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Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 (Games and Results)

Zurich Chess Challenge 2014

The Zurich Chess Challenge takes place 29th January (Opening and Blitz) to 4th February 2014. 5 rounds of Blitz to decide the draw, 5 rounds of Classical Chess and finally 5 rounds of Rapid Chess. Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Viswanathan Anand, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura and Boris Gelfand play.

Carlsen wins in Zurich even after poor final day rapid performance (Rapid)

Magnus Carlsen was overwhelming favourite to win the Zurich Chess Classic over all having a two point advantage going into the final day's rapid segment but he almost didn't manage it. The day instead belonged to Fabiano Caruana who won the rapid with 4/5 half a point clear of Hikaru Nakamura who ended Levon Aronian's chances to catch Carlsen. The classical score obtained in the first five days counted double that of the rapid tournament.

Carlsen started the day with a very convincing win with black against Boris Gelfand but that was really the last good news of the day for him. Levon Aronian, who also started with a win, beat Carlsen in a very controlled way in the 2nd round, a good opening led to big advantages on the board and clock which he finished nicely. Carlsen had the opportunity to strike back with a win in the 3rd round with a big advantage on board and clock against Hikaru Nakamura but he slowed down a never really found a winning plan. Apparently he left the board looking extremely annoyed and the following game against Fabiano Caruana again he got himself in trouble even after at least equalising from the opening and went down to a loss. This left Carlsen still needing a draw to win the whole tournament. Anand had no clue this was the case after having just drawn a marathon game against Gelfand. Only when Carlsen played down one of the most drawish variations of the Berlin did the penny drop.

Levon Aronian had moved within a point of Carlsen over all after beating him in round 2 but couldn't make anything of a good opening against Gelfand in the 3rd round and then against Nakamura in the 4th he overplayed his hand and went on to lose.

Fabiano Caruana won the rapid tournament with a 4/5 score and was briefly in contention to win the whole thing. He beat Nakamura in the 1st round, drew with Gelfand in the 2nd, ground down Anand (for his third loss in a row) in the 3rd before defeating Carlsen in the 4th and was even within striking distance of winning the event if Carlsen had lost his final game.

Hikaru Nakamura started the rapid poorly but picked up pace and confidence after than that beating Anand, escaping against Carlsen then winning his final two games against Aronian and Gelfand.

Viswanathan Anand normally does well in rapids but his three losses at the start (and he had to work hard to avoid it being a fourth against Gelfand) showed a man yet to fix his ailing game. I expect him to return to playing better chess but not in time for the candidates.

Final Standings: Carlsen 10, Caruana (second on SB tie-break), Aronian 9, Nakamura 7.5, Anand 5, Gelfand 4.5

Final Rapid Standings: Caruana 4/5, Nakamura 3.5, Aronian 3, Carlsen 2, Gelfand 1.5 and Anand 1.

Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 (Rapid)

Lev Aronian beat Magnus Carlsen in the second round of the rapid. Photo ©

Lev Aronian beat Magnus Carlsen in the second round of the rapid. Photo © | http://live2.tv2.no/sporten/zurichchesschallenge/#desktop

Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 (Zurich SUI)
Wed 29th Jan 2014 - Tue 4th Feb 2014 - Official Site - Live

Zurich CC Classical (6 players 5 Rds SRR Indiv TC:120m:60m:15m+30spm(61)) - Games in PGN: Classical Games

Zurich CC Rapid (6 players 5 Rds SRR Indiv TC:15m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Rapid Games

Zurich CC Blitz (6 players 5 Rds SRR Indiv TC:4m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Blitz Games

Zurich Extra Rapid (6 players 5 Rds Match Indiv TC:15m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Extra Rapid

Zurich CC Classical (6 players 5 Rds SRR Indiv TC: 120m:60m:15m+30spm(61)) - Games in PGN: Classical Games

Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 Zurich SUI (SUI), 29 i-4 ii 2014 cat. XXIII (2801)
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2872 * ½ 1 ½ 1 1 8 3026
2. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2812 ½ * 0 1 1 ½ 6 2870
3. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2782 0 1 * ½ ½ ½ 5 2804
4. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2773 ½ 0 ½ * 0 1 4 2734
5. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2789 0 0 ½ 1 * ½ 4 2731
6. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2777 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ * 3 2656
Round 1 (January 30, 2014)
Carlsen, Magnus - Gelfand, Boris 1-0 37 E60 King's Indian without Nc3
Aronian, Levon - Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 73 A13 Reti Opening
Nakamura, Hikaru - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 67 D90 Gruenfeld Flohr
Round 2 (January 31, 2014)
Carlsen, Magnus - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 40 A29 English Four Knights
Anand, Viswanathan - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 36 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Gelfand, Boris - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 56 A88 Dutch Leningrad
Round 3 (February 1, 2014)
Aronian, Levon - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 27 E60 King's Indian without Nc3
Caruana, Fabiano - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 40 D11 Slav Defence
Nakamura, Hikaru - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 61 E20 Nimzo Indian
Round 4 (February 2, 2014)
Carlsen, Magnus - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 47 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Aronian, Levon - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 45 E63 King's Indian 6...Nc6
Gelfand, Boris - Anand, Viswanathan 0-1 36 D11 Slav Defence
Round 5 (February 3, 2014)
Caruana, Fabiano - Aronian, Levon 1-0 66 C89 Ruy Lopez Marshall
Anand, Viswanathan - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 40 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Nakamura, Hikaru - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 21 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo

Zurich CC Rapid (6 players 5 Rds SRR Indiv TC: 15m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Rapid Games

Zurich CC Rapid Zurich SUI (SUI), 4-4 ii 2014 cat. XXII (2798)
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2781 * 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 4 3041
2. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2776 0 * 1 ½ 1 1 2951
3. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2826 ½ 0 * 1 ½ 1 3 2864
4. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2872 0 ½ 0 * 1 ½ 2 2711
5. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2761 ½ 0 ½ 0 * ½ 2656
6. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2773 0 0 0 ½ ½ * 1 2563
Round 1 (February 4, 2014)
Caruana, Fabiano - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 44 A62 Benoni
Gelfand, Boris - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 23 A58 Volga Gambit
Anand, Viswanathan - Aronian, Levon 0-1 44 A56 Old Indian Defence
Round 2 (February 4, 2014)
Caruana, Fabiano - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 51 B52 Sicilian Rossolimo
Nakamura, Hikaru - Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 26 A01 Larsen Opening
Aronian, Levon - Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 53 E06 Catalan
Round 3 (February 4, 2014)
Carlsen, Magnus - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 70 B51 Sicilian Rossolimo
Gelfand, Boris - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 39 E06 Catalan
Anand, Viswanathan - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 70 B41 Sicilian Paulsen
Round 4 (February 4, 2014)
Caruana, Fabiano - Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 44 A05 Various
Nakamura, Hikaru - Aronian, Levon 1-0 78 A01 Larsen Opening
Anand, Viswanathan - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 91 B92 Sicilian Najdorf with 6.Be2
Round 5 (February 4, 2014)
Aronian, Levon - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 42 A04 Dutch System
Carlsen, Magnus - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 35 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Gelfand, Boris - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 49 A80 Dutch

Zurich CC Blitz (6 players 5 Rds SRR Indiv TC: 4m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Blitz Games

Zurich CC Blitz Zurich SUI Wed 29th Jan 2014 - Tue 4th Feb 2014
Leading Final Round 5 Standings:
RkNameTiFEDRtg123456PtsTB1TB2TB3TPR
1Carlsen, MagnusGMNOR2872#=101=37.25022859
2Aronian, LevonGMARM2812=#0=1136.75022871
3Nakamura, HikaruGMUSA278901#1=02.56.75022803
4Caruana, FabianoGMITA27821=0#012.56022805
5Anand, ViswanathanGMIND277300=1#12.55.25022806
6Gelfand, BorisGMISR2777=0100#1.54012657
6 players

Zurich Extra Rapid (6 players 5 Rds Match Indiv TC: 15m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Extra Rapid


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