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!

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3 votes


  • 4 years ago


    Anyone know what they prize fund is for this training match?

  • 5 years ago


    Kramnik  will  win,  no dout.

  • 5 years ago


    Actually, with only 6 games being played, I would think this match will be an even drawn result...with both knowing that any one win, could mean the match result. A longer game schedule would encourage greater risk taking. One aspect of this match which does impact on these games, would be the content of their contract...of course the details of which have not been released.

  • 5 years ago


    Kramnik is a really consistent, solid player -- you don't see him getting into trouble very often. Of course, he is not as good at getting wins against people as some other people in the top, but he always seems to be able to keep his cool (even in a blitz game!) and can push for a win without ruining his position. I think in match play he would be really tough to break down, and that combined with Aronian's lack of match experience I give an edge to Kramnik. And after all, Kramnik did beat Kasparov!

  • 5 years ago


    It is a good clash of styles for a match. In faster time controls Aronian is amazing at creating complications but Kramnik strength has a tendency to put a wet blanket on tactical complications (ask kasparov)...  I would say that Aronian has an edge but its too close to call.

  • 5 years ago


    "Despite being Arabic-origin I daresay your mother & father brought you up to be well-mannered & polite."

    I would go further than the poster below and say that the above phrase is unequivocally racist., I would urge you to act against that sort of prejudice in the strongest possible terms. The phrase above would be the end of someone's political career, and it should not be tolerated in any circumstances. 

  • 5 years ago


    Countering idiotic statements certainly isn't unpleasant to me in itself. Doing so in a way that suggests people of a given ethnic group are normally uncivil and impolite isn't a good way of doing it, I would suggest.

  • 5 years ago


  • 5 years ago


    "Despite being Arabic-origin I daresay your mother & father brought you up to be well-mannered & polite. "


    What is that supposed to mean?! I hope you're not trying to insinuate something unpleasant.

  • 5 years ago


  • 5 years ago


    There is noting wrong with an Armenian native to be proud of his fellow country man......and writing : ARONIAN in bold red letters was not spaming....

  • 5 years ago


    For fun on day 2 both players will play against Magnus Carlsen who will not only play 'blind,' but will not even be told what their moves are and he will defeat them in fifteen moves. 

  • 5 years ago


    Tie match will result

  • 5 years ago


    I think that Kramnik will be slightly better.. 3,5 - 2,5.

  • 5 years ago


    Looking forward to it! Thanks for the update.

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  • 5 years ago


    Will the players gain/lose elo rating at this match or no since its a "training" match?

  • 5 years ago


    its a wee bit close to call

    Aronian, as seen in the video, is a very calculating player. The problem is that, against Kramnik, even under classical controls, he will lose time and will possibly miss the unexpected moves that any player can make. He ran into that against Nakamura in that same World Blitz Championship.

    Kramnik is a very creatively solid player. It doesn't usually matter what move he plays because it will most likely keep his game going strong. And as we saw at the London Chess Classic, he also knows how and when to go for the win. But Levon could see all those coming and defend against it.


    I see Kramnik winning, +1=5

  • 5 years ago


    Anybody know how much $$ they are playing for?



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