Candidates Tournament Round 13

  • SonofPearl
  • on 3/31/13, 1:09 PM.

There was a very tense atmosphere in round 13 of the London Candidates Tournament - the penultimate day of the competition.  Both Vladimir Kramnik and Magnus Carlsen were absolutely determined to win their games against Boris Gelfand and Teimour Radjabov respectively. 
Vladimir Kramnik had the advantage of the white pieces and played the novel idea 5.e3 in a fianchetto Gruenfeld sideline, putting Gelfand under great pressure and eventually winning a pawn.  But Gelfand was tenacious in defence, finding the crucial move 38...Rd8 as the time control approached to save the game.
A relaxed Boris Gelfand before the game
Kramnik pressed hard, but Gelfand was equal to the task
Magnus Carlsen had the black pieces against Teimour Radjabov, and opted for the Nimzo-Indian after Radjabov played 1.d4.  Radjabov slowly drifted into a slightly worse endgame, and Carlsen kept trying everything he could to keep the game alive and induce a mistake from his opponent.  Deep into the 6th hour of the game Radjabov was surviving almost solely on the 30 second time increment and Carlsen picked up a vital pawn.  Finally, incredibly, after nearly 7 hours of play Carlsen won the game!
Magnus Carlsen won an amazingly tense game
Teimour Radjabov finally succumbed to Magnus Carlsen after nearly 7 hours
The first game to finish today was the encounter between Peter Svidler and Vassily Ivanchuk. The spinning roulette wheel that seems to determine Chucky's choice of opening in this tournament stopped today at the French Defence. Svidler obtained a pleasant game with the advance variation and as Ivanchuk struggled to cope with his inferior position he lost on time for the fifth time in the tournament.
Peter Svidler did what Magnus Carlsen couldn't - beating Vassily Ivanchuk


Despite his loss to Vladimir Kramnik yesterday, Lev Aronian still had a mathematical chance of winning the tournament, but even that minuscule possibility vanished when he only drew with Alexander Grischuk, in the second game to finish today. 

Alexander Grischuk and Lev Aronian drew their game



So Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik both have a score of 8½/13 going into the final round tomorrow.  But Carlsen has the superior tie-break score, so as long as he achieves at least the same result as Kramnik he will win the tournament.  Carlsen has white against Svidler, and Kramnik has black against Ivanchuk.

The standings after 13 rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2872
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2810
Peter Svidler RUS 2747 7
Levon Aronian ARM 2809 7
Boris Gelfand ISR 2740 6
Alexander Grischuk RUS 2764 6
Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2757 5
Teimour Radjabov AZE 2793 4



The 2013 Candidates Tournament runs from 14 March - 2 April in London, with the winner earning the right to challenge current world champion Vishy Anand for the title.

The tournament is an 8-player double round-robin event and the venue is The IET at 2 Savoy Place on the banks of the river Thames. The total prize fund is €510,000 (approx 665,000 USD). 

All rounds start at 14:00 GMT, and the time control is 2 hours for 40 moves, then an extra hour added for the next 20 moves, then 15 minutes more with a 30 second increment to finish.

The official FIDE website coverage is at

Round-by-Round Pairings

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 Peter Svidler 
Vassily Ivanchuk  Vladimir Kramnik
Boris Gelfand Alexander Grischuk 
Levon Aronian Teimour Radjabov 


Look out for details of TV coverage of the event at this page.

Pictures by Ray Morris-Hill.

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16 votes


  • 4 years ago


    If Carlsen WINS this Tournament through a tie-break; then it WILL NOT be a convincing WIN.  The World expected a little bit more than this from Carlsen; for sure!

    Then he will have to face Vishy Anand - known as Tiger of Madras (now Chennai) for the World Chess Championship crown - which will be like catching the tiger by the tail...which will surely NOT be a walk in the park for Carlsen; even though he may be the HIGHEST rated player in this world!! 

    We all are sure to enjoy the treat of great Chess games; in times to come...

