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Candidates Round 8

3/20/2016 – The Candidates tournament this year is taking place in Moscow. Nakamura, Anand, Caruana, Aronian, Svidler, Karjakin, Topalov and Giri will fight for the place in the World Championship match. Chris Ward is doing a round up of the day at 9pm CET. View the whole schedule!

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Candidates R07: Nakamura beats Topalov

3/19/2016 – Anish Giri and Viswanathan Anand had a promising in a Queen’s Gambit Declined, Karjakin-Aronian was a King’s Indian Attack. Both ended in draws after 31 moves. Hikaru Nakamura defeated Veselin Topalov in a tactical slugfest. Final game to end: Svidler-Caruana, draw in 45. Note that we are constantly updating our Express Report, which includes instant video interviews with the players.

The 2016 FIDE World Chess Candidates Tournament is a 14-round event, which determines the next Challenger to Magnus Carlsen's title, is taking place in Moscow from March 10–30. Eight players, including six of the World’s top-ten rated grandmasters. The time control is 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, 50 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, plus an additional 30 seconds per move starting from move one. The guaranteed prize fund is US $420,000.

Candidates round seven – Express report

A full report with more pictures, analysis, opinions, will follow soon.

Here for now are the results, game summaries and a few pictures.

Round 7, Saturday 19 March 2016

Svidler Peter

½-½

Caruana Fabiano

Karjakin Sergey

½-½

Aronian Levon

Nakamura Hikaru

1-0

Topalov Veselin

Giri Anish

½-½

Anand Viswanathan

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Peter Svidler – Fabiano Caruana

Fabiano, on the move, takes a sip of water. But where is his opponent?

Peter Svidler is otherwise occupied (watching Giri vs Anand unfold)

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Svidler, P.2757–Caruana, F.2794½–½

A35FIDE Candidates 2016719.03.2016

1.c4 c5 2.f3 f6 3.c3 c6 4.g3 d5 5.cxd5 xd5 6.g2 g6 7.g5 e6 8.d3 g7 9.ge4 0-0 10.h4 b6 11.h5 b7 12.hxg6 hxg6 13.h6 xc3 14.bxc3 f5 15.c1 fxe4 16.xg7 xg7 17.h6+ f6 18.dxe4 h8 19.e5+ f7 20.f4+ g7 21.xh8 xh8 22.0-0-0 g8 23.d7 f8 24.g4 h6+ 25.f4 e8 26.xb7 xe5 27.h3 xh3 28.xh3 c4 29.xa7 e5 30.g2 e3 31.c6 e6 32.b5 exf4 33.gxf4 f6 34.d2 f1+ 35.d3 xf4 36.e4 g3 37.e5 f3+ 38.c4 e4 39.c6 xc3+ 40.b5 e3 41.xb6 c4 42.d5+ h8 43.e6 c3 44.c7 g5 45.xe4

½–½

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Sergey Karjakin – Levon Aronian

An interesting game between the co-leaders, Sergey Karjakin of Russia and Levon Aronian of Armenia, ended in a draw. Karjakin chose a King’s Indian Attack and Aronian responded with a strange idea 6. … a5 and 7. … a4. Karjakin went for an attack with Ng5 and Qh5, but Aronian repulsed it rather easily and then counterattacked. It seemed for a moment that Karjakin might be in trouble, but Aronian’s counterattack was premature and Karjakin found enough counterplay to hold the balance. The players agreed to a draw after only 31 moves, but it was a sharp battle.

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Karjakin, Sergey2760–Aronian, L.2786½–½

A05FIDE Candidates 2016719.03.2016

1.f3 f6 2.g3 d5 3.g2 e6 4.0-0 e7 5.d3 0-0 6.bd2 a5 7.e4 a4 8.a3 c5 9.e1 c6 10.h4 dxe4 11.xe4 xe4 12.xe4 b5 13.g5 a6 14.h5 h6 15.f3 f5 16.e1 d7 17.e5 xe5 18.xe5 d6 19.e1 f6 20.b1 f4 21.xf4 xf4 22.gxf4 xf4 23.xc5 f5 24.e3 xh4 25.g3 h5 26.c7 f7 27.b7 d6 28.b8+ f8 29.xf8+ xf8 30.e3 c6 31.be1

½–½

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Hikaru Nakamura – Veselin Topalov

The game between Hikaru Nakamura of the United States and Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria turned into a tactical slugfest as Topalov sacrificed a piece to launch a speculative attack against Nakamura’s king. Though the tactics were tricky and Topalov had some chances if Nakamura did not find all the correct moves, but he did and eventually Topalov simply ran out of ammunition and resigned as he was down a piece with no compensation.

