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Caruana Wins Zurich Blitz Event

  • SonofPearl
  • on 23/02/13 05:43.

Zurich Chess Challenge logo 2013.jpgFabiano Caruana won an opening double-round robin blitz competition on the eve of the Zurich Chess Challenge, just beating Vladimir Kramnik in the final standings.

The blitz contest came as something of a surprise since there were no hints on the official website that it was even taking place!

A further surprise was the poor showing of world champion Vishy Anand, who is normally known for his prowess at rapid and blitz chess. Despite beating Boris Gelfand in their head-to-head mini-match, he lost all his other games to finish last. The time control was 4 minutes plus 2 second increment.

The final results of the Zurich Blitz competition

# Name Fed Elo 1 2 3 4 Pts
1 Caruana, Fabiano ITA 2757 ** ½1 11 5
2 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2810 ½0 ** 11 4
3 Gelfand, Boris ISR 2740 **
4 Anand, Viswanathan IND 2780 00 00 **

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At the opening ceremony (l to r): Gelfand, Anand, Kramnik, Caruana

Zurich Chess Challange 2013 Opening ceremony.jpg

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Despite his poor health, Viktor Korchnoi (right) was a guest

Zurich Chess Challenge 2013 Opening ceremony Viktor Korchnoi.jpg

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Caruana (right) won a crucial game with black against Kramnik

Zurich Chess Challenge 2013 Blitz Vladimir Kramnik Fabiano Caruana.jpg

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The games were broadcast live, and there are videos available for replay at this link.

The first round of the tournament proper starts today (at 14:00 GMT).  Links to the official website's live coverage and commentary can be found here.

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Photos via the official website. Results table and games via TWIC.

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  • 21 mesi fa

    _valentin_

    Interestingly, with a round to spare in the actual main tournament, the players still  the identical spots to where they ended this blitz event -- with Caruana on top, Anand at the bottom, and the other two in the middle.  Though the differences in classical chess and in points accumulated are ever so subtle unlike here in the blitz event.

  • 21 mesi fa

    sara_manju

    good games. congradulations CARUANA

  • 21 mesi fa

    Ironknight777

    Caruana has played well. Congratz

  • 21 mesi fa

    _valentin_

    It looks like Anand lost at least two of his games on time (white against Kramnik, and black against Caruana); but was doing reasonably okay in them up to that point chess-wise.  So this isn't something to worry about, he's just gotten slower in moving his hands, but his brain is sharp still.

  • 21 mesi fa

    iacogio

    I'm happy to see that Kortchnoi was there! I'm really happy he is recovering from the stroke.

  • 21 mesi fa

    cubaje

    59 minutes ago

    WannaPlayLot

    I'm sorry, but the first picture really shouldn't be posted here. It's quite horrible. They look like a bunch of mentally disordered guys

    They are just "special" ;)

  • 21 mesi fa

    Oraoradeki

    I'd say Blitz favours younger players because of their impulsive nature

  • 21 mesi fa

    Czechman

    I like Caruana!

    Anybody with a name that rhymes with marijuana is OK by me! Surprised

  • 21 mesi fa

    WannaPlayLot

    I'm sorry, but the first picture really shouldn't be posted here. It's quite horrible. They look like a bunch of mentally disordered guys.

  • 21 mesi fa

    Champeknight

    Lucky wins

  • 21 mesi fa

    HyperDragon

    Board blindness probably, and I'm guessing Anand resigned immediately after...

    Gooo Caruana! I was hoping it would be Kramnik, but Caruana was my next bet :)

  • 21 mesi fa

    gokul999

    In Anand-Kramnik, 45. Rxb3????? what the hell happened?

  • 21 mesi fa

    AkshitaGorti

    Nice job Caruana!

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