And the winner is…

Remember in my previous post when I said that it’s not often the highest rated player in the world loses as White? I may have to retract that statement. Once again, Magnus Carlsen has lost, this time playing White against Peter Svidler. No, this is not an April Fools joke. He must be incredibly disappointed, right? Well, not likely, as he is still the winner of the Candidates tournament, and has earned the right to face Anand in the World Championship later this year. Congrats to MC!

It was an incredible last round, with Carlsen tied with Kramnik (but Carlsen having the better tiebreaks). While Carlsen had White and was facing Svidler, Kramnik had Black – and was facing the Carlsen-killer, Ivanchuk. Ivanchuk once again played an incredible game (the computers didn’t have any complaints with his move choices), and won – a crushing blow to Kramnik, who actually had a chance to steal the tournament from Carlsen.

This was one of the most exciting tournaments in recent memory. While some are complaining about the tiebreak order (first criteria is head-to-head result, second criteria is number of wins, third criteria is Sonnenborn-Berger, where Kramnik actually has the edge), it is hard to argue with the drama and thrilling conclusion.

 

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3 thoughts on “And the winner is…

  1. Ernie

    A great tournament. Very exciting. Well deserved victory for Carlsen who will be a worthy opponent for Vishy Anand. Carlsen will probably be rated the favorite but Anand is tough in match play.

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  2. vassaradmin Post author

    I have to give the edge to Carlsen as well, although you are right – Anand is tough (as expected, from a World Champion). What can be guaranteed is that the match will have a large number of draws; not exactly fun for most spectators, but inevitable at this high level of play, in a many round match format.

    With both sides having a team of GMs running the strongest chess engines, we may see an interesting battle within the battle, as they try to come up with unexpected opening choices to defuse the opponent’s preparation. Could we see a King’s Gambit? Maybe an Alekhine Defense?

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