Zurich Chess Challenge 2013

  • SonofPearl
  • on 2/21/13, 11:19 AM.

World Champion Vishy Anand aims to repeat his recent success in the Grenke Chess Classic in Baden-Baden when he takes part in the Zurich Chess Challenge 2013 from 23 Feb - 1 March.

The Zurich tournament is a 4-player double round-robin featuring Vishy Anand, world #2 ranked Vladimir Kramnik, Fabiano Caruana and Boris Gelfand.

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


The time control will be 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 involved will play an additional rapid exhibition game (not counting towards the tournament score).

Although the line-up is smaller than in Baden-Baden, it is also stronger and the choice of players is fascinating: Kramnik and Gelfand have both lost world championship matches to Anand, and Caruana only just lost out to the champion in the recent Grenke Chess Classic.

Playing Schedule (times = GMT+1)

Sat Feb-23 15:00 Round 1
Sun Feb-24 15:00 Round 2
Mon Feb-25 15:00 Round 3
Tue Feb-26 Rest Day
Wed Feb-27 15:00 Round 4
Thu Feb-28 15:00 Round 5
Fri Mar-01 13:00 Round 6


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

The 2013 Zurich tournament marks the sixtieth anniversary of the legendary 1953 Candidates Tournament, won by Vassily Smyslov.

The official website with more information and coverage is here.

Clockwise from top left: Anand, Kramnik, Gelfand, Caruana.

Zurich Chess Challange 2013 Vladimir Kramnik Vishy Anand Fabiano Caruana Boris Gelfand collage.jpg


Photos from the official website.

10914 reads 54 comments
6 votes


  • 4 years ago


    Kramnik is favorite to win this tournament

  • 4 years ago


    this will be interesting, go ANAND

  • 4 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    I'm excited for this and I don't even know why Tongue Out

  • 4 years ago


    Won't be suprise if there is only 2 or less wins overall...suprise if 4 wins or more...will likely see many draws...:)

  • 4 years ago


    That is some pool that Anand has to play against. Everyone has lost to Anand in the past and they surely will be out to get even. Can expect a lot of fireworks. As for me, I am betting on Anand as I have done all my life. Thanks for all the joy you have given me, chess fans and Indians over the years.

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