Zurich Chess Challenge 2016

12 - 15 February The strongest chess players will play with the new time control, invented by Oleg Skvortsov, the main sponsor of the tournament, and the oldest chess club in the World.
Tournament format
Time control
classic, rapid, blitz
Kramnik, Giri, Aronian, Nakamura, Anand, Shirov, Gelfand, Morozevich
Kramnik Giri Aronian Nakamura Anand Shirov Gelfand Morozevich OFFICIAL WEBSITE

From 12 to 15 February 2016 the world chess elite will arrive again in Zurich for the fifth edition of the Zurich Chess Challenge at the Hotel Savoy Baur en Ville.

The oldest chess club in the world and its honorable member Oleg Skvortsov suggest a most important innovation for the future of new classical chess with a new time control of 40 minutes per game with additional 10 seconds for each move. We think that in the future classical chess could pass to 1 hour control for each player. We have come to the conclusion that the game needs to become faster. We preserve the Zurich system of point control but for another format. There are 2 points for a victory, 1 point for a draw in new classical chess and 1 point for a victory and 0.5 points for a draw in a blitz.

Participants: Viswanathan Anand (India), Vladimir Kramnik (Russia), Hikaru Nakamura (USA), Levon Aronian (Armenia), Anish Giri (Netherlands), Alexei Shirov (Latvia).

Sponsors: Zurich Chess Club (founded 1809), Savoy Chess Corner, "IGC International Gemological Laboratories" (this is a Russian institute providing gemological services, such as diamond grading reports, enhanced diamonds identification as well as certification of diamonds, gemstones and jewelry in the Russian Federation. IGC is the Russsian branch of GCI - a group of gemological laboratories worldwide).

In order to further promote the new time control suggested by Mainsponsor Oleg Skvortsov, the well known Grandmasters Boris Gelfand (Vice World Champion 2012) and Alexander Morozevich (Runner-up of the SG Zurich Jubilee-Open 2009) will compete in a two-round match on Saturday, February 13th.

Part 1 results (2 points for a win, 1 point for a draw):

1-2. Anand, Nakamura - 7, 3. Kramnik - 6, 4. Aronian - 4, 5-6. Giri, Shirov - 3.

Part 2 results (1 point for a win, 0,5 for a draw):

1-3. Anand, Kramnik, Nakamura - 3,5, 4. Giri - 2,5, 5. Aronian - 1,5, 6. Shirov - 0,5.

Final stadings:

1. Nakamura, 2. Anand - 10,5, 3. Kramnik - 9,5, 4-5. Giri, Aronian - 5,5, 6. Shirov - 3,5.


Boris Gelfand outplayed Alexander Morozeich in their exhibition match - 1,5:0,5.