Nakamura Wins Zurich Chess Challenge 2015

Zurich Chess Challenge 2015

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The legendary Zurich Chess Challenge took place from February 13 to 19, 2015 at the “Savoy Baur en Ville” in the Swiss city Zurich. Title defender Magnus Carlsen did not show up this year, but the world-class competitors certainly made up for it. The six participants were:

Winner of the overall rating Hikaru Nakamura who persistently fought for the title and stood strong through the Armageddon tiebreak against Anand.

Runner-up and former World Champion Visvanathan Anand who won the Classical with seven points.

Russian talent Vladimir Kramnik, who won the Rapid competition, but only made it to 3rd rank in total standings.

Levon Aronian, who had to comply with 4th rank and the victory of the Blitz competition.

25 year-old Sergey Karjakin, who currently ranks 12th in worldwide standings, but only ranked 5th in Zurich.

Italian player Fabiano Caruana, runner-up in world rankings, who surprisingly and disappointingly ended up in bottom rank.

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Final Ranking
Rank Name NAT Points ELO
1 Hikaru Nakamura USA 9 2776
2 Viswanathan Anand IND 9 2797
3 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 8.5 2783
4 Levon Aronian ARM 7 2777
5 Sergey Karjakin RUS 6 2760
6 Fabiano Caruana ITA 5.5 2811

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Parings & Final Results Classical
Round 1 – Sat, February 14th
Anand, Viswanathan
1:1
Kramnik, Vladimir
Aronian, Levon
1:1
Karjakin, Sergey
Caruana, Fabiano
0:2
Nakamura, Hikaru
Round 2 – Sun, February 15th
Kramnik, Vladimir
1:1
Nakamura, Hikaru
Karjakin, Sergey
1:1
Caruana, Fabiano
Anand, Viswanathan
2:0
Aronian, Levon
Round 3 – Mon, February 16th
Aronian, Levon
1:1
Kramnik, Vladimir
Caruana, Fabiano
1:1
Anand, Viswanathan
Nakamura, Hikaru
2:0
Karjakin, Sergey
Round 4 – Tue, February 17th
Kramnik, Vladimir
1:1
Karjakin, Sergey
Anand, Viswanathan
2:0
Nakamura, Hikaru
Aronian, Levon
1:1
Caruana, Fabiano
Round 5 – Wed, February 18th
Caruana, Fabiano
1:1
Kramnik, Vladimir
Nakamura, Hikaru
1:1
Aronian, Levon
Karjakin, Sergey
1:1
Anand, Viswanathan

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Rank Name NAT Points ELO
1 Viswanathan Anand IND 7 2797
2 Hikaru Nakamura USA 6 2776
3 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 5 2783
4 Sergey Karjakin RUS 4 2760
5 Fabiano Caruana ITA 4 2811
6 Levon Aronian ARM 4 2777

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Pairings & Final Result Rapid
Round 1 – Thu, February 19th
Kramnik, Vladimir
½:½
Anand, Viswanathan
Karjakin, Sergey
0:1
Aronian, Levon
Nakamura, Hikaru
1:0
Caruana, Fabiano
Round 2 – Thu, February 19th
Nakamura, Hikaru
0:1
Kramnik, Vladimir
Caruana, Fabiano
1:0
Karjakin, Sergey
Aronian, Levon
1:0
Anand, Viswanathan
Round 3 – Thu, February 19th
Kramnik, Vladimir
1:0
Aronian, Levon
Anand, Viswanathan
1:0
Caruana, Fabiano
Karjakin, Sergey
½:½
Nakamura, Hikaru
Round 4 – Thu, February 19th
Karjakin, Sergey
1:0
Kramnik, Vladimir
Nakamura, Hikaru
1:0
Anand, Viswanathan
Caruana, Fabiano
½:½
Aronian, Levon
Round 5 – Thu, February 19th
Kramnik, Vladimir
1:0
Caruana, Fabiano
Anand, Viswanathan
½:½
Karjakin, Sergey
Aronian, Levon
½:½
Nakamura, Hikaru

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Rank Name NAT Points ELO
1 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 3.5 2783
2 Levon Aronian ARM 3 2777
3 Hikaru Nakamura USA 3 2776
4 Sergey Karjakin RUS 2 2760
5 Viswanathan Anand IND 2 2797
6 Fabiano Caruana ITA 1.5 2811

