Candidates Tournament Round 2
Game Annotations by GM Sam Shankland
After a tentative opening round at the 2013 London Candidates Tournament, Lev Aronian became the first man to win a game by beating Boris Gelfand in round two.
In a balanced position Aronian set a trap and sure enough, Boris Gelfand blundered with 25...Rc8??, allowing Aronian the nice tactical shot 26.Bh6+ and there was no way back for the former world championship challenger.
A day to forget for Boris Gelfand
Lev Aronian took full advantage of his opponent's mistake
Teimour Radjabov also opened his account by defeating Vassily Ivanchuk in a one-sided encounter. Ivanchuk never looked comfortable in a Leningrad Dutch and his uncoordinated pieces were no match for his opponent's army.
Teimour Radjabov was a convincing winner
Ivanchuk - down, but not out
The headline game of the day between Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik was also the first to finish, and it was a disappointing day for the world number one. Kramnik was well prepared for Carlsen's opening choice and had no problems at all in achieving a draw. A moral victory for the former world champion with the black pieces.
Vladimir Kramnik kept everything under control
Alexander Grischuk and Peter Svidler had an evenly balanced fight in a Ruy Lopez which ended drawn. Svidler was asked how he had achieved his newly svelte shape at the post-match press conference. He replied simply, "eating less junk!", before adding wryly, "there are books on the subject".
Healthy body = healthy mind. Svidler is in good shape!
The all-Russian pairing ended with points shared
The standings after two rounds
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 london2013.fide.com.
|Levon Aronian||-||Magnus Carlsen|
|Boris Gelfand||-||Teimour Radjabov|
|Vassily Ivanchuk||-||Alexander Grischuk|
|Peter Svidler||-||Vladimir Kramnik|
|Magnus Carlsen||-||Vladimir Kramnik|
|Alexander Grischuk||-||Peter Svidler|
|Teimour Radjabov||-||Vassily Ivanchuk|
|Levon Aronian||-||Boris Gelfand|
|Boris Gelfand||-||Magnus Carlsen|
|Vassily Ivanchuk||-||Levon Aronian|
|Peter Svidler||-||Teimour Radjabov|
|Vladimir Kramnik||-||Alexander Grischuk|
|Magnus Carlsen||-||Alexander Grischuk|
|Teimour Radjabov||-||Vladimir Kramnik|
|Levon Aronian||-||Peter Svidler|
|Boris Gelfand||-||Vassily Ivanchuk|
|Vassily Ivanchuk||-||Magnus Carlsen|
|Peter Svidler||-||Boris Gelfand|
|Vladimir Kramnik||-||Levon Aronian|
|Alexander Grischuk||-||Teimour Radjabov|
|Peter Svidler||-||Magnus Carlsen|
|Vladimir Kramnik||-||Vassily Ivanchuk|
|Alexander Grischuk||-||Boris Gelfand|
|Teimour Radjabov||-||Levon Aronian|
|Magnus Carlsen||-||Teimour Radjabov|
|Levon Aronian||-||Alexander Grischuk|
|Boris Gelfand||-||Vladimir Kramnik|
|Vassily Ivanchuk||-||Peter Svidler|
|Magnus Carlsen||-||Levon Aronian|
|Teimour Radjabov||-||Boris Gelfand|
|Alexander Grischuk||-||Vassily Ivanchuk|
|Vladimir Kramnik||-||Peter Svidler|
|Vladimir Kramnik||-||Magnus Carlsen|
|Peter Svidler||-||Alexander Grischuk|
|Vassily Ivanchuk||-||Teimour Radjabov|
|Boris Gelfand||-||Levon Aronian|
|Magnus Carlsen||-||Boris Gelfand|
|Levon Aronian||-||Vassily Ivanchuk|
|Teimour Radjabov||-||Peter Svidler|
|Alexander Grischuk||-||Vladimir Kramnik|
|Alexander Grischuk||-||Magnus Carlsen|
|Vladimir Kramnik||-||Teimour Radjabov|
|Peter Svidler||-||Levon Aronian|
|Vassily Ivanchuk||-||Boris Gelfand|
|Magnus Carlsen||-||Vassily Ivanchuk|
|Boris Gelfand||-||Peter Svidler|
|Levon Aronian||-||Vladimir Kramnik|
|Teimour Radjabov||-||Alexander Grischuk|
|Teimour Radjabov||-||Magnus Carlsen|
|Alexander Grischuk||-||Levon Aronian|
|Vladimir Kramnik||-||Boris Gelfand|
|Peter Svidler||-||Vassily Ivanchuk|
|Magnus Carlsen||-||Peter Svidler|
|Vassily Ivanchuk||-||Vladimir Kramnik|
|Boris Gelfand||-||Alexander Grischuk|
|Levon Aronian||-||Teimour Radjabov|
Look out for details of Chess.com TV coverage of the event at this page.