2013 Candidates, Circular 8

Yesterday I allowed myself to write off the chances of everyone bar Carlsen as well as Aronian inward my circular vii report, merely I'm at 1 time showtime to wonder whether I mightiness choose been slightly rash. Carlsen as well as Aronian drew a rather bloodless game, merely at that spot were 3 decisive results elsewhere, most noticeably Kramnik winning against immature human being countryman Svidler.

As a lawsuit Kramnik is at 1 time inside 1 dot of the 2 leaders and, amongst the white pieces against Carlsen inward circular nine, has at to the lowest degree some chances of levelling for the Pb past times the cease of tomorrow. Kramnik tin threaten them if he tin amend his win per centum from its electrical flow charge per unit of measurement of 1 win inward viii games. Hmm... I nevertheless don't hollo upward my circular vii prediction was too rash...

Scores after circular eight: 1-2 Aronian, Carlsen 5½/8, 3 Kramnik 4½, 4 Grischuk 4, 5-6 Gelfand, Svidler 3½, 7 Radjabov 3, 8 Ivanchuk 2½.


The much-heralded big clash betwixt the leaders was a damp squib. Perhaps non surprisingly, every bit a decisive lawsuit would choose been a disaster for the loser, merely it is a compassion that they opted for an overly familiar super-GM opening, the Catalan, which almost amounts to a push clitoris offering from the opening. It reached motion 41 merely the press room were shaking their collective heads as well as writing it off every bit a push clitoris good earlier that.

Momentary stare from Magnus Carlsen at Levon Aronian every bit deputy arbiter David Sedgwick starts the clock (taking tending to create as well as therefore from the reverse side of the board from yesterday, thereby avoiding a repetition of circular seven's accidental flim-flam photograph inward which it looked every bit if David was shaking hands amongst Levon Aronian)

Another angle of the Carlsen-Aronian clash, showing Levon's rather elegant left-handed fashion of moving the pieces.


It was a chastened Teimour Radjabov who entered the press conference after a white-pieces defeat against Boris Gelfand merely he took his penalization similar a human being as well as didn't brand excuses. Boris Gelfand was real pleased amongst what he described every bit his 2nd opening grooming success of the tournament (the initiatory off was against Grischuk), starting amongst his project design 13...e5 which imprisoned the g2 bishop as well as laid a seat where he could torture White on the queenside. Boris felt means to a greater extent than comfortable having achieved his opening objective as well as played quicker as well as to a greater extent than confidently than inward other rounds. The juxtaposition of the weak e4 as well as c3 pawns made life real hard for Teimour as well as he succumbed without actually knowing where he had come upward unstuck. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 dispiriting sense for him merely a heartening 1 for the old globe entitle challenger.

Teimour Radjabov as well as Boris Gelfand commonly choose matching gulp flasks merely today Teimour fools Boris past times non bringing his amongst him. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 theoretical novelty?


The pundits choose been maxim for days that Kramnik urgently needed to win a game as well as he finally did, inward the initiatory off game of the 2nd cycle. His victim was immature human being countryman Peter Svidler who, after an above-par start to the tournament, has gone into something of a decline. Peter seemed real upbeat earlier play started as well as fifty-fifty engaged me inward some modest verbalize (about the cricket exam gibe betwixt England as well as New Zealand) inward the centre of the playing hall a infinitesimal or as well as therefore earlier play was due to begin. He is 1 of the few overstep players I've witnessed who likes to relax amongst a quick chat inward the moments leading upward to the start of play, most preferring to focus on the labor inward manus as well as 'get into the zone'. (Incidentally, I fearfulness that Peter volition endure to a greater extent than upset than after his game when he sees what a mess England is making of this cricket gibe this evening.)

Robert Fontaine: "How create yous hollo upward the big game volition go?" Peter Svidler: "I'm expecting Arsenal to trounce Reading... oh, yous mean, Magnus as well as Levon? Sorry..."

Kramnik: "Thank heavens, I've brought my lucky pen. For a terrible minute I idea I had forgotten it..."

Kramnik as well as Svidler instruct downward to business.


Another fourth dimension problem catastrophe for Ivanchuk: inward fact, all 3 of his defeats inward this tournament choose ended amongst the arbiter stepping inward to dot a fourth dimension loss. With iv seconds left for iv moves he accidentally knocked over a pawn inward playing 37...axb4 as well as he paused to laid the human being upward properly earlier playing his move, merely thereby left himself also curt of fourth dimension for his remaining moves. Gentlemanly behaviour, certainly, merely his clock-handling is becoming an embarrassment.

However, fair play to Grischuk who played good plenty to win for the initiatory off fourth dimension inward London. At the press conference (which he attended without his opponent), it gave him the chance to air his at 1 time familiar self-deprecating humour: "Very few people know merely the in conclusion fourth dimension I won a game inward a [classical] globe entitle [qualifier] was nearly half dozen years or 25 games ago...".

Grischuk attended the press conference lone to portion some of commons deadpan humour. It was to a greater extent than than commonly appropriate as, to endure honest, it wasn't a smashing game. Grischuk was in all likelihood winning past times the cease every bit Ivanchuk's fourth dimension push clitoris per unit of measurement area caused him to ruin his game a few moves earlier the fourth dimension control. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 few minutes after Ivanchuk attended a real brief press conference (perhaps bowing to a contractual obligation to create so?) merely he had piffling to tell us. Both players showed signs of beingness tired, which they must for sure endure after viii rounds of unrelenting chess.

Just to instruct inward interesting, Chucky's decided to play blindfold this afternoon against Grischuk.

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