Zurich Chess Challenge

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The Zurich Chess Challenge is one of the major recurring international chess tournaments. It takes place in Zurich, Switzerland.[1]

Zurich Chess Challenge 2012[edit]

The Zurich Chess Challenge 2012 was a six-game chess match between Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) and Levon Aronian (Armenia) from 21 to 28 April 2012.[2][3] Each player won one game and there were four draws.

Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total Rating change
 Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) 2801 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 3 +2
 Levon Aronian (Armenia) 2820 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 3 −2

Zurich Chess Challenge 2013[edit]

Italy's Fabiano Caruana won the Zurich Chess Challenge 2013 which took place from 23 February to 1 March 2013.[4][5][6]

No Player Rating 1 2 3 4 Points Rating change
1  Fabiano Caruana (ITA) 2757 X X ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 4 +12
2  Viswanathan Anand (IND) 2780 ½ 0 X X ½ 1 ½ ½ 3 −1
3  Vladimir Kramnik (RUS) 2810 ½ ½ ½ 0 X X ½ ½ −9
4  Boris Gelfand (ISR) 2740 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ X X −1

Zurich Chess Challenge 2014[edit]

The Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 took place from 29 January to 4 February 2014. The average rating of its participants is 2801, the highest in history, and it is also the first category 23 tournament ever.[7] Magnus Carlsen won the tournament.

The opening day included five rounds of blitz to decide the draw, which was won by Carlsen. The main tournament consists of five rounds of classical chess and finally five rounds of rapid chess on the closure day.[8][9]

Blitz results[edit]

No Player Blitz Elo rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 Points SB
1  Magnus Carlsen (NOR) 2837 X ½ 1 0 1 ½ 3 7.25
2  Levon Aronian (ARM) 2863 ½ X 0 ½ 1 1 3 6.75
3  Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 2879 0 1 X 1 ½ 0 6.75
4  Fabiano Caruana (ITA) 2697 1 ½ 0 X 0 1 6
5  Viswanathan Anand (IND) 2827 0 0 ½ 1 X 1 5.25
6  Boris Gelfand (ISR) 2719 ½ 0 1 0 0 X 4

Classical results[edit]

No Player FIDE ranking Elo rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 Points Rating change
1  Magnus Carlsen (NOR) 1 2872 X ½ 1 1 ½ 1 8 +9
2  Levon Aronian (ARM) 2 2812 ½ X 0 1 1 ½ 6 +4
3  Fabiano Caruana (ITA) 6 2782 0 1 X ½ ½ ½ 5 +2
4  Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 3 2789 0 0 ½ X 1 ½ 4 −4
5  Viswanathan Anand (IND) 9 2773 ½ 0 ½ 0 X 1 4 −3
6  Boris Gelfand (ISR) 8 2777 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 X 3 −8

For games that ended in a draw in under 40 moves, a subsequent rapid game between the two players was mandatory, although these particular rapid games had no relevance to the tournament standings. Two such games were played: Gelfand–Aronian (0–1) in the third round and Gelfand–Nakamura (1–0) in the fifth round.

Rapid results[edit]

No Player Rapid Elo rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 Points Rating change
1  Fabiano Caruana (ITA) 2812 X 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 4 +28
2  Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 2826 0 X 1 ½ 1 1 +15
3  Levon Aronian (ARM) 2770 ½ 0 X 1 ½ 1 3 +15
4  Magnus Carlsen (NOR) 2845 0 ½ 0 X 1 ½ 2 −18
5  Boris Gelfand (ISR) 2735 ½ 0 ½ 0 X ½ −10
6  Viswanathan Anand (IND) 2800 0 0 0 ½ ½ X 1 −30

Combined final results[edit]

The combined final score for the tournament was calculated by scoring each game in the classical competition on a 2–1–0 basis and each game in the rapid competition on a 1–½–0 basis.

No Player Points
1  Magnus Carlsen (NOR) 10
2  Fabiano Caruana (ITA) 9
3  Levon Aronian (ARM) 9
4  Hikaru Nakamura (USA)
5  Viswanathan Anand (IND) 5
6  Boris Gelfand (ISR)

Zurich Chess Challenge 2015[edit]

The 2015 tournament will feature Fabiano Caruana, Viswanathan Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, Levon Aronian, Sergey Karjakin and Hikaru Nakamura; Magnus Carlsen will not participate. The tournament will be held from 13-19 February 2015 at the Hotel Savoy Baur en Ville in Zurich.[10]

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