Caruana Wins Zurich Blitz Event
Fabiano 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
At the opening ceremony (l to r): Gelfand, Anand, Kramnik, Caruana
Despite his poor health, Viktor Korchnoi (right) was a guest
Caruana (right) won a crucial game with black against Kramnik
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.
Photos via the official website. Results table and games via TWIC.