Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge Tournament

Ian Nepomniachtchi5/7(+4 -1 =2)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura5/7(+4 -1 =2)[games]
Viswanathan Anand4.5/7(+4 -2 =1)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik4/7(+1 -0 =6)[games]
Peter Svidler4/7(+2 -1 =4)[games]
Boris Gelfand2.5/7(+1 -3 =3)[games]
Yannick Pelletier1.5/7(+0 -4 =3)[games]
Grigoriy Oparin1.5/7(+0 -4 =3)[games] Chess Event Description
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: Combined standings after "new classical" and "blitz":

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

Previous edition: Zurich Chess Challenge (2016). Nakamura won this event also in 2016 and 2015.

(1) chess24: Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 28  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kramnik vs Anand 1-0382017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeA30 English, Symmetrical
2. I Nepomniachtchi vs Svidler  ½-½492017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
3. Gelfand vs G Oparin  ½-½312017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Nakamura vs Pelletier  1-0482017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeA07 King's Indian Attack
5. Pelletier vs G Oparin  ½-½492017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeA13 English
6. Nakamura vs Svidler 0-1492017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeA36 English
7. Gelfand vs Kramnik ½-½472017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. I Nepomniachtchi vs Anand 1-0412017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeA35 English, Symmetrical
9. Kramnik vs I Nepomniachtchi  ½-½582017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeA48 King's Indian
10. Svidler vs Gelfand  ½-½232017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeA04 Reti Opening
11. G Oparin vs Nakamura 0-1542017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeC53 Giuoco Piano
12. Anand vs Pelletier 1-0392017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeC11 French
13. G Oparin vs Svidler 0-1402017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. Pelletier vs Kramnik  ½-½342017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
15. Nakamura vs I Nepomniachtchi 1-0352017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeA48 King's Indian
16. Gelfand vs Anand 0-1362017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeA37 English, Symmetrical
17. I Nepomniachtchi vs Gelfand 1-0372017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
18. Kramnik vs Nakamura ½-½642017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeD05 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Svidler vs Pelletier  ½-½382017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeA07 King's Indian Attack
20. Anand vs G Oparin 1-0422017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
21. G Oparin vs I Nepomniachtchi  0-1282017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. Pelletier vs Gelfand 0-1232017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. Nakamura vs Anand ½-½302017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeA30 English, Symmetrical
24. Gelfand vs Nakamura 0-1442017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. I Nepomniachtchi vs Pelletier  1-0432017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeA30 English, Symmetrical
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 28  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2)  

TIP: You can make the above ads go away by registering a free account!

Kibitzer's Corner
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.
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Premium Chessgames Member
  docbenway: Any one know who that fantastic old boy is sitting in with GM King?
Premium Chessgames Member
  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

Apr-15-17  ozmikey: <docbenway> Gena Sosonko I with much less hair than he once had!
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No posting personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific tournament and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2018, Chessgames Services LLC