In a tense 12th round at the 2014 FIDE Candidates’ Tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk Vishy Anand drew his game with Dmitry Andreikin, but could have won. In the only decisive game of the round, Veselin Topalov defeated Peter Svidler and so Anand is still a point ahead of Levon Aronian. Sergey Karjakin and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov have half a point less.
GM Erwin l’Ami began with six consecutive wins in Saturday’s Death Match 22, en route to a convincing 17.5-7.5 win over fellow Dutchman GM Jan Smeets. l’Ami won all three time controls as Smeets scored the lowest number of points in Death Match history.
l’Ami won $ 750 while Smeets took home $ 250.
Both players admitted to being apprehensive about the opening 5+1 segment. “The scary part is the five minute plus one (second),” l’Ami said. “I don’t have any experience with it. It seems kind of long.”
In the 8th round of the 2014 FIDE Candidates’ Tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk tournament leaders Levon Aronian and Vishy Anand drew quickly. In the only decisive game of the round, Sergey Karjakin won his first, against Peter Svidler.
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Viswanathan Anand can enjoy another rest day as the tournament leader in Khanty-Mansiysk. In the sixth round of the 2014 FIDE Candidates’ Tournament he drew with Sergey Karjakin in a Berlin Ending, and saw his main rival Levon Aronian fail to convert a winning ending against Dmitry Andreikin. Veselin Topalov defeated Vladimir Kramnik in their first classical game since January 2008.
Going into the first rest day, Vishy Anand is back to being the sole leader at the 2014 FIDE Candidates’ Tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk. The Indian grandmaster defeated Shakhriyar Mamedyarov with the black pieces in round 3, countering strongly against over-aggressive play from the Azerbaijani. Andreikin-Karjakin, Topalov-Aronian and Svidler-Kramnik ended in draws with especially the latter seeing some amazing tactics. MORE LATER
Former World Champion Viswanathan Anand went off to a good start at the Candidates’ Tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk. At 44 the oldest player in the field, he defeated top seed Levon Aronian in the first round from a Ruy Lopez, trapping his opponent’s knight. The other three games ended in draws.
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Magnus Carlsen won his first tournament as World Champion on Monday. [Update: well, not yet, actually. But as tomorrow’s rapid games will only count half as much as the classical games, he is very close.] The Norwegian played a relatively quick draw with Vishy Anand and finished sole first at the Zurich Chess Challenge as Levon Aronian suffered his first defeat at the hands of Fabiano Caruana. Hikaru Nakamura and Boris Gelfand ended their tournament with a draw.
Magnus Carlsen survived what should have been a deadly attack and even defeated Hikaru Nakamura in the third round of the Zurich Chess Challenge on Saturday. The World Champion grabbed the lead in the tournament as both other games ended in a draw. More later.