24 April 2013

London Candidates - The Players

I added the eight players who participated in the 2013 Candidates Event to the Index of players who have participated in any World Championship event since the beginning of recorded time. While I was there, I restructured the index to make it a bit more friendly.

17 April 2013

Six Months Before Anand - Carlsen

Now that the 2013 Candidates Event, played in London, is behind us, we can look forward to the Anand - Carlsen title match in November. The FIDE Calendar 2013 currently says '6-Nov-2013 : 26-Nov-2013', but this is undoubtedly subject to change.

The Rules & Regulations for the match mention both Anand and Carlsen, so they were published after the end of the Candidates tournament. We are looking at a 12 game match with tiebreak. According to a post I wrote three years ago, Intermediate Scores as a Match Predictor, 12 is a sufficient number of games. What happens if either Anand or Carlsen can't play?

3.6.2 If a player refuses to participate in the World Championship Match, he will be replaced as follows: The runner up finalist of FWCM 2012 GM Boris Gelfand replaces the World champion Vishy Anand and the runner up of the Candidates Tournament 2013 Vladimir Kramnik replaces the challenger Magnus Carlsen. In case any or both players refuse to participate when invited, or for any further replacements needed, the rating list of January 2013 will be used to determine their replacements.

The Chessgames.com links I created for the Candidates event, 2013 London CT Player Records, proved particularly useful. Here's the same for the title match: Classical games: Viswanathan Anand beat Magnus Carlsen 6 to 2, with 19 draws. Those 27 games are from a total of 58 played between the two opponents. How does that compare to my own PGN file on Carlsen's Tournament, Match, and Exhibition Record? I downloaded the file, extracted the Anand - Carlsen games, and also came up with 58. Here are some SCID stats for the first moves used.

Judging by comments in various places, Carlsen is the favorite going into the match. He was also the favorite going into the Candidates tournament, but emerged the victor thanks to a controversial tiebreak system. Given that he has little match experience, I expect the upcoming title match will be close.

10 April 2013

London Candidates - Wrapup

Important World Championship events always give me tons of material for my blogs. Here are posts for the recent London candidates event, starting with the blog you are now reading.

Posts from my main blog, Chess for All Ages, are usually lighter.

I even found inspiration for a post on my chess960 blog.

For a similar post on last year's title match, see Anand - Gelfand Wrapup.


(*) Includes links to Chessbase & Chessvibes reports for all rounds.

03 April 2013

London Candidates - Final Week

I added the crosstable and PGN file to my page on the 2013 Candidates Event. I also included a description of the tie-break systems which played a key role in determining the winner.

A few years ago I added Cumulative Scores to my pages on the earliest Candidates tournaments. Here is the same for the 2013 London event.

For a round by round account of the tournament, see my previous post, London Candidates - Second Week.