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Candidates Tournament Round 1

  • SonofPearl
  • on 15.03.13 13:25.

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Game Annotations by GM Sam Shankland
The 2013 Candidates Tournament got underway in London today, not exactly with a bang, but at least a certain spark - although that might have been the server for the official website going up in smoke!  Such an occurance is depressingly predictable in the opening round of major chess events, but at least the website got back on-line eventually. Hopefully, there will be no more problems during the rest of the competition!
The pairings for the opening round gave Lev Aronian white against Magnus Carlsen, so fireworks were expected immediately. In the event, Aronian could make no impression on Carlsen's choice of the Bogo-Indian and the game was drawn after 31 moves in a perfectly symmetrical position. A good start for Carlsen, holding one of his nearest rivals to a draw with ease.
Carlsen waits before his game starts...
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...and attracts a gaggle of photographers.
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The early moves...but the game is destined for a draw.
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Next to finish was the game between Peter Svidler and Vladimir Kramnik. The players avoided heavy theory - Kramnik started by playing the relatively unusual 4...Nxd5, and Svidler answered with the prophylactic sideline 7.a3. Svidler felt very happy with his position out of the opening, and was disappointed to draw, "You get a position as good as this against Vladimir out of the opening and you feel, wow - how good is this? - and yet I can't point out a mistake (that I made) as such".  The game ended in a repetition after 23 moves.
Peter Svidler focuses his mind before the game...
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...but Vladimir Kramnik was able to hold for a draw.
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Boris Gelfand and Teimour Radjabov had an interesting and balanced encounter, but once again the points were shared.
The ceremonial opening move was made by FIDE President Kirsan Illyumzhinov
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The last game to finish provided some excitement as the time control approached: take two inveterate zeitnot addicts and a time control without increments until move 60 and you have a recipe for a blitz finish! True to form, the players got into a time scramble, but when the dust cleared a drawn king and pawn endgame resulted.
A smile for the camera from Vassily Ivanchuk?
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Alexander Grischuk
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Round two tomorrow sees Magnus Carlsen with the white pieces against Vladimir Kramnik. The full pairings are below. Will there be blood spilt in round two?
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A view of the playing arena
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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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  • vor 17 Monate

    IM Chessexplained

    Here's my round 1 video of the games - not too exciting, but watch out for more on coming rounds:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VcU9BXaoOfs

    http://www.youtube.com/user/Chessexplained

  • vor 17 Monate

    P_G_M

    @ _valentino_

    The Zurich Chess Challenge had a similar rule and all the draw games on that tournament were very exciting fighting chess!!!

    None of the players wanted to play an exhibition rapid game if they had a draw before move 40 and therefore they played with an excellent fighting spirit.

    There was only one game that ended before move 40 and it was win by Anand vs Kramnik. 

    Check the drawn games of this tournament and you will notice that they were very exciting games to watch.

    Or at least they should use the 3-1-0 scoring system where one win equals three draws, this promotes the fighting spirit to win games. Same as they did with soccer professional games, this improved the fighting spirit to win in soccer games and made the sport more exciting for the fans to watch, it made the game even more popular around the world. This system benefits players like Carlsen and Aronian, and do not help players like Anand, Leko, Svidler and Karjakin. Kramnik is some place in between, he has the ability to change his style of play to a more adventurous style required for the 3-1-0 scoring system.

  • vor 17 Monate

    _valentin_

    ptrckmackay:  Your intentions are well understood, but these things cannot be legislated.  When the position is objectively a dead draw, all you will see is the players making pointless moves back and forth for 10-20 moves just to reach move 40, and then bored out of their minds shaking hands, both grumbling about the system behind closed doors and likely in interviews as well.  This is no recipe for making chess (more) popular.

    Can you imagine how the game will lose -- rather than gain -- if the first two games (shown above) were to end on move 40, with players repeating the same moves or making pointless moves for another 9-17 moves.  Do you believe chess will win from such a legislation?

