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Candidates Tournament Round 11

  • SonofPearl
  • on 2013.03.28. 11:47.

Annotations by GM Sam Shankland
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Round 11 of the 2013 Candidates Tournament in London took place today, and with each passing round we get a little closer to establishing the name of the next challenger for the World Chess Championship.

Tournament leader Magnus Carlsen faced Alexander Grischuk and played the Gruenfeld, which provoked an extraordinary caveman-style attack with 5.h4 from Grischuk! Carlsen's defense involved grabbing the b1-h7 diagonal with 8...Bf5 to blunt any possible attack.  This proved to be effective and Grischuk could find nothing better than allowing a repetition after 23 moves.

Alexander Grischuk took the fight to leader Magnus Carlsen...

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...but the Norwegian was less ruffled than his hair might suggest

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Vladimir Kramnik had the white pieces against Teimour Radjabov and piled on the agony for the Azerbaijani by scoring another win.  Radjabov spent a lot of time trying to find an answer to Kramnik's play, leaving himself only 7 minutes for 14 moves.  Short of time, his pawn grab with 28...Qxa2 proved to be a blunder, allowing 33.Nxe7! losing the exchange and soon the game.

Teimour Radjabov ran into more trouble against Vladimir Kramnik

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The clash between Vassily Ivanchuk and Boris Gelfand was the first game to finish after the players reached a repetition after just 17 moves. 

No time trouble for Ivanchuk today...his game only lasted 17 moves

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The last game to finish was the encounter between Peter Svidler and Lev Aronian. Aronian started the round only ½ point behind the leader Magnus Carlsen, and Peter Svidler had fallen down the standings after a promising start to the tournament. However, today Svidler played well and had a slight advantage when Aronian seemed to self-destruct with the astonishing moves 22...g5 and 23...b5.  A modest Svidler said "I can definitely say I got a bit lucky today".

Svidler put a huge dent in Aronian's chances of winning the tournament

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So Magnus Carlsen still leads, but his closest pursuer is now Vladimir Kramnik who is just half a point behind.  Lev Aronian is a full point behind the leader.  Aronian has the white pieces against Kramnik in round 12 tomorrow, and a decisive result either way will probably end the tournament chances of the loser.

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The standings after 11 rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2872
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2810 7
Levon Aronian ARM 2809
Peter Svidler RUS 2747
Boris Gelfand ISR 2740 5
Alexander Grischuk RUS 2764 5
Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2757 4
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  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 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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  • 19 hónap ezelőtt

    matingpattern

    @ Aknaim, considering how this tournament has gone ..the toughest player is Carlsen! He loses very rare, young but very deep player. I admit that Levon, kraminik and others are great.. But I have no doubt that Carlsen is on top on everyone... Hope Carlsen wins..!! Cant wait for ROUND 14!! 

  • 19 hónap ezelőtt

    kidpoolside

    Thanks for noticing Teapot.

    Danny, yes, I really appreciate Sam's annontations and always make sure to check them out.

  • 19 hónap ezelőtt

    Skaboard

    They are all exausted, now its looking more like a battle of resilience than anything else. I mean, the press conference today showed clearly the fatigue, and they are making a lot of mistakes.

    Thats why nobody resings before mate is imminent, they know a lot of blunders are expected.

    @ACEChess: Even when i can watch the games live, i still like to take a look at the analysis here, so i really apreciate.

  • 19 hónap ezelőtt

    Mekkh

    @ACEChess: Great idea..! It is apreciated by us low-level players who still want to understand some of the top level play.

    More in general though: Why didn't Grischuk take on d5 after Qb7?

  • 19 hónap ezelőtt

    ChocolateTeapot

    I just said so, our kid.  Chucky played a blinder today.

  • 19 hónap ezelőtt

    kidpoolside

    When Ivanchuk brings his A game, he is one of the best - too bad he only brings it when he plays Carlsen!  I did predict today's results, both with Kramnick and Ivanchuk, did I not?

  • 19 hónap ezelőtt

    ChocolateTeapot

    I guess you are right, Champeknight. Ivanchuk is affecting the leaders' standings unfairly. If you are a Carlsen fan, that is. Kidpoolside called it correctly though.

  • 19 hónap ezelőtt

    wbport

    Carlson got outplayed in the endgame by Ivanchuk in round 12.

  • 19 hónap ezelőtt

    restinpeace

    if someones a carlsen fan here, you're aint in a good position on the standing. a 1/2 point lead by kramnik is solid as. chances are, magnus should win his last two games in order for him to challenge anand. 

  • 19 hónap ezelőtt

    gurucingh

    Kramnik takes the lead..

  • 19 hónap ezelőtt

    deepmac

    would be great danny im sure a lot of peps like that it would be awsome 

  • 19 hónap ezelőtt

    IM DanielRensch

    What does everyone think of our addition of having a GM (for this event, GM Shankland) adding some analysis to the games? Please let me know in the comments here!

    Danny

  • 19 hónap ezelőtt

    Champeknight

    Wow, Aronian handing a win to kramnik. It was a simple drawn ending, even to expert level only players. All of a sudden, Kramnik is on top.

  • 19 hónap ezelőtt

    friendjonny

    @ jubymatthewT

    As much as I enjoy Nakamura and Caurana, Karjakin deserves a spot more than either of them. Nakamura and Caurana have both been rated higher than Karjakin on occasion, but Karjakin has been rated higher the majority of the time and he doesn't tend to take plunges down the ratings chart like Nakamura and Caurana do. 

  • 19 hónap ezelőtt

    Champeknight

    @wik8, they can be banned in the next candidates tournament. All of them are top caliber but ridiculous performances affect the integrity of the tourney. There should be a deterrent so there will be less jokes in the next candidates'.

  • 19 hónap ezelőtt

    Aknaim

    @matingpattern how is Carlsen the only player who would give Anand a hard time, Aronian has a positive life score of around +4 or +5 if im not mistaken against Anand. Anand has even said Aronian has been his hardest opponent.

  • 19 hónap ezelőtt

    cormac_zoso

    i'm rooting for Boris Gelfand again :) but if i was betting i would have to put money down on Carlsen ... but boris has a style of play i like and is a KID guy and i love to watch a well-played KID game (of course, who doesn't? ;) lol)

  • 19 hónap ezelőtt

    JoksimVII

    Carslen or Kramnik will win.

  • 19 hónap ezelőtt

    jubymathewT

    This tournament is incomplete without Nakamura and Caruana.

  • 19 hónap ezelőtt

    matingpattern

    I think Magnus should win this... because of following reasons

    1. he is consistent

    2. by far the best player in this tournament

    3. the only player to give Vishy hard time (I'm sure Vishy is preparing hard)

    but i would love to see more twists ..Kraminik, Levon, and Svidler are also great players!

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