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Candidates Tournament Round 9

  • SonofPearl
  • on 25.03.13 13:51.

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Vladimir Kramnik had the white pieces against Magnus Carlsen in round nine of the Candidates Tournament and needed a win to allow him to catch up with the world #1 in the standings.

He chose the familiar Catalan hunting ground for his campaign, slowly turning the thumbscrews on Carlsen and winning a pawn for his efforts. It was a major test for Carlsen's defensive abilities and the he pulled it out of the bag, calmly finding a way to simplify the position into an ending where the extra pawn wasn't enough to give Kramnik any real chances of victory.  

A disappointed Kramnik said "I was sure there must be some way to win", and Carlsen admitted, "I thought it was dangerous (for me)...most of the time I have to make 'only' moves".

Vladimir Kramnik really needed a win today...

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...but Magnus Carlsen passed a stern test of his defensive skills

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Peter Svidler and Alexander Grischuk played an incredibly wild game, with both players sacrificing material in a very complicated encounter. Approaching the time control, Svidler had the better winning chances, but Grischuk took advantage of the exposed position of the white king for effective counterplay.  The players somewhat surprisingly agreed a draw once the time control was reached.

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Alexander Grischuk and Peter Svidler played a wild tactical game

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Svidler and Grischuk talked through their amazing game at the press conference

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Boris Gelfand won his first game of the tournament in yesterday's round, and today he faced the tournament co-leader Lev Aronian with the white pieces.  The game swung on a key moment when Aronian played 25...Rxd4, putting his faith in the discovered attack 27...Bc4.  However, an alert Gelfand spotted the flaw in this idea by finding 28. e6! which gave him a winning position. Time trouble for both players came and went, but Gelfand managed to retain an advantage and brought home the full point.

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Boris Gelfand won for the second day in a row

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It was Lev Aronian's first loss of the tournament

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The last game to finish was a marathon encounter between the players at the bottom of the standings, Vassily Ivanchuk and Teimour Radjabov.  Radjabov played very passively from the outset and Ivanchuk was able to put pressure on the Azerbaijani for the whole game. Eventually, Ivanchuk's persistence bore fruit as he wore down his opponent's resistance over 6½ long hours.

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Vassily Ivanchuk scored his first win of the event against Teimour Radjabov

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So Magnus Carlsen is the sole leader after 9 completed rounds, with 5 rounds left to play.  Tomorrow is the third rest day of the event - round 10 is played on Wednesday.

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The standings after nine rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2872 6
Levon Aronian ARM 2809
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2810 5
Alexander Grischuk RUS 2764
Boris Gelfand ISR 2740
Peter Svidler RUS 2747 4
Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2757
Teimour Radjabov AZE 2793 3

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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 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 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 Ray Morris-Hill.

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  • vor 16 Monate

    Vorax

    @ACEChess: I think it's very good. It definitely helps some of the users who are not at expert level like me to understand some moves/positions better. I always prefer to go through an annotated game than one that isn't.

  • vor 16 Monate

    IM DanielRensch

    What does everyone think of our addition of having a GM (for this event, GM Shankland) adding some analysis to the games? Please let me know in the comments here!

    Danny

  • vor 16 Monate

    Aknaim

    Lol what about Gelfand helping Carlsen? is this a new contoversy now? haha.

    If Ivanchuck lost to Aronian twice through flagging then Gelfand has done just as much to help Carlsen. Not to mention more since he beat Aronian.

  • vor 16 Monate

    NajdorfDefense

    No one will ever challenge Bobby's record of 20 straight GM wins in a row, or even 13 straight wins in WC Candidates Matches, with an additional crushing of the WC in match play.

  • vor 16 Monate

    Champeknight

    Ivanchuk should be booted out of this tourney. He has given Aronian two wins by flagging. What a shame!

  • vor 16 Monate

    Champeknight

    And the Russians may get kramnik in. Grischuk lost to kramnik today. All speculation on my part

  • vor 16 Monate

    kidpoolside

    champeknight, I agree.  It makes the results imbalanced.

