Candidates Tournament Round 12

  • SonofPearl
  • on 29/3/13 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



Lev Aronian was outplayed by Kramnik and missed his drawing chance




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.


Magnus Carlsen...where did it all go wrong?




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.


Boris Gelfand and Peter Svidler drew their game




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.


Teimour Radjabov and Alexander Grischuk




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).


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



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

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 


Look out for details of TV coverage of the event at this page.

Pictures by Ray Morris-Hill.

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  • hace 3 años


    When a survey was made I remember I have chosen Krammik instead of Carlsen. It is because Carlsen is not yet ripe for such tuornament where pressure is so great. But then give Magnus time to mature and I THINK he can give Anand a run for his money

  • hace 3 años


    With both Kramnik and Carlsen having 8 1/2 with one round to go the tournament winner will be one of them. What happens if they both win tommorrow? Will there be rapid playoffs at a later date?

  • hace 3 años

    CM steinitz_attack


  • hace 3 años


    "Resurrection" of Carlsen on Easter Sunday!

  • hace 3 años


    Great win by Vladimir Kramnik against Levon Aronian.

  • hace 3 años


    i think that every one played great . but i want to see kramnik in WC.

    Best competition to Anand

  • hace 3 años


    Absence of increments is very bad, I haven't seen any serious tournament without one, and this is the candidates. Organisers did a big mistake.

  • hace 3 años


    Ivanchuk loses on time again. He is the biggest joke of this tourney. He is setting up the stage for losing to Kramnik in the last round. Svidler is my new idol.

  • hace 3 años


    chucky you are the best!

  • hace 3 años


    Everybody route for Carlsen, i also route for Carlsen. This tournament shows Carlsen weakness. 

    1. Carlsen unable to withstand pressure.

    2. We saw how Ivanchuk plays when he is not in pressure.(Ivanchuck knows he doesn't have any chance for winning this)

    3. There is no chance for him to win a player like Kramnik.(Since Kramnik is so strong for him). The same applies to Kramnik against Carlsen.

    4. Carlsen unable to play a lengthy tournament. He needs more experience.

    Now my question is how Carlsen win against a player like Anand who have enomorous match experience. Anand can play any kind of positions.

    Only with middlegame and Ending expertise he cannot win a player like Anand. Anand knows how to put Psychology pressure, tactical pressure, Opening choice pressure. Which he already shows in previous WC. For Carlsen winning Anand in Rapid or Blitz virtually shut down.

    As per me Carlsen needs more experience and maturity to handle a WC pressure.

    There is no doubt that Carlsen will be invicible in future if he handles this this things.

    Now i admire about Kasparov which he plays a WC match against a legend like Karpov when he his only 22 and become a WC. For me Kasparov is the true legend of Chess. 

    People can talk about Bobby Fischer, We all know he doesnt defend his title against a young attacking Karpov so we can't say whether he successfully defend his title or not against Karpov. There is no doubt about him he is a great innovator.

    WC history shows not even a single attacking player defend WC successfully.

    Example: Tal, BobbyFischer, Topalov.

  • hace 3 años


    It is not over so GO MAGNUS

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You will be the best for Anand!Go

  • hace 3 años



    I think playing in 7 World Championship matches, as Botvinnik did, is a much greater achievement than winning the title and then losing the first title defense.

  • hace 3 años


    @deank nice graph, but does those graphs considered the players ratings and their next opponents?

  • hace 3 años



    Besides very obviuos chess ignorance, yuo've just showed that you're very ignorant of other things, too.

    The Patriarch is a religous title in the Christian Orthodox Church (like The Pope in the Catholic Church) and it has nothing to do with comunists (who, btw, tried to diminish the role of religion and church in those societies).

    So, before writing another nonsense, you might want to let yourself learn something about the topic you intend to write about.

  • hace 3 años


    Results yesterday make for an interesting final two rounds.

    If interested to read the article where i got this image you can find it here
  • hace 3 años


    wers topalov/?

  • hace 3 años


    @scutellaria I know people who hate the best player ever, bobby, because of US president Bush or Obama. epic.

  • hace 3 años


    It`s not over yet. Go, Magnus, go!

  • hace 3 años


    Everybody is writing about Carlsen and Kramnik...I don't know if you guys are paying attention, but IVANCHUK WON the game vs Carlsen! Great play by IVANCHUK, congratulations Mr. IVANCHUK!

  • hace 3 años


    There's no conspiracy. Obviously, Carlsen is just the LeBron James of chess.

    Everybody loves Carlsen, but they'll turn on him after this choke job. They'll say he didn't have what it takes, call him a coward, criticize his character, and find every and any reason to disparage him.

    He'll be humbled by this experience, regroup, and completely and utterly dominate the world for the next 20+ years, culminating in a 3000 elo rating and an unprecendentedly long reign as world champion.


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