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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Zurich Champions Rapid Tournament

Vladimir Kramnik5/7(+3 -0 =4)[games]
Viswanathan Anand4.5/7(+2 -0 =5)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov4/7(+2 -1 =4)[games]
Veselin Topalov4/7(+2 -1 =4)[games]
Alexander Khalifman3/7(+1 -2 =4)[games]
Judit Polgar2.5/7(+0 -2 =5)[games]
Werner Hug2.5/7(+0 -2 =5)[games]
Anatoly Karpov2.5/7(+1 -3 =3)[games]

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 28  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Khalifman vs Hug ½-½202009Zurich Champions RapidA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
2. Karpov vs Judit Polgar 1-0322009Zurich Champions RapidE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
3. Judit Polgar vs Topalov  ½-½432009Zurich Champions RapidC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
4. Khalifman vs Karpov  ½-½232009Zurich Champions RapidD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Hug vs Anand 0-1382009Zurich Champions RapidB20 Sicilian
6. Kramnik vs Ponomariov ½-½472009Zurich Champions RapidA40 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Topalov vs Ponomariov  1-0512009Zurich Champions RapidD02 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Anand vs Kramnik ½-½182009Zurich Champions RapidB01 Scandinavian
9. Karpov vs Hug ½-½232009Zurich Champions RapidE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
10. Judit Polgar vs Khalifman 0-1502009Zurich Champions RapidB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
11. Khalifman vs Topalov 0-1392009Zurich Champions RapidE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
12. Hug vs Judit Polgar  ½-½422009Zurich Champions RapidD03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
13. Kramnik vs Karpov 1-0172009Zurich Champions RapidE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
14. Anand vs Khalifman ½-½242009Zurich Champions RapidB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
15. Ponomariov vs Hug 1-0292009Zurich Champions RapidE73 King's Indian
16. Anand vs Topalov ½-½302009Zurich Champions RapidC67 Ruy Lopez
17. Judit Polgar vs Kramnik  ½-½352009Zurich Champions RapidB01 Scandinavian
18. Karpov vs Ponomariov 0-1482009Zurich Champions RapidA10 English
19. Kramnik vs Khalifman 1-0672009Zurich Champions RapidD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
20. Ponomariov vs Judit Polgar  ½-½492009Zurich Champions RapidE17 Queen's Indian
21. Anand vs Karpov 1-0442009Zurich Champions RapidC67 Ruy Lopez
22. Topalov vs Hug  ½-½362009Zurich Champions RapidE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
23. Karpov vs Topalov  ½-½372009Zurich Champions RapidA04 Reti Opening
24. Judit Polgar vs Anand ½-½562009Zurich Champions RapidB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
25. Khalifman vs Ponomariov  ½-½242009Zurich Champions RapidB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-24-09  randzo: first!! go Vladimir
Aug-24-09  ILikeFruits: second hooray...
Aug-24-09  randzo: Ok so i checked it and Ok iam fan of Kramnik and we must understand that this was Rapid event so mistakes are more often.Kramnik was olso losing in 2 of his games against Hug and Ponomariov but he holds and showed very nice endgame technique against Khalifman and Topalov.Then he won a miniature against Karpov.He tried intersting opening experiment by Scandinavian 3.Qd6 He get 2 draws so it was quite succesful.so with even some luck +3.Karpov,Hug and Polgar were outsiders but their performance wasnt shame 2.5 in this field is Ok.
Aug-24-09  WhiteRook48: good to see Karpov not in last place
BOO ANAND!
Aug-24-09  wolfmaster: Why is Werner Hug in this tournament of top 10s?
Aug-24-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  me to play: Hug was no doubt added to give the locals a rooting interest.
Aug-24-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: C'mon, give him a hug!

As much a fan as I am of Judit Polgar, at this point, she might only be in FIDEs top 40 or 50, not sure if she should be in this group. I just don't like to see good players who are out of form, due to lack of playing, to get embarrassed.

Aug-24-09  itsankush: Go Anand Go!!!
Aug-25-09  VaselineTopLove: Is Chessgames planning to put up the games from the simul?
Aug-25-09  sheaf: 7 matches in a day !!..that must be exhausting...
Aug-25-09  percyblakeney: <this was Rapid event so mistakes are more often.Kramnik was olso losing in 2 of his games against Hug and Ponomariov but he holds and showed very nice endgame technique against Khalifman and Topalov>

Kramnik is a very strong rapid player, but things really did go his way here. Hug missed a simple win, Pono missed many, while Khalifman and Topalov missed draws in the endgame and Karpov blundered in the opening. But such things do happen often in rapid.

Aug-25-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  cu8sfan: <VaselineTopLove: Is Chessgames planning to put up the games from the simul?> I hope so. I sent them the games that were published. It probably takes longer because they ned to create new players.
Aug-25-09  Civhai: Has anyone been there except me?
Aug-25-09  DCP23: Video of the prize giving ceremony:
http://blip.tv/play/hJ4WgZqjDQI
Aug-25-09  percyblakeney: <good to see Karpov not in last place BOO ANAND!>

Look again, Karpov finished last (even if only on SB tiebreak...).

Aug-25-09  SetNoEscapeOn: I haven't seen the simul games posted anywhere, so I wonder if the score sheets were ever collected.
Aug-25-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  cu8sfan: <Civhai: Has anyone been there except me?> I was at the simul but not at the rapid games.

<SetNoEscapeOn: I haven't seen the simul games posted anywhere, so I wonder if the score sheets were ever collected.> They were not collected but the top two boards were published. I sent them to cg.com and reckon they take longer because lots of players need to be opened first in the database.

Aug-25-09  jhoro: <SetNoEscapeOn: I haven't seen the simul games posted anywhere, so I wonder if the score sheets were ever collected.>

16 games are available from the official website:

http://www.sgzurich2009-live.ch/en/...

and in PGN
http://www.schachbundesliga.info/zu...

Aug-25-09  SetNoEscapeOn: Thanks to both of you.
Aug-26-09  Udit Narayan: Pretty awesome roster
would have been perfect with Kasparov as well
Aug-26-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  cu8sfan: Here's a video of the simul: http://videoportal.sf.tv/video?id=9...
Aug-26-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Thanks Cubster, cool vid. I'm gonna speak to the Steinbrenner boys, and see if they will loan the Cubs A-Rod for one season, so your Cubbies might make the Series!

Did you see the crowd he draws? A retired chess player? Kaspy still has real star power, most impressive. It's no wonder Obama met with him on his Moscow visit.

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