  • 4 years ago


    • 38 minutes ago


      Here's by point: I don't care for anything about Carlsen. To me he's a media"s spoiled brat. I'am not interested in his elo or chess games...frankly I don't study them. I study Fischer and Anand. I am and will always be an Anand,lose or draw its simple as that. I don't care for Carlsen, I don't care for the hype and what they put up on Anand because he is an get the message. Anand is a God let you Europeans know that he is the one who gives out the thinking abilities not you. And if you don't like that kiss me where the sun don't shine. Moreover, chess was created in India. Tongue Out

    • Anand sucks he lost to a guy in a tournement and lost against someone who's elo rating was 13-ish and lost in 7 moves the real world champion was Kasparov no-one can deny dez nuts
  • 4 years ago


    At the age of 22, i dont think carlson has maturity to play WC with anand,

    Kramnik must win through the tournamet.

  • 4 years ago


    dear Radjabov you pawn was safe on black Square against white bishop

    why a4  why why why

  • 4 years ago


    Pretty impressive to watch Carlsen + Time control pressure (he induced) turn the draw into a win last night.

    MattielloMx is looks correct regarding tie-breaks:

    taken from here:

    "3. 7 Tie-breaks
    If the top two or more players score the same points, the tie will be decided by the following criteria, in order of priority:
    a) The results of the games between the players involved in the tie.
    If they are still tied:
    b) The total number of wins in the tournament of every player involved in the tie.
    If they are still tied:
    c) Sonneborn - Berger System"
    As seen below a) the two Carlsen v Kramnik games were both draws. b) Carlsen has one more win than Kramnik so if the results of Kramnik's & Carlsens games tonight are the same Carlsen wins the tournament.The only way Kramik can win the tournament is if he scores at least 1/2 point more than Carlsen in the final pairing.

    Current standings

    It's been a good tournament to watch. I just wish had covered every nights games. Should be good viewing tonight.

  • 4 years ago


    so why do some people not like Carlsen?  I am confused.

  • 4 years ago


    Wow, I was watching the game live in chessdom, and seeing the engine analysis and the commentator's remarks, I thought it would be an easy draw, but Carlsen never fails to amaze. 

  • 4 years ago


    Well this was an amazing tournament.. Enjoyed many of the games and learnt alot from them... may the best man win tomorrow, although, having a tournament of this calibar possibly being decided on tiebrake is horrible.. if anything they should have a play off for people tied in first if anything.. but oh well.. nothing we can do about that now...

    @Marcokim u said: "thus my point, if you start by playing safe against the 2nd and 3rd seeds then you aren't better than they are... maybe you are marginally better than they are, but we don't want a marginal challenger we want a guy who can give Anand a run for his money, and Anand is a deadly match player."

    lol ur saying Carlsen is Marginally better than the second and third best players in the would and yet u say u dont want him to play because he is only marginally better? so in other words ur gonna pick someone who is worse rather than someone who is marginally better? kinda funny if U ask me...

  • 4 years ago


    If a position is truly a draw, then make it a draw by play. Complaining because Carlsen makes these other players prove their mettle over the board in positions that are supposedly drawn is bs. These are Grandmasters we're talking about. If they can't make a drawn position into a draw then maybe they don't deserve to be Grandmasters. After all, it ain't over until it's over. Folks had the same complaint about Fischer. He went on to be World Champion.

  • 4 years ago


    I do think Carlsen is over-hyped by some people, even if he is the best nowdays. I remember some guys saying stuff like "Carlsen will draw the top seeds and win all the other games", or others expecting him to win easily because "Aronian is inconsistent and Kramnik just draws".

    I do believe he got chances to be very dominant soon, but for now he is not as dominant as Fischer or Kasparov.

    Also, rule 2 from post below doesn't make sense for me, i think two draws should have the same value as a win and a loss.

    I would love to see a rapid tie-break, and i think its fair, but the players are already very tired, so maybe rules 1 and 3 are okay.

