2013 Candidates, Circular 13

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London 2013 volition move downwards inwards chess history. That much nosotros know already. It has been the most astonishing tournament. OK, circular ane was a serenity start, but since so it has pulsated alongside activeness all the way.

Just ane circular to move forthwith in addition to the scores are Carlsen, Kramnik 8½/13, Aronian, Svidler 7, Gelfand, Grischuk 6, Ivanchuk 5, Radjabov 4. Only the top ii tin ship away forthwith win the tournament, but inwards the trial of a tie,  we already know that Carlsen is meliorate on tie-break in addition to qualifies for a entitle check alongside Vishy Anand.

EVERYONE'S Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 WINNER


This has been the tournament which simply goes on giving. It tin ship away solely convey solely winner inwards damage of who goes through to the globe entitle lastly check - nosotros won't know who that is until the destination of the lastly circular - but inwards truth it has produced a long listing of winners...

WINNER NO.1 - classical chess - inwards the past times in addition to at the showtime of the tournament some gloom in addition to doom merchants convey been predicting the decease of the longplay cast of the game. Seems laughable now, doesn't it?

WINNER NO.2 - the format -  Bobby Fischer didn't intend much of an all-play-all format for the Candidates' competition, in addition to at that spot was a switch to check play for many decades, but the a.p.a. format worked a process here. Maybe nosotros could quibble virtually the merits of a play-off for foremost inwards the trial of a necktie (and Vlad Kramnik volition count himself real unlucky if his globe entitle challenge founders on something trivial similar seat out of wins), but that is the solely drawback. And I intend nosotros should express mirth off whatever daft ideas of collusion for or against whatever players. OK, Chucky plays similar a genius ane solar daytime in addition to a buffoon the next, but he's non doing it on role to mess upwards whatever specific player's chances. His encephalon is every bit good randomly wired for whatever Machiavellian mullarkey of that ilk.

WINNER NO.3 - the audience. I haven't come upwards across whatever chess fan or journalist who hasn't been thrilled past times this tournament.

WINNER NO.4 - the organisers in addition to officials. There were murmurings at the start but everything seems to convey come upwards good.

WINNER NO.5 - proficient ol' London town. Tournament chess had its nascency inwards the English linguistic communication upper-case missive of the alphabet in addition to it is yet an ideal venue for elite chess. Last yr the 2012 Olympics were a triumph in addition to this year, despite the absence of abode players, this tournament has already gone downwards inwards history every bit ane of the all-time greats. Something for the state to live proud of, although most of them volition live unaware of it, of class (their loss).

WINNER NO.6 - the players, collectively. Though some convey scored to a greater extent than points than others, they've all contributed immensely to the success of the trial alongside some fighting chess in addition to entertaining comments at press conferences. You'd live difficult seat to notice such a sporting, good-humoured, courteous plain of sports people.

OK, that's effusion overdrive for now, but I felt the demand to capture the elation of the moment. Everybody I've communicated alongside this even out at the venue has been knocked out past times the excitement of yet some other non bad circular of chess. Round 12 was amazing, but Round thirteen delivered some to a greater extent than amazing twists.

Below, photos of the ii guys left standing inwards the race for the globe entitle spot. At the showtime of the day, Vlad was the potent favourite according to most pundits, but past times the destination of a long, gruelling day's chess, he had been replaced every bit favourite (albeit non quite so strong) past times Magnus.

After polishing his spectacles (as always), Vladimir Kramnik sits calmly at the board at the showtime of his 13th circular game alongside Gelfand. You tin ship away bet he is a pocketbook of nerves inside, though.

KRAMNIK - GELFAND

Kramnik was one-half a betoken clear of Carlsen at the start of the penultimate round, alongside the white pieces against Boris Gelfand. But the Israeli is non so easily beaten. Indeed, if Vlad fails to secure first, he may await dorsum in addition to compare his results against Boris (two draws) alongside those of Magnus (two wins) in addition to run into them every bit the departure betwixt qualifying in addition to beingness left out inwards the cold.

Vlad Kramnik came upwards alongside a novel, though slightly ungainly, conception for this vital game, in addition to it elicited smiles from the other players at the start. But Boris Gelfand was impressed in addition to complimented the one-time globe champion on having produced to a greater extent than novel opening ideas than the residual of the players seat together. (High praise indeed from mortal so dedicated to opening preparation.)

Kramnik volition likely await dorsum at this every bit ane that got away. No cast-iron wins were missed but he had several meliorate continuations establish past times computers. Gelfand's defensive play was characteristically tough in addition to resourceful. Though downed twice past times Carlsen, he comes away from the tournament alongside his reputation intact in addition to popularity undimmed. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 non bad role model for aspirant chessplayers.




