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Aronian Strikes First In Zurich

  • SonofPearl
  • on 4/21/12, 10:04 AM.

Kramnik v Aronian 2012 Zurich Chess Challenge.jpg

The Zurich Chess Challenge started with a decisive result in the first game of the 6-game match.

Despite having more match experience and moving first, Vladimir Kramnik suffered a rare loss with the white pieces.

World #2 Aronian won the theoretical battle in the opening, surprising his opponent with 16...Qe6 after which Kramnik fell into deep thought and well behind on the clock.

The Armenian played accurately to gradually increase his advantage, and when Kramnik faltered as the time control arrived allowing 40...g5, the game was over after just one more move.

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 Name   Nat  Elo  1  2  3  4  5  6  Pts
 Levon Aronian ARM 2820 1 . . . . . 1
 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2801 0 . . . . . 0

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Game 1 Kramnik v Aronian Match 2012.jpg

Game 1 Kramnik v Aronian Match 2012 - end.jpg

Game 1 Kramnik v Aronian Match 2012 - end 2.jpg

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  • 2 years ago

    PhilipN

    I meant Nc5Embarassed

  • 2 years ago

    PhilipN

    @paendrag8

    Allows the bishop to be traded off for the knight after Kc5.  Anyone see anything else (either positive or negative)?

  • 2 years ago

    paendrag8

    15. Bb3

    Playable?

  • 2 years ago

    Rahul_Hazra

    @Hovo_Nersisyan

    hahahahahahahaha i dont know how can i give you a "wellcome" as big as your's, so please keep a small one Tongue out

  • 2 years ago

    Rahul_Hazra

    @Hovo_Nersisyan

    you can see the matches live here

    http://live.kramnikaronian.com/

  • 2 years ago

    Rahul_Hazra

    i m following today's match. aronian is doing great, & kramnik's performence is more poor than yesterday

  • 2 years ago

    Chemist2012

    small correction-5.5 points to overpass Carlsen. He can do it. Carlsen almost does not play while Aonian is playing so frequently

  • 2 years ago

    TeamHayastan

    Soon Aronian will become #1.

    Only 6.4 points to #1 !!! 

    http://www.2700chess.com/

  • 2 years ago

    kingofchess1234

    Aronian could becone #1 with another win??

  • 2 years ago

    waynedickinson2

    great match

  • 2 years ago

    fabelhaft

    "The nature of ratings means he will gain less for beating a now even lower rated Kramnik"

    Not really, since they don't use live ratings but the official rating when calculating rating changes.

  • 2 years ago

    TadDude

    @ Rahul_Hazra

    Re: "... now carlsen is 2835 & aronian is 2829. if he wins today he will become no 1"

    Not possible. Aronian gained 4.7 points for the win. http://2700chess.com/

    The nature of ratings means he will gain less for beating a now even lower rated Kramnik. It would be 4.5 points.  http://ratings.fide.com/calculator_rtd.phtml

    Edit: Whoops. Fell into a trap. FIDE's published official ratings reused in the live rating calculation. Thanks to fabelhaft for making me look at it more closely.

  • 2 years ago

    leonardousta

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  • 2 years ago

    Anirudha007

    kramnik would recover

  • 2 years ago

    P_G_M

    I agree with several other members that f4 was the main mistake by Kramnik, he tried to win the game and end up losing it, he should have placed a blockade (with the Knight) on d4 and consolidated his position and played for a draw.

  • 2 years ago

    Rahul_Hazra

    @dokter_nee

     may be today is that day, coz now carlsen is 2835 & aronian is 2829. if he wins today he will become no 1

  • 2 years ago

    dokter_nee

    Aronian is the best player in the world at the moment.

    I hope he becomes number 1 and world champion soon.

  • 2 years ago

    Rahul_Hazra

    @vladivinsky

    ya you r right. he had no other option,  thnx for this

  • 2 years ago

    dell1026

    good start for Aronian

  • 2 years ago

    htahsinboz

    Congratulations to Aronian.

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