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Candidates Tournament Round 10

  • SonofPearl
  • on 2013.03.27. 12:15.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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  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 

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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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  • 21 hónap ezelőtt

    br0de

    Why isn't there a U.S. player in this?  also why are there 3 people from one country?  It does raise at least raise the question of match fixing..so why not just put their best player in and leave the other 2 out?  Personally, I don't believe they are cheating, I just want to see the U.S. represented.

  • 21 hónap ezelőtt

    Oraoradeki

    Man, when somebody plays well, the people watching start to get jealous and start saying "cheater" and "match-fixing".  Where is the trust?

    Also, for those who are upset about "free wins" - why don't you go play Ivanchuk or Aronian and see if you get one?

  • 21 hónap ezelőtt

    Joel_Hernandez

    In Fisher's time, a soviet GM playing Bxd4 ala Grischuk vs Bobby would earn him a long vacation at the Greybar Hotel.

  • 21 hónap ezelőtt

    JBades6310

    man SerbianChessStar you never cease to amaze me, somehow you're able to top your incoherent babbling every time. to say that these games are fixed is nothing short of ludicrous. I've been watching each of the rounds on a live stream, and I can tell you first-hand Vassily has looked visibly distraught each time he's flagged. I bet he'd be offended if he heard your comments, SerbianChessStar

  • 21 hónap ezelőtt

    ildolphino

    I really hope that all the participating chess players are honest, and I actually have no reason to believe otherwise at the moment.

    Let's give them the benefit of the doubt and see what happens Smile

    BTW: if Carlsen and Aronian have an equal number of points at the end (and Carlsen didn't lose a single game), then Aronian wins because of his superior tie break score (i.e. he has won more games, but ironically also lost more than Carlsen)

  • 21 hónap ezelőtt

    EternalChess

    Well Akniam.. lets say Gelfand doesn't want to be part of this Russian match-fixing.. so he's doing his best.. who knows maybe Aronian will score 4 out of 4 in the coming rounds and beat Carlsen. This match-fixing hurts.. you may not see it now but as you can see Aronian is only 0.5 points behind Carlsen rather than 1. And he could have been 1.5 points behind Carlsen had he not got ANOTHER free win by Chucky.. and Kramnik gots 2 free wins as well.

  • 21 hónap ezelőtt

    EternalChess

    One has to feel sorry for Carlsen.. he is going up against 7 players each round!

  • 21 hónap ezelőtt

    JRTK73

    Yeah and then we can go back to having someone like Gelfand winning the tournament (no disrespect to him). I think the one improvement FIDE could make would be to still have the DRR but then after that have say a 4 game playoff between first and second. I'm personally hoping Aronian and Carlsen draw at the top so we go to tie breaks so we get to see decisive games between them

  • 21 hónap ezelőtt

    Aknaim

    Okay so what if lets say this smear campaign against any player is true of match fixing. How exactly is Carlsen being hurt by this, yes Ivanchuck lost twice to Aronian but so did Gelfand to Carlsen, not only that Gelfand helped Carlsen even more by beating Aronian.

  • 21 hónap ezelőtt

    nebunulpecal

    In the future I think FIDE should better go back to direct matches between candidates instead of a tournament format.

    Not because I'm thinking that there is any fixing in this tournament, but in order to silence those who think there is.

  • 21 hónap ezelőtt

    bishshoy_das

    Looks like Gelfand went greedy for the pinned bishop and overlooked the two past pawn storm. Engines gave away all hopes for as soon as Gelfand had taken the white bishop. Well played Carlsen. He is showing the world that you dont need to create immortal games to beat-em-all. Now, Vishy is known to create good games. This World Championship is gonna be a war at hell. Staying Tuned.

  • 21 hónap ezelőtt

    UkrChess

    Excellent game by Carlsen today! I wouldn't go as far as to say Chuky decided to help the former Soviet friend but it certainly feels like Carlsen had to fight to score while Aronian had a bit of a walk in the park.

    How the heck could Grischuk mess up leading into the end game like that is beyond me. He must have calculated and seen that! Unbelievable...

  • 21 hónap ezelőtt

    EternalChess

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    EternalChess

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  • 21 hónap ezelőtt

    Joel_Hernandez

    Just to be clear, I don't think Ivanchuk is match fixing. I just think since he's out of the running he just wanted to play a "whatever" opening since he has nothing to lose anymore. I'm just hoping that he continues in the mindset for the game vs Carlsen and doesn't suddenly decide to try to play a dry draw.

     

    Grischuk's game today was the one the smells very very fishy to me

  • 21 hónap ezelőtt

    EternalChess

    P.S. I am not even mentioning Grishuks game, that was beyond obvious.. I am just discussing the Ivanchuk game.

  • 21 hónap ezelőtt

    kidpoolside

    for the record, I was not stating that Ivanchuk was involved in match fixing - only that it is a shame that he lost on time twice to the same player which in my opinion, effects the outcome of the tournament in a negative way.  I do not believe there is match fixing going on.

  • 21 hónap ezelőtt

    Melchizedek10

    At this point of the tournament, it's obvious that top three will be the challenger...who will it be?...hmm..I think Anand is anxious to find out!

  • 21 hónap ezelőtt

    EternalChess

    You would have to be an IDIOT to see that Ivanchuk isn't match fixing. Look at the circumstances.. plays joke opening and getting flagged twice vs Aronian then playing good openings vs Carlsen.

    Please.. there's no arguments here.

  • 21 hónap ezelőtt

    Joel_Hernandez

    @Estragon

    All speak Russian, ex-soviets, same school of thought, etc etc. If it happened in Fisher's time (or are you saying it didn't?), why can't it happen now? It's not out of the real of possibility at all. There hasn't been a Russian World Champion since Anand took over, and you have to realize that if Carlsen wins this and goes on to beat Anand, there probably won't be another Russian Champion for a very long time.

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