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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]
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Chessgames.com 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: http://www.zurich-cc.com/archive/zc...

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  SirRuthless: <SF>Anand and Nak won. This is blitz, man. Any result is possible.
Jan-29-14  Strongest Force: Two guys with bad games won: Nak and Vishy
Jan-29-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Mark Crowther: "Carlsen looks incredibly rusty but it's only 4m+2spm blitz and these events can prove very misleading."

Carlsen - Caruana

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 e6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 a6 5. Bd3 Bc5 6. c3 d6 7. Nd2 Nf6 8. O-O O-O 9. a4 e5 10. N4b3 Ba7 11. Nc4 Be6 12. Qe2 Nc6 13. Bg5 h6 14. Bh4 g5 15. Bg3 Ne7 16. Nbd2 Ng6 17. Rfe1 h5 18. h3 h4 19. Bh2 g4 20. Kh1 gxh3 21. gxh3 Bxh3 22. Rg1 Kg7 23. Ne3 Bxe3 24. Qxe3 Ng4 25. Qf3 Qf6 26. Rxg4 Qxf3+ 27. Nxf3 Bxg4 28. Nxh4 Nxh4 29. Rg1 Nf3 30. Rxg4+ Kf6 31. Rg3 Nxh2 32. Kxh2 Rh8+ 33. Kg2 Rag8 34. Bc4 Rxg3+ 35. fxg3 a5 0-1

Jan-29-14  Strongest Force: Nak has Vishy on ropes which means Vishy has a shot
Jan-29-14  Strongest Force: Lev had solid pawn vs Mavnus
Jan-29-14  Shams: Some poor time scramble etiquette from Magnus, knocking over pieces then hitting his clock before fixing the board on his Aronian's time.
Jan-29-14  SimonWebbsTiger: Black magic by Magnus v. Levon!
Jan-29-14  Strongest Force: Fab must have been taking blitz lessons somewhere).
Jan-29-14  Shams: Magnus just crushed Anand. Great queen sack to end it.
Jan-29-14  SirRuthless: He just got one from nakamura <SF>
Jan-29-14  Strongest Force: Coffeehouse chess Is a asset in blitz: just ask Nak.
Jan-29-14  Strongest Force: Once again, the creme rises to the top. This is just 5 rounds?
Jan-29-14  kellmano: I think it's just 5 yes. Entertaining though. And they nearly finished in rating order.
Jan-29-14  SirRuthless: I think they *did* finish in rating order but whatever. All that matters here is the extra white. No one was using their real openings.
Jan-29-14  haydn20: Is it an omen that MC & Lev finish with 3 pts? I hope so: wd love to see them in World Championship. Commentators say it is "arbiters' decision" who will be in 3rd pl.
Jan-29-14  SirRuthless: The list is already final. Sonnenborg, extra black, wins with black any way you cut it is nakamura in the 3 spot. Not sure it is going to help him here though. Hope his form is better than in Wijk aaz Zee. I think the final standings here will look much like the final event standings after the classical and rapids.
Jan-29-14  notyetagm: Zurich Chess Challenge (Blitz) (2014)

Typcal Carlsen: clear last with two rounds to go, goes 2/2 in last two rounds, wins first on tiebreak. :-)

Jan-29-14  Eti fan: According to the standings, Carlsen wins on tiebreak https://arena.chessdom.com/#/stream...
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?
Jan-29-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  cro777: Round 1 of the main event pairings:

Carlsen-Gelfand
Aronian-Anand
Nakamura-Caruana

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.
Jan-29-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  OhioChessFan: Vishy's wife? Yeah, he isn't worried about a blitz game.
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