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Candidates Tournament Round 12

  • SonofPearl
  • on 29/03/13 14:06.

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The drama reached fever-pitch in round 12 of the London Candidates Tournament today, as the event neared its final stages. It was a fantastic round where the result of the two crucial games was unclear until the very end.

After yesterday's 11th round Vladimir Kramnik claimed he would be happy to draw his vital game with Lev Aronian today with the black pieces. Yet when he played the bold anti-positional 10...f5 it was clear that he was targeting more than half a point!

Aronian found himself under great pressure and Kramnik grabbed a winning advantage with the beautiful 25...Be4. It seemed to be all over, but somehow Kramnik allowed Aronian back into the game and at the first time control computer analysis had it dead level.  However, the position wasn't so easy for tired carbon based life-forms near the end of a tournament after hours of hard-fought play. Aronian was unable to distract Kramnik's bishop with his extra pawns and Kramnik won the game!

Vladimir Kramnik won an amazing game against Aronian

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Lev Aronian was outplayed by Kramnik and missed his drawing chance

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The other crucial game was Magnus Carlsen's encounter with the unpredictable Vassily Ivanchuk. This time Chucky played a mainline defense, the Sicilian Taimanov, and when Carlsen spent fully 20 minutes thinking about his 13th move Bd4, it was clear something had already gone badly wrong for the tournament leader.

Carlsen has a great record against Ivanchuk and had already managed to save some difficult positions in the tournament, but this time it was too much to ask. Ivanchuk brought home the full point after 7 gruelling hours for a shock win which gives the tournament lead to Kramnik. "I think I played absolutely disgracefully from move one" said an obviously gutted Carlsen at the press conference.

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Magnus Carlsen...where did it all go wrong?

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The game between Boris Gelfand and Peter Svidler was the first to finish, and after a balanced struggle a draw was agreed once the first time control was reached.

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Boris Gelfand and Peter Svidler drew their game

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The game between Teimour Radjabov and Alexander Grischuk was another long struggle. Radjabov held an endgame advantage but was unable to convert a rook plus f and h pawn against rook ending, and the game ended in a draw.

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Teimour Radjabov and Alexander Grischuk

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Tomorrow is a rest day, so the penultimate round is on Sunday, and the final round Monday. The UK also moves onto BST (British Summer Time), so games will start at 13:00 GMT (14:00 BST).

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The standings after 12 rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2810 8
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2872
Levon Aronian ARM 2809
Peter Svidler RUS 2747 6
Boris Gelfand ISR 2740
Alexander Grischuk RUS 2764
Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2757 5
Teimour Radjabov AZE 2793 4

