World Candidates 2014-9: Anand bolts ahead!

2014 World Championship Candidates
March 11th-April 1st, 2014 (Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia)
Round #9
#
Name
Flag
Rating
Result
Name
Flag
Rating
9.1 Andreikin
2709
½-½
Svidler
2758
9.2 Karjakin
2766
1-0
Kramnik
2810
9.3 Mamedyarov
2757
1-0
Aronian
2830
9.4 Anand
2773
1-0
Topalov
2785
Games

Viswanathan Anand won a beautiful game
against Veselin Topalov in a Najdorf.
Photo by FIDE.com.

Just when you thought we had moved on from middle-aged dominance, Viswanathan Anand has proven that there is still one more stand left before the Carlsen-led youth movement begins. It just so happens that Anand won his game today putting him in a good position to get a rematch with Magnus Carlsen. He leads the field by one point after beating a struggling Veselin Topalov.

Meanwhile, Aronian lost against a surging Shahkriyar Mamedyarov meaning that he would have to make up 1.5 points to overtake Anand since he has inferior tiebreaks. Sergey Karjakin did upset a fading Vladimir Kramnik who lost a full point in the standings. Andreikin-Svidler had a rather placid draw and the Russian quartet of players seems to be lagging behind. Since half the players in the field are Russian, failing to win would be disastrous.

Official Site: https://candidates2014.fide.com/
Drum Coverage: https://www.thechessdrum.net/blog/2014/03/13/2014-world-chess-candidates-khanty-mansiysk-rus/

Video Commentary by GM Daniel King

Standings

Viswanathan Anand, 6/9 (+3 -0 =6), Levon Aronian, 5/9 (+3 -2 =4), Vladimir Kramnik, 4.5/9 (+2 -2 =5), Sergey Karjakin, 4.5/9 (+2 -2 =5), Shakriyar Mamedyarov, 4.5/9 (+3 -3 =3), Dmitri Andreikin 4/9 (+1 -2 =6), Peter Svidler, 4/9 (+2 -3 =4), Veselin Topalov, 3.5/9 (+1 -3 =5),

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.

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