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Candidates Tournament Round 12

  • SonofPearl
  • on 29.03.13 14:06.

Annotations by GM Sam Shankland

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 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 


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

Pictures by Ray Morris-Hill.

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  • vor 17 Monate


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

  • vor 17 Monate


    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?

  • vor 17 Monate


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

  • vor 17 Monate


  • vor 17 Monate


    In the Carlsen-Ivanchuk game, the analysis above gives ( 71. c6 Ke6 72. Rb5 Kd6 73. Rc5 Kc7 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.

  • vor 17 Monate


    I agree, Cyngus_X-1, I lost a lot of respect for him today.  Not because he lost the game, but his attitude after.  My jaw almost dropped when he made those comments.  Also, a resignation was due many moves earlier.

    But who knows, it was a long grind of a day, so maybe I would be a bit cranky too in his place, or hold out on the hope of an exhaustion blunder.   But acknowledgement to an opponent and having respect should be a given.

  • vor 17 Monate


    I do think Carlsen acted a bit unsportsmanlike in the post game interview.

    It seems he can't admit he was outplayed, how was his first move "disgraceful"? lol! Yeah, a figure of speech I guess, but still....that's how a game is determined, by those making the better moves!

     "I think I played absolutely disgracefully from move one

    Oh, and BTW, others agree with me that 71.c6 was a draw

     "71.c6 drew but Carlsen missed 71.Rh6 Kd5! when he is probably lost."


  • vor 17 Monate


    No people fully perfect, one time good, one time otherwise. Carlsen, Kramnik, Aronian, Ivanchuk is a good player this time. Have to remember, Ivanchuk play from Kasparov era, he is the 3rd best player that time.

  • vor 17 Monate


    many people think Carlsen has the big chance of beating anand than Vladimir, well, its a good opinion but he must prove it first in the candidates tourrney. Go Vlad!

  • vor 17 Monate


    I suggest those who doubt play it out:


  • vor 17 Monate


    I've said it many times that Carlsen is arrogant. Actually, I would say he is the most arrogant player in this tournament. Before you bash me for this comment, think about it. But because Carlsen has his fanboys and the chess media behind him, his rude behavior gets swept under the rug.

    (Go to YouTube and look up Carlsen's behavior after he lost to Kosteniuk in blitz, if you need more evidence of him being a baby sometimes when he loses)

    Carlsen fans can't have it both ways:

    First, he didn't play Kazan because of the "short" matches, we are supposed to believe. I think it was fear of losing some reputation in the media if he DIDN'T win (the "genius" 60 Minutes crap, etc.), but what do I know.

    Carlsen wants a double round-robin. Okay, FIDE gives it to him.

    Now that there's a chance Carlsen may not win (Oh my God! The sky is falling and chess is doomed, because Wonderboy may not win!!!), some have been claiming conspiracy theories! This is not 1962, and Carlsen himself wanted a tournament.

    Deal with it. Go Kramnik!

  • vor 17 Monate


    Umm, Carlsen-Ivanchuk game, 71. c6?? and what if the king takes the rook finally? White is lost.

  • vor 17 Monate


    Teapot, h4 also results in a draw.  There are Shredder 6 man Tablebases online that you can use that shows it, since once Black takes the c-pawn back, which he must eventually do, it is then down to a 6 man game.

    Here, try it yourself:


  • vor 17 Monate


    All this match-fixing stuff is senseless.

    I mean, after 12 rounds, players using different strategies and one of the most exciting tournaments I remember. Something that will remain in books for centuries, the 2013 London Candidates.

    Somebody thinks sincerely that a gun was fixed in Carlsen forehead to lose vs. Ivanchuk? Ivanchuk drew with Kramnik (the conspiracy theory would bet he lose) and yes, lost both games vs. Aronian but where is Lev now?

    Kramnik is playing very solid chess and collecting wins (surely helped by his opps blunders as they didn't in the first leg).

    Aronian strategy is to win as much games as he can and he seems burn't out).

    Carlsen knew from the beginning that a +3 wouldn't be enough so he has to show a plus in the two remaining rounds.

    Very exciting chess and thanks before hand to all participants.

  • vor 17 Monate


    KilgoreBass, 71.c6 Ke6, 72.Rb5 Kd6, 73. Rxe5 does not save the game, even if you give it two exclamation marks. Black simply plays 73...h4, e.g. 73.Rxe5 h4, 74.Kb3 Ra1, 75.Rh5 Rh1. I agree that 71.c6 is the best practical chance for White, but I am not convinced that it is enough to force a draw.

  • vor 17 Monate



    In the Carlsen v. Ivanchuk games, 71. c6 Ke6 72. Rb5 Kd6 73. Rc5 Kxc5 is an interesting alternative to 73...Kc7, as far as I can see.

    Teapot, it loses due to  74...Rc4+, then on the next move the promoted pawn can be captured.

  • vor 17 Monate


    The craziest thing about Ivanchuk is that if he had just played his best game ever time he probably would have won the tournament himself!

  • vor 17 Monate


    @andrewjacob I'm a Kramnik fan but I was thinking along the same lines, now though I'm not so sure.

  • vor 17 Monate


      I stand corrected about the result of Ivanchuk - Carlsen game :)

      But the ones who claim the Tournament is fixed should pay attention about such accusations.

      Btw , I am glad You said `toilet smelly Elista` :))))

  • vor 17 Monate


    @ Eeyore12:

    Toilet smelly Elista has nothing to do with Candidates Tournament 2013:

    round 5: Ivanchuk-Carlsen 1/2-1/2 on move 57

    round 6: Kramnik-Ivanchuk 1/2-1/2 on move 31. When in a drawish position Ivanchuk repeated moves.

    And you wrote "Ivanchuk lost on time against Carlsen, but fought like a tiger to save the game vs. Kramnik". Please, be smart and delete your ridiculous post, to save some face here.

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