Kramnik Hits Back In Zurich!

Kramnik Hits Back In Zurich!

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Vladimir Kramniik won a pulsating third game to equalise the score in his match with Lev Aronian.

Kramnik side-stepped more popular lines with 3.Nc3 and the Four Knights opening resulted.  Far from being a quiet alternative, the game quickly turned violent when Aronian sacrificed his Queen on move 11 and the game became extremely tactical. "I was in the mood for some action" said Aronian at the post-match press conference, to laughs from the audience!

The unusual material imbalance ensured the game was exciting and difficult to play, especially as the players' time started to run short.

Computer evaluations favoured white and eventually Kramnik proved them right, with a win that will no-doubt be analysed extensively!


 Name   Nat  Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts
 Levon Aronian ARM 2820 1 ½ 0 . . .
 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2801 0 ½ 1 . . .


The time control in operation is 40 moves in 120 minutes, followed by 20 moves in 60 minutes, and then 15 minutes plus a 30 second increment to finish.  All games start at 15:00 local time (13:00 UTC) except the final game which is 2 hours earlier. Full schedule here.  The main sponsor is IGC (International Gemological Laboratories). is covering all the games LIVE!
For full details look here.

The official website also has live commentary in a mixture of English and German from two Swiss players, GM Yannick Pelletier and IM Werner Hug.

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