The Zurich Chess Challenge 2014, the strongest tournament in history with average elo 2801, started with a blitz event on Wednesday 29th January at Hotel Savoy in Zurich, Switzerland.
Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian shared the first place with 3,0/5 points each in the event that determined the starting numbers in the main tournament.
The results in the classical games were counted as 2 points for a win and 1 point for a draw. The results in the rapid games were counted as 1 point for a win and half a point for a draw.
In the classical tournament Magnus Carlsen had the best score of 8 points (3 wins, 2 draws).
His overall victory seemed imminent, but a poor display in the rapid games on the last day of the Zurich Chess Challenge nearly ruined everything.
Fabiano Caruana’s inspired performance brought him 4,0/5 points for a total score of 9 points, but Carlsen still managed to make 2,0/5 and keep a full point distance ahead of the rest of the field.
Rapid Games – Standings:
1. Fabiano Caruana – 4
2. Hikaru Nakamura – 3½
3. Levon Aronian – 3
4. Magnus Carlsen – 2
5. Boris Gelfand – 1½
6. Viswanathan Anand – 1
Final Standings – Overall:
1. Magnus Carlsen – 10
2-3. Fabiano Caruana and Levon Aronian – 9
4. Hikaru Nakamura – 7½
5. Viswanathan Anand – 5
6. Boris Gelfand – 4½
Ended a volatile 4 weeks of chess on a high note with a win against Aronian and 4/5 in the rapid segment of the Zurich Chess Challenge.
— Fabiano Caruana (@FabianoCaruana) February 4, 2014
The difference between a great tournament and a bad tournament is such a fine line.
— Hikaru Nakamura (@GMHikaru) February 4, 2014