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Nakamura, Hi2790–Topalov, V.27801–0

D12FIDE Candidates 2016719.03.2016

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.f3 f6 4.e3 f5 5.c3 e6 6.h4 g6 7.xg6 hxg6 8.b1 bd7 9.c5 a5 10.a3 e7 11.g3 e5 12.g2 e4 13.b4 axb4 14.axb4 f8 15.b5 e6 16.d2 0-0 17.a4 g5 18.h4 f3+ 19.xf3 exf3 20.bxc6 bxc6 21.c3 xc5 22.dxc5 d4 23.exd4 xd4 24.0-0 g4 25.e1 fd8 26.b2 d4 27.e7 ad8 28.b3 f8 29.d1 fd8 30.b3 f8 31.d1 d5 32.e5 h7 33.h2 f6 34.e3 b8 35.xb8 xd1 36.b1 d7 37.g5 e4 38.xd1 xd1 39.f4

1–0

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Anish Giri – Viswanathan Anand

Anand and Anish have been friends since 2010 – read the final part of this article for proof

The game between Anish Giri of the Netherlands and Viswanathan Anand of India started out somewhat promising in a Queen’s Gambit Declined. But a quick series of exchanges reduced it to a symmetrical pawn structure in which neither player had any possibility of an advantage. They agreed to a draw on Move 31.

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Giri, A.2793–Anand, V.2762½–½

D37FIDE Candidates 2016719.03.2016

1.d4 f6 2.c4 e6 3.f3 d5 4.c3 bd7 5.c2 b4 6.a3 xc3+ 7.xc3 0-0 8.g5 h6 9.h4 c5 10.e3 cxd4 11.xd4 e8 12.xf6 xf6 13.cxd5 xd5 14.e2 f6 15.xd8 xd8 16.0-0 d7 17.fc1 ac8 18.f1 f8 19.e1 e7 20.e5 xc1+ 21.xc1 c8 22.xc8 xc8 23.f4 d7 24.xd7 xd7 25.d2 d6 26.c3 e5 27.g3 b6 28.c4 f6 29.b4 g5 30.h4 gxh4 31.gxh4

½–½

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Short post-game interviews

Vishy Anand on draw with Anish and whether he misses Aruna!

Anish on draw with Anand, prep, rest day and tv series!

Source: World Chess Flash Report by Dylan Loeb McClain – watch the games live at the official tournament site

