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Zurich Chess Challenge 2015 (Games and Results)

Zurich Chess Challenge 2015

Karjakin and Anand in their final rapid game. Photo ©

Karjakin and Anand in their final rapid game. Photo © | http://www.zurich-cc.com/

The Zurich Chess Challenge took place 13th to 19th February 2015. Six top players played blitz, classical then finally rapid chess. Players: Kramnik, Nakamura, Anand, Caruana, Aronian and Karjakin. Chess legend Korchnoi plays Uhlmann in a four game rapid match too.

Viswanathan Anand edged out Hikaru Nakamura on tie-break after the latter caught him after a successful rapid on the final day but a final single Armageddon game was played and Anand lost badly as white. Thus Nakamura won the event.

4th Zurich CC Combined Standings Zurich SUI (SUI), 14-19 ii 2015 cat. XXII (2784)
RkNameFEDRtgPtTB1
1Anand, ViswanathanIND27979.020.75
2Nakamura, HikaruUSA27769.018.50
3Kramnik, VladimirRUS27838.520.25
4Aronian, LevonARM27777.015.75
5Karjakin, SergeyRUS27606.016.00
6Caruana, FabianoITA28115.512.50

Anand wins the Classical section of the Zurich Chess Classic (5)

Three draws meant that Viswanathan Anand won the Classical section of the Zurich Chess Challenge. However the winner of the event will be decided by a combination of these results and the rapid event tomorrow. The classical scores are worth double the rapid ones.

Anand better than equalised against Sergey Karjakin and eventually used this to liquidate into a drawn endgame.

Fabiano Caruana's treatment of the Giuoco Piano presented Vladimir Kramnik with some novel problems but it didn't prove enough to get a serious advantage.

Final Round 5 Classical Standings (2pts for a win 1pt for a draw added to normal scoring for the rapid): Anand 7pts, Nakamura 6pts, Kramnik 5pts, Karjakin, Caruana, Aronian 4pts.

Thursday 19th 12pm GMT Rapid. 5 rounds with reversed colours to the Classical section.

Zurich Chess Challenge 2015 (5)

Anand drew against Karjakin to win the Classical section. Photo ©

Anand drew against Karjakin to win the Classical section. Photo © | http://www.zurich-cc.com/

4th Zurich Chess Challenge 2015 (Zurich SUI)
Fri 13th Feb 2015 - Thu 19th Feb 2015 - Official Site

4th Zurich CC Classical (6 players 5 Rds SRR Indiv TC:120m:60m:15m+30spm(61)) - Games in PGN: Games Classical

4th Zurich CC TB (2 players 1 Rds Match Indiv TC:5m:vs:4m) - Games in PGN: Games TB

4th Zurich CC Rapid (6 players 5 Rds SRR Indiv TC:15m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Games Rapid

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

Korchnoi-Uhlmann Rapid (2 players 4 Rds Match Indiv TC:25m+20spm) - Games in PGN: Veterans

4th Zurich CC Match (2 players 2 Rds Match Indiv TC:120m:60m:15m+30spm(61))

4th Zurich CC TB (2 players 1 Rds Match Indiv TC: 5m:vs:4m) - Games in PGN: Games TB

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4th Zurich CC TB Zurich SUI Thu 19th Feb 2015 - Thu 19th Feb 2015
Leading Final Round 1 Standings:
RkNameTiFEDRtg1Pts
1Nakamura, HikarugUSA277611
2Anand, ViswanathangIND279700
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4th Zurich CC Classical (6 players 5 Rds SRR Indiv TC: 120m:60m:15m+30spm(61)) - Games in PGN: Games Classical

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4th Zurich CC Classical Zurich SUI (SUI), 14-19 ii 2015 cat. XXII (2784)
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2797 * 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 2930
2. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2776 0 * ½ 1 1 ½ 3 2857
3. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2783 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 2784
4. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2760 ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ 2 2716
5. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2811 ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ 2 2706
6. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2777 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * 2 2713
Round 1 (February 14, 2015)
Anand, Viswanathan - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 47 D36 QGD Exchange
Caruana, Fabiano - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 41 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Aronian, Levon - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 27 D47 Queens Gambit Meran
Round 2 (February 15, 2015)
Anand, Viswanathan - Aronian, Levon 1-0 28 D97 Gruenfeld Russian
Kramnik, Vladimir - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 40 A14 Reti Opening
Karjakin, Sergey - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 41 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Round 3 (February 16, 2015)
Nakamura, Hikaru - Karjakin, Sergey 1-0 27 A33 English Symmetrical
Caruana, Fabiano - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 45 A07 Barcza System
Aronian, Levon - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 61 A14 Reti Opening
Round 4 (February 17, 2015)
Anand, Viswanathan - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 41 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Kramnik, Vladimir - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 43 A05 Various
Aronian, Levon - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 35 D56 Queens Gambit Lasker's Defence
Round 5 (February 18, 2015)
Nakamura, Hikaru - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 44 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Karjakin, Sergey - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 42 A22 English Opening
Caruana, Fabiano - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 28 C53 Giuoco Piano

