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Zurich Chess Challenge

The Zurich Chess Challenge (ZCC) is one of the major recurring international chess tournaments, combining rapid chess with classical or blitz chess. Zurich shows an exhibition type of tournament, similar at the former Amber chess tournament ambience, which explains some laxness and a comparatively brief duration of the whole event. It takes place in Zurich, Switzerland.[1] The main sponsor is Russian businessman Oleg Skvortsov.[2][3]

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WinnersEdit

# Year Challenge winner
1 2012 Two-players match resulted with draw
2 2013   Fabiano Caruana (Italy)
3 2014   Magnus Carlsen (Norway)
4 2015   Hikaru Nakamura (United States)
5 2016   Hikaru Nakamura (United States)
6 2017   Hikaru Nakamura (United States)

Zurich Chess Challenge 2012Edit

The Zurich Chess Challenge 2012 was a six-game chess match between Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) and Levon Aronian (Armenia) from 21 to 28 April 2012.[4][5] Each player won one game and there were four draws.

Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 Total Rating change
  Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) 2801 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 3 +2
  Levon Aronian (Armenia) 2820 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 3 −2

Zurich Chess Challenge 2013Edit

Italy's Fabiano Caruana won the Zurich Chess Challenge 2013 which took place from 23 February to 1 March 2013.[6][7][8]

No Player Rating 1 2 3 4 Points Rating change
1   Fabiano Caruana (ITA) 2757 X X ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 4 +12
2   Viswanathan Anand (IND) 2780 ½ 0 X X ½ 1 ½ ½ 3 −1
3   Vladimir Kramnik (RUS) 2810 ½ ½ ½ 0 X X ½ ½ −9
4   Boris Gelfand (ISR) 2740 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ X X −1

Zurich Chess Challenge 2014Edit

The Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 took place from 29 January to 4 February 2014. The average rating of its participants is 2801, the highest ever at the time, and it is also the first category 23 tournament ever.[9] Magnus Carlsen won the tournament.

The opening day included five rounds of blitz to decide the draw, which was won by Carlsen. The main tournament consists of five rounds of classical chess and finally five rounds of rapid chess on the closure day.[10][11]

Blitz resultsEdit

No Player Blitz Elo rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 Points SB
1   Magnus Carlsen (NOR) 2837 X ½ 1 0 1 ½ 3 7.25
2   Levon Aronian (ARM) 2863 ½ X 0 ½ 1 1 3 6.75
3   Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 2879 0 1 X 1 ½ 0 6.75
4   Fabiano Caruana (ITA) 2697 1 ½ 0 X 0 1 6
5   Viswanathan Anand (IND) 2827 0 0 ½ 1 X 1 5.25
6   Boris Gelfand (ISR) 2719 ½ 0 1 0 0 X 4

Classical resultsEdit

No Player FIDE ranking Elo rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 Points Rating change
1   Magnus Carlsen (NOR) 1 2872 X ½ 1 1 ½ 1 8 +9
2   Levon Aronian (ARM) 2 2812 ½ X 0 1 1 ½ 6 +4
3   Fabiano Caruana (ITA) 6 2782 0 1 X ½ ½ ½ 5 +2
4   Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 3 2789 0 0 ½ X 1 ½ 4 −4
5   Viswanathan Anand (IND) 9 2773 ½ 0 ½ 0 X 1 4 −3
6   Boris Gelfand (ISR) 8 2777 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 X 3 −8

For games that ended in a draw in under 40 moves, a subsequent rapid game between the two players was mandatory, although these particular rapid games had no relevance to the tournament standings. Two such games were played: Gelfand–Aronian (0–1) in the third round and Gelfand–Nakamura (1–0) in the fifth round.

Rapid resultsEdit

No Player Rapid Elo rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 Points Rating change
1   Fabiano Caruana (ITA) 2812 X 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 4 +28
2   Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 2826 0 X 1 ½ 1 1 +15
3   Levon Aronian (ARM) 2770 ½ 0 X 1 ½ 1 3 +15
4   Magnus Carlsen (NOR) 2845 0 ½ 0 X 1 ½ 2 −18
5   Boris Gelfand (ISR) 2735 ½ 0 ½ 0 X ½ −10
6   Viswanathan Anand (IND) 2800 0 0 0 ½ ½ X 1 −30

Combined final resultsEdit

The combined final score for the tournament was calculated by scoring each game in the classical competition on a 2–1–0 basis and each game in the rapid competition on a 1–½–0 basis.

