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FIDE Candidates 2016 (Games and Results)

FIDE Candidates 2016

The FIDE Candidates tournament took place in Moscow 10th to 30th March 2016. The event was sponsored by the Tashir Group run by Armenian billionaire Samvel Karapetyan who backed the 2014 Petrosian Memorial. Players: Veselin Topalov, Viswanathan Anand, Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana, Sergey Karjakin, Peter Svidler, Levon Aronian and Anish Giri play.

Sergey Karjakin took clear first place after defeating his direct rival Fabiano Caruana in the final round and will play Magnus Carlsen for the world title in November.

Sergey Karjakin beats Fabiano Caruana to earn world title shot against Carlsen (14)

The FIDE Candidates were won by Sergey Karjakin after he defeated Fabiano Caruana in the only decisive game of the final round. Caruana fought hard and his Classical Sicilian produced a sharp position with chances to fight for a win which he needed to quality. Karjakin bravely and correctly sacrificed a pawn for equality and after Caruana tried for a win with 36...Re4 Karjakin had to sacrifice a full rook to avoid being much worse, in fact the sacrifice led to a winning attack, after 39...Qf5! the game was all but over and finished on move 42.

Karjakin and Carlsen were both born in 1990 and for years it was predicted they would eventually meet in a World Championship match and this has now come to pass. Karjakin was tough during this event saving a number of difficult positions and lost just a single game. Karjakin is certainly equipped to play a World Championship match, The organisers AGON announced the match will be in New York 11th-30th November. I have no reason to doubt this except it lacked details of venue and sponsors but even if it falls through I imagine Russia will be very keen to host such a match.

Caruana came so close and probably has more reason that most to rue some missed chances, none bigger than not beating Topalov in the first half from a winning position, but also a chance later on against Svidler in round 13. Caruana also looks just about ready for a world championships match and this was a fine debut at this level. Most likely Karjakin's previous experience in two Candidates events made the difference.

The remaining games were drawn. Peter Svidler pressed with a small advantage against Viswanathan Anand but had to settle for a draw. Anand put in a good effort to try and get another world championship match, failures of his black opening repertoire were the main reason he came up just short. If this is the end of his world title challenges this was a worthy effort.

Anish Giri finished the event with a final draw against Topalov, a small opening edge soon evaporated. Giri drew every game but has got some good reviews for the quality of his play. Giri commented on twitter "Thanks everyone for your incredible support! Missed far too many chances, now time to draw(?!) some conclusions. Congrats to @SergeyKaryakin"

Topalov admitted afterwards that his time has gone, I'm not sure he was all that committed to playing this event and it showed. He was the only player with a negative score, the majority of the field finishing on 50%. I expect this to be Topalov's last appearance in the world championship cycle but hope to see him play on in major tournaments for many more years.

Hikaru Nakamura drew against Levon Aronian to keep both of them on 50%. Nakamura can be reasonably satisfied after a terrible start. Aronian had his chances until a weak patch in the middle of the event, it's starting to look unlikely the long time world number two will get the world title match that would complete his career.

At least some of these players will be back in two years time. There's never been a Candidates tournament that was so closely contested, all but one of the players finished 50% or better. I enjoyed it a lot, somewhat hampered by not being able to use the official site, I would like FIDE, in conjuntion with the players, to look at how ties are resolved at the end of the event.

Final Standings: 1st Karjakin 8.5pts, 2nd Caruana 7.5pts, 3rd Anand 7.5pts 4th-7th Giri, Svidler, Aronian, Nakamura 8th Topalov 4.5pts

FIDE Candidates 2016 (14)

FIDE Candidates Tournament 2016 (Moscow RUS)
Thu 10th Mar 2016 - Wed 30th Mar 2016 - Official Site - Results - Live

FIDE Candidates 2016 (8 players 14 Rds DRR Indiv TC:100m:50m:15m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

FIDE Candidates 2016 (8 players 14 Rds DRR Indiv TC: 100m:50m:15m+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

