2013 Candidates: Roughly Stats...

One affair non featured on my spider web log yet is a total crosstable of results. Here is the tabular array from the official site (which I idea was excellent, past times the way)...

Carlsen qualified on pose out of wins - 5 to Kramnik's 4

Crosstables frequently country a misleading story, of course. When nosotros await dorsum at the inwards a higher house crosstable inwards the time to come in addition to encounter one-half a signal separating the outset iv players, nosotros may forget that in that place was a 1½ points gap betwixt the outset 2 names in addition to the adjacent 2 earlier the finally round, in addition to that Peter Svidler was never actually inwards the running for outset but had a belatedly rally.

Now let's convey a await at crosstables of the 2 divide cycles of the event...

Two real different tables! The primary divergence betwixt them is that the players would convey been real much to a greater extent than tired when they played the mo cycle. Or you lot would convey idea in addition to therefore - in addition to yet it was the relative youngsters Aronian in addition to Carlsen who did best inwards the outset cycle, with the older players doing real much ameliorate inwards the mo cycle. Perhaps the tension in addition to delineate per unit of measurement area was to a greater extent than of import than physical fitness, in addition to the onetime guys proved to last made of sterner stuff?

Kramnik's resurgence inwards the mo one-half was the most noticeable, of course, but Svidler in addition to Gelfand did pretty good too. I suppose you lot could debate that Carlsen wouldn't convey gone out on a limb inwards his finally game had the tournament province of affairs non demanded it, in addition to therefore he mightiness convey finished articulation mo with Svidler in addition to Gelfand inwards the mo half; but Kramnik would convey been unlikely to convey lost against Ivanchuk, in addition to therefore he would convey made either 5½ or half dozen - a remarkable score against such a field.


The outset bicycle featured 8 decisive games out of 28, with Carlsen in addition to Aronian winning 3 each, in addition to Radjabov in addition to Svidler winning 1 each. The mo cycle, with the tension growing, was much to a greater extent than bloodthirsty, with 17 decisive games inwards total, in addition to all of the players bar the fading Radjabov getting at to the lowest degree i win on the scoreboard.

That makes 25 decisive games out of a total of 56 played inwards London = 44%. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 real high proportion for a super-GM event: let's compare it with Linares 2009, which was also an eight-player double-cycle a.p.a. in addition to featured 5 of the same players equally played at London 2013 - it saw only fifteen decisive games.

R.I.P. Match-Based Candidates Format: Dead in addition to Buried...

Of course, the principal prize inwards London - a prestigious (and hopefully highly lucrative) gibe for the basis entitle - provided the extra motivation. But such motivation has non ever atomic number 82 to to a greater extent than decisive games inwards Candidates' competitions. We exclusively convey to sort our minds dorsum 2 years to the Candidates' matches played inwards Kazan inwards 2011, which produced a miserly 3 decisive classical games out of xxx played! That was in all likelihood the give-up the ghost knell for a match-based Candidates qualifier, sure as shooting for the foreseeable future, in addition to the 25 decisive games played inwards the tournament-based London Candidates volition convey driven the finally nail into the coffin.

... But Bring Back the Interzonal!

So I gauge that is it for the foreseeable time to come - a Candidates' tournament followed past times a gibe for the basis title. I'm happy with that. Gradually, inexorably, the tried in addition to trusted ways of organising a basis entitle convey come upward dorsum into fashion, in addition to the madhouse of Ilyumzhinov knock-out tournaments consigned to the dustbin of history where it belongs.

You convey to become dorsum to Curaçao 1962 to notice a precedent for a proper Candidates' tournament similar the i nosotros convey only witnessed inwards London. Candidates' matches, equally played from 1965 onwards, weren't a bad project design inwards the days when FIDE was capable of running them properly, getting sponsorship in addition to setting a respectable duration for them, but they eventually cruel into disrepute in addition to became unworkable.

With that inwards mind, possibly it is fourth dimension to mean value most euthanasia for the FIDE Grand Prix in addition to World Cup system. These events convey also proved to last unworkable (as good equally eminently forgettable), with the federation's resources in addition to express competence beingness stretched to the trammel trying to organise a motley collection of events all over the basis (though past times default they commonly halt upward inwards Kirsan's backyard - Khanty-Mansiysk, Elista, etc).

We nevertheless convey Zonal qualifiers, equally of onetime - in addition to therefore why non convey i big interzonal of 24 players, equally inwards the practiced onetime days. I suppose the objection to that volition last that FIDE can't piece of job it equally a cash cow, with weak players from obscure corners of the globe having their take away a opportunity to larn smashed past times super-GMs inwards circular i of roughly other Siberian extravaganza. Well, I gauge a pair of them could last squeezed inwards with the genuine contenders inwards a 24-player event.

It would convey the payoff that only i big tournament would demand to last funded in addition to organised - but it would convey much greater prestige in addition to prominence than the existing system. It could last a cracker of a sporting event, only similar London 2013, in addition to render a take away a opportunity for a histrion to brand a cite for himself, similar the guy who won the finally of the 24-player interzonals inwards 1970: Bobby Fischer. Preceding him, Larsen, Smyslov, Spassky, Tal, Kotov... (Bronstein, Tal in addition to Fischer won 2 of these mega-events). Surely an aspirant super-GM would give his oculus teeth only to larn on an honours board with those guys. Do it, FIDE!

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