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FIDE World Chess Championship Candidates London 2013 (Games and Results)

FIDE World Chess Championship Candidates London 2013

Magnus Carlsen looking relaxed ahead of the Candidates. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill.

Magnus Carlsen looking relaxed ahead of the Candidates. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill. |

The FIDE World Chess Championship Candidates take place in London 15th March to 1st April 2013. 14 Rounds 8 players in a double round robin. Round 1 pairings for Friday 15th March 2013: Levon Aronian vs Magnus Carlsen, Boris Gelfand vs Teimour Radjabov, Vassily Ivanchuk vs Alexander Grischuk and Peter Svidler vs Vladimir Kramnik. Games results and stories will appear on this page. This is the strongest and most important tournament since the World Chess Championship tournament in Mexico City in 2007. Indeed this field looks a bit stronger than that event with five of the eight players being the same (Carlsen, Radjabov and Ivanchuk replacing Anand, Leko and Morozevich) but even the players that played before mostly seem stronger this time. There is not a single player without considerable achievements at the very top of the game. Official website

Carlsen qualifies for World Championship match as Ivanchuk has final say (14)

Magnus Carlsen has qualified at the age of 22 for a World Chess Championship match against current holder Viswanathan Anand. Going into the final round Carlsen was tied on 8.5/13 with Vladimir Kramnik but the tie-break of more wins being decisively in his favour so he only needed to match Kramnik's result. As it turned out both players lost in yet another dramatic twist in the final rounds of this event.

Carlsen played 1.e4 and this was met by the Ruy Lopez from Svidler. The position became very complicated and Carlsen gradually got into terrible time trouble seeking an advantage which if it was there (30.Bh8!!) was impossible to find for a human. Carlsen was highly critical of this impractical approach. Svidler hit Carlsen with a number of body blows which Carlsen had 10 seconds to make 5 moves after which his position was a wreck. Svidler won rather quickly after that.

Fortunately for Carlsen his rival Vladimir Kramnik was already in a lost position too. Kramnik played the Pirc defence as black against Vassily Ivanchuk and achieved a satisfactory position, he too didn't really know whether a draw or a win was enough. About move 29 the game was equal, 35...Rc8 was terrible and with 41.Qd5 Ivanchuk had an overwhelming position which he thought about for about 25 minutes and found a clean finish.

Carlsen was obviously pleased to qualify. When asked he said the there was probably a perfect storm of physical and mental tiredness at the end of the tournament which explained his 1/3 finish. Kramnik I feel was somewhat unlucky in this event and played at least as well as Carlsen. Carlsen himself didn't feel this and felt he played clearly the best chess until the last three rounds. It might have been nice to have a rapid/blitz playoff to really settle this.

So Carlsen qualifies to play Viswanthan Anand, the youngest at 22 to do so since Garry Kasparov in 1984. Carlsen's qualification has presented the best chance for promotion of the game for a very, very long time. Anand, Kramnik, Aronian etc join Carlsen in Norway for an event 7th to 18th May which could be the first real test of that. The World Championship match should be in November, the venue has yet to be bid for, New York has been mentioned although after losing out to Moscow last time India was more or less promised this match which may not even take place this year if past precident of delays is anything to go by. These should be exciting times.

I may return to the decisive games in the final rounds later in the week.

Final Standings: 1st Carlsen 8.5pts (5 wins), 2nd Kramnik 8.5pts (4 wins) 3rd Svidler 8pts (beat Aronian 1.5-0.5), 4th Aronian 8pts, 5th Gelfand 6.5pts, 6th Grischuk 6.5pts, 7th Ivanchuk 6pts, 8th Radjabov 4pts.

Carlsen lost 4 rating points, Radjabov 31. Kramnik gained 10 and Svidler 16.

FIDE World Chess Championship Candidates London 2013 (14)

Magnus Carlsen is just one step away from the chess summit. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill.

Magnus Carlsen is just one step away from the chess summit. Photo © Ray Morris-Hill. |

World Chess Candidates 2013 (London ENG)
Fri 15th Mar 2013 - Mon 1st Apr 2013 - Official Site - Results - Live

Candidates 2013 (8 players 14 Rds DRR Indiv TC:120m:60m:15m+30spm(61)) - Games in PGN: Games

Candidates 2013 (8 players 14 Rds DRR Indiv TC: 120m:60m:15m+30spm(61)) - Games in PGN: Games


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Candidates 2013 London ENG Fri 15th Mar 2013 - Mon 1st Apr 2013
Leading Final Round 14 Standings:
1Carlsen MagnusGMNOR2872***½ ½1 0½ ½1 11 ½½ 0½ 18.51.0556.25
2Kramnik VladimirGMRUS2810½ ½***½ 1½ 1½ ½½ 1½ 0½ 18.51.0457.75
3Svidler PeterGMRUS27470 1½ 0***½ 1½ ½½ ½½ 11 ½8.01.5452.75
4Aronian LevonGMARM2809½ ½½ 0½ 0***1 0½ ½1 11 18.00.5549.75
5Gelfand BorisGMISR27400 0½ ½½ ½0 1***½ ½½ ½½ 16.51.0243.00
6Grischuk AlexanderGMRUS27640 ½½ 0½ ½½ ½½ ½***½ 1½ ½6.51.0144.00
7Ivanchuk VassilyGMUKR2757½ 1½ 1½ 00 0½ ½½ 0***0 16.00.0343.25
8Radjabov TeimourGMAZE2793½ 0½ 00 ½0 0½ 0½ ½1 0***4.00.0128.25
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