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Candidates Tournament Round 12

  • SonofPearl
  • on 2013.03.29. 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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  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    MSC157

    chessdoggblack nice words! :)

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    Champeknight

    Yup, if ivanchuk loses against Kramnik on time trouble, there is your proof. I think Chucky is proud enough that he will avoid a losing position. But he can spend 30 minutes to make a move.

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    Incrense

    @ajttja I just joined, give me admin. btw the name is spelled wrongly.. correct it thx

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    duniel

    I used to thought that chess community was better than this. My illusions were somewhat shaken by discussions at chessbomb but this is the last nail in the coffin. These accusations are sick.

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    chessdoggblack

    Carlsen does'nt have a chance against Anand. With Carlsen's weak attitude and  bratty ego Anand will discipline him well. Carlsen will not be accepted in circles where respect for others is welcomed. Anand like Muhammad Ali is the "people's" champ. With his lip tripping he won't be accepted as a people's champ even if he gets to play Anand and my guess is he won't win this Candidate's match. Ivanchuk has proven something to the other chess players about Carlsen "he can't have his chess cake and eat it all by himself." The damage has been done and no one will go down in the next 2 rounds without giving him a fight to the death. Anand loves this kind of stuff...the big build up and then defeats the challenger. Why? Because he's a gentleman with nerves of steel to remain chess champion of the world once again. Serious chess players who respect themselves and his chess record understands this. Anand is "best for chess" around the world because of his great human character and chess wizardry. He connects with the people where it matters most...in the heart. Word. Cool

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    ajttja

    anyone interested in becoming a member of the magnus carlsen group where we disscuse the games of him,first 20 members become admins.

    http://www.chess.com/groups/home/the-magnus-carslen-group

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    GmPrice

    WhatEVEEEER dude. Come OOOOOOOOON. Ivanchuk loses or draws in like 2 moves, but plays carlsen and goes balls to the wall. CLEARLY he is there to ONLY play Carlsen and nobody else. He gives his points away, and then steals them from Carlsen. This is such a load. You've actually got to be like Bobby Fischer in order to win against someone doing this to you.-- I can't imagine how ignorant you have to be not to see this.----OH GOD!!!!!!!!!! I Just NOTICED, Kramnik is playing Ivanchuk last round??!??!? WELL iT'S CONFIRMED.-----------> Kramnik V Anand.<--------------

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    Ales-L

    Great tournament. Great coverage on official site and on chess.com. I believe no game was fixed. I would like to see Carlsen against Anand ... But guys he lost yesterday with white pieces against Chucky. Carlsen had and still has his destiny in his hands.

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    LeeCooper78

    @machete68

    "Like Kasparov said , Kramnik killed chess and now he is fixing to bury it .i really hope there is no backing for a k vs  A match .as for Ivanchuck ,he is a big cheat !! i wonder how much did he take to throw games ?"

    When did Kasparov say that? Could you give us a link or any kind of direction for those specific words? Kramnik was his student (for more than a decade) and by far the best one - so, he would be indirectly accusing himself for killing chess.

    Which games did Chucky throw, could you be more specific? Against Aronian? Certainly not a draw with black against Volodya!

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    Incrense

    Comon in old days there are lots of games for championship match (24 at least) so then player can take some risk but nowdays its 12 games match.. if you lose one game you can basically lose

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    MSC157

    So you say Kasparov-Karpov in 1984 was deadly for chess? Seriously...

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    Minttunator

    I have to admit I'm somewhat miffed that someone like Chucky might end up deciding the winner of this tournament if he, for instance, loses on time vs Kramnik. I don't think Gelfand will roll over for him, though, so if Boris manages to hold Vlad to a draw and Magnus wins the last 2 games (very much a possibility) then it's still up in the air.

    I'm happy for Vlad, though - I really felt bad for the guy when he drew in the first 7 rounds despite playing good attacking chess. Wouldn't mind an Anand - Kramnik match at all, although I would prefer to see Carlsen challenge the champion.

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    Champeknight

    Kramnik Anand will kill chess indeed. Another lousy and boring match, probably worse than Gelfand Anand. Grischuk, Ivanchuk, and Aronian finally have something in common.

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    conanbarbarian

    Chess is already dead and Kramnik's gonna hit the last nail on it's coffin. The first couple of nails were hit by Gelfand and Anand last year. I was so afraid of this outcome but I guess it was destined to happen...Game over folks!

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    wrothgar

    most commented for 2013...

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    MSC157

    Hey, people, c'mon! There's no conspiracy theory. Ivanchuk just had better nerves yesterday than Carlsen, that's it. 

    Kramnik has a great chance to get "stolen title" back. I don't consider 2007 (?!) championship is a regular one. Championship match is a duel! Laughing

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    Balachandar

    There it is, let's get some more entertainment. 

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    godbobby

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  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    Lat3ne

    Nice to see senior players Ivanchuk and Gelfand winning against very top young players, who are having great future ahead!It reminds me back to the history when Viktor Korčnoj was playing succesfully against Karpov and Kasparov!

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    glenndasmarinas

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