Final Photos of the London Candidates

  • SonofPearl
  • on 4/3/13, 11:26 AM.

phplO1rH0.jpegThe 2013 London Candidates competition will surely go down in chess history as one of the most exciting world championship qualifying events ever held.

After a few early glitches the official website worked well, and the video coverage and commentary was excellent.

Thanks to all the players, organisers, the venue and everyone involved in the event for putting on a great show!

The closing ceremony and prize-giving took place at 11 Downing Street, the official residence of Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer.

The final results table



Standing (l to r): Radjabov, Carlsen, Grischuk, Aronian, Ivanchuk
Seated (l to r): Svidler, Kramnik, Gelfand



Magnus Carlsen with the current British Chancellor, George Osborne



FIDE President Kirsan Illyumzhinov and AGON chief Andrew Paulson attended the prize-giving



The winner, and now the official challenger to Vishy Anand, Magnus Carlsen



The winner's medal



The prize-giving venue: Number 11 Downing Street...


. door to the Prime Minister's residence at No.10



L to r: Arbiter Adam Raoof, Andrew Paulson, Kramnik, Aronian, chess set designer Daniel Weil



Lev Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik with the London Eye in the background



Watermarked photos by the always excellent Ray Morris-Hill.
Other pictures by Anastasiya Karlovich and Peter Doggers.

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  • 4 years ago


    Nice photos and article. Have the rules for the WCH been drawn up yet?

  • 4 years ago


    Just think, if the tournament had been played on a roof-top terrace and Svidler won, they could make a movie about it and call it "Svidler On The Roof"

  • 4 years ago


    What a huge welcome chess has received in London! Awards on Downing Street are, as Magnus would say, "impressive." These were dramatic candidates' matches and the upcoming world championship battle already has wide global interest. And, by the way, I have been admiring the elegant and fascinating chess board design used as the match logo and appearing on the winner's medal.  It is beautifully Escheresque.

  • 4 years ago


    Yeah, the medal does look ridiculous. It looks more like a hot-plate. Maybe it looks better if somebody's wearing it, instead of laying on a table. Ivanchuk's expression in the group photo is priceless. And shouldn't No.11 Downing Street be next door to No.9 or No.13, with No.10, the Prime Minister's residence across the street? What kind of a bizarre street numbering system do they use in Britain?! Wink  Anyway, good tournament, exciting finish.

  • 4 years ago


    7Beaufeet7: That's utterly ridiculous. Clothes are to keep warm, not to look professional at a chess tournament. They might as well be wearing speedos for all i care.

  • 4 years ago


    There is Carlsen's interview right after the end of the Candidates 2013. The direct link is However, it is in Russian. In the interview Carlsen expressed great respect to Kramnik and was not very certain about his own future plans. As for the WC match, Carlsen said that he does not think that his preparation for it will change very much.

  • 4 years ago


    No one can stop "Magnus" now.. The mozart of chess. 

  • 4 years ago


    Imagine walking down the street and all of the sudden you see Kramnik and Aronian just talking away. I would die of joy!

  • 4 years ago


    Nice to see chuky is as happy as ever.

  • 4 years ago



    "the only negative on the website was the chess pieces! when was the last time you could play with a set where the black pcs,. were "red"! london classic was a much better show as far as commentary."

    lol, yep!!!!

  • 4 years ago


    Excellent photography. Delighted the tournament in London turned out to be so good.

  • 4 years ago


    Carlsen should stand beside Chucky with a big smile.

  • 4 years ago


    Too few photos!! But still thanks for the photos! Ivanchuk, camera is here!))

  • 4 years ago


    With scoring 3 for win and 1 for a draw (and then quantity of victories as a tie-break) Aronian will be second before Kramnik. I like his style and atitude towards wining ...

  • 4 years ago


    worst winner's medal and best tournament, since Fischer-Spasky. 

  • 4 years ago


    yes he definately salvaged a bit of pride by doing that.

  • 4 years ago


    chucky is the real champion here he beat both carlsen and kramnik.Cool

  • 4 years ago


    medal is bad i like to have gold 1 

  • 4 years ago


    I like the medal's design.

  • 4 years ago


    Great photos, thanks.

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