4th Zurich CC Rapid (6 players 5 Rds SRR Indiv TC: 15m+10spm) - Games in PGN: Games Rapid

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4th Zurich CC Rapid Zurich SUI (SUI), 19-19 ii 2015 cat. XXII (2784)
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2783 * 1 1 0 ½ 1 2933
2. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2777 0 * ½ 1 1 ½ 3 2857
3. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2776 0 ½ * ½ 1 1 3 2857
4. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2760 1 0 ½ * ½ 0 2 2716
5. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2797 ½ 0 0 ½ * 1 2 2709
6. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2811 0 ½ 0 1 0 * 2629
Round 1 (February 19, 2015)
Kramnik, Vladimir - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 26 A07 Barcza System
Nakamura, Hikaru - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 51 A36 English Botvinnik
Karjakin, Sergey - Aronian, Levon 0-1 66 A07 Barcza System
Round 2 (February 19, 2015)
Aronian, Levon - Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 33 D47 Queens Gambit Meran
Nakamura, Hikaru - Kramnik, Vladimir 0-1 49 A13 Reti Opening
Caruana, Fabiano - Karjakin, Sergey 1-0 39 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Round 3 (February 19, 2015)
Kramnik, Vladimir - Aronian, Levon 1-0 69 D38 QGD Ragozin
Karjakin, Sergey - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 30 C07 French Tarrasch
Anand, Viswanathan - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 22 B06 Modern Defence
Round 4 (February 19, 2015)
Nakamura, Hikaru - Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 57 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Karjakin, Sergey - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 68 A07 Barcza System
Caruana, Fabiano - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 54 C53 Giuoco Piano
Round 5 (February 19, 2015)
Kramnik, Vladimir - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 33 A05 Various
Aronian, Levon - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 48 D56 Queens Gambit Lasker's Defence
Anand, Viswanathan - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 30 E15 Queens Indian

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

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4th Zurich CC Blitz Zurich SUI (SUI), 13-13 ii 2015 cat. XXII (2784)
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2777 * ½ 1 1 ½ 1 4 3025
2. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2811 ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 2927
3. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2797 0 ½ * 1 1 1 2930
4. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2776 0 ½ 0 * ½ 1 2 2713
5. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2783 ½ 0 0 ½ * 0 1 2544
6. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2760 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 2548
Round 1 (February 13, 2015)
Aronian, Levon - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 62 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Caruana, Fabiano - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 76 B01 Centre Counter
Karjakin, Sergey - Anand, Viswanathan 0-1 58 C47 Four Knights
Round 2 (February 13, 2015)
Anand, Viswanathan - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 31 A09 Reti Opening
Nakamura, Hikaru - Aronian, Levon 0-1 61 D51 Queens Gambit Cambridge Springs
Karjakin, Sergey - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 31 A88 Dutch Leningrad
Round 3 (February 13, 2015)
Aronian, Levon - Karjakin, Sergey 1-0 66 D27 QGA
Caruana, Fabiano - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 18 C26 Vienna Game
Kramnik, Vladimir - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 53 D02 Queen's Pawn Game
Round 4 (February 13, 2015)
Caruana, Fabiano - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 42 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Anand, Viswanathan - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 62 B52 Sicilian Rossolimo
Karjakin, Sergey - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 38 C47 Four Knights
Round 5 (February 13, 2015)
Aronian, Levon - Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 43 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Nakamura, Hikaru - Karjakin, Sergey 1-0 30 A06 Zukertort Opening
Kramnik, Vladimir - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 73 A88 Dutch Leningrad

Korchnoi-Uhlmann Rapid (2 players 4 Rds Match Indiv TC: 25m+20spm) - Games in PGN: Veterans

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Korchnoi-Uhlmann Rapid Zurich SUI Sun 15th Feb 2015 - Mon 16th Feb 2015
Leading Final Round 4 Standings:
RkNameTiFEDRtg1234Pts
1Korchnoi, ViktorGMSUI249901102
1Uhlmann, WolfgangGMGER232610012
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4th Zurich CC Match (2 players 2 Rds Match Indiv TC: 120m:60m:15m+30spm(61))

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