2013 Candidates, Circular 12

Good Fri - if you're a Russian, maybe, but non if you lot are Magnus Carlsen. The Norwegian runaway prepare ploughed into a stray Chucky railroad vehicle as well as was derailed as well as overtaken yesteryear the Kramnik Express.

Magnus Carlsen: the leader no more.

It was a circular of the most extraordinary ups as well as downs. For the starting fourth dimension hr or so, it looked similar nosotros could endure dorsum to the caginess of circular one, as well as iv draws were on the cards, but gradually, inexorably, the positions loosened up, the players grew tired. Over-ambition as well as outright blunders made a mockery of the predictions as well as expectations of the pundits.

Let's consider the games inward the fellowship inward which they finished.


Cricket comes first, chess second, inward Peter's priorities

Boris Gelfand at the press conference, twirling a grape stalk betwixt his fingers

This game was the shortest as well as to the lowest degree entertaining of the iv but it is beingness judged yesteryear an extremely high criterion of entertainment. It was genuinely rattling practiced value for money, went all the way to the starting fourth dimension time command as well as reflected credit on both players, both of whom showed they yet had some struggle left inward them despite the reduced motivation that mightiness receive got been expected given their middling tournament positions.

The game exited theory on motility ix as well as Boris Gelfand was able to demonstrate a slight border for much of the game, equally Peter Svidler himself admitted. Eventually he managed to neutralise Boris's play as well as a depict was the natural result.

Peter was typically humorous most the portion of the talking he did at the press conference but nosotros tin lav reassure him that Boris didn't heed - he wore a wry smiling during the confession - as well as that Peter's phonation is ever a pop i alongside the listening audience. There was a enquiry most the cricket check tickets he showed me earlier play a few days agone as well as Peter made no bones most admitting that his cricket-spectating would bring a higher priority to his chess-playing during the coming summertime (let's promise for all our sakes that the Sun shines a chip to a greater extent than than it did inward 2012).


Kramnik at the begin of a gruelling but ultimately successful game

Levon Aronian looks to a greater extent than sombre than commons at the begin of circular 12

The finally of the half dozen 2800 versus 2800 games inward the tournament but the starting fourth dimension as well as solely i to halt inward a decisive result. It was an extraordinary game inward many ways, though it took a piece to grab fire. It mightiness receive got ended inward no fourth dimension at all had Levon Aronian accepted what amounted to a depict offering on motility fifteen - a business where a repetition was maybe the strongest business objectively, but the tournament province of affairs rather demanded that he 'go for it'. It was an extremely brave determination equally it meant accepting the worst of the game, but for a piece he seemed he mightiness endure rewarded for his courage as well as nearly gained sufficient compensation for a sacrificed piece.

However, Kramnik consolidated his extra slice as well as it looked equally if he ought to win the endgame. But he played an inaccuracy on motility xxx as well as shortly realised to his horror that Aronian's manly soul monarch as well as pawns were belongings him at bay. At the fourth dimension control, the watching pundits were writing the game off equally a depict equally Aronian unopen inward on the drawing plan. Then calamity - on motility l he played g6 rather than h6. Suddenly every laptop inward the edifice was screaming 0-1 inward Kramnik's favour. Aronian's motility allowed Kramnik's i fateful file nearer his queenside pawns. Observers idea that Aronian solely registered his coming defeat, as well as the halt of his involvement inward starting fourth dimension place, when his opponent played his finally move, 62...Bc6.

H5N1 tragedy for the Armenian, who played so bravely as well as has been such an amazing challenger inward this tournament. Mathematically he's yet non quite  out of the running but it is hard to encounter him making upward the 1½ points leeway alongside solely 2 games left.

