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Candidates Tournament Round 4

Candidates Tournament Round 4

Annotations by GM Sam Shankland

Magnus Carlsen beat Alexander Grischuk in round four of the 2013 Candidates Tournament to move into a share of the lead with Lev Aronian on 3/4 points.

With 4.d3 Carlsen declined to enter the mainline Berlin and an imbalanced position developed. Attacks on opposite wings guaranteed excitement as the players raced to break through first.

It was Carlsen who gained the upper hand, and although Grischuk seemed to have chances on the kingside, his habitual time trouble combined with Carlsen's accurate defence left him lost before the first time control.  In the post-match press conference Carlsen said "I wasn't overly happy with the first two games, but now I've got two wins I'm right where I need to be."

Magnus Carlsen won his second game in a row



Today's victim was Alexander Grischuk



1.e4. Still best by test?




First to finish was the game between Lev Aronian and Peter Svidler. It was excellent home preparation from Svidler once again, this time achieving a comfortable draw by catching Aronian by surprise with the Queen's Gambit Accepted.

Peter Svidler showed more great home preparation



Accepted? Aronian was taken by surprise in the opening.




The bottom of the table encounter between Boris Gelfand and Vassily Ivanchuk provided unexpected fireworks as Ivanchuk once again chose an offbeat opening line: the Chigorin Defence to the Queen's Gambit.  A ferocious struggle ended in a draw by perpetual check, but it was hugely entertaining while it lasted! 

Bloodied, but unbowed. Gelfand and Ivanchuk fought each other like wounded tigers.




Last to finish was the game between Teimour Radjabov and Vladimir Kramnik.  It was an evenly matched encounter arising out of a Nimzo-Indian which ended in a draw after 50 moves.

A draw for Radjabov and Kramnik




The view of the playing area from the audience.



Magnus Carlsen and the head of organisers AGON, Andrew Paulson, were interviewed by the BBC:


The standings after four rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2872 3
Levon Aronian ARM 2809 3
Peter Svidler RUS 2747
Teimour Radjabov AZE 2793 2
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2810 2
Alexander Grischuk RUS 2764
Boris Gelfand ISR 2740 1
Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2757 1



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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