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Candidates Tournament Round 6

  • SonofPearl
  • on 21.03.13 13:41.

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It was another day of high excitement and fighting chess at the 2013 Candidates Tournament in London, with Magnus Carlsen winning his third game of the event against Peter Svidler.

As soon as Carlsen achieved the freeing central pawn break with 17...d5 his pieces were more active and the pressure gradually increased on Svidler until he blundered with 33.Qh5, losing his bishop and the game.

Magnus Carlsen scored his third win

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Carlsen's result was his second win with the black pieces

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The next game to finish was the clash between Vladimir Kramnik and Vassily Ivanchuk.  Kramnik was still looking for his first win after Lev Aronian miraculously slipped through his fingers yesterday, and with Ivanchuk once again burning a lot of time on the clock early in the game it looked good for the Russian.

Kramnik took advantage of Ivanchuk's time trouble by launching a direct sacrificial attack on his king.  But a rook down, Kramnik couldn't find a knockout blow for his attack and decided to repeat moves, despite Ivanchuk having just 1 minute left and 10 moves still to play before the first time control! 

Kramnik explained in the post match press conference, "If Vassily had 5 seconds left, then I would continue, but with one minute...", and joked,"Players are not blundering pieces to me!"

Win-less Vladimir Kramnik - unlucky so far?

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Carlsen may have had hopes of being the sole leader of the tournament, but Lev Aronian's perseverance in a long game with Teimour Radjabov was rewarded with a blunder from his opponent when 53. Nxe5 lost on the spot.

Lev Aronian, "I was very frustrated, but I got lucky"

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Teimour Radjabov's blunder proved costly

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It was also Lev Aronian's second win with black

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The last game to finish looked like being another win for the black pieces, but Boris Gelfand somehow managed to squander a winning position against Alexander Grischuk in a game where both players struggled to manage their clock time.

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Time-trouble addict Alexander Grischuk 

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Boris Gelfand missed a good chance for a win

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Alexander Grischuk and Boris Gelfand have both yet to win a game

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The standings after six rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2872
Levon Aronian ARM 2809
Peter Svidler RUS 2747 3
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2810 3
Teimour Radjabov AZE 2793
Alexander Grischuk RUS 2764
Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2757 2
Boris Gelfand ISR 2740 2


Tomorrow (Friday) is the second rest day and two questions suggest themselves as we approach the halfway point of the tournament. Firstly, is the winner already between Lev Aronian and Magnus Carlsen who are 1½ points clear of the rest of the field? And secondly, is the time control (with no increments until move 60) having a significant effect on the results of the games?

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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 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 13 Monate

    Marcokim

    This Candidates format is flawed... the world Champion should simply be the player with the highest rating for the year... simple clear, maybe a bit boring but fairer

  • vor 13 Monate

    Sutirtha11

    All draw in Rnd 7

  • vor 13 Monate

    klasl09

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  • vor 13 Monate

    klasl09

    nice games......

  • vor 13 Monate

    lilAj

    Some very Silly comments here. overall I believe Carlsen has grown to define his style- he has a positional intuition second to none and this works for him.

    do you think he will change the way he plays to make kibitzers happy?

    Another thing is this @ Chessdoggblack. Have you watched all the interviews with Carlsen?? to say his character flaw is 'brattiness' is not an evaluation you could ever make based on evidence from media. I have observed one thing- among chess players, especially for all his achievements, he is quite humble; he gives due respect to his opponents and this is seen time and again;

    I'll never forget when asked if he thinks he is the best player  in an important interview, he told them all the top players play at pretty much the same level when in form, its just that he never has bad tournaments--  I promise you, you will not find many world number one's in their prime, (in a sport which often lends itself to heavy egos) throughout the entire Chess era, who would say such a thing

  • vor 13 Monate

    forrie

    diogens: "Yes, the attitude which the basement players face the final rounds could be decisive. And the sportmanship, all of us know that in chess they are many prearrengments. I remember suggesting in few months ago in one of these forums that adding a 2nd. round robin with the top4 would be better."

    that is an excellent idea. a round robin in which the top 10 play 2 rounds and then a second round robin later the year with the top 3 AND Anand! The 2nd round robin is let say 4 rounds. If the top 3 go through to the 2nd round then the fight will not just be between the two leaders but anyone will still have a chance for the 3rd place.

  • vor 13 Monate

    sixtyfoursquares

    From now the Candidates Tournament will see some FIREWORKS; as the underdogs will try everything to try to get points; as they have nothing to lose!

    As they have probably lost; particularly be wary of Kramnik, Ivanchuk and Gelfands play; they may upset the applecart of Carlsen or Aronian!!

  • vor 13 Monate

    chess25836

    Morphy was the most exciting player to watch not CARLSEN

  • vor 13 Monate

    Sy4msud1nkkps

    anand....hmmm. soon, no longer he would beated.

  • vor 13 Monate

    Melvin_pariyadan

    rajdorw great blundering made lev to the the points of carlsen hope he will blunder against carlsen also joking

  • vor 13 Monate

    D_for_DJ

    Justin Timberlake - Mirrors

  • vor 13 Monate

    siddharth64

    maybe In game one Qe4 prepare \s for d4 and takes the e5 pawn?

  • vor 13 Monate

    KudaMabok

    @mueller, very well said!

    "The players time troubles are entirely their own fault for mismanaging things or due their opponents forced them to use a lot of time by playing good accurate moves quickly."

  • vor 13 Monate

    Champeknight

    Total misquote or just made up to malign Carlsen. He is a good person.

  • vor 13 Monate

    Sahasrara

    @chessdoggblack: " Carlsen's chess attitude: "I don't care 2 cents about any other chess players in this world." I have been made into a chess God and no one can destroy me. " I do not believe his quote means this at all, misinterpretation on your part. 

  • vor 13 Monate

    halfgreek1963

    I remember in the 90s when Kramnik used to be a dynamic player. Now he's just stodgy.

  • vor 13 Monate

    Champeknight

    Carlsen and Kasparov are better than Fischer, all at their peaks.

  • vor 13 Monate

    Vingore

    Fischer is far from the greatest.  He ran away from Karpov and Kasparov, giving up his title.  Carlsen right now would have crushed Fischer at his peak.  Fischer's profound psychiatric problems, and his refusal to ever accept any help,  were his undoing.

  • vor 13 Monate

    diogens

    chichito and no, Fischer will be the greatest ever. No matter how he played, but he did it all by himself

  • vor 13 Monate

    diogens

    yes, it's psychological. Radjabov always wheres the dark blue with white strips shirt.

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