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Zurich Chess Challenge 2013 (Games and Results)

Zurich Chess Challenge 2013

The Zurich Chess Challenge took place 23rd February to 1st March 2013. Viswanthan Anand and Fabiano Caruana travelled straight from Baden-Baden to compete in this 6 round event with Vladimir Kramnik and Boris Gelfand for whom this formed a final preparation for the FIDE Candidates starting in London on March 15th. Fabiano Caruana took clear first with 4/6 with wins against Viswanathan Anand and Boris Gelfand. Anand took second place on 50% after a final round win against Kramnik when the latter blundered badly just after turning down the opportunity to force a draw. Kramnik and Gelfand shared 3rd on 2.5,

Caruana wins the Zuerich Chess Classic (6)

Fabiano Caruana won the Zuerich Chess Classic 2013 alone on 4/6. In doing so has almost recovered all the rating points he lost in his uncharacteristically terrible performance in the Tata Steel tournament in January and guaranteed a speedy return to the top 10. Caruana defeated Boris Gelfand in a lengthy grind where he was putting the pressure on right from the opening phase. Gelfand didn't put up the strongest resistance in a difficult ending and 55...h4? just lost out of hand. Caruana also won the opening blitz tournament. A fine tournament victory for Caruana who is a relentlessly accurate, almost model player. Viswanathan Anand took second place alone after being gifted a win by Vladimir Kramnik. Kramnik got slightly the better of a Berlin against Anand forcing 20.Rc6 which is a purely defensive idea. Kramnik could have taken a draw immediately with 20...Nxh3 instead he seems to have turned off momentarily and after 21...Qb8? he just lost decisive amounts of material. As Anand put it "You don't really expect a gift like this from Vlady." Final Standings: Fabiano Caruana 4pts/6, Viswanathan Anand 3pts, Vladimir Kramnik and Boris Gelfand 2.5pts.

Zurich Chess Challenge 2013 (6)

Yannick Pelletier interviews the winner Fabiano Caruana. Photo ©

Yannick Pelletier interviews the winner Fabiano Caruana. Photo © | http://www.zurich-cc.com

Zurich Chess Challenge 2013 (Zurich SUI)
Sat 23rd Feb 2013 - Fri 1st Mar 2013 - Official Site - Live

Zurich CC 2013 (4 players 6 Rds DRR Indiv TC:120m:60m:15m+30spm(61)) - Games in PGN: Games

Zurich CC Blitz 2013 (4 players 6 Rds DRR Indiv TC:4m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Blitz Games

Zurich CC Blitz 2013 (4 players 6 Rds DRR Indiv TC: 4m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Blitz Games

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Zurich CC Blitz 2013 Zuerich SUI Sat 23rd Feb 2013 - Fri 1st Mar 2013
Leading Final Round 6 Standings:
RkNameTiFEDRtg1234PtsTB1
1Caruana, FabianoGMITA2757**½1115.0
2Kramnik, VladimirGMRUS2810½0**114.0
3Gelfand, BorisGMISR2740**1.55.25
4Anand, ViswanathanGMIND27800000**1.52.25
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Zurich CC 2013 (4 players 6 Rds DRR Indiv TC: 120m:60m:15m+30spm(61)) - Games in PGN: Games

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Zurich Chess Challenge Zuerich (SUI), 23 ii-1 iii 2013 cat. XXI (2772)
1 2 3 4
1. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2757 * * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 4 2901
2. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2780 ½ 0 * * ½ 1 ½ ½ 3 2769
3. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2810 ½ ½ ½ 0 * * ½ ½ 2702
4. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2740 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * * 2725
Round 1 (February 23, 2013)
Caruana, Fabiano - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 65 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Kramnik, Vladimir - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 59 A04 Dutch System
Round 2 (February 24, 2013)
Kramnik, Vladimir - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 41 A07 Barcza System
Gelfand, Boris - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 40 D70 Gruenfeld Defence
Round 3 (February 25, 2013)
Caruana, Fabiano - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 53 A62 Benoni
Anand, Viswanathan - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 42 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Round 4 (February 27, 2013)
Anand, Viswanathan - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 45 C78 Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence
Gelfand, Boris - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 46 E06 Catalan
Round 5 (February 28, 2013)
Kramnik, Vladimir - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 47 A04 Dutch System
Gelfand, Boris - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 40 E04 Catalan
Round 6 (February 29, 2013)
Caruana, Fabiano - Gelfand, Boris 1-0 58 E00 Catalan
Anand, Viswanathan - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 27 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin

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