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Kramnik Vs Aronian Match Website

  • SonofPearl
  • on 3/20/12, 9:58 AM.

Kramnik v Aronian 2012 Zurich Chess Challenge.jpg

With only one month before the start of the 6-game classical match in Zurich between Vladimir Kramnik and Levon Aronian, the official website has been launched.

The match is titled as the "Zurich Chess Challenge" and the website promises live commentary on the games from two Swiss players GM Yannick Pelletier and IM Werner Hug.  There will also be videos from Macauley Peterson.

The time control is confirmed as 40 moves in 120 minutes, followed by 20 moves in 60 minutes, and then 15 minutes plus a 30 second increment to finish.

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 fans (not counting towards the match score).

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

 21 April    Game 1
 22 April  Game 2
 23 April  Rest Day
 24 April  Game 3
 25 April  Game 4
 26 April  Rest Day
 27 April  Game 5
 28 April  Game 6


All games start at 15:00 local time (13:00 UTC) except the final game which is 2 hours earlier.

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

Although it's just a 'training' match, both men will hopefully make the most of the opportunity for some match practice with hard fought games.

A video of the clash between these two gladiators at the 2010 World Blitz Championship is below (via Mikhail Kalenkov on YouTube):



How do you think the match will end?  Predict the score in the comments!

23300 reads 51 comments
3 votes


  • 3 years ago


    4-2 Aronian.  

  • 3 years ago


    Kramnik Is totally '' Solid '' player. You simply do not gain the position he holds In both his country & FIDE rankings without talent & he is a player few would desire to meet...

  • 3 years ago


    Ivonchuck should be with those top four....may be he does not have the numbers....but I love his chess the most .

  • 3 years ago


    kramnik rules

  • 3 years ago


    3 1/2 - 2 1/2 Aronian


    exciting match!

  • 3 years ago


  • 3 years ago


    I rather like these one-on-one match-ups.

    What about other "practice matches" with any combination of the top 4 players in the world - Anand, Carlsen, Aronian and Kramnik?

  • 3 years ago


    Please remember ratings & FIDE are unimportant. Chess IS important !

    Aronian is no.2. Kramnik is No.3. These facts exist & are beyond manipulation by FIDE or any others :)

    Let's forget FIDE & watch with interest this match bewtween no3 & no2 player in the World...

  • 3 years ago


    I suspect that this is branded as a "practice match", so as not to conflict with any FIDE contracts they may have...anyone has more info on this?

  • 3 years ago


    I hope, Aronian has a better plan for the match than for this blitz game.  Obviously, he had no plan at all for it...

  • 3 years ago


    Looking forward for this match-up with great interest. Not too impressed with the draw rule...all it says is that if they draw before 3 hours play, they agree to play a rapid game that will not count towards the total score.

    I see Kramnik taking this one in a close match.

  • 3 years ago


    I hadn't realized this was coming up so soon.  I'm rather excited now.  I can't pick a favourite to win.

  • 3 years ago


    Kramnik!  Then he gives Magus a run for the money.  Literally.


  • 3 years ago


    Good match. Exciting !

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  • 3 years ago


    GO Aronian!!

  • 3 years ago


    3-3 (+1-1=4)

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  • 3 years ago


    4-2 Aronian

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