  • vor 16 Monate

    Champeknight

    Ivanchuk is horrible in time management. He might lose to Aronian again because of time pressure. So unfair to other players if Aronian gets 2 wins coz ivanchuk blunders in time trouble.

  • vor 16 Monate

    kidpoolside

    My two cents:

    As much of a fan as I am of Aronian, and would love to see two gentlemen (Aronian and Anand) compete for the championship, I was still excited to see Gelfand beat Aronian.  On the otherhand, it was not great chess.  Aronian made a big mistake and Gelfand missed the easy way to finish it off.  I am not sure why folks have so much confidence that Gelfand can beat Magnus with white today ?!.  Magnus beat Gelfand quite easily with the black pieces earlier in this tournament.  Gelfand is not coming into form.  He got lucky!

    Either way, my long term hope is that after this next championship we can watch a few good WCC mathces between Aronian and Magnus.  I think they are the two best....but then again, there is Caruana, Morozevich, Karjakin....and if Ivanchuck could handle the clock I think he would have a real chance too.  

    Whatever happens, we are all quite lucky to be able to enjoy these brilliant games!  Thanks for the coverage!

    Kidpoolside

  • vor 16 Monate

    iguna

    Go MC!!

    U Are on the right track!

    Now, only 5 more games...

    I believe U can make it and become the NEW WCC!!

  • vor 16 Monate

    Champeknight

    Gelfand is just another fish feeding into Magnus the shark. Fischer is great but Carlsen has greater potential.

  • vor 16 Monate

    JohnnyBandit

    There are so many good players around today, there are computers aiding the player which Fischer never had. His brain was the most advanced computer in his time. Therefore more players can access games much faster than previous generations. Now there are 100's of Bobby Fischers playing now. So the odds of Carlsen ever beating Fischers record of 20 games against candidate level players is extremely low. I'll never be as good as any Candidate level player but its so exciting to watch these chess guns fight it out. We are the winners! Bobby Fischer is still my favourite too!

  • vor 16 Monate

    Marcokim

    Magnus will be beaten by the player who can exploit his lapses of concentration (which do occur)... Ivanchuk had a chance, Svidler came close, but I think the man to do it is Gelfand. Gelfand has the intuition to do it.

  • vor 16 Monate

    Aknaim

    @edward_glyver

    I forgot about that blunder too. But my point in general is how much one bad move by any player at this level can change the standing by so much.

  • vor 16 Monate

    bolshevikhellraiser

    what a disappointing performance by radjabov

  • vor 16 Monate

    Champeknight

    Nepomniachti is one of the few who got Carlsen's number. Carlsen is unstoppable now.

  • vor 16 Monate

    Appa

    a nice cartoon from José Diaz.....

  • vor 16 Monate

    Andre_Harding

    Carlsen's play doesn't remind me of Fischer at all. Fischer was one of the three best opening players in the world during his time (the others being Geller and Polugaevsky), and his technical play was considerably "drier" than is Carlsen's.

    I'm certainly no Carlsen fan, but to me he most resembles Lasker: incredibly well-rounded and such a tenacious fighter that it intimidates many of his opponents. Carlsen can play a given game in any style, which is why I think he is nearly impossible to deal with in tournaments and, indeed, why Lasker's tournament longevity is still the stuff of legend.

    Who would be the player to defeat Carlsen in a match? It would have to be an energetic player with an extremely well-worked-out opening repertoire, with impeccable technique and precise short calculation. The only player I can see who could perhaps put all of these things together is Karjakin--and that's not a given.

    I don't root for Carlsen but it's hard to see who can stop him.

  • vor 16 Monate

    Champeknight

    Carlsen is in a class all his own.

  • vor 16 Monate

    PhoenixTTD

    If Gelfund beats Magnus it will put him in the middle of the race for the lead.  With his great prep, you can bet there is a good chance he will be ready with some novelty that will give him a chance.  However his technique after this point and Magnus's ability to defend will decide the game and I think Magnus will hold a draw again. 

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