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Caruana Wins Zurich Blitz Event

Caruana Wins Zurich Blitz Event

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 **


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

Zurich Chess Challange 2013 Opening ceremony.jpg


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

Zurich Chess Challenge 2013 Opening ceremony Viktor Korchnoi.jpg


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

Zurich Chess Challenge 2013 Blitz Vladimir Kramnik Fabiano Caruana.jpg



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.

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