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Before the Candidates Tournament 2013. Surprising Statistics: Vassily Ivanchuk has plus 13 against other players, Magnus Carlsen has only plus 12, Vladimir Kramnik leads with plus 22

By Boris Schipkov

Magnus Carlsen (Elo 2872, No 1), Vladimir Kramnik (Elo 2810, No 2) and Levon Aronian (Elo 2809, No 3) are the favourites of the Candidates Tournament 2013 in London, because they have the highest ratings according to the FIDE March 2013 Rating list. But let's see the results of all games between all eight players. I took into consideration all games with all controls: classical, rapid, blitz, blindfold and mixed blitz doubles.

Carlsen-Kramnik 3 wins, 11 draws, 3 losses; Kramnik-Carlsen 8-8-6. Total: Carlsen versus Kramnik 9-19-11.
Carlsen-Aronian 8-14-9, Aronian-Carlsen 6-18-4. Total: Carlsen v Aronian 12-32-15.
Carlsen-Radjabov 9-11-2, Radjabov-Carlsen 3-11-4. Total: Carlsen v Radjabov 13-22-5.
Carlsen-Grischuk 5-2-3, Grischuk-Carlsen 4-7-3. Total: Carlsen v Grischuk 8-9-7.
Carlsen-Ivanchuk 9-12-6, Ivanchuk-Carlsen 7-16-6. Total: Carlsen v Ivanchuk 15-28-13.
Carlsen-Svidler 6-5-3, Svidler-Carlsen 3-11-2. Total: Carlsen v Svidler 8-16-6.
Carlsen-Gelfand 4-10-3, Gelfand-Carlsen 2-7-5. Total: Carlsen v Gelfand 9-17-5.
Total: Magnus Carlsen against the rivals - 74 wins, 143 draws, 62 losses. Plus 12.

Total: Kramnik v Carlsen 11-19-9.
Kramnik-Aronian 10-11-3, Aronian-Kramnik 9-15-5. Total: Kramnik v Aronian 15-26-12.
Kramnik-Radjabov 8-9-0, Radjabov-Kramnik 2-12-2. Total: Kramnik v Radjabov 10-21-2.
Kramnik-Grischuk 4-10-4, Grischuk-Kramnik 5-9-1. Total: Kramnik v Grischuk 5-19-9.
Kramnik-Ivanchuk 12-31-6, Ivanchuk-Kramnik 12-25-8. Total: Kramnik v Ivanchuk 20-56-18.
Kramnik-Svidler 15-9-7, Svidler-Kramnik 12-16-5. Total: Kramnik v Svidler 20-25-19.
Kramnik-Gelfand 12-24-2, Gelfand-Kramnik 6-27-6. Total: Kramnik v Gelfand 18-51-8.
Total: Vladimir Kramnik against the rivals - 99 wins, 217 draws, 77 losses. Plus 22.

Total: Aronian v Carlsen 15-32-12.
Total: Aronian v Kramnik 12-26-15.
Aronian-Radjabov 4-8-4, Radjabov-Aronian 3-12-2. Total: Aronian v Radjabov 6-20-7.
Aronian-Grischuk 6-11-3, Grischuk-Aronian 4-10-5. Total: Aronian v Grischuk 11-21-7.
Aronian-Ivanchuk 12-8-8, Ivanchuk-Aronian 8-14-5. Total: Aronian v Ivanchuk 17-22-16.
Aronian-Svidler 7-12-5, Svidler-Aronian 5-7-3. Total: Aronian v Svidler 10-19-10.
Aronian-Gelfand 9-14-4, Gelfand-Aronian 8-11-3. Total: Aronian v Gelfand 12-25-12.
Total: Levon Aronian against the rivals - 83 wins, 165 draws, 79 losses. Plus 4.

Total: Radjabov v Carlsen 5-22-13.
Total: Radjabov v Kramnik 2-21-10.
Total: Radjabov v Aronian 7-20-6.
Radjabov-Grischuk 5-4-5, Grischuk-Radjabov 8-11-1. Total: Radjabov v Grischuk 6-15-13.
Radjabov-Ivanchuk 5-21-6, Ivanchuk-Radjabov 14-13-6. Total: Radjabov v Ivanchuk 11-34-20.
Radjabov-Svidler 2-10-2, Svidler Radjabov 3-7-3. Total: Radjabov v Svidler 5-17-5.
Radjabov-Gelfand 2-6-3, Gelfand-Radjabov 2-9-5. Total: Radjabov v Gelfand 7-15-5.
Total: Teimour Radjabov against the rivals - 43 wins, 144 draws, 72 losses. Minus 29.

