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Korchnoi Zurich Chess Challenge Tournament

Hikaru Nakamura5/7(+4 -1 =2)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi5/7(+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. Nepomniachtchi vs Svidler  ½-½492017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
2. Gelfand vs G Oparin  ½-½312017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Nakamura vs Pelletier  1-0482017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeA07 King's Indian Attack
4. Kramnik vs Anand 1-0382017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeA30 English, Symmetrical
5. Anand vs Pelletier 1-0392017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeC11 French
6. G Oparin vs Nakamura 0-1542017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeC53 Giuoco Piano
7. Svidler vs Gelfand  ½-½232017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeA04 Reti Opening
8. Kramnik vs Nepomniachtchi  ½-½582017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeA48 King's Indian
9. Nepomniachtchi vs Anand 1-0412017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeA35 English, Symmetrical
10. Gelfand vs Kramnik ½-½472017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Nakamura vs Svidler 0-1492017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeA36 English
12. Pelletier vs G Oparin  ½-½492017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeA13 English
13. Kramnik vs Nakamura ½-½642017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeD05 Queen's Pawn Game
14. G Oparin vs Svidler 0-1402017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. Pelletier vs Kramnik  ½-½342017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
16. Nakamura vs Nepomniachtchi 1-0352017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeA48 King's Indian
17. Gelfand vs Anand 0-1362017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeA37 English, Symmetrical
18. Nepomniachtchi vs Gelfand 1-0372017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
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. Anand vs Svidler 1-0322017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
22. Kramnik vs G Oparin  ½-½612017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeD05 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Nepomniachtchi vs Pelletier  1-0432017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeA30 English, Symmetrical
24. Gelfand vs Nakamura 0-1442017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Nakamura vs Anand ½-½302017Korchnoi Zurich Chess ChallengeA30 English, Symmetrical
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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.
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.
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.
Apr-15-17  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!
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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