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Zurich tournament topped by Carlsen, Caruana wins Rapid

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The Zurich Chess Challenge 2014 witnessed the first encounter between the newly crowned World Champion, Norway’s Magnus Carlsen, and India’s Viswanathan Anand, the former title holder. They competed along with the four other great chess stars: Levon Aronian (Armenia), Hikaru Nakamura (USA), Fabiano Caruana (Italy) and Boris Gelfand (Israel).

Caruana was the popular star of the tournament as he presented an amazing performance, playing convincing chess. He received 4.0/5 was half more than Nakamura and one more than Aronian. On the other hand, the Aronian and the Caruana shared second in the final tournament status.

 

Round one of the Zurich Chess Challenge started with a hit.  There were three crucial results and many exciting games were also presented.  Fascinatingly all of the games started 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3.d5, but after that Black chose three different moves in the different boards.  Carlsen played a Benko Gambit against Gelfand.

 

Aronian chose an unconfident but solid set-up against Anand.  This is for sure that at a particular point the compliance of Black's position put him in an inferior position. However Anand misjudged Aronian's possibilities of advancement in the queenside and he let the Armenian blast the position open and this exposed Anand's trapped king on c2. Within a few moves White's position turned from slightly better to completely lost.  There was a excellent match played by Aronian where he scored a very important win in round two and thereby putting real pressure on Carlsen.

 

In an unbelievable positional duel Aronian smashed Carlsen. He played Catalan set-up which allowed him to create pressure on the light squares and this made the World Champion to think under anxiety for the game.  Although, Aronian could not finish off the game with victory, yet he hold on to his position till the end of the game.

 

At the end there was another set of game where Caruana smashed Nakamura's Benoni, The Italian chess player occupied himself into a model game in the Fianchetto system.

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