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Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz) Tournament

Levon Aronian4/5(+3 -0 =2)[games]
Fabiano Caruana3.5/5(+2 -0 =3)[games]
Viswanathan Anand3.5/5(+3 -1 =1)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura2/5(+1 -2 =2)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik1/5(+0 -3 =2)[games]
Sergey Karjakin1/5(+1 -4 =0)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz) (2015)

Played in Zurich, Switzerland 13 February 2015, to determine colors for the Zurich Chess Challenge (2015). Official site:

1 2 3 4 5 6 1 Aronian * 1 1 1 4 2 Caruana * 1 1 3 3 Anand 0 * 1 1 1 3 4 Nakamura 0 0 * 1 2 5 Kramnik 0 0 * 0 1 6 Karjakin 0 0 0 0 1 * 1

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Karjakin vs Anand 0-1582015Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)C47 Four Knights
2. Kramnik vs Caruana 0-1732015Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)A88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
3. Aronian vs Anand 1-0432015Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)C67 Ruy Lopez
4. Caruana vs Aronian ½-½422015Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
5. Karjakin vs Kramnik 1-0382015Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)C47 Four Knights
6. Anand vs Nakamura 1-0622015Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
7. Kramnik vs Nakamura ½-½532015Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Aronian vs Karjakin 1-0662015Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)D27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
9. Caruana vs Anand ½-½182015Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)C26 Vienna
10. Karjakin vs Caruana 0-1312015Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)A88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
11. Nakamura vs Aronian 0-1612015Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)D51 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Anand vs Kramnik 1-0312015Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)A09 Reti Opening
13. Aronian vs Kramnik ½-½622015Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)C67 Ruy Lopez
14. Caruana vs Nakamura ½-½762015Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)B01 Scandinavian
15. Nakamura vs Karjakin 1-0302015Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz)A06 Reti Opening
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Kibitzer's Corner
Feb-13-15  Absentee: Surprising to see Caruana finish second in blitz, even though it was only 5 rounds.
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  Rolfo: And ahead of Nakamura..
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  Penguincw: What is just surprising is Nakamura finishing in the bottom half (even though it's only 5 rounds).

Sure it's only blitz, but I always like to see the rating changes:

Nakamura: -27.0 (now at 2856.0)
Aronian: +23.6 (now at 2839.6)
Anand: +21.6 (now at 2788.6)
Kramnik: -28.0 (now at 2735.0)
Karjakin: -25.8 (now at 2725.2)
Caruana: +35.6 (now at 2714.6)

Feb-13-15  Maatalkko: What a bad score for the Russians. Put their points together and they still tie for last.
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  Sokrates: <Absentee: Surprising to see Caruana finish second in blitz, even though it was only 5 rounds.> Yes, and even more surprising to see Aronian win! :-)
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  Harvestman: I watched these, and Nakamura had the worst of the his games in the first three rounds, and was a bit fortunate to get 1 from 3.Then again, not too much really mattered from this.
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  perfidious: Aronian? Who's he? Some hasbeenusetawas?

To hear some kibitzers tell it, most emphatically affirmative.

For all the criticism levelled at top GMs on a daily basis in these pages, I should say they can all play a little.

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  Rolfo: Both Aronian and Anand got a little encouragement
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  Penguincw: Say, what's the benefit for the players for playing in this blitz tournament? Does the winner get to have an extra white, or maybe a bonus cash prize, or what?
Feb-13-15  1d410: Russia tanked
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  Rolfo: There are 5 games and the three winners get 3 whites ASFAIK
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  chancho: Beware of the man in the wheelchair.

He wants to punch someone!

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  Rolfo: He really looks sharp :)
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  Rolfo: ..and ready to roll
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  Check It Out: glad to see he's not mellowing with age
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  Shams: The woman to his left appears to be red-shifting.
Feb-13-15  paavoh: Good to see Korchnoi among us again!
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  perfidious: <paavoh> Y'all don't mess with the Old Master!
Feb-14-15  kummatmebro: Man it would have been awesome to grow up watching these guys in their primes.

Spassky korchnoi tal bronstein Keres etcc

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  offramp: The woman in red is Petra. I met her a few years ago and she was still good-looking.
Feb-14-15  Arcturus: <<Shams: The woman to his left appears to be red-shifting.>>

This is funny on multiple levels, just love it.

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  chancho: <Hikaru Nakamura at Facebook:

Yesterday at 13:55
Not a very inspiring start, but luckily it was only the blitz portion of the Zurich Chess Challenge!>

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  Shams: <Arcturus> Thanks, I almost deleted it before posting because I'm red/green color-blind and didn't want to embarrass myself. :)
Feb-16-15  kamagong24: GM Wes can find some chinks into Nakamura's blitzkrieg!!!!!!!
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  ajile: Seems like the Leningrad is mainly only seen now in blitz.

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