    In general, when people want to do something, whether in chess or in any other aspect of life, they simply want to do it -- you can't ever force them not to without appearing overbearing.  And this is the last thing chess needs: an overbearing and ultimately ineffective set of rules.

  • vor 17 Monate

    bharani84

    @crazyabtchess: It is white to play hence kings make it on time. thats why its a draw.. If it would have been the black's turn, then black wins...

  • vor 17 Monate

    layphyu

    @sonofpearl sorry totally missed that ! my mistake , i apologize, and thanks 4 reminding me and everybody else ;) 
    :D 

  • vor 17 Monate

    _valentin_

    As expected, everyone wanted to avoid being caught victim to home preparation, so unusual, uncommon openings and variations resulted.  Then, players put a premium of playing correctly for the sake of starting out "on the right foot", so to speak.  Winning becomes less important than getting a firm hand, confidence, and familiarity -- all to a degree where a win in future rounds starts becoming believable and real in a player's mind.

  • vor 17 Monate

    Zinsch

    @crazyabtchess: The king gets there in time. So there is no win for black there.

  • vor 17 Monate

    SonofPearl

    @ layphyu  No, it ends on the 2 April (see the banner at the top of the article). The last round is on 1 April, but there is an extra day set aside for tie-breaks, if they are needed! Smile

  • vor 17 Monate

    pawnturnsking

    Can anybody help to understand why the game vassily vs Grichuk ended Draw i see grichul can develop pawn for queen and push for win.

    Secondly is there anything to do in Kramanik Vs silvadar game abt Russians playing safe so why 3 fold repetation so early in the game i mean within move 22

  • vor 17 Monate

    pawnturnsking

    Can anybody help to understand why the game vassily vs Grichuk ended Draw i see grichul can develop pawn for queen and push for win.

    Secondly is there anything to do in Kramanik Vs silvadar game abt Russians playing safe so why 3 fold repetation so early in the game i mean within move 22

  • vor 17 Monate

    Nuscas

    That lighting looks horrible. Spot-light overhead lighting is hard on the eyes imo...can you say migraine!?

    Svidler looks like he has lost a lot of weight... exercise prep for candidates?

  • vor 17 Monate

    P_G_M

    In tournaments at top master level draws before move 40 should be prohibited and if the draw is reached by repetition before move 40, then a two rapid games mini-match (15 min +10 sec increments) shall be played and the winner earns 1 point and the loser earns 0 point.

    In case that the rapid games mini-match ends in a draw then they shall play a two blitz games mini-match (3 min +2 sec increments) to decide the winner of the whole point.

    If the blitz mini-match ends in a draw then an Armageddon blitz game shall be played to decide the winner of the whole point.

    This rule most probably force players to continue fighting until reaching the first time control at move 40 before agreeing to a draw by any means.

     

    This should have the end result of having great fighting draws of at least 40 moves.

  • vor 17 Monate

    cda175

    chess is waiting for a new genius...

  • vor 17 Monate

    EternalChess

    Awkward moment when the Candidates tournament is harder to win then the WCC.

  • vor 17 Monate

    layphyu

    nice coverage over all ! hope carlsen win! 

  • vor 17 Monate

    layphyu

    The 2013 Candidates Tournament runs from 14 March - 2 April in London
    is suppose to be >>
    The 2013 Candidates Tournament runs from 14 March - 1 April in London .

     1 error but well done  over all!! 

  • vor 17 Monate

    BloodyJack

    I suppose the reason for all the draws is because all of the favorites (except in maybe the last game) had black.

  • vor 17 Monate

    dartking

    website has got to get rid of those red-black-pcs. reminds me of the set you would get when buying multiple games in one box!!!

  • vor 17 Monate

    Oraoradeki

    You see the title,

    Candidates Tournament Round 1

    you know theres no decisive game that day.

  • vor 17 Monate

    dancentino

    i think this tourney will end up all draws...and decided by rapid games.. i want Vlad start making fireworks in the succeding games..Go Vlad! Smile

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