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FIDE Candidates 2016 (13)

Either Karjakin or Caruana will win the FIDE Candidates 2016

The 13th round of the FIDE Candidates tournament in Moscow saw another day of high tension and fluctuating fortunes. At the end of the day Sergey Karjakin is the favourite over Fabiano Caruana to win the event and play Magnus Carlsen later in the year. Karjakin has white against Caruana and a slightly more favourable tie-break situation. At one stage it seemed that many more players could have been in contention as both leaders were in trouble before move 40, later Caruana turned his game around and missed a late win against Svidler. There is no guarantee that the final round 14 won't see similar errors and reversals of fortune.

Caruana-Svidler saw white get a nice plus out of the opening in a Ruy Lopez. This advantage drifted away to near equality by move 26. By move 34 Svidler was pressing but his 34...Rae8? ran into a tactical refutation leaving Caruana pressing. Svidler transferred into a Rook vs Rook and Bishop endgame which was theoretically drawn but difficult. 102...Ka4? was a losing error. 111.Bf6? (111.Rb2! would have won) returned the favour and the game was drawn.

Aronian-Karjakin was another marathon. Aronian won a piece for two pawns and this compensation was even reduced to a pawn but Karjakin had a powerful a-pawn which made realising the advantage difficult. Karjakin survived to draw in 101 moves.

Anand-Giri: Anand was seeking equality from around move 14 as white in a Ruy Lopez. Giri was pressing really hard on the run up to first time control. Giri thought there must be something better than his 32...g2+ but it doesn't seem to be so and a draw does seem to have been the fair result.

Topalov-Nakamura. Topalov admitted he couldn't wait for the tournament to end. Nakamura won the opening debate with a nice 10...d4 novelty in the 5.Bf4 Queen's Gambit. Topalov had a roughly equal position but made two errors 33.Rg3? (33.Ra1=) and 34.Ra1? which lost out of hand.

Regulations in the case of a tie:

a) The results of the games between the players involved in the tie.

If they are still tied:

b) The total number of wins in the tournament of every player involved in the tie

If Karjakin and Caruana tie then Karjakin has more wins (tie-break b, they drew both their games). If Anand catches these two players then Caruana's plus score vs Anand (tie-break b) will win him the event instead.

Round 13 Standings: Caruana, Karjakin 7.5pts, Anand 7pts, Giri, Svidler, Aronian, Nakamura 6.5pts, Topalov 4pts.

Round 14 pairings Monday 28th March 2016 13:00 BST: Svidler-Anand, Giri-Topalov, Nakamura-Aronian, Karjakin-Caruana

FIDE Candidates 2016 Moscow (RUS), 10-30 iii 2016 cat. XXII (2778)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1. Caruana, Fabiano g USA 2794 * * ½ . ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 2833
2. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2760 ½ . * * 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 2836
3. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2762 ½ 0 0 1 * * ½ ½ 1 . ½ 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 7 2810
4. Giri, Anish g NED 2793 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ . 2775
5. Svidler, Peter g RUS 2757 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 . ½ ½ * * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 2782
6. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2786 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * * 1 . 1 ½ 2775
7. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2790 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 . * * 1 1 2775
8. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2780 ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ . ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 * * 4 2635
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

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