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


    What an amazing tournament. So much great chess played by GMs Kramnik, Svidler, and Ivanchuk (beating the world #1 AND world #2!!). Though Magnus clearly didn't play the best chess of the tournament, I'm glad to see him win. Here's hoping that he can unseat Anand and usher in a new era.

  • 4 years ago


    The greatest joke is that till start of todays matches, Chucky was the big villian,the cheat (for many of the so-called conspiracy theorists here). But overnight, he has emerged as the real Hero of the tournament , being the only distinguished one to beat both the World's Number 1 n 2 (and also without losing any matches against them) , in impeccable style and that too at the most exciting critical junctures. 

    If it wasn't for his time troubles, one could imagine what he could have achieved.  No doubt he was the most exciting figure of this candidates.  

    Special appreciation to Svidler too, played wonderfully and also brought down the World No.1 . 

    Congrat to Carlsen and Kramnik as well, the tourney leaders. A rapid play-off would have better to decide between the two. 

  • 4 years ago


    I thought there would be a tie break match, but oh well. Id be inclined to say that wins matter more then loses here.

  • 4 years ago


    Great for Kramnik too!

  • 4 years ago


    breaking news: check the official website, kramnik draw, so he won the tournament!

    Happy April Fools Day.

  • 4 years ago


    I was pretty sure Ivanchuk would not win.  It is hard to call a nose picking booger eater a class act but I'll do it anyway.  Ivanchuk is a great chess player and a class act.  And he needs to learn how to tell time.

  • 4 years ago


    Some facts about the Candidates Tournament 2013 which Carlsen fans should acknowledge:

    a. Carlsen WINS Tournament because Kramnik loses.

    b. Carlsen WINS Tournament because Ivanchuk wins.

    c. Carlsen WINS Tournament based on the result of Ivanchuk-Kramnik game; which is the last game to finish!

    c. Carlsen performance in this Tournament; below expectations of the chess world - worthy of his HIGH ELO RATING!!

    Anyway congrats Carlsen for your WIN of the Tournament.

  • 4 years ago


    It is said, "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear".

    For Carlsen, Anand has appeared.

  • 4 years ago


    Chucky should get automatic entry into next year challengers rounds...

  • 4 years ago


    To me...Ivanchuk is the world champion.....every one els, plays a boring computer like games.....

  • 4 years ago


    "Be objective, guys! Let's see hard facts: Carlsen got 8.5 with 5 victories, Kramnik got 8.5 with 4 victories ..."

    I could rewrite that as "Be objective, guys! Let's see hard facts: Kramnik got 8.5 with 1 loss, Carlsen got 8.5 with 2 losses ..."

    I don't think objective is the correct word. This is an arbitrary tiebreak rule, and therefore subjective.

  • 4 years ago


    Its amazing that Carlsen plays his worst tournament in a long time and he still comes out on top.

    Also, they need to change the tiebreak victory thing -- A playoff match seems much better

  • 4 years ago


    The true winner, my friend, is CHESS !! Rejoice and expect more thrilling chess episode in the WCC.

  • 4 years ago


    I actually don't understand why the tie break score should favour Carlsen, I mean he did win more with black, but he also drew more with white, plus he lost more games than Kramnik. Anyway, it just seems to me that the player with the least number of losses should have the superiour tie break score.

  • 4 years ago


    Be objective, guys! Let's see hard facts: Carlsen got 8.5 with 5 victories, Kramnik got 8.5 with 4 victories, Ivanchuk only got 6, Gelfand only got 6.5. And, keep the whole rules in your mind!  Conclusion: Like or dislike, CARLSEN IS THE WINNER! About the future (Carlsen v.s. Anand), who knows? Just hope: FUTURE IS FOR YOUNG GENERATION!

  • 4 years ago


    Chucky will probably get the next Nobel peace price!

  • 4 years ago


    CHUK saved Carlsen!!!!!

  • 4 years ago


    Ivanchuk the noble

    Ivanchuk the destroyer

    Ivanchuk the barbarian

    Ivanchuk the extraordinary

    Ivanchuk the excentric

    What he did on this tournament,is going into chess hystory books!!For me,he is the winner of the tournament and time will deside who he really is and what is he capable off!!What i saw against Carlsen and Kramnik is the play of the chess world champion!Yes,he lost on time and blablabla,but i sad before that he doesn,t care how he loses-on time or resigning,it doesn,t matter for him.He is different than other chess players.Behaving strangelly,talking with himself,looking deep into the space,freaky,remainds me of Bobby Fisher somehow.But he can beat each and everyone if he decides that!

    I will remember this tournament for a long time because of him and at the end i want to say this:

    Carlsen,s destiny was Ivanchuk and new chess star is very close to become new chess world champion!

  • 4 years ago


    breaking news........

    a. Norway bestows honorary citizenship to Vasilly Ivanchuk.

    b. Magnus Carlsen appoints Ivanchuk as his second against Vishy Anand...

    that completes the conspiracy theory; the match-fixing; and the April Fools day episodes... in between some great CHESS!!

  • 4 years ago


    i would love to hear Anands thoughts... especially on how he feels about his new challanger.


    Congrats Carlsen!!!

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