Candidates Tournament Round 11

  • SonofPearl
  • on 28.03.13, 11:47.

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Round 11 of the 2013 Candidates Tournament in London took place today, and with each passing round we get a little closer to establishing the name of the next challenger for the World Chess Championship.

Tournament leader Magnus Carlsen faced Alexander Grischuk and played the Gruenfeld, which provoked an extraordinary caveman-style attack with 5.h4 from Grischuk! Carlsen's defense involved grabbing the b1-h7 diagonal with 8...Bf5 to blunt any possible attack.  This proved to be effective and Grischuk could find nothing better than allowing a repetition after 23 moves.

Alexander Grischuk took the fight to leader Magnus Carlsen...



...but the Norwegian was less ruffled than his hair might suggest




Vladimir Kramnik had the white pieces against Teimour Radjabov and piled on the agony for the Azerbaijani by scoring another win.  Radjabov spent a lot of time trying to find an answer to Kramnik's play, leaving himself only 7 minutes for 14 moves.  Short of time, his pawn grab with 28...Qxa2 proved to be a blunder, allowing 33.Nxe7! losing the exchange and soon the game.

Teimour Radjabov ran into more trouble against Vladimir Kramnik




The clash between Vassily Ivanchuk and Boris Gelfand was the first game to finish after the players reached a repetition after just 17 moves. 

No time trouble for Ivanchuk today...his game only lasted 17 moves




The last game to finish was the encounter between Peter Svidler and Lev Aronian. Aronian started the round only ½ point behind the leader Magnus Carlsen, and Peter Svidler had fallen down the standings after a promising start to the tournament. However, today Svidler played well and had a slight advantage when Aronian seemed to self-destruct with the astonishing moves 22...g5 and 23...b5.  A modest Svidler said "I can definitely say I got a bit lucky today".

Svidler put a huge dent in Aronian's chances of winning the tournament




So Magnus Carlsen still leads, but his closest pursuer is now Vladimir Kramnik who is just half a point behind.  Lev Aronian is a full point behind the leader.  Aronian has the white pieces against Kramnik in round 12 tomorrow, and a decisive result either way will probably end the tournament chances of the loser.


The standings after 11 rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Magnus Carlsen NOR 2872
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2810 7
Levon Aronian ARM 2809
Peter Svidler RUS 2747
Boris Gelfand ISR 2740 5
Alexander Grischuk RUS 2764 5
Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2757 4
Teimour Radjabov AZE 2793



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

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 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 


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

Pictures by Ray Morris-Hill.

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  • vor 4 Jahre


    fair go @champeknight, radjabov is 4th in the world and ivanchuk is what, 13th?  and how do we ban "low performers" before the tournament starts?  seems like a ridiculous comment to me.

  • vor 4 Jahre


    Good pictures and great comments.

  • vor 4 Jahre


    carelsen carelsen carelsen !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • vor 4 Jahre


    I can see Kramnik winning again today.  Aronian seems like he is falling out of form and shaken.  I would prefer to see Magnus win the tournament, but Kramnik is a solid player.  I just think Magnus seems to find the win more often, which, hopefully will be the case in this tournament.  He might have trouble today though. Ivanchuk seems to bring his best when he plays Magnus.  It will be an exciting day!

  • vor 4 Jahre



  • vor 4 Jahre


    Radjabov and ivanchuk are playing miserably in this tourney and affecting the leaders' standings unfairly. Wish they have a rule to ban low performers like these in the next candidates tournament. That would be a deterrent to super gm clowns losing by flagging or blundering equal positions repeatedly.

  • vor 4 Jahre


    Go Carlsen!

  • vor 4 Jahre


    magnus, i love u

  • vor 4 Jahre


    And Kramnik has two blacks and two in-form opponents. But he has momentum so I would not bet against him. He is a good tournament player but, I think, an even better match player (certainly a very experienced one) so should he manage to prevail in London he will certainly give Anand another good run for his money.

    A splendid event so far. :)

  • vor 4 Jahre


    Carlsen's last 3 rounds include playing the two GMs that are having a difficulty in finding their groove. There is a great possibility of winning his last three games. Go Carlsen... By the way round 12 is an exciting match between the no 2 and no 3 seed. For sure Aronian will go for a win against Kramnik, and Kramnik will try to win and catch the lead. Goodluck to both of them. May the best GM wins.

  • vor 4 Jahre


    I want kramnik to win his game  and i mite chear fer carlsen and Aronian

  • vor 4 Jahre


    at present carlsen is invincible.winning a game against carlsen is as good as winning a tournament.

  • vor 4 Jahre


    am liking carlsen but would he draw the game against ivanchuk

  • vor 4 Jahre


    Chucky win will with black tomorrow (against Carlsen) and thrown the results wide open..

  • vor 4 Jahre


    @Zombie: So they know when they reached time control or when to claim a "50-move-draw". The players need that information right next to them and not on some distant screen.

  • vor 4 Jahre


    magnus Vs Anand  ; the best possible match, i will definetly root for anand, he is the only hope of india. u can see there is no international player from india except anand, and i dont think we will get any in future as our government only endorses cricket even chess invented in india.

  • vor 4 Jahre


    Alright nobody seems to be acknowledging this...


    I mean, I'm rootin for Carlsen, but this guys tuggin my heart strings. He looks like a cat pouring out his soul for sympathy. TD should just walk up and give this man a 5 min hug before the game. and some chocolate or something. 

    But in all seriousness this is a great tournament. I just wish Carlsen had done this last time, that way he could beat kasparov's record for youngest world champion title holder. Instead he had to whine about it not being fair or something. Be smart Carlsen.

  • vor 4 Jahre


  • vor 4 Jahre


    May the best Grandmaster prevail.  Good luck to all the Masters!

  • vor 4 Jahre


    @ Aaronsky if carlsen wins then there is no conspiracy however if other players win then there is conspiracy, IS THAT WHAT U WANT TO SAY

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