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FIDE Candidates Tournament 2014 (Games and Results)

FIDE Candidates Tournament 2014

Big audience for the opening ceremony of the FIDE Candidates. Photo © Official site.

Big audience for the opening ceremony of the FIDE Candidates. Photo © Official site. | http://candidates2014.fide.com

The FIDE Candidates Tournament takes place in Khanty-Mansiysk March 13th to 31st 2014 (playing days). Former World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand has signed up to try and get his title back. Qualifiers: Vladimir Kramnik, Dmitry Andreikin, Veselin Topalov, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Levon Aronian and Sergey Karjakin with Peter Svidler as the host nominee. Rounds at 3pm local time which is GMT + 6. That's 9am UK time 10am CET and 4am New York time taking some random time zones. Candidates Pairings for the event have already been made. Round 1 Thursday 13th March 9am UK time: Andreikin-Kramnik, Karjakin-Svidler, Mamedyarov-Topalov and Anand-Aronian.

Opening ceremony at 1pm UK time 7pm local time.

Anand confirms his triumph leaving his rivals searching for answers (14)

The final day saw the coronation of Viswanathan Anand as the winner of the Candidates tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk and a surprise second placed finisher in Sergey Karjakin who came right from the basement to almost topple him but still finish in a creditable second place. Anand goes on to play Magnus Carlsen for the title in what is scheduled to be a match in November. For me Anand showed great ring craft throughout, his career has been filled with such pressurised tournaments and he used that experience fully to avoid the melt downs that happened to almost all his rivals. He was only in trouble against Karjakin in round 13 which was a game that started with him being the one with it all to lose, later when defending the pressure also settled on Karjakin who suddenly had chances to win the event himself. Karjakin eventually allowed a forced draw when he thought it was a winning try. If Anand maintains this return to form he should be in better shape than in India to challenge Carlsen. Whether that will be enough is another question.

Anand admitted that he wasn't really in the mood to play having achieved victory but that he didn't want to finish with the bitter taste of defeat in the final round. His opponent Peter Svidler also seemed happy to draw the line under an event which hadn't gone his way. The played a Ruy Lopez Marshall where both players seemed to know it should finish in a draw. "basically the most prevalent feeling right now is a feeling of a huge wasted opportunity because I think I played, at least in the first half, very interesting chess and I had chances in almost every game and I think a lot of what went wrong in this tournament were what you would maybe call unforced errors"... I kept on making strange mistakes in situations where I shouldn't have and because of that a tournament that could have been very interesting from my point of view finished a minor disaster." was Svidler's summation of his tournament.

Vladimir Kramnik finished the event with a short accurate draw against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. Most of the interest was in his confirmation of the story that it was he who finally persuaded Anand to play "We really spoke about it in London and Vishy was unsure by that time. I advised him to participate because I really thought he had a chance and I just told him so.... Also I think he has all chances to win the match against Carlsen. I had similar crises, so I know what was happening inside him."

Veselin Topalov finished the event with a draw against Dmitry Andreikin. Topalov said "It could have been worse but in general I think except Anand and Dmitry I don't think anyone can be very happy with his play. I mean all the others are more or less losers [before Karjakin's win] none of us got even close to threaten Anand in fact that's the whole tournament you know."

The final game of the day saw a clearly dispirited Levon Aronian go down to another loss and finish near the tail-end of the field. He had a good position out of his unusual opening but his heart really wasn't in it and he "missed everything" in time trouble and ended up with a miserable position and was ground down after many hours. His opponent Sergey Karjakin was very pleased with his +3 in the second half and he could have won the event had he converted the day before (although no doubt today's game would have been completely different too). "Yeah I didn't really play well, so." Aronian.

Notes to the final round of play in the PGN section. I will try and catch up with Round 13 next week.

Final Standings: 1st Anand 8.5/14 2nd Karjakin 7.5 3rd Kramnik 7 4th Mamedyarov 7 5th Andreikin 7 6th Aronian 6.5 7th Svidler 6.5 8th Topalov 6

FIDE Candidates Tournament 2014 (14)

Svidler and Anand along with FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov at the start of the final round. Photo ©

Svidler and Anand along with FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov at the start of the final round. Photo © | http://candidates2014.fide.com

FIDE Candidates Tournament 2014 (Khanty-Mansiysk RUS)
Thu 13th Mar 2014 - Mon 31st Mar 2014 - Official Site - Results - Live

FIDE Candidates 2014 (8 players 14 Rds DRR Indiv TC:120:60:15+30spm(61)) - Games in PGN: Games

FIDE Candidates 2014 (8 players 14 Rds DRR Indiv TC: 120:60:15+30spm(61)) - Games in PGN: Games

FIDECandidates 2014 Khanty-Mansiysk RUS Thu 13th Mar 2014 - Mon 31st Mar 2014
Leading Final Round 14 Standings:
RkSNoNameTiFEDRtg12345678PtsTB1TB2TB3
16Anand ViswanathanGMIND2770* *½ ½½ ½1 ½½ ½1 ½½ ½½ 10357.25
22Karjakin SergeyGMRUS2766½ ½* *0 1½ ½½ ½0 1½ 1½ ½0351.75
34Kramnik VladimirGMRUS2787½ ½1 0* *1 ½½ ½½ ½½ 00 17349.25
45Mamedyarov ShakhriyarGMAZE27570 ½½ ½0 ½* *1 ½0 11 ½½ ½72348.00
51Andreikin DmitryGMRUS2709½ ½½ ½½ ½0 ½* *½ 10 ½1 ½7248.50
67Aronian LevonGMARM28300 ½1 0½ ½1 0½ 0* *1 ½½ ½345.00
73Svidler PeterGMRUS2758½ ½½ 0½ 10 ½1 ½0 ½* *1 0½346.00
88Topalov VeselinGMBUL2785½ 0½ ½1 0½ ½0 ½½ ½0 1* *60242.25
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