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Pairings & Final Results Blitz
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Round 1 – Fr, February 13th
Karjakin, Sergey
0:1
Anand, Viswanathan
Caruana, Fabiano
½:½
Nakamura, Hikaru
Aronian, Levon
½:½
Kramnik, Vladimir
Round 2 – Fr, February 13th
Nakamura, Hikaru
0:1
Aronian, Levon
Anand, Viswanathan
1:0
Kramnik, Vladimir
Karjakin, Sergey
0:1
Caruana, Fabiano
Round 3 – Fr, February 13th
Aronian, Levon
1:0
Karjakin, Sergey
Caruana, Fabiano
½:½
Anand, Viswanathan
Kramnik, Vladimir
½:½
Nakamura, Hikaru
Round 4 – Fr, February 13th
Karjakin, Sergey
1:0
Kramnik, Vladimir
Caruana, Fabiano
½:½
Aronian, Levon
Anand, Viswanathan
1:0
Nakamura, Hikaru
Round 5 – Fr, February 13th
Aronian, Levon
1:0
Anand, Viswanathan
Kramnik, Vladimir
0:1
Caruana, Fabiano
Nakamura, Hikaru
1:0
Karjakin, Sergey

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Rank Name NAT Points ELO
1 Levon Aronian ARM 4 2777
2 Fabiano Caruana ITA 3.5 2811
3 Viswanathan Anand IND 3.5 2797
4 Hikaru Nakamura USA 2 2776
5 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 1 2783
6 Sergey Karjakin RUS 1 2760

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Find pictures, videos, and game sheets on the official tournament website:

http://www.zurich-cc.com/

written by Sarah, translated Birthe

Russia Scores at World Mind Games in Beijing

From December 11 to 17 Beijing was stage to this year’s SportAccord World Mind Games.

Participants competed in tournament style in the disciplines Bridge, Chess, and Checkers, as well as the Asian strategy games Go and Xiangqi, which have not yet gained popularity in the western world.

World Mind Games 2014

32 players from 15 countries competed in our favorite discipline chess – 16 men and 16 women. Amongst them were several Chinese prodigies, one of them current World Champion of Women Yifan Hou. Others were Asian Women’s Championship runner-up Ju Wenjin, Grand Master Wang Hao and WGM & GM Zhao Xue (who impressed with an ELO performance of 2828 points at the 2011 edition of the Grand Prix).

France, India, Poland, Russia, Georgia, Ukraine, Hungary, Cuba, Sweden, Bulgaria, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Israel, and Germany sent further top-class players, such as Etienne Bacrot, Hari Krishna Pentala, Radoslav Voitaszek, Alexander Grishchuk, Leinier Dominguez Perez, Levon Aronian, Boris Gelfand, and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, which added the little bit of extra spice to the event.

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Overview of Laureates
Event Date Medal Name Country
Men’s Rapid Event FRI 12/12 GOLD GRISHCHUK Alexander RUS
SILVER VACHIER-LAGRAVE Maxime FRA
BRONZE WANG Hao CHN
Women’s Rapid Event FRI 12/12 GOLD GUNINA Valentina RUS
SILVER HOU Yifan CHN
BRONZE USHENINA Anna UKR
Men’s Blitz Event MON 12/15 GOLD GRISHCHUK Alexander RUS
SILVER VACHIER-LAGRAVE Maxime FRA
BRONZE RADJABOV Teimour AZE
Women’s Blitz Event MON 12/15 GOLD HOU Yifan CHN
SILVER GUNINA Valentina RUS
BRONZE MUZYCHUK Anna UKR
Men’s Basque Event WED
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GOLD NEPOMNIACHTCHI Ian RUS
SILVER RADJABOV Teimour AZE
BRONZE VACHIER-LAGRAVE Maxime FRA
Women’s Basque Event WED 12/17 GOLD HOU Yifan CHN
SILVER KOSTENIUK Alexandra RUS
BRONZE ZHAO Xue CHN

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Russia took home six medals – more than any other participating nation. China lies closely behind with five medals, while France ranks third with three medals.

Find detailed information on the official website:

http://www.worldmindgames.net/en/

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

Happy Birthday, Levon Aronian!

Today’s the birthday of one of the biggest chess grand masters in the world: Levon Aronian!

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To this special occasion, we would like to remind you of the highlights and successes of the 32 year-old chess player.

