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Kramnik Vs Aronian Match Is Here!

  • SonofPearl
  • on 4/20/12, 9:47 AM.

Kramnik v Aronian 2012 Zurich Chess Challenge.jpg

The much anticipated 6-game classical match between Vladimir Kramnik and Levon Aronian kicks off tomorrow in Zurich.

Although the Zurich Chess Challenge a friendly match, both players will want to make the most of the opportunity for some valuable match practice with some hard fought games.

If any of the games end in a draw after less than 3 hours play, there will be a rapid game to entertain the watching audience (not counting towards the match score).

On the official FIDE rating list, Levon Aronian is currently ranked #2 in the world with a rating of 2820 Elo, and Vladimir Kramnik is ranked #3 with 2801 Elo.

The time control is 40 moves in 120 minutes, followed by 20 moves in 60 minutes, and then 15 minutes plus a 30 second increment to finish.  All games start at 15:00 local time (13:00 UTC) except the final game which is 2 hours earlier.

The main sponsor is IGC (International Gemological Laboratories). The schedule is:

 Saturday 21 April    Game 1
 Sunday 22 April  Game 2
 Monday 23 April  Rest Day
 Tuesday 24 April  Game 3
 Wednesday 25 April  Game 4
 Thursday 26 April  Rest Day
 Friday 27 April  Game 5
 Saturday 28 April  Game 6

 

Chess.com will be covering all the games LIVE!
For full details look here.

The official website promises live coverage from two Swiss players, GM Yannick Pelletier and IM Werner Hug, and Macauley Peterson will also be providing his excellent video coverage.

The original match announcement is here.

Who is your choice to win?  Have your say in the comments!

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Comments


  • 2 years ago

    dotipula

    game is game, many wishes.

  • 2 years ago

    wrecklez

    Go KramnikCool

  • 2 years ago

    TeamHayastan

    Aronyan won 1st game with black figures !

  • 2 years ago

    Drakodan

    Aronian just won the first game, good start.

  • 2 years ago

    Sahasrara

    You heard it here: 4-2 Aronian will win. 

  • 2 years ago

    Twobit

    Aronian will lead until his nerves will let him down. But I agree with most comments here, it will be a draw fest.

  • 2 years ago

    chesszking

    draw or 4.5-3.5. the result , nearly, I guess

  • 2 years ago

    StevenBailey13

    KRAMNIK FTW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 2 years ago

    TheMagicianPaul

    My prediction would be 3-3, 1 win for Kramnik and 1 for Aronian and 4 draws.

  • 2 years ago

    Lawdoginator

    Winner of this match gets Magnus in a twelve game match! 

  • 2 years ago

    RobertLiu666

    this is boring,most games will be drawn

  • 2 years ago

    chesszking

    draw or 4.5-3.5, the result

  • 2 years ago

    chesszking

    where to observe? draw or 4.5-3.5, not my rival yet, muhahahahaLaughing

  • 2 years ago

    mobidi

    I like Both players-they are delicious ! Kramnik is more solid, Aronian more creative . I think ,this match will be interesting, but Aronian  is little bit stronger now ....

  • 2 years ago

    leanstotheright

    These are both very strong and unpredictable players. I would give the slight edge to Kramnik (more experience)

  • 2 years ago

    g-levenfish

    Go levon!!

  • 2 years ago

    aapseun

    kramnik is an ex-world champion, thinks he got what it takes.... although i consider Levon the best player in the world on current form.

  • 2 years ago

    _valentin_

    It's good to see that the players were in favor of the classical time control: 40 moves in 2 hours, rather than the recently popular in many tournaments control of 40 moves in 90 minutes, which arguably ends up decreasing the game quality in exchange for a somewhat faster (but not much faster) pace.

  • 2 years ago

    Fighter4Christ

    Greatest luck to Aronian, he has the edge!

  • 2 years ago

    UNICORN6529

    good luck to both of them!!!

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