Zurich Chess Challenge 2014
The Zurich Chess Challenge takes place from January 29 to February 4, 2014.
Tournament's link : http://www.zurich-cc.com/
It's one of the strongest tournaments of all times.
Chess Anyone has selected and reviewed several games of the tournament. After a brief description, you will find its analysis by clicking on the highlighted link.
- Round 1 : Carlsen, M. (2872) - Gelfand, B. (2777), D78, 1-0, by IM Jean-Noël Riff
The game that so many people expected, the first confrontation of the new world champion, the Norwegian Magnus Carslen, world number 1 who culminates at 2872 ELO points.
Jean-Noël points out that out of the opening, black has got nothing to be scared of. Gelfand is not the 2010 vice-world champion by chance. He's been at the top for many years and he is one of the best prepared players in the world.
However, everything seemed to hold until the "awesomeness" (evil ?!) plan of the Mozart of chess, Magnus Carlsen, started on the 15th move. Will you find it ? (Click here to see the analyzed game)
- Round 2 : Anand, V. (2773) - Nakamura, H. (2789), C65, 0-1, by IGM Yannick Gozzoli
We were all waiting to see how the ex-world champion Anand would react after his first loss in this tournament, sadly for him it didn't go that well.
IGM Yannick Gozzoli explains us why and when Anand lost control of the game, and he gives great details about the different plans in the Berlin and what are the strength and weaknesses of each side from a strategic point of view. A must see ! (Click here to see the analyzed game)
- Round 3 : Nakamura, H. (2789) - Carlsen, M. (2872), E20, 0-1, by IM Jean-Noël Riff
After Hikaru's declarations during the World championship we were all eager to see him play against Carlsen and... we weren't disappointed at all !
IM Jean-Noël Riff gives the insights of this incredible game, that combine super high level, play, an unexpected drama and a rivalry that goes on !!
Although Calrsen won this game let us not forget how Nakamura outplayed him brilliantly in the opening. Don't wait anymore to have a look at this breathtaking game !! (Click here to see the analyzed game)
- Round 4 : Aronian, L. (2812) - Nakamura, H. (2789), E63, 1-0, by IM Gildas Goldsztejn
Gildas points out the very effective psychological approach of the world number 2, the Armenian Levon Aronian, who steadily multiplyed the difficult choices for the American Hikaru Nakamura.
Even if it seems to go against the deterministic side of chess where we're often taught to find forced moves in our games, this way of playing is the prerogative of very strong players.
However, this is an excellent method to use when you are confident and feel able to overcome your opponent in complications. (Click here to see the analyzed game)
- Round 5 : Caruana, F. (2782) - Aronian, L. (2812), C89, 1-0, by IGM Yannick Gozzoli
Yannick offers us a real lesson on the Marshall Gambit and reveals all its subtleties. Caruana's perfect play prevails against the specialist of this variation, who had not lost a game in it since a very long time. The precision of his game, his desire to fight, simply his talent, allowed the young Italian prodigy to beat brilliantly the world number 2. (Click here to see the guided part)