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Zurich Chess Challenge 2014

The Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 took place in Switzerland 29th January - 4th February.
Total Classical + Rapid: 1. Magnus Carlsen - 10, 2-3. Fabiano Caruana, Levon Aronian - 9, 4. Hikaru Nakamura - 7.5, 5. Viswanathan Anand - 5, 6. Boris Gelfand - 4.5. World Champion Magnus Carlsen wins the Zurich Chess Challenge 2014.
Rapid: 1. Caruana - 4, 2. Nakamura - 3.5, 3. Aronian - 3, 4. Carlsen - 2, 5. Gelfand - 1.5, 6. Anand - 1. Time control Rapid: 15 minutes with an increment of 10 seconds per move for each player. Carlsen beat Gelfand in 24 moves, lost to Aronian and Caruana. Nakamura beat Anand in 26 moves.
Zurich Chess Challenge 2014, Rapid Games
Classical: 1. Carlsen - 8 (4), 2. Aronian - 6 (3), 3. Caruana - 5 (2.5), 4-5. Nakamura, Anand - 4 (2), 6. Gelfand - 3 (1.5). Two points for a win, one point for a draw. Time control: 40 moves in 120 minutes, then 20 moves in 60 minutes, rest of game - 15 minutes with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 61.
Round 5: Anand-Carlsen 1/2. The Spanish Game. A quick draw in 40 moves.
Caruana-Aronian 1-0. The Spanish Game.
Nakamura-Gelfand 1/2. The Sicilian Defense.
Zurich Chess Challenge 2014, Round 5 Games
Round 4: Carlsen-Caruana 1-0. Magnus had slightly better chances in the Spanish Game, sacrificed the exchange with 22.Rxf7! to fight for a win. Great! Probably 28.Qf6 was stronger.
Aronian-Nakamura 1-0. The King's Indian Defense. Levon produced a novelty, 13.Nfd4, had an advantage with 18.Bd2. Better were 21.Nc3 or 21.g4.
Gelfand-Anand 0-1. The Slav Defense. Better was 19.h5.
Zurich Chess Challenge 2014, Round 4 Games
Round 3: Nakamura-Carlsen 0-1. A sharp fight in the Nimzo-Indian Defense. 14...c5 was a novelty, but Hikaru attacked on the kingside with 15.g4 and obtained a big advantage, could have won with 26.hxg6, then with 30.gxf7, or 37.Qf1 b5 38.Rxh7. After Nakamura's mistakes 37.d6?, 39.Nc4? and 40.Qh5? Magnus Carlsen got a huge edge in the endgame, because he had 5 pawns vs a knight.
Aronian-Gelfand 1/2. The Gruenfeld Defense. With equality.
Caruana-Anand 1/2. The Slav Defense. Fabiano had two bishops.
Zurich Chess Challenge 2014, Round 3 Games
Round 2: Carlsen-Aronian 1/2. The English Opening. A theoretical duel, 15.Qe2 is a novelty. Perpetual check.
Anand-Nakamura 0-1. The Spanish Game. The Exchange Variation. Anand launched an attack on the queenside with a4-a5, but did not play the strong 15.a6!. Hikaru couterattacked with a knight sacrifice 15...Nxh3!. What a game!
Gelfand-Caruana 1/2. The Dutch Defense. White seized space on the queenside with b2-b4, but Black quickly equalized.
Zurich Chess Challenge 2014, Round 2 Games
Round 1: Carlsen-Gelfand 1-0. The Gruenfeld Defense. Magnus sacrificed the g4-pawn with 15.g4.
Aronian-Anand 1-0. The English Opening. Levon took the slight initiative on the queenside. Anand sacrificed a bishop with 22...Bxe4.
Nakamura-Caruana 1/2. The Gruenfeld Defense. Hikaru played a novelty, 16.Bh6, but Fabiano had good counterplay.
Zurich Chess Challenge 2014, Round 1 Games
Games ZCC 2014 (47, pgn)
Blitz (29th January): 1-2. Carlsen, Aronian - 3, 3-5. Nakamura, Caruana, Anand - 2.5, 6. Gelfand - 1.5. Time control Blitz: 4 minutes + 2 seconds per move for each player. Carlsen lost to Caruana in 35 moves, beat Anand in 21 moves and Nakamura in 40.
Zurich Chess Challenge 2014, All Blitz Games
Magnus Carlsen, Levon Aronian, Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana, Boris Gelfand, Viswanathan Anand.

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