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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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  • 20 mesi fa

    Czechman

    deathbychess. Yes, anyone but Kramnic... Russians included as long as it isn't Kramnik. Nothing political so lighten up.

  • 20 mesi fa

    NM Petrosianic

    Definitely Chucky played oddly at a few points in his position management [a5 and Ne7 two notable pts I recall - and I suspect this was a practical decision maybe to try analyze one interesting move thoroughly if not enough time left to see everything objectively] and time management and when you are not anticipating your opponent's moves you have to start reevaluating everything which can often lead to more mistakes than normal.  Additionally Carlsen's position was never completely pleasant and Chucky's opening worked out excellently for him; I'm sure Carlsen thoroughly regretted playing 1 e4 as it turned out.

    And I found the endgame inaccuracies this round to be shocking but it is late in the tournament and the stakes are high so these can happen, I guess, miscalculations aplenty it seems acc. to the interviews.

    To be a champion Carlsen needs tests like this under pressure and he has two chances.  What a tournament!

  • 20 mesi fa

    jrb136

    nice summary - thanks.

    I got to know about and follow this tournament fairly late on but now I am fascinated and hooked.

    I find http://new.livestream.com/WorldChess/Roundx (where x is 1-16) and http://london2013.fide.com are two good sites for following live action.

    ps found out for the first time about this new wunderkid Carlsen but nice to see even progenous talens can be brought down a peg or two :)

  • 20 mesi fa

    aalekhine68

    Actually, an Anand-Kramnik match-up is not bad at all.  

  • 20 mesi fa

    deathbychessss

    Anybody but Kramnik???

    Are Americans so obsessed with Russians that they transfer politics into chess?

    YES. Just like Fisher, good old cold war times.

    Let the best player win.

  • 20 mesi fa

    GM Malev212

    It is interesting to look how Magnus commented his game, in his opinion he plaid disgracefully from move one.

    I think the mistake in his mind was even before that, but still interesting to see that he realized somewhere earlier the mistake was made. I have my personal opinion what kind of mistake it was. Still he has 50% chance to win the event.

  • 20 mesi fa

    _valentin_

    It's interesting that so long as people's favorite figure leads (whoever that is) all is well with the tournament format, other players' honesty, the integrity of chess, and the future ownership of the chess crown.  

    But as soon as that favorite figure player stops being the certain winner, all of a sudden conspiracy theories start emerging, people start saying "In the interest of chess popularity it's better to see Carlsen-Anand", whereas up to this moment they'd been saying "Carlsen is the strongest player"...

    Obviously, personality preferences dominate over objective 'who won the tournament' considerations, but those preferences are revealed as soon as there's a chance that the preferred player may not be the winner after all.

    It remains to be seen how it all plays out.  In the meantime, have fun watching and be honest with yourselves.

  • 20 mesi fa

    Appa

    Kramnik was soundly defeated by Anand in 2007 & 2008 .is it the repetition ?

  • 20 mesi fa

    Czechman

    Oh gawd help us... ANYBODY but Kramnik!

  • 20 mesi fa

    Baldvin

    So, format haters, please enlighten me what you think of the standings and the format now.

  • 20 mesi fa

    avidavi

    i want vishy and carlsen not vishy and kramnik..

  • 20 mesi fa

    mosh_viteza

    Your right at most..I believe Kramnik is more complete chess player, but lets not forget Carlsen is growing.He is 22 only.I like Carlsen a lot,except last evening.He is not used to lose and this is a big lost..

  • 20 mesi fa

    SamiKurdish89

    I think psychological fearful is the main reason to those all losing with Magnus Carlsen, but the Ukrainian  Grandmaster Vassily Ivanchuk doesn't fear of that high rating score the young Carlesn achieved, I think also Vishy anand and Kramnik like Ivanchuk has same idea, so carlsen couldn't get the World Champion title even 10 years later… this is my special idea it may be wrong … 

  • 20 mesi fa

    sunandthreestars

    Anand  praying Kramnik win this and, Kasparov too so his record won't be broken.

  • 20 mesi fa

    mosh_viteza

    Eve1988 move 71 it should be c6, very obvious draw, but i understand that you are a weak player and you dont understand staff like that.Go and buy a premium membership to improve your pour understanding of tactics boy..

  • 20 mesi fa

    sid3105

    hahaha, chucky's amusing me more n more after every round!!! Surprised

     

    Go Chucky!

  • 20 mesi fa

    SonofPearl

    From the rules:

    3.7 Tie-breaks
    If the top two or more players score the same points, the tie will be decided by the following criteria, in order of priority:
    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 they are still tied:
    c) Sonneborn - Berger System.
    3.7.1.a If there is no clear winner with the above 3 criteria, there will be a special competition between the players who still remain tied after using the 3rd criteria (Sonneborn - Berger): after a new drawing of colors, each tied player will play two (2) tie-break games with the other tied opponent(s). The games shall be played using the electronic clock  starting with 25 minutes for each player with an increment of 10 seconds after each move.

  • 20 mesi fa

    Eve1988

    @mosh_viteza

    u saw bullshit, what are u talking about? U saw all variations mkay... u would never come to this position for sawing all draw variations, i like it if someone talking shit like u

  • 20 mesi fa

    P_G_M

    So what happens if there is a tied for first place?

    Are there rapid games to decide the winner of the tournament?

    The best will be to have the first and second place play a six classical games match to decide the who is the WC challenger. 

  • 20 mesi fa

    Balachandar

    I'm surprised that there are very few conspiracy / fixing comments today compared to the earlier rounds. 

     

    And BTW, diogens's comment [a few pages ago] is spot on.

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