Candidates Tournament - The Result!

  • SonofPearl
  • on 4/1/13, 11:12 AM.

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The 2013 Candidates Tournament will live long in the memory, and its conclusion was as unexpected as it was amazing! The two remaining contenders, Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik both had to keep one eye on each other's games, with Vladimir Kramnik needing to score a better result than his Norwegian rival to win the tournament.

Today is April Fool's day, but this is no joke: Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik both lost their final round games!  Incredibly, Vassily Ivanchuk gradually outplayed Vladimir Kramnik, and Magnus Carlsen went astray in rare (for him) time trouble to turn an equal position into a loss.

Carlsen was first to resign, but relatively safe in the knowledge that Kramnik was probably losing as well. What a finale!

Two rounds ago, it seemed that Vassily Ivanchuk had cost Magnus Carlsen victory in the tournament, but by beating Vladimir Kramnik in the final round, he ended up saving his skin!  Try to fit a conspiracy story around that...Wink

Magnus Carlsen at the start of his final round game



Peter Svidler's win gave him 3rd place in the tournament




Vladimir Kramnik came so close to winning the tournament



Vassily Ivanchuk is the toast of Norway after beating Kramnik!




2013 Candidates Tournament Final Standings

Name Fed Elo Pts
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2872
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2810
Peter Svidler RUS 2747 8
Levon Aronian ARM 2809 8
Boris Gelfand ISR 2740
Alexander Grischuk RUS 2764
Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2757 6
Teimour Radjabov AZE 2793 4


Lev Aronian completed Teimour Radjabov's miserable tournament by beating him after the Azerbaijani blundered in the endgame.

Lev Aronian ended the tournament with another win



Boris Gelfand and Alexander Grischuk finished their campaigns with a draw



The complete results of the 2013 Candidates

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 1 - 0 Boris Gelfand
Levon Aronian 1 - 0 Vassily Ivanchuk 
Teimour Radjabov  ½ - ½ Peter Svidler 
Alexander Grischuk  0 - 1 Vladimir Kramnik
Round 11  28/03/13  
Alexander Grischuk  ½ - ½ Magnus Carlsen
Vladimir Kramnik 1 - 0 Teimour Radjabov 
Peter Svidler  1 - 0 Levon Aronian
Vassily Ivanchuk  ½ - ½ Boris Gelfand
Round 12  29/03/13  
Magnus Carlsen 0 - 1 Vassily Ivanchuk 
Boris Gelfand ½ - ½ Peter Svidler 
Levon Aronian 0 - 1 Vladimir Kramnik
Teimour Radjabov  ½ - ½ Alexander Grischuk 
Round 13  31/03/13  
Teimour Radjabov  0 - 1 Magnus Carlsen
Alexander Grischuk  ½ - ½ Levon Aronian
Vladimir Kramnik ½ - ½ Boris Gelfand
Peter Svidler  1 - 0 Vassily Ivanchuk 
Round 14  01/04/13
Magnus Carlsen 0 - 1 Peter Svidler 
Vassily Ivanchuk  1 - 0 Vladimir Kramnik
Boris Gelfand ½ - ½ Alexander Grischuk 
Levon Aronian 1 - 0 Teimour Radjabov 


See you for the world championship in October/November: Magnus Carlsen versus Vishy Anand!


The winner, and world championship challenger, Magnus Carlsen


Photos by Ray Morris-Hill.

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  • 4 years ago



    Isn't the loser one who has been wining throughout the toournament about conspiracy theories, Soviets, comunists, KGB and all other stuff (poor mind) and then, when his favorite wins, he just says "oh, well, I'm sorry". And if his favorite hasn't won, then we would be seeing another bunch of nonsens. Isn't that guy a clear loser?

    I mean, I'm Kramnik's fan, but haven't ever said a bad word about Magnus. On the contrary I wrote he is a deserving winner and that I am sure that he will eventually be the world champion (I don't know if it will be gainst Vishy, but I'm sure he'll reach the crown anyway). And I'm completely against those saying that Volodya should be a winner - he knew the rules, he haven't withstood the pressure and the first place was gone.

    But it's absurd that "a conspiracy theorie guy" can teach a lesson. Magnus has a lot of normal fans, they can say a word or two, but you've lost your right willingly, nobody forced you to write those nonsens throughout the tournament.

