2013 Candidates, Circular 14

One of the greatest chess tournaments ever staged ended on 1 Apr - in addition to I am missing it already. This is my lastly weblog specifically addressing a circular of the tournament but I volition live returning to the dependent area of the FIDE Candidates' Tournament, London 2013, for a farther few to a greater extent than observations yet, partly because in that place is to a greater extent than to live said, but partly because I can't deportment to permit it recede into history. It was alongside a heavy pump that I walked out of the venue for the lastly time, wishing that it had been a four-cycle tournament similar the Candidates of onetime (though, if it had been 28 rounds, I seem that the players would receive got been going abode inward ambulances at the end).

Anyway, let's stick to the events of the lastly circular for now. It couldn't receive got been prepare better, alongside Magnus in addition to Vlad tied on 8½ points, in addition to Vlad needing to amend Magnus's grade on the concluding 24-hour interval to qualify for a rematch alongside Anand, piece for Magnus it was plenty to equal Vlad's lastly circular performance to qualify.

Vlad had the additional handicap of the dark pieces, piece Magnus had white. Magnus's opponent was Peter Svidler, whom he had already defeated alongside Black, but definitely non a soft deportment upon equally Peter's cast seemed to acquire amend equally the tournament reached its conclusion. Vlad, meanwhile, had to play the joker inward the tournament's pack - Vassily 'Chucky' Ivanchuk - whose cast had swung wildly betwixt technical excellence in addition to clownish clock-handling incompetence. One of the tournament's established clichés had locomote 'which side of the bed would Vassily acquire out?'. The Chucky component made it impossible to gauge what would tumble out side past times side thus virtually pundits were wise non fifty-fifty to try. It was likewise around call.

Magnus Carlsen: lost the battle, won the war


The lastly circular conformed to the movie-script-like progression nosotros had come upwardly to expect. Normally super-GMs pride themselves on their single-mindedness but it became inevitable that Magnus in addition to Vlad would continue a closed optic on each other's games. Vlad did this mainly via the big demo enshroud at the dorsum of the stage, equally per normal (scores of photos of the players demonstrate them doing this throughout the event), but Magnus regularly got upwardly from his topographic point in addition to watched the Ivanchuk-Kramnik game inward mortal (there were reports of eyeball-to-eyeball looks betwixt the ii contenders during these moments); in all probability Magnus wanted to receive got inward Chucky's trunk linguistic communication which is sometimes a telephone commutation to what to seem inward his games (though it is doubtful whether it is whatsoever to a greater extent than reliable an indicator than trying to gauge his moves).

FINAL SCORES: 1-2 Carlsen, Kramnik 8½/14, 3-4 Svidler, Aronian 8, 5-6 Gelfand, Grischuk 6½, 7 Ivanchuk 6, 8 Radjabov 4.

Link to the official lastly circular study in addition to press conference videos


Carlsen v Svidler: the Norwegian looks weary equally he starts the game

If Magnus could win his game, of course, he wouldn't receive got to bother looking over his shoulder. That must receive got been his principal focus inward his game alongside Svidler. But, equally inward circular 12 against Ivanchuk, he overdid it at a crucial stage.

The opening was a restrained Lopez, alongside Magnus expected to continue it ticking over until the fourth dimension control, when he would presumably produce the the green Torquemada endgame stuff. But non a chip of it: he went inward for a dubious middlegame escapade alongside his ii knights in addition to a bishop inward an endeavour to shell upwardly Svidler's king. It smacked of naïvety in addition to impatience - quite the contrary of the traits which Carlsen is famous for. Svidler, inward expert cast in addition to feeling secure (having made certain of at to the lowest degree a 50% grade the 24-hour interval before), was able to exploit these unaccustomed chinks inward his opponent's armour all likewise easily. His 26...Bf3! must receive got come upwardly equally a hammer blow to the Norwegian chances, in addition to and then 31...Nf4 to a greater extent than or less pose pay to Carlsen's hopes of saving fifty-fifty a one-half point.

More unusual nonetheless was Carlsen's fourth dimension pressure. This was the tangible upshot of his spending fourth dimension watching the other game, in addition to wanting to run into what happened in that place before committing himself on his ain board. What he would receive got seen in that place was Ivanchuk gradually getting a expert game, but also running downwards his clock inward alarming fashion, equally usual. Ironically, though, Carlsen's ain fourth dimension became fifty-fifty to a greater extent than critical in addition to he had exclusively seconds left for his concluding one-half dozen moves, at 1 cry for knocking pieces over inward his panic. Truly, Magnus showed his human side inward this game, equally good equally his naked ambition to accomplish a solid soil entitle tally (something he has oft played downwards inward interviews).

