Caruana Beats Anand In Zurich!

  • SonofPearl
  • on 2/27/13, 12:56 PM.

Zurich Chess Challenge logo 2013.jpgFabiano Caruana finally broke the deadlock at the Zurich Chess Challenge in the fourth round, beating world champion Vishy Anand to take the overall lead!

The game was a complicated struggle arising out of the Ruy Lopez, with Anand sacrificing one of his rooks in return for a knight and pawn.  The champion also achieved extra compensation in the form of a protected passed pawn, and didn't seem to be in any danger. However, a single slip just after the first time control with 41.Bg2? was enough to hand the win to Caruana on a plate.

Fabiano Caruana leads the Zurich Chess Challenge

Zurich Chess Challenge 2013 Round 3 Fabiano Caruana.jpg



The encounter between Boris Gelfand and Vladimir Kramnik was even more exciting, and seemed the more likely of the games to produce a decisive result! Vladimir Kramnik played uncharacteristically dynamic and risky chess which should perhaps have been rewarded with victory.  His sacrifice of a knight for a pawn with 22...Nxf2!? created great complications.

When a Kramnik mistake with 29...Qa7? (30. R4e3! +-) went unpunished by Gelfand it seemed as if the game was up.  But despite Gelfand's pieces cowering on the kingside protecting his king from Kramnik's awesome bishop pair, time trouble inaccuracies resulted in simplification and a draw.

Vladimir Kramnik

Zurich Chess Challenge 2013 Round 3 Vladimir Kramnik.jpg



Standings After 4 Rounds

Name Fed Elo Pts
Caruana, Fabiano ITA 2757
Gelfand, Boris ISR 2740 2
Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2810 2
Anand, Viswanathan IND 2780


Remaining Rounds

Round 5  Boris Gelfand  v Viswanathan Anand 
   Vladimir Kramnik  v Fabiano Caruana 
Round 6  Viswanathan Anand  v Vladimir Kramnik 
   Fabiano Caruana  v Boris Gelfand 


Remaining Schedule (times = GMT+1)

Thu Feb-28 15:00 Round 5
Fri Mar-01 13:00 Round 6


The time control is 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 will play an additional rapid exhibition game (not counting towards the scores).

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


Photos from the official website. Games via TWIC.

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4 votes


  • 4 years ago


    Anand needs to retire.

  • 4 years ago


    Its too bad this tournament is only 6 games not really room for


  • 4 years ago


    Anand played a bad game; he is still the greatest player.  I'm not trying to take away from Caruana's win but anyone can see Anand beat himself in this game.    

  • 4 years ago


    The Rook-Knight trade didn't really seem like a beneficial move and I'm not quite sure why he jumped to simplify without much pawn position advantage.

  • 4 years ago


     O_0 Anand took a loss, crazy that he's the first to lose...

  • 4 years ago


    I wonder if Anand played too quickly.  I had to stop watching before the end, but at the ~27 move mark, Caruana was under 10 minutes, to Anand's 20+ minutes.  Perhaps he should have spent more time, rather than trying to provoke a time trouble error.  Well played by Fabiano.

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