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Game 5 Deadlock In Zurich

  • SonofPearl
  • on 4/27/12, 10:56 AM.

Kramnik v Aronian 2012 Zurich Chess Challenge.jpg

The penultimate game of the 6-game match between Vladimir Kramnik and Levon Aronian ended in a draw today in Zurich.

Vladimir Kramnik switched back to 1.Nf3 and Lev Aronian was able to comfortably gain equality.  It seemed that the rest of the game would be without interest, but there was a flurry of activity near the end, before a repetition of moves brought proceedings to a finish.

 Name   Nat  Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts
 Levon Aronian ARM 2820 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ .  2½
 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2801 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ .  2½


The final game is tomorrow (Saturday) which starts 2 hours earlier at 13:00 local time (11:00 UTC) and Aronian will have the white pieces.  Will there be an exciting finish or will the match end on a quiet note?  We will find out soon...

The time control in operation is 40 moves in 120 minutes, followed by 20 moves in 60 minutes, and then 15 minutes plus a 30 second increment to finish. The main sponsor is IGC (International Gemological Laboratories). 

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  • 24 months ago


    boring player no one better than kasparov and karpov ????? 

  • 24 months ago


    People think they like chess, but then they complain "lack luster" "oh boring" "he's playing it safe, how boring."

    If you think world class top notch play and control over a game is boring, and you're just here to see check mates then no, you don't like chess, you like checkmates.

    If you say you like boxing, but you only like fights with Knock outs, then no, you don't like boxing, you like knockouts.


    Chess isn't winning by check mate, it is a strategy game that may or may not result in a winner or a loser.

  • 24 months ago


    I like how Aronian retreated his queen back to d8.

  • 24 months ago


    @Twobit: Here are two of your comments in consecutive order:

    6th game will go for Kramnik.

    Yet another draw, no surprise here. Game 6 is over...

    A little contradictory!

  • 24 months ago


    At least Aronian is trying to jazz up things. Kramnik always plays it safe.

  • 24 months ago


    I think aronian is better than kramnik dispite of the score.he is just having fun with this games.

  • 24 months ago


    Yet another draw, no surprise here. Game 6 is over...

  • 24 months ago


    @ NM iFrancisco - As roaringking87 has already said, that Chessbase article on the KIng's Gambit was an April fools joke Smile

    Their admission, in case anyone believed it, was here:


  • 24 months ago


    they should add morozerevich to this match!

  • 24 months ago


    6th game will go for Kramnik.

  • 2 years ago


    Big games always have a large ending in one game!

  • 2 years ago


    Another lackluster game. Hope the next game would be inspiring and full of conviction from both GMs.

  • 2 years ago


    @NM iFrancisco

    yes obviously i am a huge bobby fischer fan, I actually read through the article and variations every once in a while to refresh myself...i play d6 every time against the king's gambit and in USCF rated games i have a record of 6 wins 0 losses and 2 draws...I let my houdini engine analyze the position after 3. Nf3 for a couple of hours and it does indeed give d6 as the best move

  • 2 years ago



    The article you linked is an April Fool's Joke by Chessbase. It's mathematically impossible to provide the outcome of a game by the very first moves even using the most powerful software and the most powerful hardware as it is described in the article so no one busted anything.Laughing

  • 2 years ago


    Aronian looks more natural playing. good tactics and more understanding of the chess game as a fun and imaginative game rather than a positional game. Kramnik will never win against Aronian but can only equalize( he won the third game only because Aronian sacrified his queen and wanted to outplay Kramnik.

  • 2 years ago


    I expect a 6th round draw

  • 2 years ago

    NM iFrancisco


    Funny enough, the creator of Rybka analyzed the opening after 2... exf4 for quite a long time (and on 2,880 cores!) and determined with high confidence that 3... d6 actually wins by force. Of course, there are potential errors in the calculations and many complicated lines for human players, but I just thought it was interesting (and even just running on 2 cores for a few minutes, Houdini gives black a slightl advantage, something that should not happen after a few moves).


  • 2 years ago


    @needsablanket and iFrancisco 

    And that bust is also not really a bust :) White can certainly get a playable/equal position against it.

    I do think it would totally surprise Kramnik, and it would be incredible to see a player like Aronian do this against a player like Kramnik. It would be quite shocking.

    Nakamura and Short played it in London chess by the way, but they played some dubious moves and didn't do justice to it (which was surprising from Short because he has experience with it)

  • 2 years ago


    One of the most boring games I have ever watched. 

  • 2 years ago


    Advantage Kramnik! Having lost the first game and manage to hang in there proved he has guts. His games also seem a little more positional play advantage to save himself. I believe Aronian thought he could just "roll over" Kramnik, yet games played, has proven otherwise. If either player slips its over: otherwise let us look forward to a tie. If this is any indication: it lets the "chess world" know that Kramnik is someone who is not leaving his post anytime soon.

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