  • 4 years ago


    @chessrook1234 I think the tie-breaks are, in order:

    1. Result among those tied.
    2. Most number of wins.
    3. Sonneborn-Berger (the sum of all the points of those you have beaten, plus half the points of those with whom you have drawn with)
    4. Rapid games.

    I would prefer a rapid match-off... Let's settle this with chess, you know?

  • 4 years ago


    I'm not too happy about todays results. :(

    Not that I care whether Kramnik or Carlsen wins, its just that Ivanchuck played the french defense, and lost with it... 


    I was just starting to lose faith in this opening I've been playing for the past 2 years... and this kind of seals it. :(

  • 4 years ago


    Since Kramnik never lost a game till now and Carlson lost to Chucky, Kramnik should have eben higher on the tie breaker? esp since Carlsen is 50 points higher than Kramnik-- and a lot higher than Chucky??

  • 4 years ago


    Both Kramnik and Carlsen have played amazing games in this tournament, by any standard, and either one of them will be a worthy World Championship Challenger.

    I agree Kramnik has been the most constant and has played the best chess so far. He might probably finish the tournament undefeated, an amazing feat in itself.

    However, my money is with Carlsen and I hope he wins tomorrow. I just marvel at this lad's fighting spirit and find thrilling the way he squeezes victories out of seemingly lifeless positions. It would be amazing to see him in a match against Anand.

    Anyway, those were my humble two cents. It'll be an exciting round tomorrow... :) Cheers!

  • 4 years ago


    Here is the latest MATCH-FIXING conspiracy theory:

    a. Carlsen wins the Tournament tomorrow - He has overcome all MATCH-FIXING; by all players involved.

    b. Kramnik wins the Tournament tomorrow- Blame MATCH-FIXING on all players involved.

    c. Vishy Anand is behind all these MATCH-FIXING as he is the most affected person due to the final result of this Tournament!!

    My personal choice though is: KRAMNIK who is playing the best CHESS in this Tournament; as no one could yet WIN him in this Tournament (hopefully he retains the record till the Tournament endsInnocent); and he is a well-rounded player - Opening, Middle Game and End game - on the Chess Board and outside it!!

  • 4 years ago


    Why did schedule their interview with Polgar during the exciting conclusion to today's games?  Even if they figured the games should be over, they should have postponed till they actually were over. 

    I'm excited for tomorrow.  Half of you will be right and the other half will be mad.  And if Ivanchuk wins I will fall off my chair.

  • 4 years ago


    Many strange and confused points of view.  Carlsen is over hyped when his TPR is higher that ELO and his current Live rating is 2874,7?  Doesn't deserve to win when he has most victories? Did he "grind" when playing and winning against Gelfand, Svidler or Grischuk?  Doesn't play combinations? Did you actually look at the game against Radjabov? Carlsen created threats of combinations all the time, that's why Radjabov ran out of time. Again, confused, and bizarre points of view. 

  • 4 years ago


    SerbianChessStar (not a star)..back at are what you call

  • 4 years ago


    Hello children, if you do not know how to play chess why are you even talking on here?

    Carlsen plays to win, if you cry like little children who don't know how to play chess, then please leave.

    Carlsen was in a must-win situation today children, do you expect him to take a draw in a position where he was slightly better?

    Sighs.. children these days.. in these times there are no Carlsen haters, there are just people jealous of him.

  • 4 years ago


    I still can't get over how so many are complaining that some Magnus tried to play game to bitter end, Fischer wanted Draws not to count . Makes sense. Saying he just wore his player down to win is suppose to be part of game. In all other sports that is part of sport or game. You can say many of the games in by them they did not take enough risks, that is done in all sports. Blaming a player for losing on time and saying it's fixed is also wrong, Chucky is known as a slow player, you should remmeber time controlls use to be longer back in 70s. 

     On if it's tied I think there should be a best of 3 , with person who had won tie breaker getting white twice.

       It also seems only non masters are saying tournament is fixed!

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