably been the same.

  • 19 months ago

    anymesh

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  • 19 months ago

    jcm1978

    "Even Judith"?

  • 19 months ago

    Balachandar

    Wow, well said Marcokim.

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