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# Zurich Chess Challenge 2016 – Statistics The 5th edition of the Zurich Chess Challenge is scheduled to take place from 12-15th February 2016 at the Hotel Savoy Baur en Ville in Zurich, Switzerland.

The event is organized by Zurich Chess Club and sponsored by Zurich Chess Club (founded 1809), Savoy Chess Corner, “IGC International Gemological Laboratories”.

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

The oldest chess club in the world and its honorable member Oleg Skvortsov suggest an innovation for the future of classical chess with a new time control of 40 minutes per game with additional 10 seconds for each move.

In addition, a promotional two-game match will be played between Boris Gelfand (Vice World Champion 2012) and Alexander Morozevich (Runner-up of the SG Zurich Jubilee-Open 2009), with the same time control 40′ + 10″.

The scoring system remains the same as in previous editions: 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.

Let’s pay attention to the statistics how players perform against each other at classical chess. The rows show the results of each player with the white pieces while the columns present the corresponding headups with black.

Classical statistics crosstable

Kramnik
Nakamura Anand Shirov Aronian Giri
Kramnik ** +2 =4 -3 +7 =32 -4 +10 =15 -3 +5 =9 -1 +5 =0 -0
Nakamura +2 =4 -2 ** +2 =4 -0 +2 =0 -0 +4 =6 -2 +2 =11 -1
Anand +6 =34 -0 +1 =6 -4 ** +12 =9 -1 +2 =10 -4 +0 =5 -0
Shirov +9 =13 -5 +0 =1 -0 +1 =18 -4 ** +0 =7 -2 +1 =5 -1
Aronian +3 =15 -2 +9 =6 -2 +5 =13 -2 +3 =6 -0 ** +1 =4 -0
Giri +0 =4 -1 +1 =7 -1 +1 =4 -0 +3 =2 -0 +0 =5 -3 **

Having in mind that the new time control is virtually a mix between the classical and the rapid tempo of play, it is interesting to see the rapid score between the players.

Rapid statistics crosstable

Kramnik Nakamura Anand Shirov Aronian Giri
Kramnik ** +1 =2 -1 +4 =29 -4 +4 =7 -2 +5 =5 -2 +0 =3 -1
Nakamura +1 =2 -3 ** +3 =1 -0 +0 =0 -0 +1 =2 -3 +1 =1 -0
Anand +9 =24 -4 +0 =1 -0 ** +7 =16 -1 +4 =6 -2 +1 =1 -1
Shirov +5 =7 -3 +0 =1 -0 +3 =10 -8 ** +0 =0 -0 +0 =0 -0
Aronian +6 =3 -2 +1 =3 -3 +4 =5 -2 +0 =1 -0 ** +1 =0 -0
Giri +1 =2 -1 +1 =0 -0 +0 =1 -1 +0 =0 -0 +0 =0 -1 **

Blitz statistics crosstable

Kramnik Nakamura Anand Shirov Aronian Giri
Kramnik ** +1 =0 -1 +2 =5 -1 +2 =3 -0 +2 =1 -0 +0 =0 -1
Nakamura +1 =2 -1 ** +3 =0 -0 +0 =0 -0 +9 =4 -1 +2 =1 -0
Anand +3 =1 -2 +2 =3 -1 ** +0 =1 -0 +1 =1 -0 +0 =0 -1
Shirov +1 =1 -1 +0 =1 -0 +0 =0 -1 ** +0 =0 -0 +0 =0 -0
Aronian +2 =1 -2 +4 =6 -2 +2 =2 -1 +0 =0 -0 ** +2 =2 -0
Giri +1 =1 -0 +1 =1 -1 +2 =0 -0 +0 =0 -0 +1 =0 -0 **

Finally, let’s focus on the overall scores between the players in all three time controls.

Overall ranking according to percentages:

# Player Total Percentage
1 Nakamura 92/169 54,4%
2 Aronian 125/238 52,5%
3 Anand 194,5/377 51,6%
4 Kramnik 192,5/381 50,5%
5 Giri 48/103 46,6%
6 Shirov 79/219 36,1%

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