World Chess Candidates 2014: Aftermath

by robertcmackle

So the results are in… Vishy Anand is the winner! Written off by many, including me, the veteran former world champion earns a rematch against the World Number 1, Magnus Carlsen.

Karjakin got a very handy second and Andreikin overperformed, but perhaps the other main story from this candidates, apart from Anand, is that the rest of the cast where somewhat disappointing. Kramnik lost three games and Topalov just didn’t show up at all. 

As for my predictions, as with many others I put too much credence on Lev Aronian’s recent form and not enough on his preponderancy to somehow lose form at the candidates. I also failed to predict Anand’s stellar performance… but who did?

 

Final results of the 2014 Candidates Tournament[8]

Rank Player Rating
March 2014[9]
1
(VA)
2
(SK)
3
(VK)
4
(SM)
5
(DA)
6
(LA)
7
(PS)
8
(VT)
Points Tiebreaks[10]
H2H Wins SB
  W B W B W B W B W B W B W B W B  
1 India Viswanathan Anand 2770   ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 3 57.25
2 Russia Sergey Karjakin 2766 ½ ½   1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 3 51.75
3 Russia Vladimir Kramnik 2787 ½ ½ 1 0   1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 0 7 3 49.25
4 Azerbaijan Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2757 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0   1 ½ 1 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 7 2 3 48.00
5 Russia Dmitry Andreikin 2709 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0   1 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 7 2 48.50
6 Armenia Levon Aronian 2830 ½ 0 0 1 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 0   1 ½ ½ ½ 3 45.00
7 Russia Peter Svidler 2758 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0   1 0 ½ 3 46.00
8 Bulgaria Veselin Topalov 2785 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 0   6 2 42.25
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