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Candidates Tournament Round 3

  • SonofPearl
  • on 2013.03.17. 13:00.

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Any lingering doubts that the 2013 London Candidates Tournament would be a draw-fest were surely dispelled completely in a pulsating third round which had three decisive games.

The wheels may have already come off Vassily Ivanchuk's challenge as he lost another game on time, under pressure from Lev Aronian in a hugely complicated fight.

"Today I tried to play something creative. A bad strategy!" said Ivanchuk after the game.  Aronian was annoyed that he had let some of his advantage slip, but he was taking advantage of Ivanchuk's time trouble instead of taking time to find the best moves.

A different vantage point? Ivanchuk checks the view from the audience's perspective...

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...before taking his seat for the game.

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Lev Aronian coped well with another unusual opening choice from Ivanchuk

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Alexander Grischuk played the Gruenfeld defence against Vladimir Kramnik and an interesting game ended in a draw by repetition after 35 moves.

Strained smiles before the start of the game

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Kramnik takes a peek at the electronic boards showing all the games

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Teimour Radjabov stayed true to his style by giving his opponent both barrels with the King's Indian, but Peter Svidler gained the upper hand and brought home his first full point.  A set-back for Radjabov after his win yesterday, but a big boost for Svidler.

Nothing up the sleeves...

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...a last minute adjustment of the pieces...

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...and a fierce look, but the game slipped away from Radjabov

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Last to finish was the game between Boris Gelfand and Magnus Carlsen, where once again the young Norwegian showed his remarkable endgame talent. From a dynamically balanced position, he gradually outplayed his opponent to earn his first win of the tournament.

After two draws, Magnus needed to get his campaign going today...

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...and the man in his way was Boris Gelfand...
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...but a determined Carlsen was not to be denied.
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World Champion Vishy Anand tweeted, "What a brilliant start to the candidates. I am sure the participants can use a rest day now!"

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The standings after three rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Levon Aronian ARM 2809
Peter Svidler RUS 2747 2
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2872 2
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2810
Alexander Grischuk RUS 2764
Teimour Radjabov AZE 2793
Boris Gelfand ISR 2740 ½
Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2757 ½

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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 Magnus Carlsen
Boris Gelfand Teimour Radjabov 
Vassily Ivanchuk  Alexander Grischuk 
Peter Svidler  Vladimir Kramnik
Round 2  16/03/13   
Magnus Carlsen Vladimir Kramnik
Alexander Grischuk  Peter Svidler 
Teimour Radjabov  Vassily Ivanchuk 
Levon Aronian Boris Gelfand
Round 3  17/03/13   
Boris Gelfand Magnus Carlsen
Vassily Ivanchuk  Levon Aronian
Peter Svidler  Teimour Radjabov 
Vladimir Kramnik Alexander Grischuk 
Round 4  19/03/13   
Magnus Carlsen Alexander Grischuk 
Teimour Radjabov  Vladimir Kramnik
Levon Aronian Peter Svidler 
Boris Gelfand Vassily Ivanchuk 
Round 5  20/03/13   
Vassily Ivanchuk  Magnus Carlsen
Peter Svidler  Boris Gelfand
Vladimir Kramnik Levon Aronian
Alexander Grischuk  Teimour Radjabov 
Round 6  21/03/13   
Peter Svidler  Magnus Carlsen
Vladimir Kramnik Vassily Ivanchuk 
Alexander Grischuk  Boris Gelfand
Teimour Radjabov  Levon Aronian
Round 7  23/03/13   
Magnus Carlsen Teimour Radjabov 
Levon Aronian Alexander Grischuk 
Boris Gelfand Vladimir Kramnik
Vassily Ivanchuk  Peter Svidler 
Round 8  24/03/13  
Magnus Carlsen Levon Aronian
Teimour Radjabov  Boris Gelfand
Alexander Grischuk  Vassily Ivanchuk 
Vladimir Kramnik Peter Svidler 
Round 9  25/03/13  
Vladimir Kramnik Magnus Carlsen
Peter Svidler  Alexander Grischuk 
Vassily Ivanchuk  Teimour Radjabov 
Boris Gelfand Levon Aronian
Round 10  27/03/13  
Magnus Carlsen Boris Gelfand
Levon Aronian Vassily Ivanchuk 
Teimour Radjabov  Peter Svidler 
Alexander Grischuk  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 Anastasiya Karlovich at the official website, and Ray Morris-Hill (where indicated).

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  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    exzerses

    I love watching the masters play..they show the beautiful depth of our beloved game..

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    fortevel

    gelfand and carlsen...i think move 23 of boris is blunder  it should be 23 Qxa7 ..Qxd4 giving up weak d4 pawn then 24. Bf2 then equalizes and has threat on b6

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    chessdoggblack

    Chess News TV: Anand was sighted on a private beach location in India having a swim of things.Cool

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    SonofPearl

    @ mishrashubham  I think the issue is that there is no increment until move 60. This used to be a common time control and older, experienced players like Vassily Ivanchuk should be familiar with it.

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    Zinsch

    @mishrash: Time control has always been 2 hours for 40 moves. Ivanchuk having trouble with time does not prove that time should be extanded.

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    mishrashubham

    Time Control is very less.Ivanchuck losing on time clearly indicates this.At this high level as well players don't have enough time.This seems very sad indeed. Hope FIDE increases the time control in next Candidates.

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    stupid_chess

    amazing Magnus Kiss

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    lilAj

    hmmmm there is something about Svilder that kinda ticks me... i dont know why.

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    Champeknight

    Borislav ivanov cheated again recently. And got away with it... He can beat Anand with his computer.

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    TheMagicianPaul

    Yes, although it's nothing special, Andrew spoke about how he's going to promote chess and Carlsen spoke about.. you guessed it! himself.

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    SonofPearl

    @ TheMagicianPaul Sadly not. Did you?

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    checkersgosu

    This tournament is a joke.

    None of these players would last 30 moves against Ivanov.

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    FongoOngo

    I have to say they should have had someone motivated play instead of Ivanchuk who announced his disinterest in this tournament early enough to have him replaced... now you see the results: He's not taking this seriously at all and in the end he could be a deciding factor in such a close competition

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    TheMagicianPaul

    Did you guys watch the BBC interview with Carlsen and Andrew Paulson?

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    ferdinandplebie

    more power magnus.i believe you can make it

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    ssvsr99

    Grand endgame finish from Carlsen.

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    Chess_Lover11

    Haha...Anand doing his homework!

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    GoodGoodChess

    Carlsen!!!YEH!!!

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    IM Chessexplained

  • 13 hónap ezelőtt

    P_G_M

    Gelfand blundered at the end of the first time control with 40. h5 and from this point it was just a matter of good endgame technique to win the game. Carlsen endgame technique is at world champion level!!!

    The correct play by Gelfand should have been as follows:

    40. Qh5 a4 41. Qh8+ Ke7 42. h5 Qc3 43. h6 Qc6+ 44. Kg1 Qc1+ 45. Kg2 Qc6+ 46. Kg1 and a draw by repition.

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