Carlsen!

Magnus Carlsen

Magnus Carlsen is going to be the challenger of Viswanathan Anand for the World Championship!

The last three rounds of the Candidates Tournament in London were incredibly dramatic. In round 12 Carlsen loses the point to Ivanchuk and the lead to Kramnik. In round 13 Kramnik can not convert his advantage against Gelfand in a full point, while Carlsen fights for almost seven hours against Radjabov and finally wins. Before the last things were looking good again for Carlsen. White against Peter Svidler, who he beat convincingly in the first half of the tournament. Kramnik would play with Black against Ivanchuk, who is unpredictable. Sometimes he plays like a genius and sometimes, well, sometimes he doesn't. Many people say that Ivanchuk could have been World Champion during his career, if he only would have been more stable.

Things turned out in a way, that probably nobody would have dared to predict. Let us begin with the game Carlsen - Svidler:

In the meantime, Ivanchuk and Kramnik were playing a complicated middle game. This is the position after move 23:

Ivanchuk - Kramnik Candidates Tournament

White to move

Now Ivanchuk took the initiative by sacrificing a pawn: 24.g3! Nxh3+ 25.Kg2 Nhg5 26.Rh1 Kg8 (Nxf3 fails due to Nf6+! Kh8 Rxh6+ and mate) 27.Nxg5 Nxg5 28.f3. Ivanchuk got rid of the unpleasant knight on f4 and controls the h-file. Later in the game Kramnik could not really hold the pressure and ended up in a lost position after the time control. Ivanchuk had no problems to convert the advantage into a full point.

An unbelievable finish of a great tournament! I don't know about you, but I can't wait to see the match Anand - Carlsen!

Now I will prepare myself for the upcoming Presidents Cup, where the best four college teams in the U.S. play against each other. It starts this weekend, wish me good luck :)