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Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz) Tournament

Magnus Carlsen3/5(+2 -1 =2)[games]
Levon Aronian3/5(+2 -1 =2)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura2.5/5(+2 -2 =1)[games]
Fabiano Caruana2.5/5(+2 -2 =1)[games]
Viswanathan Anand2.5/5(+2 -2 =1)[games]
Boris Gelfand1.5/5(+1 -3 =1)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz) (2014)

Played in Zurich, Switzerland 29 January 2014, to determine colors for the Zurich Chess Challenge (2014). Official site:

1 2 3 4 5 6 1 Carlsen * 1 0 1 3 2 Aronian * 0 1 1 3 3 Nakamura 0 1 * 1 0 2 4 Caruana 1 0 * 0 1 2 5 Anand 0 0 1 * 1 2 6 Gelfand 0 1 0 0 * 1

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Carlsen vs Caruana 0-1352014Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)B42 Sicilian, Kan
2. Anand vs Gelfand 1-0312014Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)D47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. Aronian vs Caruana  ½-½362014Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)C41 Philidor Defense
4. Gelfand vs Aronian 0-1502014Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Carlsen vs Anand 1-0212014Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
6. Caruana vs Nakamura 0-1472014Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
7. Anand vs Nakamura  ½-½392014Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)C03 French, Tarrasch
8. Aronian vs Carlsen ½-½832014Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)A46 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Gelfand vs Caruana 0-1442014Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)E00 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Carlsen vs Gelfand ½-½452014Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)A48 King's Indian
11. Nakamura vs Aronian 1-0332014Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Caruana vs Anand  0-1472014Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)A07 King's Indian Attack
13. Aronian vs Anand 1-0402014Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)A38 English, Symmetrical
14. Gelfand vs Nakamura 1-0602014Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
15. Nakamura vs Carlsen 0-1402014Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)C47 Four Knights
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Jan-29-14  RedShield: Yet another laurel in the crown for the Boy Wonder. It's just a pity that Alekhine's not still around to write the tournament book.
Jan-29-14  RedShield: Vlad was right. Simply playing over the moves of Magnus vs Vishy, I could smell the fear.
Jan-29-14  SirRuthless: So when do the main event pairings get released?
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  cro777: Round 1 of the main event pairings:


Jan-29-14  John Abraham: Anand got mated in 22 moves by Carlsen. It will be interesting how this result affects Anand's play against Carlsen in the real tournament. It's hard to believe this game will not have psychological impact or bring back memories from the championship match
Jan-29-14  SirRuthless: Judging by the types of openings used( outside of the players normal repertoire) I doubt they care *that* much about some silly 5 round blitz event. One of those things where a loss my bug you for five minutes and then it's "whats for dinner" to the girlfriend/wife/SO.
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  OhioChessFan: Vishy's wife? Yeah, he isn't worried about a blitz game.
Jan-29-14  SatelliteDan: Anyone here a ICC chess club member? Is there server down?
Jan-30-14  QueentakesKing: Why was Wesley not invited? Who is scared of Wesley So?
Jan-30-14  KingchecksQueen: I heard it thru the gravepine: That MC would not play if WS was included. How true?
Jan-30-14  manorchy: PawncoughsockpuppetscoughPawn, kindly take your nonrelevant playertalk to a tournament page where he's a participant of, please. Thank you.
Jan-30-14  BobbieM: Carlsen won so please change the order of the standings admin
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  HeMateMe: If MC played So in a 15 game blitz match, Carslen would spank Wesley so badly, he'd dislocate his hand and wouldn't be able to hit a chess clock for a month.
Jan-30-14  evlozare: red shield- 'another laurel in the crown for the boy wonder'

sir ruthless- 'silly 5 round blitz event'.

sigh... another day in cg kibitzing.

Jan-30-14  KingchecksQueen: Cranky people die young.
Jan-30-14  Eti fan: Parallel event with Grischuk, Moroevich, Nepo etc.
Jan-30-14  SirRuthless: <evlozarr>It was a popcorn event with the sole purpose of securing the extra white.. The real event begins today.
Jan-30-14  Rolfo: < Carlsen won so please change the order of the standings admin>

CG has it never correct, the standings I mean when tiebreak is applied

Jan-30-14  gabisrael: The attitude from Aronian towards Gelfand was disgusting! He approved with his head the draw offer by gelfand, and then rejects it and points to the clock. Can't beleive it.
Jan-30-14  SirRuthless: <gabisrael> This is true? Wow. Shocking. I thought Levon had a good reputation. Do you have video evidence?
Jan-30-14  RedShield: The video can be seen:

Jump forward as close as possible to 1.29.45. We don't see Levon's face, but he was probably a bit sheepish.

Feb-04-14  Strongest Force: Naka-Lev: what a entertaining and great coffeehouse prime example of bewilderment with tricks and suprises for all!!
Feb-04-14  Strongest Force: Did Gelfy really play 1.e3? I think Asa Hoffman once tried to sell me on that move. Joel Benjamin once tried to get me to go against white with the devious 1.e4..Nf6 2.e5..Ng8!?
Feb-04-14  Strongest Force: It must have been a transmission error: Gelfy really played 1.d4
Feb-04-14  Strongest Force: Poops...pretend I posted to correct rapids section...
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