Candidates Tournament Round 10

  • SonofPearl
  • on 2013. 03. 27. 12:15.


The race for the finish line is underway at the London Candidates Tournament!  In round 10, Vladimir Kramnik scored his second win of the tournament by beating his compatriot Alexander Grischuk with the black pieces in a Berlin endgame. Kramnik popularised the Berlin when he used it successfully against Kasparov in their 2000 world championship match, and he used it to good effect again today.  Grischuk is known for his ability to play good moves quickly in time-trouble, but even he can make mistakes and 30.Bxd4 was a miscalculation which cost the game.

Vladimir Kramnik won his second game of the tournament to stay in contention




Lev Aronian faced Vassily Ivanchuk and today's random opening from Chucky was the Budapest Gambit. "I just wanted to play it, so I played it" he answered, less than helpfully to an enquiry in the press conference after the game.

It wasn't the unusual choice of opening that did for Ivanchuk though, it was his familiar foe: the clock. Yet again, he ran very short of time and blundered in an otherwise reasonable position.  A shocking tournament for the Ukrainian, and Aronian was the latest beneficiary of his largesse.

Lev Aronian ponders his next move while Magnus Carlsen looks on



Aronian's win put him temporarily back at the top of the standings, but meanwhile Magnus Carlsen was nursing a long-term advantage against Boris Gelfand deep into a tricky endgame.  Eventually, Carlsen established connected passed pawns that Gelfand was unable to stop, and it was another vital win for the Norwegian, keeping him in the tournament lead.

Magnus Carlsen kept ahead of the pack with another win




The other game of the day was a short draw between Teimour Radjabov and Peter Svidler.  After a disastrous few rounds Radjabov was clearly content to settle for damage limitation, his only ambition being to stop the rot.

Teimour Radjabov has had a disappointing tournament




The standings after 10 rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2872 7
Levon Aronian ARM 2809
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2810 6
Peter Svidler RUS 2747
Alexander Grischuk RUS 2764
Boris Gelfand ISR 2740
Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2757
Teimour Radjabov AZE 2793



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

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  Magnus Carlsen
Vladimir Kramnik Teimour Radjabov 
Peter Svidler  Levon Aronian
Vassily Ivanchuk  Boris Gelfand
Round 12  29/03/13  
Magnus Carlsen Vassily Ivanchuk 
Boris Gelfand Peter Svidler 
Levon Aronian Vladimir Kramnik
Teimour Radjabov  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 


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

Pictures by Ray Morris-Hill.

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  • 3 év ezelőtt


    For those of you who are saying that Nakamura should've been in this, HE HAD HIS CHANCE.  He didn't play in the U.S. national championship because he "wanted to focus on the world championship" even though the national championship was, if I understand correctly, a World Cup qualifier, and the World Cup was a way to get into this tournament.  I suspect that Nakamura would've been just about as likely as anyone to win the World Cup (due to the tiebreak format, which would've probably favored him), had he participated.

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    carlsen is gonna win no matter what, next match magnus has white against vassily, so no matter what vassily does, magnus is gonna beat ivanchuck

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    Go Carlsen!

  • 3 év ezelőtt


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  • 3 év ezelőtt


    Id love to see Lev Aronian come in on top. I know Magnus is the #1, but I really think its time for Aronian to get a shot at the World Title. He has played such great chess and really deserves it. Carlsen has played well too, but its much more interesting to see the Aronian games in my opinion. 

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    Come on gays! Time to stop complaining and worrying for Carlsen. He is strong enough to deal with them, no matter what they do. Or if he will not - he will not be the great world champ I wish to see him.

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    now i can understand why Fischer was so mad when he was alone against USSR

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    Well I tried...

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    Good points, vauuii.

