Fabiano Caruana wins Zurich Chess Challenge
Saturday, 02 March 2013 12:43
Fabiano Caruana claimed the clear first place in the Zurich Chess Challenge 2013 after defeating Boris Gelfand with the white pieces in 58 moves. Viswanathan Anand beat Vladimir Kramnik to gain sole second place.
Caruana finished a whole point ahead of Anand and 1.5 points ahead of Kramnik and Boris Gelfand.
Fabiano Caruana - Boris Gelfand 1 : 0
Viswanathan Anand - Vladimir Kramnik 1 : 0
F. Caruana - B. Gelfand
A draw would have been sufficient to win the tournament, but Fabiano wanted more! In a quiet Catalan, he maintained the two bishops and managed to win a pawn after Gelfand´s dubious 21…e5. In the resulting endgame, he kept the pressure high until black eventually caved in.
V. Anand - V. Kramnik
In a solid Berlin-Ruy Lopez, Vladimir Kramnik launched an usual pawn attack on the queenside. The position remained balanced until the Russian committed the blunder of the tournament. Instead, he could have drawn quite easily with 20…Nxh3! 21.gxh3 Qd7 and a perpetual. Vishy Anand obviously seized the opportunity and moved up to second place.
1. Caruana, Fabiano ITA 2757 - 4
2. Anand, Viswanathan IND 2780 - 3
3. Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2810 - 2½
4. Gelfand, Boris ISR 2740 - 2½