Candidates Tournament - Final Round

  • SonofPearl
  • on 01.04.13, 06:18.


The final round of the Candidates Tournament in London is underway! Only two players still have a chance of finishing first - Magnus Carlsen of Norway and Vladimir Kramnik of Russia.  The tournament winner will challenge the current world chess champion Vishy Anand for the title in a match later this year. 

Although they both start the round have the same score, Magnus Carlsen has a superior tie-break score because he has won more games than Vladimir Kramnik. Therefore, if they remain level at the end of the final round, Carlsen is the winner.

The standings before the final round

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 pairings for today's final round

Magnus Carlsen Peter Svidler 
Vassily Ivanchuk  Vladimir Kramnik
Boris Gelfand Alexander Grischuk 
Levon Aronian Teimour Radjabov 

The official FIDE website coverage is at also has live coverage at Chess.comTV with IM Danny Rensch and GM Ben Finegold.  Look here for details. 


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 results so far

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 



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  • vor 4 Jahre


    Carlsen was bribed by Kramnik's camp and Kramnik was bribed by Carlsen's camp.  The two GM's then met and decided that if both would lose, they'd each get a huge payout.

  • vor 4 Jahre


    Anyone having a conspiracy theory involving Ivanchuk must think that Ivanchuk wanted Aronian to win--he went 0-2 against Aronian but 1.5-0.5 against each of Carlsen and Kramnik.

    Imagine going 3-1 against the top two but still finishing at -2!

  • vor 4 Jahre


    This is one of the less likely outcome of the tournament. But I guess it's the most exciting and dramatic one. To me 

    Chucky is the hero of the tournament

    Carlsen is the winner

  • vor 4 Jahre


    chucky takes "it" one match at a

  • vor 4 Jahre


    I also have a conspiracy theory, both camp bribe Ivanchuk and Svidler to win.

  • vor 4 Jahre


    what an amazing tourny, I did not know for a moment if I was watching the NBA finals or chess I was not agree with this tournement at first, but I enjoyed it like no other thing.

  • vor 4 Jahre


    Congratz Carlson.

    MC can easily beat Anand.But one has to hold his nerve when playing at that level. The last rounds of the Candidate Tournament shows MC needs to improve on that. But still, we have an amazing WC matches ahead !!!

  • vor 4 Jahre


    Chucky ... the best player of this tournament. He just needed to keep control of time! He is great! But now.. VISHY Vs. CARLSEN would be a dream match in hisotry!! I still think Vishy is better though! 

    May Chucky become champion next time. 

    Chucky's Fan

  • vor 4 Jahre


    I don't agree Carlsen's play is below expectation, MC handily beat Gelfand, and won the most games for a reason. 

  • vor 4 Jahre


    LET THE BEST LOOSER WIN!!! But seriously, MC - Swidler - what a game! Both players should be proud of this masterpiece. MC' 23.Ng5 and 27.Bf6+ were spectacular although he missed 31.Bd5! And Swidler's play in opening and end game was awesome.

  • vor 4 Jahre


    The old monkeys showed the new generation a TRICK OR TWO!!

    Gelfand and Chucky are the REAL WINNERS of this Tournament!!


    Gelfand Beats Aronian - Player Number two!

    Chucky Beats Carlsen and Kramnik - Players Number One and Three!!

    Great Chess!! 

    Magnus Carlsen result - BELOW EXPECTATION performance - becomes a CHALLENGER by the skin of his teeth!!

  • vor 4 Jahre


    So who were yelling that Ivanchuk is taking money and giving easy points to russians and only against Carlsen is playing??


  • vor 4 Jahre


    so much for the conspiracy theories! Carlsen made it by the skin of his teeth!  Ivanchuk seems to be the most important player in this tournament though! lol

  • vor 4 Jahre


    its magnus@@@@@

  • vor 4 Jahre


    magnus wins

  • vor 4 Jahre


    Kudos to Ivanchuk and Svidler, two great players who rose up and gave their sporting best in the last round!


    There is the answer to the MORONS who believed Chucky was part of some pro-Russian conspiracy.

    Tongue Out

  • vor 4 Jahre


    MC has never been in a tourney of this calibre with these stakes, you can tell he's shaken up, I hope this makes him stronger and does not discourage him this early in his career. 

  • vor 4 Jahre


    still people believe chucky??? is  true player.... No chucky and radjbov the conspiracy kings!!!!!!  

  • vor 4 Jahre


    MC seems so lost in the Video Conf....Svidler says this is draw, this is loss etc..and MC is so lost. this was a knockout..what shape will MC be in finals with Anand?

  • vor 4 Jahre


    Tough luck for Kramnik, he would have been the challenger even if he would have just drawn today.

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