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


    In a tourney so prestigious like this ....motive to draw a match is  much much lesser than to win it. (WCC is the most coveted title a playes can earn). Hence this logic that rules were made to make players shy away from draws is ridiculous.

    I beleive Kramnik was the real challenger, but nothing can be done now. Every player knew the rule from the start

  • 4 years ago


    Some chess experts here are questioning why such tie-break was used and not their desired mode of tie-breaks when in fact rules are pre-determined prior to the start of the tournament.  Why then fix a thing when it isn't broke.   

  • 4 years ago


    I watched Kramnik and Carlsen's games live (well some of them)

  • 4 years ago


    No one seems to be even talking about Aronyan's game, but he played incredibly yesterday, going into an imbalance of 2 Rooks vs Queen + 1 pawn. 


    Radjabov's pawn reached a2, and he could have created another queen, yet he's lost!

  • 4 years ago


    In the annotations of Carlsen's game, it says that the engine recommends 30. Bh8.

    This is illegal since the bishop is on h4 and can't jump to h8.


    Amazingly, the game viewer allows the bishop to jump. 


    The annotation is even funnier, "A perfectly ridiculous computer move that no human being in their right mind would ever play"


    Was this a joke? 


    EDIT: Just noticed that the bishop was on f6 and can go to h8, but white played Bh4 instead. 

  • 4 years ago


    Nice comments I hope to see you in the champinship :D

  • 4 years ago


    Three Cheers Candidates Tournament it has all from excitement , emotion drama Thriller and suspesne till last round last game last moment.

    Congrats ......Magnus for being lucky

    Congrats.....Kramnik for showing performing great till last round

    Heartiest Congrats.....Ivanchuk for showing the great (different) style of chess and showing that you can put pressure on #1 player (Round 12) when he was leading the tourny.

    All in all excited to see World Championship matches in Nov 2013

  • 4 years ago



    "So, what is both amusing and ridiculous, that Kramnik's performance in this tournament was better than Carlsen's, yet the latter is the winner. Kramnik's performance is 2858, Carlsen's is 2850, 8 points lower. Life is so unfair."

    Someone can correct me if I am wrong, but your performance rating is based on the strength of your competition.  Since no one is rated as high as Magnus, everyone elses's field is stronger.  What is fair is tiebreak rules that punish draws that everyone knows in advance.

  • 4 years ago


    GMPrice, touche!  Well said.  We need to hear such things occasionally when we get over eager to bend and lick people's toes.  Question, doubt, contradict and revise!  Always.  It keeps democracy working.

  • 4 years ago


    guaranteed, carlson doesn't stand a  chance for the championship, it will be a mop!!!

  • 4 years ago


    i think that carlsen and krammnik should of VS each other

  • 4 years ago


    LaskerFan is right.  Had both players know the other's end game result, they would have taken less risks during their own games and both games would have ended in a draw, for the same final result.

    As for the tie break system, its aim is to encourage players to win games.  Thanks to this, we had a very exciting tournament with a relatively low percentage of draws. Admitedly, both Kramnik and Carlsen deserved to challenge Anand, but the player who took the most risks, won more games and was rewarded with the final victory.

  • 4 years ago


    //Only this tournament had this weird rule of more number of victories, which Carlsen won out on. //

    This is not a weird rule, it is set on purpose. The above rule would encourage players to play for wins not for safe draws. 

  • 4 years ago


    its Ivanchuk who desided the result of this tourney,Wink it'll be World No.1 vs. the .

  • 4 years ago


    In your analysis on kraminnik and ivanchuk game, i think you've missed the move 40... Qf2 which will be a mate in 1 even if 41. Kg4

     I could have missed it, no-one seems to have mentioned that Kramnik could draw with 35...Rxa6

  • 4 years ago


    @GmPrice..It is good for people to become suspicious..and keep questioning and fight for honesty..and its completely fair to apologized after the facts...I agree you sir, but my point insult and using defamatory words to the candidates because of their poor performance during the match is not acceptable..thank you sir..

  • 4 years ago


    It is a shame for the game of chess that the challenger to Anand's title was decided by a performance tie-breaking technicality    7Beaufeet7 

    AGREED, it's also a shame such an important tnmt was only a double rd.robin instead of a quadruple round robin like the 1962 Candidates Tnmt or the 1948 World CH Tnmt

    The title of World CH is no longer as meaningful as it was when there were Candidates quarter-finals, semi-final and a final match to determine the challenger and when the title match was 24 games not a lousy 10 or 12 games!

  • 4 years ago


    I am really sad for Kramnik. He played very well in the second part of the tournament. Both Carlsen and Kramnik ended at 8.5 points each, and Kramnik actually had a higher tournament performance rating. Also he had higher regular tiebreak scores. Only this tournament had this weird rule of more number of victories, which Carlsen won out on. The victory is not very clear here to me. Its really sad to see this. They should let the leaders fight it out against each other. 

  • 4 years ago


    Ivanchuk is just such a mysterious guy. He beat the the two contenders, but effed in so many other games!

    Carlsens victory was well-earned, and not the least such a promising chess event. Only 22 years old and ready to claim the throne!

    Also the venue of this candidates tournament deserves the highest praise!

    C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !

  • 4 years ago


    once who hate carlsen love in inner heart Tongue Out

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