All photos by Amruta Mokal of ChessBase India

Standings after seven rounds

Pairings and results

Round 1, Friday 11 March 2016

Karjakin Sergey

½-½

Svidler Peter

Nakamura Hikaru

½-½

Caruana Fabiano

Giri Anish

½-½

Aronian Levon

Anand Viswanathan

1-0

Topalov Veselin

Round 2, Saturday 12 March 2016

Svidler Peter ½-½ Topalov Veselin

Aronian Levon ½-½ Anand Viswanathan

Caruana Fabiano ½-½ Giri Anish

Karjakin Sergey 1-0 Nakamura Hikaru

Round 3, Sunday 13 March 2016

Nakamura Hikaru

½-½

Svidler Peter

Giri Anish

½-½

Karjakin Sergey

Anand Viswanathan

½-½

Caruana Fabiano

Topalov Veselin

0-1

Aronian Levon

Rest day, Monday 14 March 2016

Round 4, Tuesday 15 March 2016

Svidler Peter

½-½

Aronian Levon

Caruana Fabiano

½-½

Topalov Veselin

Karjakin Sergey

1-0

Anand Viswanathan

Nakamura Hikaru

½-½

Giri Anish

Round 5, Wed. 16 March 2016

Giri Anish ½-½ Svidler Peter

Anand Viswanathan ½-½ Nakamura Hikaru

Topalov Veselin ½-½ Karjakin Sergey

Aronian Levon ½-½ Caruana Fabiano

Round 6, Thursday 17 March 2016

Anand Viswanathan

1-0

Svidler Peter

Topalov Veselin

½-½

Giri Anish

Aronian Levon

1-0

Nakamura Hikaru

Caruana Fabiano

½-½

Karjakin Sergey

Rest day, Friday 18 March 2016

Round 7, Saturday 19 March 2016

Svidler Peter

½-½

Caruana Fabiano

Karjakin Sergey

½-½

Aronian Levon

Nakamura Hikaru

1-0

Topalov Veselin

Giri Anish

½-½

Anand Viswanathan

Round 8, Sunday 20 March 2016

Svidler Peter Karjakin Sergey

Caruana Fabiano Nakamura Hikaru

Aronian Levon Giri Anish

Topalov Veselin Anand Viswanathan

Round 9, Monday 21 March 2016

Topalov Veselin Svidler Peter

Anand Viswanathan Aronian Levon

Giri Anish Caruana Fabiano

Nakamura Hikaru Karjakin Sergey

Rest day, Tuesday 22 March 2016

Round 10, Wed. 23 March 2016

Svidler Peter Nakamura Hikaru

Karjakin Sergey Giri Anish

Caruana Fabiano Anand Viswanathan

Aronian Levon Topalov Veselin

Round 11, Thursday 24 March 2016

Aronian Levon Svidler Peter

Topalov Veselin Caruana Fabiano

Anand Viswanathan Karjakin Sergey

Giri Anish Nakamura Hikaru

Round 12, Friday 25 March 2016

Svidler Peter Giri Anish

Nakamura Hikaru Anand Viswanathan

Karjakin Sergey Topalov Veselin

Caruana Fabiano Aronian Levon

Rest day, Saturday 26 March 2016

Round 13, Sunday 27 March 2016

Caruana Fabiano Svidler Peter

Aronian Levon Karjakin Sergey

Topalov Veselin Nakamura Hikaru

Anand Viswanathan Giri Anish

Round 14, Monday 28 March 2016

Svidler Peter Anand Viswanathan

Giri Anish Topalov Veselin

Nakamura Hikaru Aronian Levon

Karjakin Sergey Caruana Fabiano

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Roundup Commentary Schedule

Date Day Round English German

19.03.2016 Saturday Round 7 Oliver Reeh/Karsten Müller Klaus Bischoff

20.03.2016 Sunday Round 8 Chris Ward Klaus Bischoff

21.03.2016 Monday Round 9 Simon Williams Klaus Bischoff

22.03.2016 Tuesday Free day Summary Yannick Pelletier

23.03.2016 Wednesday Round 10 Daniel King Klaus Bischoff

24.03.2016 Thursday Round 11 Simon Williams Klaus Bischoff

25.03.2016 Friday Round 12 Daniel King Oliver Reeh/Karsten Müller

26.03.2016 Saturday Free day Summary Yannick Pelletier

27.03.2016 Sunday Round 13 Daniel King Klaus Bischoff

28.03.2016 Monday Round 14 Yannick Pelletier Klaus Bischoff

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Candidates R06: Anand beats Svidler, Aronian wins

3/17/2016 – The sixth round finally saw more than one decisive result in a round. Anand knocked out Svidler in a fast paced kingside attack. Caruana had Karjakin on the ropes but the Russian escaped thanks to some tenacious defending. Topalov and Giri drew. The last game to end Aronian-Nakamura had a lot of action in it – the touch-move rule coming into the picture and Aronian’s entertaining press conference. Discuss

Candidates R05: Fabiano’s Benoni!

3/16/2016 – All games of round five of the Candidates Tournament 2016 ended in draws. Anand vs Nakamura was a dull draw, Giri and Topalov had chances against Svidler and Karjakin respectively, but their opponents defended quite well. The game of the day was surely Aronian’s attack against Fabiano Caurana’s Benoni! Yes you read that right, not the Berlin – the Benoni! Report with pictures, videos, analysis and more! Discuss

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KevinCKevinC 3/19/2016 06:02

At least for the preliminary report, in the Nakamura-Topalov game, they left out the moves 37...Ne4; 38 Rd1 Qd1; 39. Qf4 and then Topalov resigned.

ResistanceResistance 3/19/2016 06:26

Great game from Peter! Keep it up man! There's still many games ahead, we're just at the mid-point of tournament...

JohnTVianJohnTVian 3/19/2016 07:16

Today, I felt really bad about Hikaru's king touching experience yesterday, so I thought I'd watch his game with Topalov in hopes he would have some better luck. It was exciting to see that Hikaru was playing very well and had some good counter play. But then he played 27. Re7, my nerves came unglued. I was screaming at Nak for making such a boner move. Why couldn't he see that all black had to do was remove the queen off of d1 and then it's mate in two? As my wife ran for the chill pills, and Topalov moved Rad8, I had visions of Hikaru playing Rc7 or some careless move like that. But when he played Qb3, I saw the method of his madness. I'm not sure about anyone else, but when there's an enemy pawn on my 3rd rank with a queen backing it up, I get a little nervous. I felt that 27. Rd3 was in order. Lucky for Nakamura, Topalov made a few bad moves himself and Nakamura was able to win.

