Zurich Chess Challenge Round 5

  • SonofPearl
  • on 28.02.13, 12:14.

Zurich Chess Challenge logo 2013.jpgBoth games were drawn in the fifth round of the Zurich Chess Challenge, leaving Fabiano Caruana as the sole leader on 3/5 points going into the final round.

Seldom can a tournament have been so hard-fought, yet had so few decisive games!

In round three Vladimir Kramnik had shocked everyone by playing the Benoni with black. Today with the white pieces he played a kind of reverse Benoni!  Caruana came under pressure from an attack on his king with 23.g4 and 24.g5, provoking the Italian-American tournament leader into a defensive exchange sacrifice.

Kramnik maintained an advantage, but once again time-trouble played a part in the course of the game, and Caruana had at least an equal position when the first time control was reached. Kramnik then found a pretty way to force a draw, and the game ended after 47 moves.

Vladimir Kramnik: Benoni addict?

Zurich Chess Challenge 2013 Round 4  Vladimir Kramnik.jpg


Boris Gelfand provided a real test for the world champion Vishy Anand, sacrificing the exchange for 2 pawns and a strong position. However, when Gelfand missed the clever defensive move 25...Qa8 his advantage melted away and the game was agreed drawn once the players had reached the time control.

Boris Gelfand: Close, but no cigar

Zurich Chess Challenge 2013 Round 4 Boris Gelfand.jpg


Standings After 5 Rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Caruana, Fabiano ITA 2757 3
Gelfand, Boris ISR 2740
Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2810
Anand, Viswanathan IND 2780 2


Final round pairings

Round 6  Viswanathan Anand  v Vladimir Kramnik 
   Fabiano Caruana  v Boris Gelfand 


Final game starts 2 hours earlier (time = GMT+1)

Fri Mar-01 13:00 Round 6


The time control is 2 hours for 40 moves, then 1 hour for the next 20 moves, and 15 minutes plus a 30-second increment for the remainder of the game. If a game is drawn before move 40, the players will play an additional rapid exhibition game (not counting towards the scores).

The tournament is being staged by the Zurich Chess Club and the main sponsor is Oleg Skvortsov of International Gemological Laboratories.  The venue is the Savoy Hotel, Paradeplatz.


Photos from the official website. Games via TWIC.

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  • vor 4 Jahre


    That's right,  if all moves are perfect or almost perfect  then its boring.  Mistakes makes that game more exciting that's why blitz IS


  • vor 4 Jahre


    Great games.

  • vor 4 Jahre


    This certainly is 'fighting chess'. The fact that the games ended in draws is secondary to that issue. It's clear the players were trying for wins, and what more could you want from these guys? Maybe Gelfand should have worn a tie....... Wink

  • vor 4 Jahre


    Kramnik's enterprising attitude toward chess in this tournament is purely admirable.  Not even Carlsen has been so unpredictable, even though he's well known for picking off-beat opening lines to take the game out of book quickly, and then outplaying his opponents in the ensuing play.

    But really, all four of them are playing at a really high level, and no one really deserves to lose or stands out from the rest either way.

  • vor 4 Jahre


    I'm not a GM, neither an IM or a FM, not even a NM and a good portion of my most exciting tournament games have ended in a draw. People is just prejudiced against draws. I bet they don't play in tournaments but a lot of blitz (full of mistakes) chess.

  • vor 4 Jahre


    It is really unclear what the complainers want out a chess game to say that this is boring. There will not be a 20 move game ending in checkmate. They are taking chances and sacrificing exchanges and pawns. They are creating unbalanced positions. Kramnik is playing the most bizarre tournament of his life, which is leading to unpredictable games. I am grateful to see such excellent games played so often, and to have such easy access to replays of the games. Thanks to the players and to chess.com.

  • vor 4 Jahre


    All games on this tournament have been of very high level of play and very interesting fighting chess games. 

    The candidates tournament most probably will have many draws before 40 moves and many before 30 moves. 

    To have good fighting games like in this tournament, all top tournaments should have the same rule this tournament has:

    "If a game is drawn before move 40, the players will play an additional rapid exhibition game (not counting towards the scores)."

  • vor 4 Jahre


    Kramnik played a very entertaining game!

  • vor 4 Jahre


    Good possibility Caruana might win...

  • vor 4 Jahre


    Fact:  Not all draws are boring.

    If you think otherwise, you probably don't know too much about chess, imho.

  • vor 4 Jahre


    no excitement game

  • vor 4 Jahre


    terribly boring

  • vor 4 Jahre


    Boring games

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