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Zurich Chess Challenge 2013: World Champion Viswanathan Anand and Three Challengers

In one of the strongest tournaments of the year the World Champion Viswanathan Anand (India) will be facing the former title-holder Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), last year’s World Championship challenger Boris Gelfand (Israel) and the rising star Fabiano Caruana (Italy). At the Savoy Hotel, Paradeplatz, Zurich, the four masters will play a double round-robin tournament from 23 February to 1 March 2013. Sixty years after the epic Candidates’ Tournament, Zurich is again hosting a clash among the world’s leading chess masters.

For Kramnik and Gelfand this will be their last trial of strength before the Candidates’ Tournament in London, where both are hoping to qualify for another World Championship match against Anand. The World Champion has been struggling a little of late, but he returned to good form earlier this year in Wijk aan Zee and in Baden-Baden. The 21-year-old Fabiano Caruana was the rising star of 2012, temporarily shooting up to fifth place in the world rankings. Based in Lugano, the Miami-born Italian will no doubt be a favourite among the local spectators.

All the games will be broadcast with live commentary on the Internet. Spectators are very welcome to come to the Savoy Hotel, where admission is free of charge. In case of a draw before move 40, an additional exhibition game will be played (result not counting).

Participants

Vladimir Kramnik (Russia, Elo 2810, #2 on the current world ranking list)
Viswanathan Anand (India, 2780, #6)
Fabiano Caruana (Italy, 2757, #13)
Boris Gelfand (Israel, 2740, #17)

Schedule

Play daily from 23 February to 1 March 2013 (free day: 26 February).
The rounds start at 15.00 local time (CET), except for the last round, which begins at 13.00 CET.

Main sponsor

«IGC International Gemological Laboratories» is a Russian institute providing gemological services, such as diamond grading reports, enhanced diamonds identification, man-made/synthetic diamonds and imitation detection, as well as certification of diamonds, gemstones and jewelry in the Russian Federation. IGC is the Russian branch of «GCI» a group of gemological laboratories located worldwide.

Co-sponsor

«HVK International Private Limited», Mumbai; «Sur Jewel, Antwerp», and the «Savoy Chess Corner», Zurich.

Organization

Zurich Chess Club

Press Contact: media@sgzurich.ch

Download (en) Press Release, November 2012

Zurich Chess Challenge 2013

The World Champion Viswanathan Anand, his most recent challenger Boris Gelfand, the former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik and the rising star Fabiano Caruana will be competing in the second Zurich Chess Challenge. From 23 February to 1 March 2013 they will face each other in a double round-robin tournament at the Savoy Hotel, Paradeplatz, Zurich. The games will be played with a classical time-control of 2 hours for 40 moves, 1 hour for the next 20 moves and 15 minutes plus a 30-second increment for the remainder of the game. In case of a draw before move 40, an additional exhibition game will be played (result not counting).

Following on from the 2012 Zurich Chess Challenge, which was a match between Kramnik and Levon Aronian, the main sponsor, Oleg Skvortsov of International Gemological Laboratories, Moscow, is making it possible for another highly attractive event to be staged by the Zurich Chess Club. The 2013 tournament marks the sixtieth anniversary of the legendary Candidates Tournament, won by Vassily Smyslov, and will be a highlight of the chess calendar.

Participants

Vladimir Kramnik (Russia, Elo 2795, #3 on the current World ranking list)
Fabiano Caruana (Italy, 2786, #5)
Viswanathan Anand (India, 2775, #6)
Boris Gelfand (Israel, 2751, #14)

Schedule

Play daily from 23 February to 1 March 2013 (free day: 26 February). Spectators are welcome

Main sponsor

IGC International Gemological Laboratories is a Russian institute providing gemological services, such as diamond grading reports, enhanced diamonds identification, man-made/synthetic diamonds and imitation detection as well as certification of diamonds, gemstones and jewelry in the Russian Federation. IGC is the Russian branch of GCI - a group of gemological laboratories located worldwide.

Co-sponsors

HVK International Private Limited, Mumbai, and the Savoy Chess Corner, Zurich.

Organization

Zurich Chess Club

Press Contact: media@sgzurich.ch