Candidates Tournament Round 13

  • SonofPearl
  • on 31/3/13 13:09.

There was a very tense atmosphere in round 13 of the London Candidates Tournament - the penultimate day of the competition.  Both Vladimir Kramnik and Magnus Carlsen were absolutely determined to win their games against Boris Gelfand and Teimour Radjabov respectively. 
Vladimir Kramnik had the advantage of the white pieces and played the novel idea 5.e3 in a fianchetto Gruenfeld sideline, putting Gelfand under great pressure and eventually winning a pawn.  But Gelfand was tenacious in defence, finding the crucial move 38...Rd8 as the time control approached to save the game.
A relaxed Boris Gelfand before the game
Kramnik pressed hard, but Gelfand was equal to the task
Magnus Carlsen had the black pieces against Teimour Radjabov, and opted for the Nimzo-Indian after Radjabov played 1.d4.  Radjabov slowly drifted into a slightly worse endgame, and Carlsen kept trying everything he could to keep the game alive and induce a mistake from his opponent.  Deep into the 6th hour of the game Radjabov was surviving almost solely on the 30 second time increment and Carlsen picked up a vital pawn.  Finally, incredibly, after nearly 7 hours of play Carlsen won the game!
Magnus Carlsen won an amazingly tense game
Teimour Radjabov finally succumbed to Magnus Carlsen after nearly 7 hours
The first game to finish today was the encounter between Peter Svidler and Vassily Ivanchuk. The spinning roulette wheel that seems to determine Chucky's choice of opening in this tournament stopped today at the French Defence. Svidler obtained a pleasant game with the advance variation and as Ivanchuk struggled to cope with his inferior position he lost on time for the fifth time in the tournament.
Peter Svidler did what Magnus Carlsen couldn't - beating Vassily Ivanchuk


Despite his loss to Vladimir Kramnik yesterday, Lev Aronian still had a mathematical chance of winning the tournament, but even that minuscule possibility vanished when he only drew with Alexander Grischuk, in the second game to finish today. 

Alexander Grischuk and Lev Aronian drew their game



So Magnus Carlsen and Vladimir Kramnik both have a score of 8½/13 going into the final round tomorrow.  But Carlsen has the superior tie-break score, so as long as he achieves at least the same result as Kramnik he will win the tournament.  Carlsen has white against Svidler, and Kramnik has black against Ivanchuk.

The standings after 13 rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2872
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2810
Peter Svidler RUS 2747 7
Levon Aronian ARM 2809 7
Boris Gelfand ISR 2740 6
Alexander Grischuk RUS 2764 6
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  0 - 1 Magnus Carlsen
Alexander Grischuk  ½ - ½ Levon Aronian
Vladimir Kramnik ½ - ½ Boris Gelfand
Peter Svidler  1 - 0 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 4 años


    That's because at least 80% of chess playing spectators like new, exciting Carlsen over old style Kramnik.

  • hace 4 años


    woah amazing endgame ... Anyone referring it as tricks doesn't understand endgame at all

  • hace 4 años


    Why do people root for Carlsen because "he has the best chance"?

    Why don't we just like players for their style and who they are? And how come when Kramnik lead yesterday everybody was unhappy while today, now that Carlsen tied him, everything is ok?

  • hace 4 años


    The most recent game I found in where  Kramnik wins against Ivanchuk playing black was in 2001. So a draw or win by Ivanchuk should be the most likley result. Sadly it dosn't feel so.

  • hace 4 años


    Great chess by Gelfand! 

  • hace 4 años


    I admire Carlsen, he is undoubtfully one of the greatest chess players ever, but I think he doesn't deserve to be World Champion yet, just because others deserve it more.

    If he becomes champion now what will he do for the next 15 years of his career? No one will be able to challenge him until then. Anand is a great player and he should be able to hold his own against Carlsen on the slow time control games, yet, even if he does, he will be obliterated in the tie-breaks. Therefore he will have to play for a win in slow time control, which might actually put enough pressure on him to make him lose anyway. Unfair for someone who has been playing chess for all his life.

  • hace 4 años



    you are absolutely right! I think the arbiters should overrule the result of the game and still declare it as a draw. People shouldn't be allowed to exhaust their opponents anymore Undecided

  • hace 4 años


    I think what is terrible is the amazing chess will eventually be decided on whether or not Ivanchuk can tell time! 

    Who ever wins, wins and that is fine! but to think that one may play for the world championship based on someone else's inability to tell time is really anticlimatix and disappointing! 

  • hace 4 años



    Ridiculous statement. Isn't that how all chess games are won and lost? People fail to correctly respond. 



  • hace 4 años


    Why are the black pawns not showing up for me on the boards? It just shows a little file icon. Frown

  • hace 4 años


    Safe to say Kramnik has won this tournament. Svidler is a great player and will hold Carlsen. I did say a week or two ago Ivanchuk will lose to the others and win/draw vs Carlsen before all this conspiracy-crap began.

  • hace 4 años


    One thing for sure is Boris is definately not part of a conspiracy, unless it is his own conspiracy to get back at Vishy by sending Carlen his way.  Pretty much everyone has an agenda.  There are people in on the conspiracy who will respond to this post.

  • hace 4 años


    What a magnificent win by Carlsen! That was a show of true grit and tenacity. I truly hope Magnus will win tomorrow!

  • hace 4 años


    Carlsen has a 66 percent chance to win the tournament! (out of 9 total cases of possible outcome combinations btw Carlsen nd Kramnik, Carlsen only loses in 3 cases, a) if he loses nd kramnik draws, b) he loses nd kramnik wins, c) if he draws and kramnik wins)

    The most comfortable way of course for him to secure his victory is to win his last match against Svidler, which is quite chanceful knowing that he won against him in their first match, and that he will play with white pieces. GO Carlsen! :)

  • hace 4 años


    Carlsen just has to go into the last round assuming that Ivanchoke will choke again.  He has to go all out for the win.

  • hace 4 años


    ..hope Carlsen will win, because I think he has better chances against Anand than Kramnik...But in any case, it is great tournament , and I really enjoy...

  • hace 4 años


    So if Chucky play Ruy Lopez tomorrow, there will be no berlin defence by Kramnik...! maybe sicilian this time ?!! who knows.....

  • hace 4 años


    Tomorrow Svidler and Carlsen will finish with a draw, and Kramnik will beat Ivanchuk! And very sad Radjabov's tournment.. :(

  • hace 4 años


    Whoever mentioned cheap-endgame-tricks is a nut. Cheap endgame tricks against a top rated Grandmaster? Please...

  • hace 4 años


    boris gelfand is the savior of this tournament, for me it is clear that vassily has something against carlsen not because he defeated him but the way he has played the whole tournament, he sould be excluded from all major chess events for his poor sportmanship

    kramnik has shown why he became world champ and gelfand also proved why he won the right to challenge the world champ by playing great games against aronian and kramnik

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