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Final Photos of the London Candidates

  • SonofPearl
  • on 4/3/13, 11:26 AM.

phplO1rH0.jpegThe 2013 London Candidates competition will surely go down in chess history as one of the most exciting world championship qualifying events ever held.

After a few early glitches the official website worked well, and the video coverage and commentary was excellent.

Thanks to all the players, organisers, the venue and everyone involved in the event for putting on a great show!

The closing ceremony and prize-giving took place at 11 Downing Street, the official residence of Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer.

The final results table

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Standing (l to r): Radjabov, Carlsen, Grischuk, Aronian, Ivanchuk
Seated (l to r): Svidler, Kramnik, Gelfand

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Magnus Carlsen with the current British Chancellor, George Osborne

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FIDE President Kirsan Illyumzhinov and AGON chief Andrew Paulson attended the prize-giving

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The winner, and now the official challenger to Vishy Anand, Magnus Carlsen

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The winner's medal

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The prize-giving venue: Number 11 Downing Street...

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...next door to the Prime Minister's residence at No.10

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L to r: Arbiter Adam Raoof, Andrew Paulson, Kramnik, Aronian, chess set designer Daniel Weil

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Lev Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik with the London Eye in the background

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Watermarked photos by the always excellent Ray Morris-Hill.
Other pictures by Anastasiya Karlovich and Peter Doggers.

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  • 21 months ago

    DinneBolt

    @begentleifubeatme very very very agree lol.

    don't forget about svidler, he was underdog but achieve rank 3 and only 1/2 point behind the winner.

  • 21 months ago

    NimzoRoy

    Nice photos and article. Have the rules for the WCH been drawn up yet?

  • 21 months ago

    Czechman

    Just think, if the tournament had been played on a roof-top terrace and Svidler won, they could make a movie about it and call it "Svidler On The Roof"

  • 21 months ago

    drumdaddy

    What a huge welcome chess has received in London! Awards on Downing Street are, as Magnus would say, "impressive." These were dramatic candidates' matches and the upcoming world championship battle already has wide global interest. And, by the way, I have been admiring the elegant and fascinating chess board design used as the match logo and appearing on the winner's medal.  It is beautifully Escheresque.

  • 21 months ago

    melvinbluestone

    Yeah, the medal does look ridiculous. It looks more like a hot-plate. Maybe it looks better if somebody's wearing it, instead of laying on a table. Ivanchuk's expression in the group photo is priceless. And shouldn't No.11 Downing Street be next door to No.9 or No.13, with No.10, the Prime Minister's residence across the street? What kind of a bizarre street numbering system do they use in Britain?! Wink  Anyway, good tournament, exciting finish.

  • 21 months ago

    Baldvin

    7Beaufeet7: That's utterly ridiculous. Clothes are to keep warm, not to look professional at a chess tournament. They might as well be wearing speedos for all i care.

  • 21 months ago

    Paulzzz

    There is Carlsen's interview right after the end of the Candidates 2013. The direct link is http://chess-news.ru/node/11567. However, it is in Russian. In the interview Carlsen expressed great respect to Kramnik and was not very certain about his own future plans. As for the WC match, Carlsen said that he does not think that his preparation for it will change very much.

  • 21 months ago

    Ironknight777

    No one can stop "Magnus" now.. The mozart of chess. 

  • 21 months ago

    JEMORANGE

    Imagine walking down the street and all of the sudden you see Kramnik and Aronian just talking away. I would die of joy!

  • 21 months ago

    Ericbryan

    Nice to see chuky is as happy as ever.

  • 21 months ago

    KilgoreBass

    @dartking  

    "the only negative on the website was the chess pieces! when was the last time you could play with a set where the black pcs,. were "red"! london classic was a much better show as far as commentary."

    lol, yep!!!!

    http://www.chess.com/photos/view_album/KilgoreBass/battle-stations

  • 21 months ago

    netzach

    Excellent photography. Delighted the tournament in London turned out to be so good.

  • 21 months ago

    sunandthreestars

    Carlsen should stand beside Chucky with a big smile.

  • 21 months ago

    Vlodior

    Too few photos!! But still thanks for the photos! Ivanchuk, camera is here!))

  • 21 months ago

    Cezary

    With scoring 3 for win and 1 for a draw (and then quantity of victories as a tie-break) Aronian will be second before Kramnik. I like his style and atitude towards wining ...

  • 21 months ago

    davidmelbourne

    worst winner's medal and best tournament, since Fischer-Spasky. 

  • 21 months ago

    TheYear9876

    yes he definately salvaged a bit of pride by doing that.

  • 21 months ago

    begentleifubeatme

    chucky is the real champion here he beat both carlsen and kramnik.Cool

  • 21 months ago

    deepmac

    medal is bad i like to have gold 1 

  • 21 months ago

    SunburstStrat

    I like the medal's design.

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