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FIDE Candidates 2016 Moscow (RUS), 10-30 iii 2016 cat. XXII (2778)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2760 * * ½ 1 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 2860
2. Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2794 ½ 0 * * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 2804
3. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2762 0 1 ½ 0 * * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 2809
4. Giri, Anish g NED 2793 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 7 2775
5. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2757 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 7 2780
6. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2786 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * * 1 ½ 1 ½ 7 2776
7. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2790 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * * 1 1 7 2776
8. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2780 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 * * 2644
Round 1 (March 11, 2016)
Karjakin, Sergey - Svidler, Peter ½-½ 30 D16 Slav Lasker/Smyslov
Anand, Viswanathan - Topalov, Veselin 1-0 49 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Giri, Anish - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 65 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Nakamura, Hikaru - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 31 A30 English Symmetrical
Round 2 (March 12, 2016)
Karjakin, Sergey - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 38 E15 Queens Indian
Caruana, Fabiano - Giri, Anish ½-½ 42 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Svidler, Peter - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 30 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Aronian, Levon - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 31 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Round 3 (March 13, 2016)
Anand, Viswanathan - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 40 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Giri, Anish - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 30 E15 Queens Indian
Nakamura, Hikaru - Svidler, Peter ½-½ 64 D16 Slav Lasker/Smyslov
Topalov, Veselin - Aronian, Levon 0-1 50 A29 English Four Knights
Round 4 (March 15, 2016)
Karjakin, Sergey - Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 43 A06 Zukertort Opening
Caruana, Fabiano - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 52 C50 Giuoco Piano
Svidler, Peter - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 41 A22 English Opening
Nakamura, Hikaru - Giri, Anish ½-½ 32 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Round 5 (March 16, 2016)
Anand, Viswanathan - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 30 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Giri, Anish - Svidler, Peter ½-½ 30 D73 Gruenfeld 3.g3
Aronian, Levon - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 30 A77 Benoni
Topalov, Veselin - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 41 E15 Queens Indian
Round 6 (March 17, 2016)
Caruana, Fabiano - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 36 E15 Queens Indian
Anand, Viswanathan - Svidler, Peter 1-0 24 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed
Aronian, Levon - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 83 E15 Queens Indian
Topalov, Veselin - Giri, Anish ½-½ 68 E60 King's Indian without Nc3
Round 7 (March 19, 2016)
Karjakin, Sergey - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 31 A05 Various
Giri, Anish - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 31 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Svidler, Peter - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 45 A35 English Symmetrical
Nakamura, Hikaru - Topalov, Veselin 1-0 39 D12 Slav Defence
Round 8 (March 20, 2016)
Caruana, Fabiano - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 33 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Svidler, Peter - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 50 A29 English Four Knights
Aronian, Levon - Giri, Anish ½-½ 42 D30 Queen's Gambit (without Nc3)
Topalov, Veselin - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 51 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Round 9 (March 21, 2016)
Anand, Viswanathan - Aronian, Levon 1-0 66 C50 Giuoco Piano
Giri, Anish - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 96 D70 Gruenfeld Defence
Nakamura, Hikaru - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 44 E15 Queens Indian
Topalov, Veselin - Svidler, Peter ½-½ 47 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed
Round 10 (March 23, 2016)
Karjakin, Sergey - Giri, Anish ½-½ 32 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Caruana, Fabiano - Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 33 A29 English Four Knights
Svidler, Peter - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 30 A29 English Four Knights
Aronian, Levon - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 58 A29 English Four Knights
Round 11 (March 24, 2016)
Anand, Viswanathan - Karjakin, Sergey 1-0 70 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Giri, Anish - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 53 C50 Giuoco Piano
Aronian, Levon - Svidler, Peter 0-1 48 D16 Slav Lasker/Smyslov
Topalov, Veselin - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 41 A33 English Symmetrical
Round 12 (March 25, 2016)
Karjakin, Sergey - Topalov, Veselin 1-0 35 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Caruana, Fabiano - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 67 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack
Svidler, Peter - Giri, Anish ½-½ 85 A29 English Four Knights
Nakamura, Hikaru - Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 26 A29 English Four Knights
Round 13 (March 27, 2016)
Caruana, Fabiano - Svidler, Peter ½-½ 116 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack
Anand, Viswanathan - Giri, Anish ½-½ 52 C50 Giuoco Piano
Aronian, Levon - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 101 A29 English Four Knights
Topalov, Veselin - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 40 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Round 14 (March 28, 2016)
Karjakin, Sergey - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 42 B67 Sicilian Rauzer
Giri, Anish - Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 29 E06 Catalan
Svidler, Peter - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 35 A29 English Four Knights
Nakamura, Hikaru - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 33 D38 QGD Ragozin

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