Zurich Chess Challenge – Anand wins, joins Nakamura in lead

Anand ZurichFormer world champion Viswanathan Anand defeated Levon Aronian in the 2nd round of the 2015 Zurich Chess Challenge, after the Armenian player run into deeply prepared line of the Gruenfeld Indian defence.

Vladimir Kramnik created some pressure from the white side of Reti Opening in the game with Hikaru Nakamura. However, the American solved the problem in defense by giving the queen for a rook and bishop. The position simplified and the opponents agreed to a draw.

Sergey Karjakin and Fabiano Caruana were involved in fierce battle following the supposedly quiet Anti-Berlin Ruy Lopez. Caruana charged his kingside pawns, to which white responded with a central counterattack and positional exchange sacrifice. Black immediately returned the material.

In the time trouble both players made small inaccuracies and the game was eventually drawn.

Replay games with analysis

Round 2 standings (2 points for win, 1 for draw):
1-2. Viswanathan Anand, Hikaru Nakamura – 3
2-4. Vladimir Kramnik, Sergey Karjakin – 2
5-6. Levon Aronian, Fabiano Caruana – 1

Round 3 pairings:
Aronian – Kramnik, Caruana – Anand and Nakamura – Karjakin



On Sunday the rapid match between the two legends, Victor Korchnoi and Wolfgang Uhlmann, started. Uhlmann won the first game with white pieces, but Korchnoi struck back in the second. The score is tied and the winner will be decided after the final two games on Monday.

Photos by Vladimir Barsky and Eteri Kublashvili

Vijay Kumar kindly provides the video of the first two rounds and the games between Uhlmann and Korchnoi:

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