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    Interestingly enough, Ivanchuk has played only against Aronian the Trompowsky and the Budapest, while against Carlsen he played a very quiet and positional line against the Grunfeld. Interestingly enough, Ivanchuk has lost both games against Aronian on time. Sure, just a coincidence. Of course he will not do the same against Carlsen. Aronian won today from a slightly worse position out of an unplayed at top level opening. known to be much better for white which has about 0,4 out of the opening. Aronian couldn't have won that middlegame under normal circumstances, but he did win the game on time. The commentators live saw ...Ne5 in 10 seconds and proposed it as a move, Ivanchuk took 38 minutes to play it and in the end lost on time with 10 moves to go till the time control.

    Again, interestingly enough Kramnik's two wins are only against fellow Russians so far. Yet another coincidence of course.

    One might recall the blitz and rapid world championships from last year and some interesting coincidences there which also featured Ivanchuk (losing to Grischuk- guess how - on time! and drawing against Carlsen) and Grischuk (who needed a draw in the last round and his opponent - a Russian, of course - suddenly decided to play the Petroff against him without playing it in any other game in the whole tournament; surprisingly, or maybe not, it was a draw).

    Ivanchuk handed Aronian 2 free points in this tournament with the Trompowsky and the Budapest, both extremely rarely played at 2700+ level. It will be very interesting to see how he plays against Carlsen, maybe his "psychological problems regarding time management" by miracle get resolved 'till then.

    If anyone but Carlsen wins this tournament it is going to be a sad day for the credibility of chess.

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    @br0de: Now that you put that question, why isn't there a Madagascar player in this? And a player from Australia?

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    Ok ok enough of my babbling.

    Svidler's game was a boring draw.. however white could have tried to do more but they are both out of the Candidates so I doubt either were motivated to do well.

    Kramnik's game was very simple.. never seen anyone get an easier win since Anand-Gelfan.

    Ivanchuk did well.. his bad opening is starting to annoy me since he spends SO much time in the opening phase when he's the one to play that opening and not his opponent! Aronian once again took advantage of his opponents time and I think this is Aronian's 3rd win because of time (the other 1 flagging Ivanchuk and the other one someone blundered in time pressure).

    Carlsen continues to grind his opponents and show them who is the best in the world.. I am biased but I hope he wins! He has had a rough last 3 rounds so it is nice to see him taking control of this round.

    I wouldn't be disappointed if Aronian was to make the WC because it is evident Carlsen is doing his best, but we will see these 2 face each other in a couple years at WC either way!

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    Unfortunately there is some "fixing" but not the one you are pointing at.

    As others pointed out the players got via different routes:

    1, runner-up of last WC match (Gelfand)

    2-4. First 3 finalists of last World Cup (Svidler, Grishchuk, Ivanchuk)

    5-7. First 3 from the Elo list (Carlsen, Kramnik, Aronian)

    8. and here is the "fix": number 8 was named by the event sponsor the Aserbaidsan State Oil Company (Radjabov). He is the only one who did not gain his place with talent but money.

    BTW Nakamura or Kamsky could have come if e.g. Exxon invested a timy fraction of its PR budget to mind games....

    Well, that is an other story ...

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    Carlsen should have played 1. cxd8=Q+!! It's very strong.

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    Ivanchuk is a big joke in this tourney. If he loses again by flagging, he should retire.

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    I think we should stop all this nonsense Candidates Tournament and just give the World Championship title to Carlsen. Since obviously all the other players are just puppets compared to him, the only explanation that there are players close behind them on the leaderboard must be cheating and match fixing. Until Carlsen retires there is no point in other people playing chess!

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    Could we stop all of the illogical talk about match fixing? Are there any adults here who would like to discuss the chess being played?

  • 3 év ezelőtt



    The US was represented. These 8 players are the ones in the final of the qualifying process, but they had to qualify to this tournament by their earlier achievements. No US player came this far. By using your logic we would also have participants from Monaco, Sweden, Belgium, Uruguay, Honduras, South-Korea etc which would be a very messy tournament with hundreds of participants. Or do you consider USA special?

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    There's no American player there because there isn't one good enough... yet.

  • 3 év ezelőtt


    Wow! What a game by Magnus!

    28. Qa5+ !! grabing both open files and setting up his pawn rush. He set that up on move 25 and Gelfand walked right through the front door.

    And then 43.b6! sac'n his bishop. 


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