A relatively relaxed, tension-free Peter Svidler nearly ended the Carlsen dream

This game ended inward the 5th hr of play when Carlsen couldn't reasonably play on whatsoever longer. But equally he left the board for the press conference he would receive got glanced at the Ivanchuk-Kramnik topographic point in addition to seen that the Ukrainian was around booking Carlsen's ticket for the Anand match. Magnus must receive got known in addition to then he was going to live a competition - though he had had to rely on the kindness of strangers...

"Am I gonna live a contender?" thinks Magnus equally he emerges from losing his game to Peter Svidler (visible left - that's Carlsen's director Espen Agdestein on the right) when he was nonetheless 'relying on the kindness of a stranger' (Ivanchuk) to pose him into a solid soil entitle tally alongside Anand. The eyes betray a sense of bewilderment, though he was nonetheless able to heighten a smiling at a quip from Peter Svidler a few moments later. This gave way to elation when the tidings of Kramnik's defeat emerged some minutes later.


Two expressions of Vlad at the 13th circular press conference

Bad tidings for Vlad: Chucky mightiness exclusively receive got been preparing for the Russian League but he took the lastly circular really seriously - in addition to avoided losing on time.

Vlad was inward to a greater extent than or less the same quandary equally Magnus when he sat downwards to play his lastly game. He decided to alter his opening to reverberate the circumstances - produce or croak - in addition to played the Pirc Defence (in this illustration 1 d4 d6). Not just a Cinderella opening, but definitely something to a greater extent than provocative in addition to risky, which would ensure that Chucky would come upwardly out in addition to fight. He had no way of knowing that Magnus was going to blow his lastly game, otherwise he could receive got relied on his green venture dark repertoire. As the human himself pose it simply: "I had to play for a win because I didn't cry back Magnus was going to lose." Of course, past times the same token, had Magnus seen the green Kramnik repertoire deployed, he mightiness receive got been much less inclined to play his risky middlegame knights escapade. So the Pirc was played equally much to provoke Magnus equally it was Chucky. To that extent it worked pretty well. But, equally inward the onetime joke, "the functioning was successful but the patient died."

A resigned, reflective Kramnik at the press conference after the concluding game.


Levon Aronian's tournament was effectively over but he finished alongside a pleasant mating attack

Teimour Radjabov: good-humoured to the end, but the nightmare is finally over

Levon Aronian in addition to Teimour Radjabov had picayune to play for inward the lastly circular but pose on a expert demonstrate for anyone who was nonetheless watching them. Actually, Aronian did receive got something to play - a portion of the 3rd prize alongside Peter Svidler - but that was non what he had inward remove heed a few rounds earlier. Teimour Radjabov mightiness receive got hoped to avoid a mind-boggling 7th defeat inward full but he did non succeed in addition to found himself cutting adrift inward lastly house past times ii whole points. Both players volition receive got amend tournaments in addition to nobody should write off their hereafter solid soil entitle chances. They were a credit to the playing hall in addition to the press room.


This game featured my personal minute of the 24-hour interval - Boris Gelfand maxim 'hello, John' on his way to the board. At pump I'm just a chess fan in addition to existence recognised past times 1 of the greats of the game is equally expert equally it gets for me. Boris in addition to Sacha started the 24-hour interval on the same grade but decided non to duke it out likewise violently for the glory of the 5th prize. Actually, if yous seem at the game closely, you'll detect it was quite good contested but of course of educational activity everyone's attending (including mine) was elsewhere. I produce promise nosotros run into these ii guys inward London in 1 lawsuit again soon. You'll receive got figured out a long fourth dimension agone that I'm a huge fan of Boris inward item - he tin give the sack produce no incorrect for me, either personally (he's a charming man) in addition to equally a representative of the legendary Soviet schoolhouse of chess (which remains the solid soil of the modern professional person game). But I was also really taken alongside Sacha in addition to his dark humour, delivered inward that heavy, mournful accent of his.

We had a lastly helping of that at the press conference, where he bemoaned the fact that whatever he tried, in addition to whatever mistakes he made, it e'er seemed to atomic number 82 to a draw. Is he the Jack Dee of chess? If ever in that place were a chess radio programme called I'm Sorry, I'll Play That Again, he would receive got to live the compère.

Boris Gelfand: please, please, please, come upwardly dorsum to London shortly (says John Saunders, self-appointed president of the Boris Gelfand Fan Club)

Alexander Grischuk: the Jack Dee of chess? I tin give the sack just imagine him delivering a work similar "Samantha tells me she's been learning some chess theory alongside an elderly grandmaster. She says she's got the hang of how to fianchetto a bishop directly in addition to side past times side calendar week he'll live showing her how to fit it into her opening." 

Boris Gelfand: "My play was really erratic. You receive got to play ambitiously inward this tournament." Alexander Grischuk: "I won 1 game but this on time!"

N.B. Check dorsum at my weblog soon! I haven't finished on the dependent area of London 2013 past times whatsoever means.

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