Karjakin Simul

Detailed analysis of the games on chessbase.com

by Alejandro Ramirez

The festivities started in Zurich with a lecture and simul by one of the participants, Sergey Karjakin. After a brief lecture he played against guests from the Savory Chess Corner and from Bank Vontobel. In sixteen games the amateurs were only able to achieve two draws.

Sergey Karjakin is the 12th rated player in the World

Aronian wins the Blitz tournament

The Blitz tournament to determine the colors was won by Levon Aronian with an overall scrore of 4,0 out of five. In the last round, Aronian beat Viswanathan Anand, who had been in the leader's seat so far, to win the tournament. Anand came in second, together with Caruana who has the better tiebreak. The places 4-6 were taken by Nakamura, Kramnik and Karjakin, the latters having a very bad day scoring just 1 out of 5.

All Blitz games can be replayed here in our online game viewer

After the Blitz, the parings of the 1st round were determined. They are:

Round 1 - Sat, Februar 14th, 15:00 CET
Anand, Viswanathan
Kramnik, Vladmir
Aronian, Levon
Karjakin, Sergey
Caruana, Fabiano
Nakamura, Hikaru


Blitz after Round 5
Aronian, Levon
Caruana, Fabiano
Anand, Viswanathan
Nakamura, Hikaru
Kramnik, Vladimir
Karjakin, Sergey

Sergey Karjakin concedes only two draws to the Savoy Chess Corner's and guests' team

On Thursday, February 12 the world's #12, GM Sergey Karjakin, gave a simul at the Zunfthaus zur Saffran against a team of 11 members of the Savoy Chess Corner and 5 guests from the Bank Vontobel. The Russian grandmaster conceded only two draws to chief organiser Christian Issler and Gerhard Köhler from Bank Vontobel for an overall result of 15:1 (+14 =2 -0).

Guests Bank Vontobel
Görgl Andreas 0
Köhler Gerhard 1/2
Frischknecht Lukas 0
Marschner Jürgen 0
Sowada Christoph 0

Savoy Chess Corner
Bollinger Beat 0
Geyer Martin 0
Issler Christian 1/2
Knobel Rolf 0
Kradolfer Georg 0
Kummle Thomas 0
Küry Jürg 0
Ludin Hubert 0
Marmier Edouard 0
Vucenovic Dragomir 0
Wirth William 0

Final result: 15:1 (+14 =2 -0)

Find the gallery with images from the event here

Who′s Who at the «Zurich Chess Challenge 2015»

Press Release #2 in Deutscher Sprache

Together with the six players of the leading elite, there will join in a group of legendary personalities from the world of chess at the 4th edition of the «Zurich Chess Challenge 2015» (February 13th-19th 2015).

The GM's Nigel Short, Jan Rogers, Gennadi Sosonko and Ljubomir Ljubojevic will support GM Yannick Pelletier and IM Werner Hug as guest commentators in the worldwide live broadcast at www.zurich-cc.com/games.html.

Leonxto Garcia from Spain, Frédéric Friedel (Chessbase, Germany) and many more journalists from over the world are going to report about this tournament of superlatives.

Among the Who′s Who at the Opening Ceremony (February 13th) on the stage of this great event at Zurich will be not only Arturo Pérez-Reverte, the Spanish author of the detective novel «La tabla de Flandes» («The Flanders Panel», a dialogue between literature, painting and chess) but also the world renowned Cellist Boris Andrianov, the first Russian cellist to become a laureate at the 6th International Rostropovich competition in Paris (Homepage Boris Andrianov). They will attune the six competitors at this closed ceremony (but broadcasted live at www.zurich-cc.com ) to the Blitz Tournament which will decide over the color distribution for the classical games.
Following the Rapid Tournament on the final day (February 19th), the public Closing Ceremony with a musical contribution of the «Trio Capriccio Zürich» and the Prize Giving Ceremony will end this extraordinay chess festival.

The supporting programme features Sergej Karjakin who will be playing a simultaneous exhibition against representatives of the sponsors at the «Zunfthaus zur Saffran» on February 12th.

Furthermore, we are particularily looking forward to a Rapid Competition between the two famous chessplayers Viktor Kortchnoi and Wolfgang Uhlmann who both made a lasting impression on the chess scene at their height. They will celebrate their 84th and 80th birthday respectively in March 2015! This event will be held on February 15th (rounds 1 and 2) and February 16th( rounds 3 and 4), both days at 11am at the Hotel "Savoy Baur en Ville" and preceded by a short overview about the bygone chess history by the president of the «Emanuel Lasker Gesellschaft», Paul Werner Wagner (Homepage Emanuel Lasker Gesellschaft).

We would like to invite and warmly welcome all chess afficionados to this singular showdown of the two meritorious legends! (FREE ENTRY)

«Zurich Chess Challenge 2015» — Again a Tournament of Superlatives

Press Release #1 in Deutscher Sprache

From 13 to 19 February 2015, the world chess elite will arrive again in Zurich to the fourth edition of the «Zurich Chess Challenge» at the Hotel Savoy Baur en Ville. With Fabiano Caruana, the superior winner of the recently concluded Super Tournament in St. Louis, the currently most attractive chess player comes to our city, where he meets the former world champions Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik, and the absolute Top players Levon Aronian, Sergey Karjakin and Hikaru Nakamura.