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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!

9200 reads 40 comments
7 votes


  • 4 years ago


    game is game, many wishes.

  • 4 years ago


    Go KramnikCool

  • 4 years ago


    Aronyan won 1st game with black figures !

  • 4 years ago


    Aronian just won the first game, good start.

  • 4 years ago


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

  • 4 years ago


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

  • 4 years ago


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

  • 4 years ago


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

  • 4 years ago


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

  • 4 years ago


    this is boring,most games will be drawn

  • 4 years ago


    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 ....

  • 4 years ago


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

  • 4 years ago


    Go levon!!

  • 4 years ago


    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.

  • 4 years ago


    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.

  • 4 years ago


    Greatest luck to Aronian, he has the edge!

  • 4 years ago


    good luck to both of them!!!

  • 4 years ago


    With only 6 games making up this Match, one would expect most of them to be drawn...personally, I'm not expecting much from this "training match"...but I hope to be wrong. If there is to be a winner...my money would be on the more seasoned...Kramnik.

  • 4 years ago


    If this helps anybody the first round starts at 9:00 EST.

  • 4 years ago

    NM cheese111

    yes i think this match will be more entertaining and interesting than the world championship match. imo aronian will win

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