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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

Name Fed Elo Pts
Levon Aronian ARM 2809
Teimour Radjabov AZE 2793
Peter Svidler RUS 2747 1
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2810 1
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2872 1
Alexander Grischuk RUS 2764 1
Boris Gelfand ISR 2740 ½
Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2757 ½



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.

Round-by-Round Pairings

Round 1  15/03/13   
Levon Aronian Magnus Carlsen
Boris Gelfand Teimour Radjabov 
Vassily Ivanchuk  Alexander Grischuk 
Peter Svidler  Vladimir Kramnik
Round 2  16/03/13   
Magnus Carlsen Vladimir Kramnik
Alexander Grischuk  Peter Svidler 
Teimour Radjabov  Vassily Ivanchuk 
Levon Aronian Boris Gelfand
Round 3  17/03/13   
Boris Gelfand Magnus Carlsen
Vassily Ivanchuk  Levon Aronian
Peter Svidler  Teimour Radjabov 
Vladimir Kramnik Alexander Grischuk 
Round 4  19/03/13   
Magnus Carlsen Alexander Grischuk 
Teimour Radjabov  Vladimir Kramnik
Levon Aronian Peter Svidler 
Boris Gelfand Vassily Ivanchuk 
Round 5  20/03/13   
Vassily Ivanchuk  Magnus Carlsen
Peter Svidler  Boris Gelfand
Vladimir Kramnik Levon Aronian
Alexander Grischuk  Teimour Radjabov 
Round 6  21/03/13   
Peter Svidler  Magnus Carlsen
Vladimir Kramnik Vassily Ivanchuk 
Alexander Grischuk  Boris Gelfand
Teimour Radjabov  Levon Aronian
Round 7  23/03/13   
Magnus Carlsen Teimour Radjabov 
Levon Aronian Alexander Grischuk 
Boris Gelfand Vladimir Kramnik
Vassily Ivanchuk  Peter Svidler 
Round 8  24/03/13  
Magnus Carlsen Levon Aronian
Teimour Radjabov  Boris Gelfand
Alexander Grischuk  Vassily Ivanchuk 
Vladimir Kramnik Peter Svidler 
Round 9  25/03/13  
Vladimir Kramnik Magnus Carlsen
Peter Svidler  Alexander Grischuk 
Vassily Ivanchuk  Teimour Radjabov 
Boris Gelfand Levon Aronian
Round 10  27/03/13  
Magnus Carlsen Boris Gelfand
Levon Aronian Vassily Ivanchuk 
Teimour Radjabov  Peter Svidler 
Alexander Grischuk  Vladimir Kramnik
Round 11  28/03/13  
Alexander Grischuk  Magnus Carlsen
Vladimir Kramnik Teimour Radjabov 
Peter Svidler  Levon Aronian
Vassily Ivanchuk  Boris Gelfand
Round 12  29/03/13  
Magnus Carlsen Vassily Ivanchuk 
Boris Gelfand Peter Svidler 
Levon Aronian Vladimir Kramnik
Teimour Radjabov  Alexander Grischuk 
Round 13  31/03/13  
Teimour Radjabov  Magnus Carlsen
Alexander Grischuk  Levon Aronian
Vladimir Kramnik Boris Gelfand
Peter Svidler  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 Chess.com TV coverage of the event at this page.

Pictures by Anastasiya Karlovich at the official website, and Ray Morris-Hill (where indicated).

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