DJonesDJones 3/19/2016 07:52

I am not sure luck had much to do with it. Chesswhen played correctly (imo) is a fight. Nakamura chose to avoid repetition draw and fight with 31. Nd1. Topalov admittedly did not see the Qf5-Qh3 idea or even more potent the Qf5-Qd7 idea and was lost at that point. Fortune favors the brave and Nakamura played like he needed to win today. Now he has new life with 7 rounds to go and some return matches on the horizon against the event co-leaders with the white pieces. He could very well beat Caruana with black and anand with white as well given their recent games with those colors pairings. Anyone who thinks he is some weak willed punk that will quit because things get tough has not been paying attention to his career. He will fight to the death and is an extremely dangerous underdog.

duellumduellum 3/19/2016 08:32

Vishy is a champ, quintessential champ. He really solidified the united chess crown by defeating Kramnik, Topalov, and Gelfand. He's a legit world champ. One of the best and will be until someone at this tournament dethrones him. Will all that, I still don't understand why he doesn't have the confidence to not wear a hair hat. He's the man. No need for it.

TucsonkidTucsonkid 3/19/2016 08:39

Nakamura's attitude in the interview above commenting on touching the king sure comes across as that of an arrogant jerk. Nakamura clearly touched the king, intended to move it, and got caught. Then he says he "has no problem with the arbiter's ruling". Of course he didn't have a problem with the ruling because he touched the king.

I thought the next sentence out of his mouth would be an apology for blowing off the post-game press conference but instead he chose to comment on how Aronian handled Nakamura trying to pretend he was simply adjusting the king! You tried to cheat, Nakamura, got caught, then attack the other guy when he holds you to the rules?

The chess world is very small. Nakamura is not doing himself any favors with fans and sponsors by antagonizing one of the classiest players in the game after getting caught trying to get away with something.

Apologize, Nakamura, and maybe you can still redeem a little dignity. Everyone makes mistakes. One day, you'll be in need of a sponsor's exemption to get into a tournament and it wouldn't be a surprise to see you get passed over since the sponsor won't want a rude jerk around to thumb their nose at the rules and the press conferences.

DJonesDJones 11 hours ago

Vishy's toupe is well done and looks fine. Let him be himself. Too many people want to change players and make them all the same. We need nice guys, vain guys, jerks, clowns and statesman. We need analysts, students of the game and hosts. Let people be themselves. Stop trying to kill their spirit into this brown mass of sameness where people give robotic answers. do robotic things and move lockstep.

depsipeptide@gmail.comdepsipeptide@gmail.com 9 hours ago

Giri-Anand: Neither felt the need to take risks and a quiet draw as soon as legally permitted.

Karjakin-Aronian: As tournament leaders with half the event to come, neither player wanted to appear too aggressive nor too timid. Karjakin has now moved 13 of his 14 rook pawns! Co-leader Aronian isn't lagging either with 12 compared to someone like Giri with only 6.

Svidler-Caruana: A fighting draw when both players desperately need a win.

Nakamura-Topalov: What happens when your tournament goes south? Lick your wounds or go all in? Veselin seems determined to do the latter and his speculative sacrifice finally gave Nakamura a victory.

Prediction for the second half- One of those sleepers Caruana, Giri or Svidler will finally wake up and be in contention. Hard to see Anand winning again if his opponents play the Berlin as Black or 1 d4 as White. The candidates is Karjakin's or Aronian's to lose, they are the two players who've been the most consistent in the first half.

BeanieBeanie 9 hours ago

Actually Caruana and Giri have been the most consistent as they've had the same result in every game.

QueenslanderQueenslander 8 hours ago

Nakamura botched his after-game interview today! In an ugly display of arrogance he not only fudged the touch-move incident - look at the video, he completely and purposefully closes his hand on his king - but also had an nasty dig at Aronian by saying he'd made some comments he didn't like. Oh his delicate little ego! Fans will be hoping Levon crushes him in the return game and Magnus beats him another dozen times.

DJonesDJones 8 hours ago

Queenslander needs to seek help. Relishing the suffering of others is a bad thing. Nakamura was asked by Jen Shahade during Norway chess 2015 how he felt when Magnus was losing badly at home in Norway chess and you know what he said? " I don't do that. Magnus is the greatest player in the world and he will recover. Rooting for the failure of others is bad karma and I only worry about my own games. I don't root for other players to lose. It's not right"

monty fufumonty fufu 8 hours ago

"Very shameful and disrespectful comments by So about Varuzhan Akobian. Blame everyone except yourself for breaking the rules."

https://twitter.com/GMHikaru/status/587014273592864768

Apparently Hikaru's principles aren't any more consistent than his play.

DJonesDJones 8 hours ago

I don't see where he blamed others. He accepted his punishment and took the financial penalty. He admitted he touched the piece and then moved it and said Aronian said something untoward to him. What else do you want? Seems you have a bloodlust,.

VVIVVI 4 hours ago

Anand will win the candidates again.

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