Vlad Kramnik was greatly relieved as well as acknowledged his practiced fortune. He's also lucky inward having a residuum solar daytime earlier the finally 2 rounds. He, similar all the players, winners or losers, looked absolutely zonked later on the game. No prizes for guessing what he would endure doing on the Saturday: "first, to rest, because I'm merely finished!" (VK)


Teimour Radjabov tried hard to win but met rigid resistance from Alexander Grischuk

Alexander Grischuk kept Radjabov at bay for the best purpose of vii hours

This was a rattling long as well as complex struggle, alongside a set out of items of interest, but nosotros won't dwell on it equally neither actor was playing for peculiarly high stakes at this phase of the event.


Magnus Carlsen at the begin of his press conference later on losing to Vassily Ivanchuk

The higher upward photograph shows merely how distraught Magnus Carlsen was when he sat downwards at the press conference later on his shattering defeat yesteryear Vassily Ivanchuk inward circular 12. Incidentally, Magnus has a curious habit later on games of ever putting on his outdoor coat earlier walking the rattling brusk distance from the dorsum of the phase via an internal corridor to the press room which is solely a few metres away, as well as and then taking the coat off in i lawsuit to a greater extent than earlier passing it (and his bag) to his managing director for looking later on when he sits downwards to utter to the press. Today he didn't so much overstep the coat equally throw it, as well as he abandoned his purse on the flooring inward obvious high dudgeon. 

Magnus wore the angry scowl on his confront that you lot encounter inward the photograph higher upward inward the moments earlier he was invited to comment. His starting fourth dimension judgement was brimful of annoyance as well as self-loathing: "I recall I played absolutely disgracefully from motility 1." I confess I braced myself for a possible flare-up as well as some Kasparov-style fury (not unknown at chess press conferences: dorsum inward the bad onetime days I receive got witnessed journalists beingness chewed upward as well as their bones spat out yesteryear the man-eating monster from Baku) but the sight of a chessboard had a straight off calming outcome on Carlsen's ruffled feathers. His self-control returned inward the fourth dimension it took press conference chairperson Anastasiya Karlovich to invite him to focus on a seat inward the game. It was remarkable to encounter how chop-chop the tempest passed as well as nosotros were dorsum to the usual, even-tempered, rational Magnus. From thence the press conference was absolutely equally normal, alongside Magnus as well as Chucky dispassionately discussing diverse lines of play. Thankfully no journalists were harmed inward the making of this report. But Magnus didn't hang merely about for long as well as shortly left Chucky to his instant of victory.

Magnus's self-description was a chip hard on himself but non likewise broad of the mark. His selection of opening was fishy as well as he had to struggle to extricate himself from a few difficulties. But yesteryear motility 23, yesteryear both players' admissions, the seat was most equal. Perhaps Carlsen's commons relentless yell for for victory permit him downwards hither as well as he tried likewise hard. By the fourth dimension command he was a chip worse.

Nevertheless, Carlsen fought dorsum into the game as well as mightiness good receive got saved the game had he constitute 71 c6! But thereafter it was pretty straightforward for a actor of Ivanchuk's calibre.

A rejuvenated Ivanchuk at the press conference


An amazing day's chess! The scores later on 12 rounds, alongside 2 to become later on Saturday's residuum day: Kramnik 8, Carlsen 7½, Aronian 6½, Svidler 6, Gelfand, Grischuk 5½, Ivanchuk 5, Radjabov 4.

Kramnik, 8, yet has to play Gelfand (with White) as well as Ivanchuk (with Black)
Carlsen, 7½, has to play Radjabov (with Black) as well as Svidler (with White)
Aronian, 6½, has to play Grischuk (Black) as well as Radjabov (White)

If Carlsen scores one-half a indicate to a greater extent than than Kramnik inward the 2 remaining rounds it is quite in all likelihood that his tie-break score volition endure the ameliorate i (definitely, if Kramnik doesn't lose a game). So it is yesteryear no way over yet. Kramnik is the favourite but non yesteryear much. Even Aronian is non out of the hunt, but he needs the 2 leaders both to endure a total (and improbable) melt-down.

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