In the end, there can be only one Aaaaaand, just like that the Candidates Tournament 2018 is over. 14 gruelling rounds have passed in a blink of an eye. The players have presented some marvellous, fighting chess, the games were fascinating and interesting, but unfortunately, in the end, there can be only one winner. In…Read more
CANDIDATES TOURNAMENT 2018
Coverage of the Candidates Tournament 2018.
Game analysis, round reports, news and opinions and more.
Drama at its peak as Caruana loses and wins to take the lead Dramatic final round is not something new for the modern Candidates tournament. In 2013, Carlsen lost with White pieces to Svidler and then won the first place only due to Kramnik's loss to Ivanchuk. In 2016, Karjakin won against Caruana in the…Read more
Situation at the top unchanged, Karjakin approaches the leaders "Nothing new under the sun" would be the best description of the events that happened in rounds 10 and 11 of the Candidates Tournament 2018. Aronian's nightmare tournament continues with the two losses, plenty of exciting games that ended in draws (including an incredible miss by…Read more
Kramnik's downfall I will admit, christening rounds 6 and 7 as Aronian's downfall was slightly overstretched - after all, Levon never really got the tournament going in the first place. On the other hand, rounds 8 and 9 were definitely the final nail in Kramnik's coffin in this tournament, which is slowly becoming a nightmare.…Read more
Aronian's downfall Although the Candidates tournament 2018 hasn't started very well for Levon Aronian, after 5 rounds his fans still retained some hopes of him performing well. Alas, after the next two rounds, not even his staunch supporters believe in his chances of winning the tournament. Caruana and Mamedyarov have, on the other hand, retained…Read more