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Zurich Chess Challenge Round 3

  • SonofPearl
  • on 25-02-13 13:19.

Zurich Chess Challenge logo 2013.jpgVladimir Kramnik continued his strategy of avoiding his normal opening repertoire in dramatic fashion in round 3 of the Zurich Chess Challenge.

Kramnik surprised the audience, commentators and his opponent Fabiano Caruana by playing the dynamic Benoni defence!  It is a measure of the skill of the world's #2 ranked player that he can move so quickly and confidently in positions that he has little experience of playing.

The game became a fierce and fascinating struggle, especially after Kramnik voluntary trapped his own knight deep in enemy territory on h3!  Despite this remarkable off-side location the trusty steed proved to be more of an asset than a liability, and Caruana came under great pressure as the first time control approached.

Just when it seemed that we might see a first decisive game in Zurich, Caruana managed to slip out of Kramnik's grasp and a draw was agreed on move 53.

The great Garry Kasparov joined Yannick Pelletier and Werner Hug in the commentary box

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If Boris Gelfand is keeping his powder dry in terms of opening preparation ahead of the Candidates tournament, he is doing it more subtly than Kramnik!  The Israeli Grandmaster chose one of his favourite defences, the uncompromising Sicilian Najdorf, against Vishy Anand.

Gelfand sacrificed his d-pawn early on but missed a tactical shot with 14...Bxh3 (15. Bxh3?? Bh2+ wins) which would have posed greater problems for the world champion. After that, the game eventually fizzled out to a draw after a series of exchanges.

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Tomorrow (Tuesday) is the tournament's only rest day, so the games will resume on Wednesday with round 4, when Vishy Anand will have the white pieces against Fabiano Caruana, and Boris Gelfand has white against Vladimir Kramnik. The pairings in full are:

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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).

Playing Schedule (times = GMT+1)

Sat Feb-23 15:00 Round 1
Sun Feb-24 15:00 Round 2
Mon Feb-25 15:00 Round 3
Tue Feb-26 Rest Day
Wed Feb-27 15:00 Round 4
Thu Feb-28 15:00 Round 5
Fri Mar-01 13:00 Round 6

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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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Screenshot from the official website live coverage. Games via TWIC.

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  • 20 maanden geleden

    Sahasrara

    For anybody following the event: Caruana scored an upset and defeated Anand today, Kramnik and Gelfand drew. 

  • 20 maanden geleden

    divinapinoy

    Reykjavik 2013 Feb 26, 2013...6 players tied for first place. Paired against each other. So vs Dzinba, Ding Liren vs Eljanov & Gajewski vs Wei Yi . Wei Yi is currently the world youngest GM at 13. There are 227 participants.

  • 20 maanden geleden

    Balachandar

    Thanks _valentin_.

  • 20 maanden geleden

    _valentin_

    Balachandar:  Yes, this is a trivial rook endgame draw, especially at their level.  
    Perhaps more surprisingly to many readers of this message, even if black's g-pawn is removed in the final position (i.e., when white would have two extra pawns), this is still a draw -- although more subtle (it has to do specifically with the fact that white's remaining pawns are f- and h-; almost any other two-pawn combinations would yield a win for white in the absence of black's g-pawn).  

    Studying endgames helps to know these things, and the associated techniques.

  • 20 maanden geleden

    SonofPearl

    @ dancentino - I'll be doing an update on Reykjavik in my next news article.

    @ marklimpin - I usually give most focus to the top tournament currently being played. I don't always have time to cover every significant tournament. (I haven't even mentioned Capelle-la-Grande yet).  If you think these games are boring (just because they ended as draws?) then I think you are in a minority! 

  • 20 maanden geleden

    Abhishek2

    we need a win!

  • 20 maanden geleden

    marklimpin

    jayson17 what i mean is give more attention to other tournament like reykjavik,and many more

  • 20 maanden geleden

    jason17

    marklimpin: did you pay attention to the Baden-Baden tournament with Anand and Caruana? There were only 6 participants but there was a decisive game every round. Also, Kramnik and Caruana's game was very dynamic, and if you have been following this "boring" guy Kramnik around, you would know that he is playing very different this tournament than he usually does. He played the Larsen defence two games in a row with white for goodness sake. What more do you want? You aren't going to get a 20 move checkmate when both players are so good.

    And the site covered the aeroflot open, and the Moscow open. Just open your eyes a little bit.

  • 20 maanden geleden

    Balachandar

    Is the rook ending in Anand - Gelfand game drawn outright, even though white is a pawn up? 

  • 20 maanden geleden

    WalangAlam

    They are all waiting for the next to last day game to go for the kill. 

  • 20 maanden geleden

    abiogenesis23

    Goofy line played by Anand. 

  • 20 maanden geleden

    marklimpin

    The problem in this site is they are giving more importance to the top gun of chess when in fact all their game is dull and boring. they should give other tournament a focus. probably most of the user are bored seeing anand,kramnik,caruana, etc.

  • 20 maanden geleden

    MSC157

    Kasparov and Karpov should go home, because they drew 40 out of 48 of their games in 1984 WCC?!

  • 20 maanden geleden

    skilledwolf

    What happens if every game is drawn? At this point it's a legitimate question.

  • 20 maanden geleden

    dancentino

    could anybody please give an update of reykjavik 2013.Cry. Use left and right arrows to navigate.

  • 20 maanden geleden

    MSC157

    Go Kramnik! :)

  • 20 maanden geleden

    ttukhun

    I've got the chance to discover how it feels: 

    "First!"

    Huh, extrange, nothing happens, maybe someone more learned than me could explain what's the thrill about writing that.Wink

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