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Candidates Tournament Round 7

  • SonofPearl
  • on 23-03-13 13:46.

Annotations by GM Sam Shankland
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The first half of the 2013 Candidates Tournament is over, and Magnus Carlsen and Lev Aronian have maintained their joint lead of 1½ points from the rest of the field. They meet again on Sunday in a crucial clash in round eight.

Today's seventh round was full of the usual hard-fought games we have become pleasantly accustomed to watching, yet none of them produced a decisive result. The nearest we came was in the game between Magnus Carlsen and Teimour Radjabov, but for once it was the world #1 who can count himself lucky to have survived.

Carlsen avoided a Radjabov opening speciality - the Sveshnikov - by choosing the 3.Bb5 line against the Sicilian. He then crippled Radjabov's queen-side pawn structure, but at the cost of allowing a dangerous initiative to develop for black on the kingside.  After 21.Qe4? Radjabov crashed through into Carlsen's position with 21...f3 and 22...Ng2 and looked like he would defeat the Norwegian. However, Carlsen's defensive exchange sacrifice blunted Radjabov's attack and he failed to find a clean finish in time trouble, allowing a repetition just before the time control.

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The photographers can't get enough of Magnus...

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The top seed and co-leader got into trouble today...

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...but he survived to stay as co-leader at the half-way point of the event

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Vassily Ivanchuk's opening of the day was the Scotch against Peter Svidler, which followed established theory for most of the game. Despite this, time trouble beckoned before a repetition ended the game at move 30.

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Peter Svidler relaxes before the game...

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...which finished in a draw

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Lev Aronian had the white pieces against Alexander Grischuk and found himself facing the Queen's Indian defence. Grischuk's backward pawn on d6 gave the Armenian some pressure, but piece exchanges left the position level and a draw was agreed after the first time control.

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Lev Aronian, watched closely by arbiter Adam Raoof

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Aronian's shirt deserves a colour photo!

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The result of the game was a draw

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The game between Boris Gelfand and Vladimir Kramnik was also a draw, but a careless slip from Kramnik with 18...Ne8? should have been punished by Gelfand with 19.Neg5. The moment passed, and Kramnik kept his unbeaten record.

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Vladimir Kramnik: Seven draws from seven games

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Boris Gelfand missed a fleeting opportunity

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The standings after seven rounds

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

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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 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 Ray Morris-Hill.

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  • 18 maanden geleden

    ClavierCavalier

    I thought the comments by the GM were good for understanding the games, but there were some moves that I couldn't help but feel puzzled about yet there were no explinations.

  • 18 maanden geleden

    L-mir

    Teimour Radjabov was better in previous tournaments.

  • 18 maanden geleden

    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

  • 18 maanden geleden

    Murphy70

    Carlsen has only just gone and lost to Ivanchuk who got him in a Lucena. Kramnik must be favourite now. Where can we find the latest standings?

  • 18 maanden geleden

    Marcokim

    @StevieBlues... Fischer did play a lot of cautious games too, you can only counter attack given the relative risks vs. benefits of the strategy.

    You can't just make a blanket statement like that... Fischer did counter when it suited him...he also lost plenty of games to attacking players like Tal and Geller. This Fischer mythology has been romanticised and prostituted to death... Yes Fischer played plenty of great chess and helped develop a lot of middle game theory, but so did Karpov (for example).

  • 18 maanden geleden

    StevieBlues

    @Markokim

    I don't think that's what knight star was saying. What he said was pretty valid. One might think that an aggressive style doesn't work anymore but that's just your favourite engine talking...

  • 19 maanden geleden

    Marcokim

    @knightstar2 ...Fischer nostalgia is a good thing, but I doubt the late champ (at his prime) would stand a chance against a modern day GM 2800+ let alone a Karpov in the mid 70s... the game has evolved plenty of theory that shows the inaccuracies of some 1960s classics. That said Fischer is definitely one of the greatest of all time.

  • 19 maanden geleden

    knightstar2

    Whoever it may, Anand is a hard nut to crack.  But all candidates lack the counter-attacking game style of Boby Fischer.  Atleast in the second-half, the bottom half should attck, by ignoring the lose in rating, as this is their chance to become challenger.  With good wishes

  • 19 maanden geleden

    milkey

    Kramnik is approaching them as well, but my inner voice tells me Levon is the champ

  • 19 maanden geleden

    Champeknight

    Anand may beat Aronian but will lose to Carlsen.

  • 19 maanden geleden

    Marcokim

    It shows that Gelfands confidence is not where it should be, so he avoided Ng5 and the complications, risks and advantages that come from the position.

  • 19 maanden geleden

    dezsoracz

    Nc3. on the Carlsen's game had a deep defensive meaning and he also played the [ man] in time trouble.

  • 19 maanden geleden

    shakaking3

    i think levon aronian is gonna win the candidates tournament.

  • 19 maanden geleden

    LaskerFan

    I was just going through Game Analyses published at the official site.

    Kramnik's 18.Ne8 is definitely flagged (+1.11, meaning white's advantage). Gelfand neutralized the advantage by his immediate next move. GM Kachiyan immediately got irritated, and said that he does not want to see this game again!

    Carlsen's 21.Qe4 (-1.63) and 23.Nc3 (-2.23) are both flagged as mistakes. GM Kachiyan's keen eyes immediately pointed both out (Qe4 as "suspicious" and Nc3 "what does he want to do?" as my feeble memory recalls). I think GM Kachiyan should have participated in the candidates Wink.

    None of the other players yesterday made any such mistakes.

  • 19 maanden geleden

    Ecurbetneilav628

    What I 'm saying is....Even a very highly skilled players like Lev or Magnus or even a world chess champion commits blunder because of great pressure during the game!!!!! It is not because of cowardice!!!!

  • 19 maanden geleden

    Flayy

    @jaglavak: You should watch the conference, where Gelfand explained why he didn't go for Nfg5.

  • 19 maanden geleden

    Ecurbetneilav628

    @chess25836..You're right!!! It is not fair to criticize those chess candidates..they're top players and very highly rated GMs and must be respected..Just remember that when you are facing a player with the same of your caliber it will give you a lot of pressure during the game...Thank you!!

  • 19 maanden geleden

    Ecurbetneilav628

    The clash between Magnus and Lev in round eight is surely a battle of nerves...Lev is my favourite but anyways, good luck for both of them!!!!

  • 19 maanden geleden

    Skand

    A small seed of self doubt may have been planted in Carlsen's mind after round 7 now. Such niggling doubts can play havoc in the minds of a player in pressure cooker situation - like a batsman playing on turning wicket - go on frontfoot  or backfoot? Or in billiards - how hard to hit to bring the ball back off the cusion for another in-off...

  • 19 maanden geleden

    -Osmium-

    Looking forward to the second half!

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