Press Esc to close
Wednesday 27 May 2015
News updated at 11:16 PM IST
Weather
Max: 33°C
Min : 22.3°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Anand in a tough field in Zurich Chess Challenge

Zurich (Switzerland) Feb 23, 2013 (PTI)

Fresh from his remarkable come-from-behind victory at the Grenke Chess Classic tournament, World champion Viswanathan Anand will compete in a tougher field in the Zurich Chess Challenge here.

After trailing the leader Fabiano Caruana by a full point margin with just two rounds to come, many had given up hopes but Anand scored two excellent victories to pip the Italian to the post in Grenke Classic at Baden-Baden in Germany.

The expectation from the world champion are high in this tougher competition wherein Russian Vladimir Kramnik starts as the rating favourite. Anand will be the second seed ahead of Caruana and last world championship challenger Boris Gelfand of Israel.

The four-player tournament will be played on a double round-robin basis and there will be just six rounds in all.

The time control will be Classical with two hours for the first 40 moves, one for the next twenty and 15 minutes with an additional 30 seconds increment after every move till the end of the game.
For Vladimir Kramnik the tournament is a curtain raiser to his campaign for the next world championship. Boris Gelfand is in similar shoes as for him and Kramnik this is the last serious tournament before the candidates’ tournament in March at London which will decide Anand’s challenger in the next world championship later this year.

Kramnik has been in sublime form off late and will start the London meet as the second seed behind Magnus Carlsen of Norway while Gelfand will need to be at his best to make an impression in an elite tournament.

Fabiano Caruana is one player who is licking his wounds. The year started badly for the young Italian as he suffered a massive rating fall in the Tata Steel Chess tournament in January and then his full point lead was blown away at the Grenke Classic. Yet, with his deep preparation he is always the one to watch out for against tougher opponents.

The field is so closely matched that even the pundits are refusing to predict the winner here. Anand has regained his magical touch, Kramnik is playing well generally, Fabiano is hungry for success and Gelfand is always a tough nut to crack. Form over the next one week will be the key to success it seems.

The victory at the Grenke Classic might have served a confidence booster but Anand could not get going in the blitz tournament. Caruana won it scoring five points out of six while Kramnik finished second on four points. Anand and Gelfnad finished tied third with just 1.5 points each.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Sheep cross a parched area of a dried-up pond on a hot summer day...

Sheep cross a parched area of a dried-up pond on a hot summer day...

A man sleeps under the shade of a tree on a hot summer day at a public park in New Delhi...

A man sleeps under the shade of a tree on a hot summer day at a public park in New Delhi...

Boys splashing water on their face as the mercury rises in Hyderabad...

Boys splashing water on their face as the mercury rises in Hyderabad...

An Indian man rests inside a concrete pipe on a hot summer day in Hyderabad...

An Indian man rests inside a concrete pipe on a hot summer day in Hyderabad...

Yaduveer Krishnanadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar at a ritual in Mysore on Wednesday...

Yaduveer Krishnanadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar at a ritual in Mysore on Wednesday...

Kannada Actress Nitu at the launching of the Taxi always.com service...

Kannada Actress Nitu at the launching of the Taxi always.com service...

Fruit festival in Bengaluru...

Fruit festival in Bengaluru...

Houses in flames during a violence in Atali Village near Ballabgarh in Faridabad...

Houses in flames during a violence in Atali Village near Ballabgarh in Faridabad...

Rahul Gandhi having meal at the house of a fisherman during a visit to the Blangad fishing colony..

Rahul Gandhi having meal at the house of a fisherman during a visit to the Blangad fishing colony..

Narendra Modi with Federal Defence Minister of Germany, Ursula von der Leyen in a meeting...

Narendra Modi with Federal Defence Minister of Germany, Ursula von der Leyen in a meeting...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523