    When things are going bad, you're the first to cry. And when things are going good, you're the first to teach a lesson. That is what every loser in the world does. No attitude, no pride.

  • 4 years ago


    I think that one day Magnus Carlsen will break the 3000 point rating barrier...

  • 4 years ago


    great tournament for svidler Cool

  • 4 years ago


    Well done Carlsen! Beat Anand and be the world champion!

  • 4 years ago


    Sore losers still making comments... enjoy all the bickering but the fact is, Magnus Carlsen came out on top and is the world championship challenger!  That won't change, however nasty and irrelevant your patzer observations are.  There's really no argument when you are a winner but there's lots of excuses for losers. 

  • 4 years ago


    I am very pleased that Magnus challenger of Vishy Anand .It is determined to be a great fight and hopefully win Magnus.

  • 4 years ago


    I believe, it is safe to chess player is dominant in our computer era !...

  • 4 years ago


    If you liked the tension of this tournament with all the titans battling eachother: In May there will be a new one, Norway Chess will take place in Stavanger with number 1-8 + number 16 and 107 on the ranking list in the same tournament.

    The stakes will of course not be as high as in this one with the WC match as the goal, but we can hope for many exciting matches here as well.


  • 4 years ago



    Your logic makes no sense since you apply your idea for a tiebreaker on an already completed tournament. The players chose their strategy through the tournament by knowledge of these rules and that is why both Carlsen and Kramnik lost their last games. I am pretty sure they could both draw their games if that was what they wanted from the start. If your idea of the tiebreaker where you count black/white against the same player as one match was the rule before the last round then Carlsen would have played for draw to win the match as he already beat Svidler with black. Kramnik however, would still have to play for a win if he wanted a "match win" since he drew the first game against Ivanchuk.

    Anyway if these were the rules then players might have played differently through the whole tournament and the standings before the final round would have been different.

    You can't apply a hypothetic set of tiebreakers to a completed tournament and then say "with these better rules Kramnik is the deserved winner".

  • 4 years ago


    Player X has won all his games with the weakest opponent of the tournament and lost almost all his matches to the stronger ones;

    Can you believe that Player X is stronger than Magnus Carlsen?!

    If no: with the same logic, Vlademir Kramnik was the strongest player in the Candidates Tournament 2012.

  • 4 years ago


    its unsual world chess championship we will see a non russian players will go for the title.

  • 4 years ago


    In the last rounds, we saw the real Ivanchuk, if he didn't have time management trouble, he could end up pretty high (even challenging carlsen and kramnik i think). I was personally hoping for either Kramnik or Aronian, but Carlsen was lucky because of Ivanchuk. I can't wait for THAT match.

  • 4 years ago


    I have never seen Carlsen so happy as in the pic above. 

  • 4 years ago


    Haha,Ivanchuk the game turner! Who would have expected such a final round!

    Really amazing tournament, full of twist and turns! The one who deserved, got his reward.

    Great performance by Svidler and Aronian. I think this candidates would be more remembered for the performance of Ivanchuk :P

    So now Anand Vs Carlsen in the world championship match! The most awaited match!

    Although i think there should have been tie breaker-blitz games to make it more intense! :D

    and btw 10 pages of comments!!!

  • 4 years ago


    great news for chess !! the match is going to be 2nd best of all time after bobby vs spassky !!

  • 4 years ago


    Concs Magnus Carlsen

  • 4 years ago


    Before the seven rounds may be carlsen and aronian thinking that they are the best chess player in this tournament but something happened in the end, and congratulation to carlsen for winning the tie break against kramnik...

  • 4 years ago


    @ Kereshevsky, ofcourse black is going to draw if you play suboptimal moves for white. The position below is completely winning for white.


    (in case diargram doesn't work, FEN: 4q2k/6b1/R1p3p1/8/QP2Pp1P/5P2/2P3K1/8 b - - 0 40)

  • 4 years ago


    Candidates were great and exciting. We saw a lot of fine games, some TNs (by Kramnik mostly), huge willpower (by Carlsen mostly), unpredictable behaviour (needless to say by whom) and even some tourists at the board (who said "Grischuk").

    Now, it's time to get back to real chess...Smile

  • 4 years ago


    Swimming across

    Chucky's torpedos,

    Kramnik's nets,

    Aronian's traps,

    Svidler's sharks.

    Gelfand's icebergs,

    I emerge from the water of chess

    on the island called Anand.

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