No Player Points
1   Magnus Carlsen (NOR) 10
2   Fabiano Caruana (ITA) 9
3   Levon Aronian (ARM) 9
4   Hikaru Nakamura (USA)
5   Viswanathan Anand (IND) 5
6   Boris Gelfand (ISR)

Zurich Chess Challenge 2015Edit

The 2015 tournament featured Fabiano Caruana, Viswanathan Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, Levon Aronian, Sergey Karjakin and Hikaru Nakamura. The tournament was held from 13-19 February 2015 at the Hotel Savoy Baur en Ville in Zurich.[12]

A Blitz Tournament determined the colors distribution on the first day of the tournament (Friday, February 13, 2015).[13] After the opening, 5 classical games were played following by another 5 rapid games on the last day of the tournament. The rules stated that wins (2 points) and draws (1) count double for classical games, with a draw before move 40 “punished” by an extra rapid game.

Vishy Anand and Hikaru Nakamura ended up with 9 points. For determining the winner, although it was said before that the previous games between two must decide the result, they changed the rules midway and asked the players to play an armageddon game in which Hikaru Nakamura won with the black and ended up as the tournament winner.

Blitz resultsEdit

No Player Blitz Elo rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 Points SB
1   Levon Aronian (ARM) 2777 X ½ 1 1 ½ 1 4 8.75
2   Fabiano Caruana (ITA) 2811 ½ X ½ ½ 1 1 3.5 6.75
3   Viswanathan Anand (IND) 2797 0 ½ X 1 1 1 3.5 5.75
4   Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 2776 0 ½ 0 X ½ 1 2 3.25
5   Vladimir Kramnik (RUS) 2783 ½ 0 0 ½ X 0 1 3
6   Sergey Karjakin (RUS) 2760 0 0 0 0 1 X 1 1

Classical resultsEdit

No Player Elo rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 Points SB
1   Viswanathan Anand (IND) 2797 X 2 1 1 1 2 7 16.5
2   Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 2776 0 X 1 2 2 1 6 12.5
3   Vladimir Kramnik (RUS) 2783 1 1 X 1 1 1 5 12.5
4   Sergey Karjakin (RUS) 2760 1 0 1 X 1 1 4 10
5   Fabiano Caruana (ITA) 2811 1 0 1 1 X 1 4 10
6   Levon Aronian (ARM) 2777 0 1 1 1 1 X 4 9.5

Rapid resultsEdit

No Player Rapid Elo rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 Points SB
1   Vladimir Kramnik (RUS) 2783 X 1 1 0 ½ 1 3.5 7.75
2   Levon Aronian (ARM) 2777 0 X ½ 1 1 ½ 3 6.25
3   Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 2776 0 ½ X ½ 1 1 3 6
4   Sergey Karjakin (RUS) 2760 1 0 ½ X ½ 0 2 6
5   Viswanathan Anand (IND) 2797 ½ 0 0 ½ X 1 2 4.25
6   Fabiano Caruana (ITA) 2811 0 ½ 0 1 0 X 1.5 2.5

TiebreakEdit

After the games Nakamura and Anand were the leaders with 9 point. An Armageddon tiebreak game between the two tied leaders, Anand and Nakamura. White was given five minutes, black four. White had to win in order to win the tournament. Hikaru Nakamura won as black making him the winner of the tournament. [14]

Combined final resultsEdit

The combined final score for the tournament was calculated by scoring each game in the classical competition on a 2–1–0 basis and each game in the rapid competition on a 1–½–0 basis.

