|Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge (2017)|
After the Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge (Opening Blitz) (2017), the main part of the 2017 Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge took place from April 13-17 in the Kongresshaus, Zurich, Switzerland. Eight players, who included the former World Champions Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik, played each other once at "new classical" chess (this page) and once at "blitz". The new classical time control was 45 minutes for the whole game with a 30-second increment per move from move 1. The "blitz" on the final day April 17 was 10 minutes for all moves with a 5-second increment (= Rapid by FIDEs definition). The results were combined, with new classical games counting double, i. e., with 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw. (1)
Official site: http://zurich-cc.com/. Combined standings after "new classical" and "blitz":
Previous edition: Zurich Chess Challenge (2016). Nakamura won this event also in 2016 and 2015.
1 Nakamura 10 5 15
2 Nepomniachtchi 10 4 14
3 Anand 9 4.5 13.5
4 Svidler 8 4 12
5 Kramnik 8 3 11
6 Gelfand 5 4 9
7 Oparin 3 2.5 5.5
8 Pelletier 3 1 4
(1) chess24: Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t...
| page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 28
|1. Kramnik vs Anand
||1-0||38||2017||Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge||A30 English, Symmetrical|
|2. I Nepomniachtchi vs Svidler
|| ||½-½||49||2017||Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge||B46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation|
|3. Gelfand vs G Oparin
|| ||½-½||31||2017||Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge||D37 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|4. Nakamura vs Pelletier
|| ||1-0||48||2017||Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge||A07 King's Indian Attack|
|5. Pelletier vs G Oparin
|| ||½-½||49||2017||Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge||A13 English|
|6. Nakamura vs Svidler
||0-1||49||2017||Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge||A36 English|
|7. Gelfand vs Kramnik
||½-½||47||2017||Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge||D35 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|8. I Nepomniachtchi vs Anand
||1-0||41||2017||Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge||A35 English, Symmetrical|
|9. Kramnik vs I Nepomniachtchi
|| ||½-½||58||2017||Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge||A48 King's Indian|
|10. Svidler vs Gelfand
|| ||½-½||23||2017||Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge||A04 Reti Opening|
|11. G Oparin vs Nakamura
||0-1||54||2017||Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge||C53 Giuoco Piano|
|12. Anand vs Pelletier
||1-0||39||2017||Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge||C11 French|
|13. G Oparin vs Svidler
||0-1||40||2017||Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge||B90 Sicilian, Najdorf|
|14. Pelletier vs Kramnik
|| ||½-½||34||2017||Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge||E06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3|
|15. Nakamura vs I Nepomniachtchi
||1-0||35||2017||Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge||A48 King's Indian|
|16. Gelfand vs Anand
||0-1||36||2017||Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge||A37 English, Symmetrical|
|17. I Nepomniachtchi vs Gelfand
||1-0||37||2017||Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge||B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation|
|18. Kramnik vs Nakamura
||½-½||64||2017||Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge||D05 Queen's Pawn Game|
|19. Svidler vs Pelletier
|| ||½-½||38||2017||Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge||A07 King's Indian Attack|
|20. Anand vs G Oparin
||1-0||42||2017||Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge||C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer|
|21. G Oparin vs I Nepomniachtchi
|| ||0-1||28||2017||Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge||B90 Sicilian, Najdorf|
|22. Pelletier vs Gelfand
||0-1||23||2017||Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge||D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav|
|23. Nakamura vs Anand
||½-½||30||2017||Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge||A30 English, Symmetrical|
|24. Gelfand vs Nakamura
||0-1||44||2017||Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge||D37 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|25. I Nepomniachtchi vs Pelletier
|| ||1-0||43||2017||Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge||A30 English, Symmetrical|
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|Apr-15-17|| ||chesslearner1991: As this event is unrated, players can take more risks and play for a result.|
|Apr-15-17|| ||Imran Iskandar: Well, it's rated as rapid, so it depends on how much the players care about their rapid rating.|
|Apr-15-17|| ||tuttifrutty: A tourney without Wesley is not a tourney at all.|
|Apr-15-17|| ||Gollum: Would have been nice to have proper classical matches here in stead of rapid and blitz.|
|Apr-15-17|| ||Sneaky: 45m+30/move is a bit longer than what most people regard as rapid. In the USA we have a designation of "quick" that usually applies to 60 minute-per-side games.|
|Apr-15-17|| ||docbenway: Any one know who that fantastic old boy is sitting in with GM King?|
|Apr-15-17|| ||LucB: Well, well, guess who has no draws thus far?|
|Apr-15-17|| ||chesslearner1991: <Imran: Well, it's rated as rapid>: The commentator said even though they call this as rapid, this is not counted towards the rapid rating either (as this is not regular rapid time control).|
|Apr-15-17|| ||Wavy: This rapid game is a little too long to be considered as rapid.|
This game is actually rated as a rapid game sanctioned by FIDE. Look at their rapid ratings change at 2700.com
|Apr-15-17|| ||ozmikey: <docbenway> Gena Sosonko I think...now with much less hair than he once had!|
|Apr-15-17|| ||docbenway: ozmikey-Thanks, he was my guess since he's the one doing the obits in New in Chess so I figured he was a contemporary of Korchnoi. But his pic here didn't match the guy today which left me nonplused. He is fantastic to listen to, especially w/ an ally like King to bring him out.|
|Apr-16-17|| ||activechess55: Interesting time controls lead to equally interesting games. Naka is consistent. Vishy is in his elements after lackluster first day.|
|Apr-17-17|| ||Marmot PFL: Nakamura seems to be winning this, unfortunately it won't help his rating but a good payday I bet.|
|Apr-17-17|| ||stst: Oparin... who, where, why?|
|Apr-17-17|| ||stst: <...As this event is unrated, players can take more risks and play for a result.>|
Not counting loses, whoever comes up as overall winner should be awarded with an extra bonus (loot, of course) for each won games. If so, all will play (only?) for wins!!
|Apr-19-17|| ||activechess55: Congrats to Nakamura for winning Zurich! What makes it special, is another hat trick from him. He is getting consistent with time.|
BTW, this event featured interesting time control. Shorter time formats force participants to take risks. It's well worth watching.
|Apr-19-17|| ||N0B0DY: cares about this fraud tournament in Zurich|
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