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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 ½ - ½ Magnus Carlsen
Boris Gelfand ½ - ½ Teimour Radjabov 
Vassily Ivanchuk  ½ - ½ Alexander Grischuk 
Peter Svidler  ½ - ½ Vladimir Kramnik
Round 2  16/03/13   
Magnus Carlsen ½ - ½ Vladimir Kramnik
Alexander Grischuk  ½ - ½ Peter Svidler 
Teimour Radjabov  1 - 0 Vassily Ivanchuk 
Levon Aronian 1 - 0 Boris Gelfand
Round 3  17/03/13   
Boris Gelfand 0 - 1 Magnus Carlsen
Vassily Ivanchuk  0 - 1 Levon Aronian
Peter Svidler  1 - 0 Teimour Radjabov 
Vladimir Kramnik ½ - ½ Alexander Grischuk 
Round 4  19/03/13   
Magnus Carlsen 1 - 0 Alexander Grischuk 
Teimour Radjabov  ½ - ½ Vladimir Kramnik
Levon Aronian ½ - ½ Peter Svidler 
Boris Gelfand ½ - ½ Vassily Ivanchuk 
Round 5  20/03/13   
Vassily Ivanchuk  ½ - ½ Magnus Carlsen
Peter Svidler  ½ - ½ Boris Gelfand
Vladimir Kramnik ½ - ½ Levon Aronian
Alexander Grischuk  ½ - ½ Teimour Radjabov 
Round 6  21/03/13   
Peter Svidler  0 - 1 Magnus Carlsen
Vladimir Kramnik ½ - ½ Vassily Ivanchuk 
Alexander Grischuk  ½ - ½ Boris Gelfand
Teimour Radjabov  0 - 1 Levon Aronian
Round 7  23/03/13   
Magnus Carlsen ½ - ½ Teimour Radjabov 
Levon Aronian ½ - ½ Alexander Grischuk 
Boris Gelfand ½ - ½ Vladimir Kramnik
Vassily Ivanchuk  ½ - ½ Peter Svidler 
Round 8  24/03/13  
Magnus Carlsen ½ - ½ Levon Aronian
Teimour Radjabov  0 - 1 Boris Gelfand
Alexander Grischuk  1 - 0 Vassily Ivanchuk 
Vladimir Kramnik 1 - 0 Peter Svidler 
Round 9  25/03/13  
Vladimir Kramnik ½ - ½ Magnus Carlsen
Peter Svidler  ½ - ½ Alexander Grischuk 
Vassily Ivanchuk  1 - 0 Teimour Radjabov 
Boris Gelfand 1 - 0 Levon Aronian
Round 10  27/03/13  
Magnus Carlsen 1 - 0 Boris Gelfand
Levon Aronian 1 - 0 Vassily Ivanchuk 
Teimour Radjabov  ½ - ½ Peter Svidler 
Alexander Grischuk  0 - 1 Vladimir Kramnik
Round 11  28/03/13  
Alexander Grischuk  ½ - ½ Magnus Carlsen
Vladimir Kramnik 1 - 0 Teimour Radjabov 
Peter Svidler  1 - 0 Levon Aronian
Vassily Ivanchuk  ½ - ½ Boris Gelfand
Round 12  29/03/13  
Magnus Carlsen 0 - 1 Vassily Ivanchuk 
Boris Gelfand ½ - ½ Peter Svidler 
Levon Aronian 0 - 1 Vladimir Kramnik
Teimour Radjabov  ½ - ½ 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 

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Look out for details of Chess.com TV coverage of the event at this page.

Pictures by Ray Morris-Hill.

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  • 18 mesi fa

    Lateriflora

    @Paulzzz:

    Well said.  He doesn't look distinguished at all and his hair and clothes look dissheveled.  It shows that he has not yet developed the maturity to go with his skill but, after all, he really is a boy, not a man.  

    However, it must be said that studies have shown that chess ability does not appear to be correlated with success in other areas of life.  Indeed, how many of us know people who've been swallowed up by the game and who've sacrificed a social life, the chance maybe of a good job, etc.?  Fischer himself was a total failure at everything BUT chess.

    It doesn't mean we should hate chess.  It's a beautiful game.  However, unless you're in the top 100, it doesn't exactly pay the bills.

  • 18 mesi fa

    Thanyan

    Go kramnik I wana c U against Anand.

  • 18 mesi fa

    Chess_Lover11

    OMG what a twist of fate! Aronian out of competetion! So its now only Carlsen or Kramnik with the latter leading now!!!

  • 18 mesi fa

    sixtyfoursquares

    Apart from all conspiracy theories floating in the cyberspace: a few facts:

    a. Carlsen is no doubt the present highest rated player- but he is YOUNG; and still in need of learning a few nuances apart from playing good chess; stress management; like treating opponents with a little bit of more respect; giving them their due for playing well (no matter he must have made errors).  Time, experience and age will teach him these....

    b. Carlsen is undergoing immense pressure; as the whole chess world expects him to perform like a ROBOT; but we should not forget he is human!

    c. Other participants are no novices to chess and they have also earned their place in this Tournament; and it is not easy for him or to expect him to WIN all the games.

    d. Let us respect all the players that are playing an excellent Tournament according to their strengths/weaknesses; thus making this Tournament a "nail-biting" one.

    e. Every ones' expectation is Carlsen to win the Tournament and face Vishy Anand; but let us see what DESTINY; has in store for the Chess World in times to come!!

    Meanwhile let us all ENJOY the beauty of the Chess Game. Amen.

  • 18 mesi fa

    Paulzzz

    Carlsen's boyshness and arrogance are playing against him. Sometimes he looks silly like a teenaged delinquent, with his mouth agape and with no sign of intellect on his face. Who would think that this person is the №1 in the rating list? He is known to be a prodigy with the phenomenal memory, but that cannot be enough for him to become the WC without making great efforts. When he is young, it is exciting for him to take part in the tournaments, but this sort of enthusiasm cannot last for many years. He lacks many things for the WC: perseverance, endurance, strong motivation etc. Go, Carlsen, think about your flaws and try to amend them. Or pray to God in order to limit your own pride.

