Winning the Candidates 2013, and the right to challenge the reigning Wold Champion V.Anand for the title, is my most important single tournament victory to date!
The drama of the last rounds resulted in a +3 tie between me and V.Kramnik. I had the better tiebreak due to more decisive games, as we both knew going into the last two rounds.
For 11 rounds I felt I played a normal elite tournament, and my play was quite consistent at a high level, while the last three rounds were just painful.
The somewhat unusual fatigue and the increased tension experienced may explain why I made too many impractical choices and outright mistakes resulting in two losses (against Ivanchuk and Svidler, who played very well in these games) and one win in between.
I.m very grateful this was enough in the end. I.ll never forget the thrilling minutes between my own last round loss and that of Kramnik.
The nature of the qualifying event is to produce one winner. It does not recognize the close race with Kramnik in 2nd and also Svidler and Aronian finishing 3rd and 4th just half a point behind us.
I.m happy and relieved to have won, and I.m grateful to a lot of people for their help and support before and during the event.
My team of seconds headed by Peter H.Nielsen and the rest of the support team did a great job.
Representatives of my long time loyal main sponsors Arctic Securities and Simonsen Vogt Wiik came to London to support me during the event, and I.d also like to thank main sponsors newspaper VG and Parallels.
The Candidates tournament was organised by Agon and FIDE in a great location by the river Thames, and the closing ceremony even took place at 11 Downing Street, courtesy of George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
I decided to not blog during the event to focus fully at the tournament, but I.ll revert in a few days commenting on some of my games and providing some thoughts on the developments during the tournament.

Magnus Carlsen, Haslum, April 4th, 2013