Thursday, 30 January 2014

Zurich Chess Challenge 2014

While lots of GM's a plying their trade in Gibraltar, a select few are instead in Zurich, taking part in the first category 23 tournament in history. The 2014 Zurich Chess Challenge has an average rating of 2801, which is hardly surprising given the field. Top seed is new World Champion Magnus Carlsen, with Lev Aronian, Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana, Boris Gelfand, and Viswanathan Anand making up the 6 player field. In fact the tournament is so strong that Anand finds himself in the unfamiliar role of bottom seed.
The tournament kicked off with a blitz event to determine the pairing numbers. Carlsen and Aronian tied for first place in a tightly contested event, finishing on 3/5. The main tournament is a single round robin (5 rounds) before finishing with a 5 round rapid on the final day. The Classical games start this evening (1am Canberra time), and can be followed on the official tournament website.

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