RADJABOV - CARLSEN


Sitting downwards to endeavor in addition to win games alongside Black could live seen every bit unrealistic at this score of play but at that spot seems petty uncertainty that this is what Carlsen does. He doesn't arrive at it inwards whatever overtly aggressive way, of course, but tries to overcome the opposition past times stealth. No description of this game tin ship away instruct to pump of the 'long-drawn-outness' of its seven-hour length.

One of the best ways to relish a Carlsen game is to imagine y'all are his opponent. Then it becomes similar a form of delicious, creeping horror, similar an Edgar Allan Poe story. For hours y'all intend y'all convey all the doors in addition to windows closed, in addition to struggle to run into past times what road the 'red death' volition instruct inwards the metropolis - in addition to so all of a abrupt it is all approximately you. I intend it was approximately half dozen hours inwards when the press room's collective persuasion switched from 'even Magnus can't win this' to 'Radjabov is a dead human being walking'.

All inwards all at that spot 7 hours of attritional chess, followed past times a 15-second standing ovation from a deeply-impressed audience. To give y'all an thought (if y'all were unfortunate plenty non to convey followed it inwards existent time), Kramnik in addition to Gelfand also fought a long in addition to arduous game but the decisive stage of Radjabov-Carlsen had barely started when the Kramnik-Gelfand post-game press conference finished. Kramnik pooped dorsum into the room, scanned the game chop-chop in addition to went off, likely inwards the perfectly reasonable promise that Carlsen would accomplish no to a greater extent than than a describe in addition to therefore yet live trailing him inwards circular 14.

It's fourth dimension everybody stopped beingness surprised past times Carlsen's relentless, never-say-draw modus operandi since he pulls off these miracles fourth dimension in addition to fourth dimension again. Of course, he needs assistance from his opponent but fifty-fifty the hardiest super-GM can't seem to milkshake off the feel of creeping decease which comes over the game from virtually the 5th hr onwards.



Magnus Carlsen opts for his favourite sulky teenager await at the start of his game alongside Radjabov.

At the destination of the game Carlsen's arrival inwards the press room was a huge contrast to that of Good Fri when Ivanchuk crucified him. He entered the room, rushed upwards to his director Espen Agdestein in addition to high-fived him inwards elation. Cool in addition to calm is the mask he likes to present us most of the fourth dimension but Carlsen is clearly passionate inwards his yell for for the globe entitle (though he has many times feigned otherwise). Truly, nosotros convey seen the resurrection. But Easter Mon is yet to come, of course.

He may live inwards lastly house but nobody tin ship away musical rhythm out Teimour Radjabov for the neatness of his pieces on their squares. Teimour fought a long battle alongside Magnus Carlsen in addition to seemed to live within compass of a describe for much of its course.





GRISCHUK - ARONIAN


After his tragic loss to Kramnik inwards circular 12, Levon Aronian's involvement inwards the tournament was resided to a greater extent than inwards the value of tertiary prize rather than whatever forlorn promise of a melt-down past times the top two. He had a closely-fought game alongside Grischuk, where the Russian stood meliorate for some time, but it ended naturally inwards a draw.

Levon Aronian had to promise that the ii players ahead of him both had a major melt-down. It didn't plough over off so he must slug it out alongside Peter Svidler for tertiary prize.

Alexander Grischuk looks relaxed (but so he e'er does). He in addition to Levon Aronian drew.




SVIDLER - IVANCHUK

Nothing much was riding on this game but it was difficult fought in addition to entertained the crowd. Once again, much involvement centred on which Chucky turned up. Would it live Chucky The Carlsen Killer? No, it wouldn't... it turned out to live Chucky The Unready (to brand all his moves within the allotted time). Peter Svidler, on his ain at the press conference, commented on Ivanchuk's eccentric deportment inwards turning away from the board when he was already inwards desperate fourth dimension shortage in addition to so spending precious seconds figuring out in addition to recording the motion Peter had played during his solar daytime dream.

Five losses, all on time, but credit to Svidler, he gave him a real difficult fourth dimension in addition to it was the logical effect of a well-played game. There was

Peter Svidler in addition to Vassily Ivanchuk convey both done Vlad Kramnik a big favour (by beating Levon Aronian in addition to Magnus Carlsen respectively). They  faced each other. inwards circular thirteen in addition to Chucky had some other off-day, losing his fifth(!) game on time.








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