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Caruana Beats Anand In Zurich!

  • SonofPearl
  • on 27-02-13 12:56.

Zurich Chess Challenge logo 2013.jpgFabiano Caruana finally broke the deadlock at the Zurich Chess Challenge in the fourth round, beating world champion Vishy Anand to take the overall lead!

The game was a complicated struggle arising out of the Ruy Lopez, with Anand sacrificing one of his rooks in return for a knight and pawn.  The champion also achieved extra compensation in the form of a protected passed pawn, and didn't seem to be in any danger. However, a single slip just after the first time control with 41.Bg2? was enough to hand the win to Caruana on a plate.

Fabiano Caruana leads the Zurich Chess Challenge

Zurich Chess Challenge 2013 Round 3 Fabiano Caruana.jpg

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The encounter between Boris Gelfand and Vladimir Kramnik was even more exciting, and seemed the more likely of the games to produce a decisive result! Vladimir Kramnik played uncharacteristically dynamic and risky chess which should perhaps have been rewarded with victory.  His sacrifice of a knight for a pawn with 22...Nxf2!? created great complications.

When a Kramnik mistake with 29...Qa7? (30. R4e3! +-) went unpunished by Gelfand it seemed as if the game was up.  But despite Gelfand's pieces cowering on the kingside protecting his king from Kramnik's awesome bishop pair, time trouble inaccuracies resulted in simplification and a draw.

Vladimir Kramnik

Zurich Chess Challenge 2013 Round 3 Vladimir Kramnik.jpg

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Standings After 4 Rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Caruana, Fabiano ITA 2757
Gelfand, Boris ISR 2740 2
Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2810 2
Anand, Viswanathan IND 2780

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Remaining Rounds

Round 5  Boris Gelfand  v Viswanathan Anand 
   Vladimir Kramnik  v Fabiano Caruana 
Round 6  Viswanathan Anand  v Vladimir Kramnik 
   Fabiano Caruana  v Boris Gelfand 

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Remaining Schedule (times = GMT+1)

Thu Feb-28 15:00 Round 5
Fri Mar-01 13:00 Round 6

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The time control is 2 hours for 40 moves, then 1 hour for the next 20 moves, and 15 minutes plus a 30-second increment for the remainder of the game. If a game is drawn before move 40, the players will play an additional rapid exhibition game (not counting towards the scores).

The tournament is being staged by the Zurich Chess Club and the main sponsor is Oleg Skvortsov of International Gemological Laboratories.  The venue is the Savoy Hotel, Paradeplatz.


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Photos from the official website. Games via TWIC.

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  • 20 maanden geleden

    Ashaum

    Kingcrash - get a life

  • 20 maanden geleden

    sudz99

    In each sport great players come and go .. that dosnt mean the next champion is first among equals.. its time some have to digest the fact that a Indian is top player and a great champion..so what if he loses a championship or a game...anand is the pride of India forever !! Proud to know that Anand has Defeated the best in the world ..

  • 20 maanden geleden

    sudz99

    kingcrash you are a nobody ....go wash your face before commenting about great players..!!

  • 20 maanden geleden

    sara_manju

    polo321 u r exactly correct. and i like it too

  • 20 maanden geleden

    Abhishek2

    Blunders happen with age, I don't blame Anand. He's very old to be competing though.

  • 20 maanden geleden

    luigi72

    Great Fabiano !

  • 20 maanden geleden

    tesla1

    kidpoolside@ anand lost to wanghao recently in tatasteel in the last round and finished 2 full points behind carlsen.

  • 20 maanden geleden

    Saxton47

    @machete68: Why do you feel the need to put down a world champion and brand him as inferior? What are your qualifications to sit as judge and jury in chess matters? Gloating in front of an international audience following a loss by Anand not only shows rudeness on your part, it indicates you are deriving childish pleasure rubbing it in. 

  • 20 maanden geleden

    kidpoolside

    Personally, I think people are way too hard on Anand.  I dont think he is in top form, but even so, he almost never loses.  Besides yesterday, when was the last time he lost?   If someone else beats him in the world championship match, then they will be the rightful champ, but it wont be as easy as some of you think because it is so rare that he actually loses.  I also like that we have a classy and repectful individual as our current champion. Im a fan.

  • 20 maanden geleden

    TheMagicianPaul

    For me Aronian is the WC already now...

  • 20 maanden geleden

    rranjann

    so many negative comments from Englishmen about Anad.do i sense envy? Anad and Short/Adams(don't remember which one) were at some point of time competing for world champ and now he is gone(not considered realy challenging among Super-GMs)  but Anand is World champ and still going strong.

    case in point: current round game Anand Sacked and got a better position, but still same generic, un-intelligent remarks about  his game.

  • 20 maanden geleden

    payamp

    I was right there. You should have seen Anand's face afer the match.

  • 20 maanden geleden

    deepak64

    Good games.

  • 20 maanden geleden

    nunoap

    I really don't understand why so many people say Anand is past, no longer deserve to be the World Chess Champion, rarely win a game and so on...Some persons forget that the most probable result between two chess grandmasters is a draw! At this level, winning a chess game is often the result of stress and mental/physical fatigue. If none of the players make an error, or if both make the same number of little erros, the result will be, for sure, a draw.

  • 20 maanden geleden

    sara_manju

    nobody to cheer up our anand! take it easy anand good luck. jai ho INDIA

  • 20 maanden geleden

    pawnturnsking

    In next round Anand will come good and play better chess, Beaware Gelfand !!!

  • 20 maanden geleden

    abiogenesis23

    I think the Candidates tournament will bring out more risks in order to get the full point from some of these guys.  Kramnik's play was very interesting this round, he is fun to watch. 

  • 20 maanden geleden

    MrMars

    gelfand and kramnik should have played on. they need a will to win.

  • 20 maanden geleden

    chichito

    is not about anand as a chess player the thing is that is time to move on he does not have what is needed to perform like a real champ

  • 20 maanden geleden

    Sahasrara

    Anand is still a great champ, he is just past his prime; it happens to everyone, Karpov, Kasparov now Anand. 

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