Fide Chess Candidates 2013 in London: Chess fans were delighted when two games ended decisive in the second round after four draws in the first round. Ukraine’s Vassily Ivanchuk lost on time a game that was in effect losing any way. Azeri GM Teimour Radjabov played a well-controlled game and was on the winning side despite giving a chance to Ivanchuk for bouncing back. Full report on Chess Blog. Replay the game with Chess King in the extended post.


Radjabov,T (2793) – Ivanchuk,V (2757)

Result: 1-0
Site: London ENG
Date: 2013.03.16
[…] 1.d4 d6 2.¤f3 g6 3.c4 f5 4.¤c3 ¤f6 5.g3 ¥g7 6.¥g2 O-O 7.O-O c6 8.¦b1 ¤e4 9.£c2 ¤xc3 10.bxc3 e5 11.dxe5 dxe5 12.¥a3 ¦f7 13.¦fd1 £e8 14.e4 f4 15.¦d3 fxg3 16.hxg3 ¤a6 17.¤g5 ¦c7 18.¥d6 ¥f6 19.£d2 ¦d7 20.¥h3 ¦g7 21.¥xe5 ¥xe5 22.¦d8 ¥xh3 23.¦xe8+ ¦xe8 24.¤xh3 ¤c5 25.£e3 ¥d6 26.f3 ¤e6 27.¢g2 g5 28.¤f2 h5 29.£xa7 ¥c5 30.£a4 ¦f8 31.¤d3 h4 32.£a5 b6 33.¦xb6 ¥xb6 34.£xb6 hxg3 Nice lines here by Houdini. Ivanchuk lost on time, but it’s lost any way.
35….
(35.£xc6 ¦g6 36.£b7 g4 37.fxg4 ¦xg4 38.£d5 ¦g6 39.¤e5 ¦gf6 40.¢xg3 ¢h8 41.a4 ¦d8 42.£c6 ¦g8+ 43.¤g4 ¦fg6 44.¢f2 ¤f4 45.¤f6 ¢g7 (0:00:39) 34…hxg3)
(35.¢xg3 ¦d7 36.£xc6 ¦xd3 37.£xe6+ ¦f7 38.¢g4 ¦dxf3 39.a4 ¦3f4+ 40.¢xg5 ¢h7 41.£h3+ ¢g8 42.£c8+ ¢h7 43.e5 ¦f2 44.£h3+ ¢g8 45.£e6 ¢h7 46.¢h4 ¦g7 47.£h3 ¢g8 48.£c8+ ¢h7 49.£h3 ¢g8 (0:00:39) 34…hxg3)