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Candidates Tournament Round 12

  • SonofPearl
  • on 29/03/13 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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  • hace 20 meses

    Marcokim

    @jocelasi, saying that Chucky is spoiling for the "champion" by playing easy on Kramnik says that Carlsen is not dominant enough to overcome any underhand deals (which I doubt seriously).

    If you can't beat the number 6th ranked player in the world at least once, then what kinda champion are you. I really want Carlsen to win, its good for the sport, but 4 wins at this stage is not enough. He needed at least 6wins at this stage and probably get another from the last 2 games to make 7wins, win by a clear 1.5 points and take this thing like a true champion. Now he may have to take Svidler and Radjabov to the toilet and bribe them to play easy on him:)

  • hace 20 meses

    KudaMabok

    So, if anybody wants to beat Carlsen, do this simple tip: Dig your nose deep with your index finger, then bite and lick it, and you'll outplay him Tongue Out

  • hace 20 meses

    Pohjanpoika

    Carlsen did not just lose a game but also made his chanses of winning the candidates alot smaller. It can be understandable that he wasn't in a great mood during the press conference. I think he was dissipointed in himself and not trying to be rude or belittle anyone else by the comment about his game.

  • hace 20 meses

    chess25836

    I think kramnik will pose more problems to anand than carlsen

  • hace 20 meses

    chess25836

    GO KRAMNIK GO!!!

  • hace 20 meses

    chessrook1234

    Chucky Rocks...He did what I predicted yesterday. Chucky whips Carlsen and now its Kramnik vs Anand??

  • hace 20 meses

    Champeknight

    Carlsen will bounce back. He can beat his last two opponents. Gelfand's integrity is still intact so he may give Kramnik a real test. I am almost certain ivanchuk will lose on time trouble against Kramnik. The joke of the tourney with his inconsistency.

  • hace 20 meses

    fershenko7

    Disagree a 100% with jocelasi...

  • hace 20 meses

    fershenko7

    Of course Carlsen has the right to be fustrated, but he was playing a total genious (Ivanchuck), and of course anybody can loose to him. I liked Ivanchuck winig today but I'd really like to see a Carlsen-Anand match.

    We have to be pleased that we have seen very good fighting chess...

  • hace 20 meses

    puppylover107

    well I'm saying something probably no1 cares.. Sasha put up a great defense in time trouble :D

  • hace 20 meses

    Angom_Nongsha_Singh

    Wow... Wow.... Wow... This tournament is getting superb, now carlsen 'MUST' to win 2 games to come. A 'TEST' which i say the most amazing since it is against Gefland and svilder phewwww and kramnik is just playing his best games

  • hace 20 meses

    jocelasi

    My observation is that Chucky does not play`100% with opponents of Russian descent (see his losses to Kramnik, etc.) while play vigorously and powerfully against non-Russian players.

  • hace 20 meses

    KilgoreBass

  • hace 20 meses

    KilgoreBass

    YuvalLaor1  

    In the Carlsen-Ivanchuk game, the analysis above gives ( 71. c6 Ke6 72. Rb5 Kd6 73. Rc5Kc7 74. Rxe5 ) . This is bogus, since after 73. Rc5 Kxc5! 74. c7 Rc4+ the kings move and black wins. 71. c6 might or might not be a draw, but the line offered above is wrong.

    See my diagram...also, I think you are getting moves mixed up!!!

    73. Rc5 Kxc5!   ???? how is that possible in the diagram???

  • hace 20 meses

    Marcokim

    1. Lets not demonize Carlsen, chess needs him, but he has to prove that he is ready. That he didn't beat Aronian or Kramnik proves that he is still only a marginal number one - don't compare him to Fischer yet. His lack of a win to Aronian means that he loses to Kramnik in a tie because of the Sonneborn-Berger system, so Kramnik needs just 1.5points to secure a win.

    2. Carlsen, young man, if you lose you acknowledge your opponents. Yes Chucky is a odd fellow sometimes, but he is not rated 2750 because of nothing and he is a genius on the board when he relaxes. Acknowledge his skill and conceed defeat gracefully... not "I played disgracefully" who annointed you with the magic to kill off strong GMs in your sleep? Get over it and show some humility.

    Its good for the sport if Carlsen wins, but he is not playing like a Champion. Kramnik is the one playing like a champion.

  • hace 20 meses

    carlsen_01

    I just don't want kramnik to win cos another kramnik anand match will be boring! Go carlsen please!!

  • hace 20 meses

    Lateriflora

    Young Magnus looks ashen and exhausted.  He's got dark circles 2 inches under his eyes.  As with Fischer, I think it may take some emotional seasoning before Carlsen becomes the World Champion.  Right now, it's as if he's not quite ready.  He's ready skill-wise but I don't think the maturity is quite there yet.

  • hace 20 meses

    APOL10

    anybody in this group can beat anybody...so its not shocking to see Ivanchuk beat carlsen. nice game IvanWink

  • hace 20 meses

    Eviator

    I guess many of you do not watch action sports. People have off days and get frustrated with own their poor play, and often express that frustration through self-deprecation. I think what many of you are upset by is the sudden realization that the man is human. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Why must so many people always seek to add drama?

  • hace 20 meses

    Paulzzz

    Kramnik's vigorous style of playing most of all resembles that of Kasparov.

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