  • 18 mesi fa

    puppylover107

    @sixtyfoursquares wow you make total sense !! Carlsen match fix via a 7 hours game!! If anyone want match fix rather do it on a subtle opening trap or purposely get into time trouble and lose on time on purpose !!!

  • 18 mesi fa

    SonofPearl

    @ Chocolate Teapot - yes, but that was before the tournament even started! :-)

  • 18 mesi fa

    ChocolateTeapot

    SonOfPearl, BST has actually realigned with EST, so we are back to being 5 hours ahead of them. Their summer time began a few weeks before ours.

  • 18 mesi fa

    Lateriflora

    @sixtyfoursquares:

    Thanks for the comic depiction of the ridiculous theories offered up by literally dozens of people.   Sometimes the most obvious explanation for things is best and Carlsen looks less well rested than ANY of the older men!!  He looks like 20 miles of bad road with a gray complexion and deep circles under his eyes.  I think he's sleeping badly because he's just not old enough to handle the emotional pressure.  He'll get there, like Fischer, after some monumental failures.

  • 18 mesi fa

    ChocolateTeapot

    With all these bizarre conspiracy theories being bandied about, anyone would think that the crowd favourite had just been kicked in the nuts. Oh yeah, right...

  • 18 mesi fa

    Maiqtheliar

    go kramnik yer mon

  • 18 mesi fa

    SonofPearl

    @sixtyfoursquares - thank you! Smile

  • 18 mesi fa

    sixtyfoursquares

    SonofPearl  

    YOU ARE DOING A GREAT JOB!!  KEEP IT UP; We members Salute you!!

  • 18 mesi fa

    SonofPearl

    For information: The UK has moved onto BST (British Summer Time) today, so the games will be starting at 13:00 GMT (14:00 BST). In other words, the round starts an hour earlier - unless the time in your country has been changed today as well!

  • 18 mesi fa

    akazakev

    Also when you talk about the Tarrash and Steinitz school, please clarify what you mean. This reader has an impression that you are talking about the ideas of Tarrash and Steinitz, and not their students

  • 18 mesi fa

    akazakev

    "Akazakev it does not matter. how come NOT every player that studied under his guidance  made it to the top."

    --You seem to set very high standards. But I will let one of his students, Grandmaster Gregory Serper talk about the Botvinnik school and Botvinnik himself: http://www.chess.com/article/view/botvinniks-legacy

  • 18 mesi fa

    Hanjo59

    May the best player win. There's no divine law that predicts that Carlsen MUST win because he is the highest rated player at the moment. ELO is just a vague indication of RELATIVE strength over time. It's not an absolute measure of playing strength. If he looses because he is outplayed than so be it. No player in invincible. Not even Fischer or Kasparov were. 

  • 18 mesi fa

    sixtyfoursquares

    Every one loves Conspiracy Theory : Here is the latest conspiracy theory imagined by me:

    a. Carlsen chickened out the first time and did not participate in the last Cycle for the World Championship; by giving some lame excuse!

    b. Then Carlsen was given what he wanted; and got into the Candidates Tournament (no choice/no excuses this time); but still feels not ready to face Vishy Anand - hence requests Chucky (the craziest player of all in the tournament) - match-fixes to get beaten by Chucky - To avoid Vishy Anand!

    c. The result after two more rounds; by luck if he wins this tournament; he can claim to be another Fischer against the Russians - if not he can always claim MATCH FIXING by the Russians!

    d. While playing this Tournament; he has started to think about how to MATCH-FIX with Vishy Anand at the end of 2013!

    It took me less than 1 minute to come up with this theory!!  

    Chess.com should be renamed as chessconspiracytheory.com - just look at the posts!!  Enjoy!!

  • 18 mesi fa

    rahulbcp

    Anand - Carlsen is something chess world is looking forward... i hope this will come true...

  • 18 mesi fa

    atKr

    Kramnik is easily the best player in the lot .. i dont care if Carlsen fanboys are upset and inventing rubbish conspiracy theories .

    Kramnik will be a much tougher opponent for Anand than Carlsen , I would have loved to see Aronian comming on top but that doesnt seems likely ..

    If Carlsen wins i think it will way too easy for Anand to retain his title.

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