World Candidates 2014-1: The Tiger Pounces!

Round #1
Thursday, 13 March 2014

2014 World Championship Candidates
March 11th-April 1st, 2014 (Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia)
Round #1
1.1 Andreikin
1.2 Karjakin
1.3 Anand
1.4 Mamedyarov

Anand bolts out front with an impressive win over Aronian!

Ceremonial move starts the tournament.

Two of the most personable players in the world, but all was not happy today.
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The 2014 Candidates tournament is underway and it is the former champion who has bolted out into the lead with a rousing win over the presumed favorite, Levon Aronian. Viswanathan Anand certainly has something to prove after a lackluster performance in his title defense against Magnus Carlsen… in Chennai no less.

Anand and Aronian went into a type of Marshall Gambit, one of his main weapons. Aronian has been a bit inconsistent lately despite strong performances at Wijk ann Zee and Zurich. Again he starts with a loss, but it is a long tournament. In this game, Anand took advantage of a misjudgment and won a technical ending finally trapping Aronian’s knight.

The Madras Tiger starts off the tournament auspiciously in a bid for a rematch against Carlsen. In today’s game he looked to be energetic and in form. We shall see what follows.

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Viswanathan Anand, 1/1 (+1 -0 =0), Peter Svidler, .5/1 (+0 -0 =1), Vladimir Kramnik, .5/1 (+0 -0 =1), Sergey Karjakin, .5/1 (+0 -0 =1), Veselin Topalov, .5/1 (+0 -0 =1), Shakriyar Mamedyarov, .5/1 (+0 -0 =1), Dmitri Andreikin .5/1 (+0 -0 =1), Levon Aronian, 0/1 (+0 -1 =0)

Daaim Shabazz

Daaim Shabazz is the founder of The Chess Drum, while serving as a tenured faculty member of Global Business & Marketing at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Florida, USA. He holds a B.S. Computer Science from Chicago State University, an MBA in Marketing and a Ph.D. in International Affairs & Development, both from Clark Atlanta University. He has served the journalist community for more than 30 years and still competes in tournaments occasionally.


  1. I just don’t think the Madras Tiger matches up well lately against Magnus; so if he comes out on top in this, Magnus might not be sweating as much as if one of the others wins. Personally though, I would hardly call this past World Championship ‘domination’ by Magnus as Anand graciously described it. Anand made some uncharacteristic unforced errors. But then again, It seems that everybody makes uncharacteristic errors against Magnus.

    1. Some opponents are simply uncomfortable. Not sure how Carlsen wins the games the way he does. He gets bad positions more than any World #1 that I can remember. He won +3 against Anand which is considered a dominant score in a match. Carlsen will soon find an opponent that is more suited for his game. Anand did not play his best chess.

  2. A rematch between Magnus and Anand would be a real fight! Anand seems to be vigorously pursuing that opportunity. So far, he’s already defeated the #2 player and made light of Mamedyarov in the 3rd round. If he can keep up this momentum of winning the games he should win and keeps his stamina, he might get his wish for a rematch. I was upset with him last time around, because he started to go all out for the kill when the match was basically OVER.

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