Total: Grischuk v Carlsen 7-9-8.
Total: Grischuk v Kramnik 9-19-5.
Total: Grischuk v Aronian 7-21-11.
Total: Grischuk v Radjabov 13-15-6.
Grischuk-Ivanchuk 8-7-4, Ivanchuk-Grischuk 7-16-3. Total: Grischuk v Ivanchuk 11-23-11.
Grischuk-Svidler 5-11-6, Svidler Grischuk 9-16-3. Total: Grischuk v Svidler 8-27-15.
Grischuk-Gelfand 12-12-2, Gelfand-Grischuk 5-21-3. Total: Grischuk v Gelfand 15-33-7.
Total: Alexander Grischuk against the rivals - 70 wins, 147 draws, 63 losses. Plus 7.

Total: Ivanchuk v Carlsen 13-28-15.
Total: Ivanchuk v Kramnik 18-56-20.
Total: Ivanchuk v Aronian 16-22-17.
Total: Ivanchuk v Radjabov 20-34-11.
Total: Ivanchuk v Grischuk 11-23-11.
Ivanchuk-Svidler 8-20-1, Svidler-Ivanchuk 8-12-4. Total: Ivanchuk v Svidler 12-32-9.
Ivanchuk-Gelfand 17-24-7, Gelfand-Ivanchuk 12-31-8. Total: Ivanchuk v Gelfand 25-55-19.
Total: Vassily Ivanchuk against the rivals - 115 wins, 250 draws, 102 losses. Plus 13.

Total: Svidler v Carlsen 6-16-8.
Total: Svidler v Kramnik 19-25-20.
Total: Svidler v Aronian 10-19-10.
Total: Svidler v Radjabov 5-17-5.
Total: Svidler v Grischuk 15-27-8.
Total: Svidler v Ivanchuk 9-32-12.
Svidler-Gelfand 10-21-4, Gelfand-Svidler 5-19-5. Total: Svidler v Gelfand 15-40-9.
Total: Peter Svidler against the rivals 79 wins, 176 draws, 72 losses. Plus 7.

Total: Gelfand v Carlsen 5-17-9.
Total: Gelfand v Kramnik 8-51-18.
Total: Gelfand v Aronian 12-25-12.
Total: Gelfand v Radjabov 5-15-7.
Total: Gelfand v Grischuk 7-33-15.
Total: Gelfand v Ivanchuk 19-55-25.
Total: Gelfand v Svidler 9-40-15.
Total: Boris Gelfand against the rivals 65 wins, 236 draws, 101 losses. Minus 36.

Vladimir Kramnik - plus 22, Vassily Ivanchuk - plus 13, Magnus Carlsen - plus 12, Alexander Grischuk - plus 7, Peter Svidler - plus 7, Levon Aronian - plus 4, Teimour Radjabov - minus 29, Boris Gelfand - minus 36. A plus score or plus means that a player has more wins than losses, e.g. Vladimir Kramnik has 99 wins and 77 losses, therefore 99-77=22, plus 22.
Levon Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik have good scores against Magnus Carlsen: Aronian v Carlsen 15-32-12, Kramnik v Carlsen 11-19-9. However if we take results only for the last years 2010-2013, then Magnus Carlsen has the better scores versus Levon Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik: Carlsen v Aronian 5-13-3, Carlsen v Kramnik 5-10-4.
We can mark that Vladimir Kramnik has an excellent score 18-51-8 against Boris Gelfand and 10-21-2 against Teimour Radjabov. Alexander Grischuk has nice results 9-19-5 against Vladimir Kramnik, but Grischuk won 6 blitz games, and Kramnik won 1 blitz game.
Peter Svidler has a good score 15-27-8 versus Alexander Grischuk.

  Wins Draws Losses Total Wins Draws Losses
Magnus Carlsen 74 143 62 279 26,5% 51,3% 22,2%
Vladimir Kramnik 99 217 77 393 25,2% 55,2% 19,6%
Levon Aronian 83 165 79 327 25,4% 50,5% 24,2%
Teimour Radjabov 43 144 72 259 16,6% 55,6% 27,8%
Alexander Grischuk 70 147 63 280 25,0% 52,5% 22,5%
Vassily Ivanchuk 115 250 102 467 24,6% 53,5% 21,8%
Peter Svidler 79 176 72 327 24,2% 53,8% 22,0%
Boris Gelfand 65 236 101 402 16,2% 58,7% 25,1%
Total 628 1478 628 2734 23,0% 54,1% 23,0%

Vassily Ivanchuk played more games than others, 467 games. A lot of the games of Boris Gelfand ended in a draw, 58,7 percent of games. Levon Aronian made draws only in 50,5 percent of games.

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© 2013 Boris Schipkov