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Zurich Chess Challenge 2013

  • SonofPearl
  • on 2/21/13, 11:19 AM.

World Champion Vishy Anand aims to repeat his recent success in the Grenke Chess Classic in Baden-Baden when he takes part in the Zurich Chess Challenge 2013 from 23 Feb - 1 March.

The Zurich tournament is a 4-player double round-robin featuring Vishy Anand, world #2 ranked Vladimir Kramnik, Fabiano Caruana and Boris Gelfand.

Name Fed Elo
Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2810
Viswanathan Anand IND 2780
Fabiano Caruana ITA 2757
Boris Gelfand ISR 2740


The time control will be 2 hours for 40 moves, then 1 hour for the next 20 moves, and 15 minutes plus a 30-second increment for the remainder of the game. If a game is drawn before move 40, the players involved will play an additional rapid exhibition game (not counting towards the tournament score).

Although the line-up is smaller than in Baden-Baden, it is also stronger and the choice of players is fascinating: Kramnik and Gelfand have both lost world championship matches to Anand, and Caruana only just lost out to the champion in the recent Grenke Chess Classic.

Playing Schedule (times = GMT+1)

Sat Feb-23 15:00 Round 1
Sun Feb-24 15:00 Round 2
Mon Feb-25 15:00 Round 3
Tue Feb-26 Rest Day
Wed Feb-27 15:00 Round 4
Thu Feb-28 15:00 Round 5
Fri Mar-01 13:00 Round 6


The tournament is being staged by the Zurich Chess Club and the main sponsor is Oleg Skvortsov of International Gemological Laboratories.  The venue will be the Savoy Hotel, Paradeplatz.

The 2013 Zurich tournament marks the sixtieth anniversary of the legendary 1953 Candidates Tournament, won by Vassily Smyslov.

The official website with more information and coverage is here.

Clockwise from top left: Anand, Kramnik, Gelfand, Caruana.

Zurich Chess Challange 2013 Vladimir Kramnik Vishy Anand Fabiano Caruana Boris Gelfand collage.jpg


Photos from the official website.

8966 reads 54 comments
6 votes


  • 23 months ago


    Go Gelfand!!!!!!

  • 23 months ago


    Indeed, age-wise Caruana could have any of the other players as a parent.  Not so easily chess-wise, as he's very well accomplished for his young age.  With the exception of Carlsen, we haven't seen other 20-year-olds in the past decade (or more) who have been ascending the top-line chess world as convincingly as Caruana has done thus far.

  • 23 months ago


    Fabiano! GO !-They are OLD-you are young-modern italian "chess-instructor".Cool

  • 23 months ago


    Anand's gonna have his work cut out for him this time. All three competitors have reasons to want to beat him, and a second consecutive tournament victory here will signal a return to form.

  • 23 months ago


    Good information.

  • 23 months ago


  • 23 months ago


    All the best vishy....

  • 23 months ago


    ...and I also like his play...


  • 23 months ago


    The World Champion is busy for 2013. Looking forward to...


  • 23 months ago


    i love all these people!

  • 23 months ago


    Not as spectacular without Magnus around

  • 23 months ago


    This is a great time for chess lovers.  Sponsors be thanked for organizing these fine tournaments.

  • 23 months ago


    Does Caruana ever take a break? He is literally in almost every tournament it seems.

  • 23 months ago


    This is such a great all-star cast of characters; you better believe that I will have  a jumbo-sized popcorn with me while I'm on the edge of my seat watching the show.    

  • 23 months ago


    Vladimir Kramnik will probably win.

  • 23 months ago


    This tournament could be alot of fun.

  • 23 months ago


    Why is Magnus Carlsen not in this tournament....

  • 23 months ago


    Should be a great tournament...

  • 23 months ago


    I would love to see Gelfand defeat Anand, revenge for the WC match :) Kramnik will probably win this tournament, his technique is outstanding.

  • 23 months ago


    Damn, Anand just never quits it seems. 1 tournament after another

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