Candidates Matches 2007


Candidates Matches 2007

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Catalin Ionescu    (2007-05-27)
Candidates Matches 2007

The matches started today. You can see them live at:

The top match of round 1 is Carlsen against Aronian.

Who do you think will qualify for the WC?

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-05-27 19:13:09)
Candidates Matches 2007

I just read the Chessbase news :

I was first surprised to learn that Etienne Bacrot (after Grischuk) turned to poker also...

Levon Aronian (ARM) - Magnus Carlsen (NOR)
Alexei Shirov (ESP) - Michael Adams (GBR)
Ruslan Ponomariov (UKR) - Sergei Rublevsky (RUS)
Alexander Grischuk (RUS) - Vladimir Malakhov (RUS)
Peter Leko (HUN) - Mikhail Gurevich (TUR)
Judith Polgar (HUN) - Evgeny Bareev (RUS)
Boris Gelfand (ISR) - Rustam Kasimjanov (UZB)
Etienne Bacrot (FRA) - Gata Kamsky (USA)

In this round my favourites are : Carlsen, Shirov, Ponomariov, Grischuk, Leko, Polgar, Kasimjanov, Kamsky.

Hard to say who will win this knockout tournament...

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-05-29 21:30:18)
Round 3

Another loss for Etienne Bacrot, score is now 0,5 - 2,5 against Gata Kamsky.. Kamsky was my favourite in this match but not with such a score.

Great game from Carlsen who equalizes against Aronian !

GM Carlsen (2693) - GM Aronian (2759)

1.Nf3 Nf6 2.c4 b6 3.g3 c5 4.Bg2 Bb7 5.0-0 e6 6.Nc3 Be7 7.Re1 d5 8.cxd5 Nxd5 9.d4 Nxc3 10.bxc3 Be4 11.Ne5 Bxg2 12.Kxg2 0-0 13.e4 Qc8 14.Qg4 Bf6 15.Nf3 Kh8 16.h4 Nc6 17.Bg5 cxd4 18.Bxf6 gxf6 19.cxd4 e5 20.Qxc8 Raxc8 21.d5 Na5 22.h5 Nc4 23.Nh4 Nd6 24.h6 Rc3 25.Rac1 Rfc8 26.Rxc3 Rxc3 27.Nf5 Nxf5 28.exf5 Kg8 29.Re4 Kf8 30.Rg4 Rc7 31.Rg7 b5 32.Rxh7 Kg8 33.Rg7+ Kh8 34.d6 Rd7 35.Kf3 b4 36.Ke4 Rxd6 37.Rxf7 Ra6 38.g4 Kg8 39.h7+ Kh8 40.g5 fxg5 41.f6 1-0

To be continued.

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-06-04 17:15:54)
Candidates Finals

Only 4 of my favourites qualified : Kamsky, Leko, Bareev, Grischuk, Shirov, Gelfang, Rublevsky & Aronian won their matches...

New pairings for the Candidates Finals are :

Aronian - Shirov
Leko - Bareev
Rublevsky - Grischuk
Gelfand - Kamsky

Any ideas for the next round ? :)

Marc Lacrosse    (2007-06-04 19:05:48)
Any ideas for the next round ? :)

Aronian (not clear)
Bareev !

Hehe !


Nick Burrows    (2007-06-05 01:53:27)
Round 3

What a wonderful first round of games! I was lucky to watch them all on icc, and managed to pick 6 winners.
Hats off to Magnus Carlsen, what a fearless display of chess. I now believe he will be a long reigning WC in 3 0r 4 years time.
For the next round i will unadventurously choose Aronian/leko/grischuk/gelfand
they should all be tight, id like to see Gata win, but fear his openings will be too weak against Gelfand.
I eagerly anticipate the games!

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-06-05 18:45:25)
Predictions :)

Ok, I take some risks ! :o)

My favourites are Shirov, Leko, Grischuk & .. Kamsky !

I feel these ones may want to reach the final match 'simply' more, for some different reasons.. (Shirov had a match to play against Kramnik in the past, Leko for a revenge, Grischuk for the challenge and Kamsky because he's the K who was not :))

Graham Cridland    (2007-06-06 21:22:22)
Next Round Winners

Aronian Leko Gelfand Grischuk You heard it here first. Aronian, Leko, and Grischuk just outclass their opponents, and Gelfand is currently much better prepared than Kamsky.

Thibault de Vassal    (2007-06-24 19:29:09)
FIDE world championship cycle

An interesting article about the new FIDE world championship cycle in Chessbase news :