  • 1994. Levon Aronian becomes Youth World Champion U12 in generic plavix Szeged and is therefore rewarded with the FIDE Master title.
  • 1995. Aronian becomes Youth Rapid Chess World Champion U14 in Paris.
  • 1996. He is announced International Master.
  • 1997. Aronian wins the Kasparov Cup, an important Junior Masters Tournament in Moscow.
  • 1998. He decides the European Youth Championship U20 in Yerevan to his favor.
  • 1999. He wins the Armenian National Championship in Yerevan and becomes member of the Armenian National Chess Team, winning the European Team Championship in Batumi.
  • 2000. The FIDE honors him with the Grand Master title.
  • 2002. Levon Aronian becomes Junior World Champion U20 in Panaji, Goa.
  • 2003. He wins the Chess960 Open in Mainz, Germany.
  • 2004. He wins the German Internet Championship.
  • 2005. He competes and prevails at the Russian Team Championship and the European Club Cup as a member of the Russian chess team Tomsk-400.
  • 2005. Aronian wins the Gibraltar Open together with Hikaru Nakamura and Boris Awruch, and the Tournament of Stepanakert (Bergkarabach). At the European Championship in Warsaw he obtains bronze.
  • 2006. He wins the gold medal at the Traditional Tournament of Linares which is one of his most significant successes until today. Aronian is announced World Champion at Chess960 in Mainz and wins the gold at the Chess Olympics in Turin with the Armenian national team.
  • 2007. Levon Aronian shares first rank at the Grand Masters’ Tournament in Wijk aan Zee with Topalov and Radjabov. His victory over Anand at the Tournament of Morelia, Linares is announced Duel of the Year 2007. He prevails over World Champion Vladimir Kramnik at a Rapid Chess Competition in Yerevan and successfully defends his Chess960 World Championship title against Anand at the Mainz Chess Classic.
  • 2008. Aronian and Carlsen win the Corus Tournament in Wijk aan Zee. He also dominates at the Melody Amber Tournament in Nice and wins the gold medal at the Chess Olympics in Dresden, Germany with the Armenian National Team.
  • 2008/09. He wins the second and the fourth tournament of the FIDE Grand Prix Series. After ranking second in the fifth tournament, he secured the overall victory.
  • 2009. Again, he comes off first in overall standings of the Melody Amber Tournament. He vardenafil in pulmonary arterial hypertension a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study wins the Chess Classic Mainz in August and the Grenkeleasing World Championship in Rapid Chess, but loses http://tadalafillevitra-pharmacy.net/ the Chess960 World Championship title to Nakamura. He secures another title at the Grand Slam Finale in Bilbao, even though he only filled in for Vesselin Topalov.
  • 2010. He wins the Blitz Chess World Championship in Moscow.
  • 2011. He competes at the top-board for Armenia at the World Team Championship http://vardenafilcialis-generic.org/ and contributed to the team’s title victory with a result of five points out of eight duels.
  • 2012. He wins the Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee and succeeds at the Chess Olympics in Istanbul with the Armenian National Team, where he accomplished the best ELO-rating at the top-rated board.

In May 2012, Levon Aronian is second best chess player of the World, according to FIDE World Rankings, and with an ELO of 2825 points becomes third best player in the history of chess.

  • 2014. He wins the Tata Steel Chess Tournament again and competes in the German National Chess League with the OSG Baden-Baden. They become German Team Champion in 2013 and 2014.

In the recent past, Aronian has been lacking strength. At the Team Chess Olympics in Tromsö, he could not save the Armenian National Team from ranking eighth. He only obtained seven out of eleven points.

At the Sinquefield Cup in September he could again not impress the audience, ranking fifth out of six. At The Masters Final in Bilbao two weeks ago, he was one point short of victor Anand and therefore remained in second place.

Since August, Aronian has been falling behind on the FIDE World Rankings. He started out in second place and is now fifth (behind Carlsen, Caruana, Topalov, and Grischuk), having lost 12 points (Currently 2793).

We are crossing our fingers that he will soon recover from this sudden downswing in performance. At the World Mind Games in Beijing, China (scheduled from December 11 to 17 2014) he has the chance to continue his successful career.

We are also hoping for a strong performance at the Zurich Chess Challenge in February 2015, at which he will compete against Anand, Caruana, Hikamura, Kramni, and Karjakin.

Time will show how wisely he chose his wishes when blowing out vardenafil en farmacias similares the candles on his birthday cake today .. 🙂

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe

New Elo Ratinglist

Once again, Magnus Carlsen has surpassed his own record with his current ELO-rating of 2881 points. Levon Aronian is the only other player exceeding the 2800 mark. Judith Polgar remains in the top position in the women’s category. Arkadij Naiditsch, Elisabeth Pähtz, Matthias Blühbaum, and Rasmus Svane (Juniors), as well as Filiz Osmanodja and Hanna-Marie Klek (girls) are best German players.

Exactly 50 players are currently classified as Super Grandmasters which are Grandmasters with ELO-ratings of 2700 points and above. To become part of the Top 100, one has to have an ELO of 2651 at the moment. With his new rating of 2881, Magnus Carlsen has again raised the bar and surpassed his own record of 2872 points in February 2014.

Magnus Carlsen’s deviation from the average ELO-rating of the Top 100 (2703) now amounts to 178 points. In July 2000, the very beginning of FIDE statistics, Kasparov held an ELO of 2849 points, being 195 above the average of 2644 points at that point in time. Without wanting to degrade Carlsen’s performance; Kasparov’s advantage towards the Top players of the early 2000s was slightly larger than Carlsen’s is today.

Behind Carlsen follows Levon Aronian who is the only other player with an ELO-rating of over 2800 points. Aronian also enhanced his performance indicator by several points.

Best German player continues to be Arkadij Naiditsch who suffered from a short period of crisis. Although he had to sacrifice a few points, he is still above the 2700 mark. Naiditsch is the only German player among the Top 100.

 

Go to current ratinglist

 

 

written by Philipp, translated by Birthe