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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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  • 17 months ago

    melvinbluestone

    @7Beaufeet7:

           I stand corrected! Thanks.

           BTW, who's this Fischer character? Carrie Fisher? Eddie Fisher? Fisher Price......?    Laughing

  • 17 months ago

    nimrod19

    it was wonderfull if i was in london walking down the street,meet those grand masters, and maybe grab a cup of tea with theme,talking about chess and other things.one of those things that will never going to happen :(

  • 17 months ago

    melvinbluestone

    @7Beaufeet7:

           Would you get over the clothes thing already? It's not like they showed up in ripped blue jeans and t-shirts. I suppose if Judit Polgar competed you'd be griping she wasn't wearing a jacket and tie. Anyway, none of the guys wearing 'proper attire' won the tournament, so it logically follows that ties and jackets adversely affect performance. Wink

  • 17 months ago

    chandrashekar24

    I will go for vishy experience make man perfect!

  • 17 months ago

    Marcokim

    what an ugly medal... how about an olympic type gold medal with a raised chess piece in bronze or silver... this looks too industrial

  • 17 months ago

    JEMORANGE

    @bolshevikhellraiser True, but we are all human. Magnus is still young. He will be nervous thinking he might be the next world champion. 

  • 17 months ago

    JEMORANGE

    @maturner Personally, I hope it is in India. It will truly test Magnus' chess skills in Anand's home crowd

  • 17 months ago

    maturner

    London is a great chess city. That was one humdinger of a tournament. I hope wch is In NYC or Paris (in the Louvre).

  • 17 months ago

    bolshevikhellraiser

    Carlsen will most likely win. Carlsen has a higher winning percentage than Anand, and he's ranked number 1 in the world (Anand's #6). He's been dominating every high-level tournament he's participated in, it's kind of a nobrainer.

  • 17 months ago

    keithjoshua777

    Magnus "The Magnanimus" Carlsen, is now officially the World Chess challenger for Viswanatand "Vis-a-vis" Anand. It's more exciting to know. Which is which? I go for Carlsen to be the new champ.

  • 17 months ago

    SonofPearl

    @ Twobit - many thanks. I owe a debt of gratitude to Ray Morris-Hill for the fantastic photos that he took during the event, which I used in my reports.

    Also, I agree about the medal. "Escherian" is an apt description! Cool

  • 17 months ago

    Twobit

    The medal is nice, different and "Escherian". It was a great tournament without any off the board dramas, but plenty of excitement OTB. This coverage was excellent (unlike the official website that was quite glitchy) and was my favorite reading of the day. Thanks a lot to SonofPearl!

  • 17 months ago

    dzindzifan

    Thanks so much for putting these great articles / pictures together for us to enjoy!  It's been memorable!

  • 17 months ago

    GregCachin

    we will have a new chess champion..

  • 17 months ago

    muralidharancg

    its going to be a one sided match.

  • 17 months ago

    kanvamuni

    carlsen should not understimate anand. remember how tough fight gelfand gave to anand. kanvamuni

  • 17 months ago

    invictuschessmaster

    and venue??? come chennai!!!

  • 17 months ago

    TheYear9876

    12 games?   not enough surely?

  • 17 months ago

    SonofPearl

    @ NimzoRoy - No rules yet AFAIK, but I think it's meant to be over 12 games, and the latest word on dates is: 6-26 November 2013.

  • 17 months ago

    GoodGoodChess

    Nice Pictures! These guys are like friends... :)

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