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Levon Aronian Wins Alekhine Memorial

  • SonofPearl
  • on 01-05-13 11:23.

phpXbnlOg.jpegThere was a final twist in the tale as the destiny of the Alekhine Memorial tournament was decided on the final day.

Lev Aronian defeated former leader Maxime Vachier-Lagrave to catch Boris Gelfand in the standings on 5½/9 points.

The tie-break fell in favour of the Armenian grandmaster thanks to his three wins compared to Gelfand's two.

The only other decisive result of the final round was a fine win for Vladimir Kramnik against Michael Adams. The game was notable for a curious incident when Adams wrongly claimed a draw by 3-fold repetition.

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The final standings of the 2013 Alekhine Memorial

# Name Fed Elo Pts
1 Levon Aronian ARM 2809
2 Boris Gelfand ISR 2739
3 Vishy Anand IND 2783 5
4 Nikita Vitiugov  RUS 2712
5 Laurent Fressinet FRA 2706
6 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2801
7 Michael Adams ENG 2727
8 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2722
9 Ding Liren CHN 2707
10 Peter Svidler RUS 2747 3

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The tournament winner, Levon Aronian

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Lev Aronian's tournament victory consolidates his status as the #2 ranked player in the world behind Magnus Carlsen. World #3 Vladimir Kramnik had a strange tournament, winning in the first and last round, but losing twice in-between - including a loss to Aronian in round two.

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Vishy Anand had an unremarkable tournament, but still managed to finish in third place.

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The tournament was a 10-player single round robin competition, with the first half held in the Louvre in Paris and the second half in the Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg.

The time control was 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for the next 20 moves, then 15 minutes to a finish with a 30 second increment from the start.  The prize fund was €100,000 with €30,000 for first place.

The official site is here, with game analysis here, and archived video commentary here.

Games via TWIC. Screenshot from the official website coverage.

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  • 19 maanden geleden

    rorschach1985

    Nice tournament by Gelfand.

  • 19 maanden geleden

    restinpeace

    great tourney. close results!!!

  • 19 maanden geleden

    Twobit

    Congrats to Aronian.

  • 19 maanden geleden

    narek_sargsyan

    Lev is in great form again. Hope , he'll keep it up!

  • 19 maanden geleden

    satlen99

    anand vs carlsen going to be a great match

  • 19 maanden geleden

    _valentin_

    Kramnik created an endgame masterpiece in this final round -- a good way to end on a high note.

    Moving virtually on the brink of draw several times, but always finding more resources to explore until things clicked just enough.  If one doesn't know who played this game, the black side could be attributed to other well known endgame masters over the generations -- Capablanca, or Karpov, or more recently Carlsen.

    Congratulations to Gelfand who ended the tournament as the only person standing undefeated.  Aronian won because of the two he had lost more games (or as the rule is more commonly known, won more games).  Funny rules...  Not to take away from Aronian's great showing though!

    Finally, if Vitiugov (second lowest rated player) had won his last-round game -- in which he had a winning advantage for a dozen moves -- he would have placed third, ahead of Anand.

  • 19 maanden geleden

    GregCachin

    we will have a new WCC in the name of Magnus from Norway..

  • 19 maanden geleden

    MindWalk

    I always wanted to pronounce it "vis-WAH-na-THAN" until I read that it was pronounced the other way--"VIS-wa-NA-than."

    More recently, I think I heard it pronounced "VISH-wa-NA-than." Given the shortened form "Vishy," that would make sense.

  • 19 maanden geleden

    LaskerFan

    Vishwa - world

    Nath/natha/nathan = lord

    Viswanathan = lord of the world (another name of God)

    Anand = joy

    Vishy is the nickname given as most cannot spell or pronounce his big and tongue-twister name.

  • 19 maanden geleden

    MindWalk

    "Viswanathan." I gather he is frequently called "Vishy."

  • 19 maanden geleden

    CP6033

    Peter Svidler had an amazing tournament in the candidates he didn't do so well though. Congrats to Anarion

  • 19 maanden geleden

    aravot

    Levon was empowered by the paintings of Aivazovskii ( a famous Armenian painter) before the ninth tour. Coincidently the painting is called : Девятый вал / the ninth wave. I am very glad for the happy ending and I am totally biased. 

  • 19 maanden geleden

    FakeName6

    Have too much trouble typing Vishtawan, or however it is spelled. Does he like being called Vishy?

  • 19 maanden geleden

    Arkarian

    Shame about Adams but he had a strong tournament and has been playing some good chess all round lately so I'm pleased to see him doing well!
    Congratulations to Aronian, consistent and strong chess as per usual.
    Svidler? He must be yet to recover after the Candidates, as with Kramnik. Hopefully they find their form again soon. 

  • 19 maanden geleden

    albatrosses

    Anand is ready to be dethroned.

  • 19 maanden geleden

    keithjoshua777

    It's nice to see Levon Aronian back to his form again. Kudos to your victory, Lev.

  • 19 maanden geleden

    kinimaru

    bravo

  • 19 maanden geleden

    attack_10

    Anand vs Gelfand, seems like they only wanted to reach 40 move limit. Excellent game by Kramnik.

  • 19 maanden geleden

    urartusos

    ARONIAN!!!

  • 19 maanden geleden

    sixtyfoursquares

    Congrats to Aronian!

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