Caruana Wins Zurich Blitz Event

Caruana Wins Zurich Blitz Event

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Zurich Chess Challenge logo 2013.jpgFabiano Caruana won an opening double-round robin blitz competition on the eve of the Zurich Chess Challenge, just beating Vladimir Kramnik in the final standings.

The blitz contest came as something of a surprise since there were no hints on the official website that it was even taking place!

A further surprise was the poor showing of world champion Vishy Anand, who is normally known for his prowess at rapid and blitz chess. Despite beating Boris Gelfand in their head-to-head mini-match, he lost all his other games to finish last. The time control was 4 minutes plus 2 second increment.

The final results of the Zurich Blitz competition

# Name Fed Elo 1 2 3 4 Pts
1 Caruana, Fabiano ITA 2757 ** ½1 11 5
2 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2810 ½0 ** 11 4
3 Gelfand, Boris ISR 2740 **
4 Anand, Viswanathan IND 2780 00 00 **

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At the opening ceremony (l to r): Gelfand, Anand, Kramnik, Caruana

Zurich Chess Challange 2013 Opening ceremony.jpg

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Despite his poor health, Viktor Korchnoi (right) was a guest

Zurich Chess Challenge 2013 Opening ceremony Viktor Korchnoi.jpg

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Caruana (right) won a crucial game with black against Kramnik

Zurich Chess Challenge 2013 Blitz Vladimir Kramnik Fabiano Caruana.jpg

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The games were broadcast live, and there are videos available for replay at this link.

The first round of the tournament proper starts today (at 14:00 GMT).  Links to the official website's live coverage and commentary can be found here.

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Photos via the official website. Results table and games via TWIC.

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