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

written by Sarah, translated Birthe