No Player Points
1   Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 9.0
2   Viswanathan Anand (IND) 9.0
3   Vladimir Kramnik (RUS) 8.5
4   Levon Aronian (ARM) 7.0
5   Sergey Karjakin (RUS) 6.0
6   Fabiano Caruana (ITA) 5.5

Zurich Chess Challenge 2016Edit

In the 2016 tournament, held from 12–15 February 2016, starting on a Friday and already ending on the following Monday, players were awarded two points for a win and one point for a draw in the rapid section, and one point for a win and half a point for a draw in the blitz section. No classical chess was played. Hikaru Nakamura won the blitz section on tiebreaks and tied with Viswanathan Anand in the rapid section. Nakamura won the overall event.[15]

The tournament was also held alongside a match between Alexander Morozevich and Boris Gelfand

Rapid resultsEdit

No Player Rapid Elo rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 Points SB
1   Viswanathan Anand (IND) 2777 X 1 1 2 1 2 7 15
2   Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 2842 1 X 1 2 2 1 7 15
3   Vladimir Kramnik (RUS) 2793 1 1 X 1 1 2 6 13.5
4   Levon Aronian (ARM) 2746 0 0 1 X 2 1 4 7.5
5   Alexei Shirov (LAT) 2682 1 0 1 0 X 1 3 8
6   Anish Giri (NED) 2756 0 1 0 1 1 X 3 7

Blitz resultsEdit

No Player Blitz Elo rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 Points SB
1   Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 2884 X ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 3.5 7.75
2   Viswanathan Anand (IND) 2764 ½ X ½ ½ 1 1 3.5 6.75
3   Vladimir Kramnik (RUS) 2817 ½ ½ X ½ 1 1 3.5 6.75
4   Anish Giri (NED) 2793 0 ½ ½ X ½ 1 2.5 4.75
5   Levon Aronian (ARM) 2814 0 0 0 ½ X 1 1.5 1.75
6   Alexei Shirov (LAT) 2682 ½ 0 0 0 0 X 0.5 1.75

Combined final resultsEdit

No Player Points SB
1   Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 10.5 22.75
2   Viswanathan Anand (IND) 10.5 21.75
3   Vladimir Kramnik (RUS) 9.5 20.25
4   Anish Giri (NED) 5.5 11.75
5   Levon Aronian (ARM) 5.5 9.25
6   Alexei Shirov (LAT) 3.5 9.75

Exhibition match resultsEdit

A two-game exhibition match was played between Alexander Morozevich and Boris Gelfand, in the same time control as the Rapid portion of the main tournament. Boris Gelfand won the mini-match.

Player FIDE Rating 1 2 Points
1   Boris Gelfand (ISR) 2735 ½ 1
2   Alexander Morozevich (RUS) 2683 ½ 0 ½

Zurich Chess Challenge 2017Edit

American Hikaru Nakamura won the total standings by winning a blitz tournament half a point ahead of the Indian Viswanathan Anand and a full point ahead of Ian Nepomniachtchi.[16]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Zurich Chess Challenge: Showdown at the Paradeplatz and a fantastic performance by the Italian youngstar! Archived September 22, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ McGourty, Colin (2014-09-19). "Carlsen to miss Zurich after sponsor loses patience (updated)". chess24. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Zurich Challenge with new time controls". ChessBase. 2015-11-02. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  4. ^ FIDE: Zurich Chess Challenge: Kramnik vs. Aronian
  5. ^ Crestbook: Zurich Chess Challenge 2012
  6. ^ ChessDom: Fabiano Caruana wins Zurich Chess Challenge 2013
  7. ^ ChessVibes: Caruana wins Zurich Chess Challenge, Anand second Archived May 13, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ ChessNews: Caruana Wins Zurich Chess Challenge
  9. ^ Ramirez, Alejandro (2014-01-29). "Zurich 2014 a few hours away". ChessBase. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  10. ^ ChessDom: Zurich Chess Challenge 2014
  11. ^ The Week in Chess: Zurich Chess Challenge 2014
  12. ^ "Zurich Chess Challenge 2015 Announced, Carlsen Not Playing". chess.com. Retrieved 22 September 2014.
  13. ^ Official website "ZURICH CHESS CHALLENGE 2015"
  14. ^ Official website
  15. ^ "Standings". Zurich Chess Challenge 2016. 15 February 2016. Retrieved 20 February 2016.
  16. ^ http://www.zurich-cc.com/en/166-all-good-things-come-in-three-nakamura-is-king-again

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