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!
In other words, it’s all or nothing, and only first place counts.
How are the eight players chosen?
- 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 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?
- 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
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?
2. Nakamura – Aronian
White to play
This position is extremely complex. What should White do now? What is the best continuation for White?
3. Giri – Caruana
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.