Chess battles of the past between Candidate players


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As competition is fierce in the 2016 Candidates Chess Tournament, today we’ll have a look at some interesting games played between some players in past tournaments.

 

Before that, let us have a little “Trivia Time”! 🙂

 

What’s at stake?

 

The winner of the Candidates is allowed to challenge reigning world champion, Magnus Carlsen!
Magnus CarlsenIn other words, it’s all or nothing, and only first place counts.

 

How are the eight players chosen?

World Chess Candidates 2016

  • Anand – loser of the World Chess Championship 2014 match
  • Karjakin and Svidler – the top two finishers in the Chess World Cup 2015
  • Caruana and Nakamura – the top two finishers in the FIDE Grand Prix 2014-15
  • Topalov and Giri – the top two players with the highest average rating in 2015 who played in the World Cup or Grand Prix
  • Aronian – wild card nomination of organizers (Agon), with FIDE rating in July 2015 of at least 2725

 

The History

 

The first Interzonal/Candidates World Championship cycle began in 1948. Before 1965, the tournament was organized in a round-robin format. From 1965 on, the tournament was played as knock-out matches, spread over several months.

 

Did you know?

Did you know chess facts

  • In 1995-96, the defending FIDE champion, Anatoly Karpov, also entered the Candidates, in the semi-finals, so the winner became FIDE world champion.
  • FIDE discontinued the Candidates Tournament after 1996, though it returned in a different format for the 2007 FIDE World Chess Championship.
  • Karjakin scored his first classical victory over Vishy Anand in this tournament (after defeating Anand in the fourth round).
  • Anand lost India’s no. 1 ranking for the first time in close to three decades after losing to Karjakin in the fourth round. However, Anand regained the Indian no.1 ranking later on.

 

Now let’s see some of these interesting games we spoke of above.

 

1. Aronian – Nakamura

chess candidates

White to play

 

White has a powerful bishop on b3, but its strength is diminished by the pawn on e6. How can White use his advantage in development to obtain a dominant position?

 

Note: solutions to all these puzzles are provided at the end of this article. I recommend you to calculate all possible variations before checking your answer with the actual game.

 

2. Nakamura – Aronian

chess candidates White to play

 

This position is extremely complex. What should White do now? What is the best continuation for White?

 

3. Giri – Caruana

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Black to play

 

White’s pressure on the f6-knight is strong, but Black has a strong continuation. Can you find it?

 

After calculating all possible variations, you can check the complete games here.

 

P.S. Are you following the 2016 Candidates Tournament? What is your favourite game of the tournament so far? Feel free to write in the comments below. 🙂
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  1. Hi Ayush!

    We make both video and text lessons. The videos are ‘easier’ to study, but studying a text lesson lets you think about the content carefully.

    I do have some plans for the upcoming months, that’s for sure. At the same time I’m reluctant to disclose them until I’m confident that I can finalize it till the expected dates. So, let me keep intrigue for some time 🙂

    1. Hi Ayush!

      We make both video and text lessons. The videos are ‘easier’ to study, but studying a text lesson lets you think about the content carefully.

      I do have some plans for the upcoming months, that’s for sure. At the same time I’m reluctant to disclose them until I’m confident that I can finalize it till the expected dates. So, let me keep intrigue for some time 🙂

      1. thanks for this reply igor you are just great.!!!dear igor why do you don’t commentate on big tournaments like other gms do for ex daniel king or simon williams your commentary will make more easy to understand waht is going on.??thanks.if you like my idea please comment.

  2. thanks for this reply igor you are just great.!!!dear igor why do you don’t commentate on big tournaments like other gms do for ex daniel king or simon williams your commentary will make more easy to understand waht is going on.??thanks.if you like my idea please comment.

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