Zurich Chess Challenge 2013 / Rnd 4

Fabiano Caruana

Caruana “took revenge” for his loss to Anand earlier this year in the third round of Tata Steel .  Anand made a questionable exchange sacrifice on the 29th move (Diagram).  Caruana hung tough and Anand faltered under the pressure.  This marks the first win by anyone in this tournament. 

Gelfand vs Kramnik (See Comments) was replete with mistakes by both sides – but they were very understandable as the fighting positions were extremely complex – and these so-called blunders are only labeled so by the current opinions of chess engines. 

The jury is still out as to whether chess engine evaluations are to be taken seriously at this level of chess.  There are those, Kasparov among them, who are ready to believe them without blinking, but Anand and Gelfand have stated they spot “flaws” in computer evaluations and recommendations. 

All of that aside, at the human level, Caruana played a fine game and fully deserved the win – and as for the Gelfand/Kramnik game – I think it will be some time before the truth/depth of what was going on there is understood.





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  1. [Event “Zurich Chess Challenge”]
    [Site “Zurich”]
    [Date “2013.02.27”]
    [Round “4.2”]
    [White “Gelfand, Boris”]
    [Black “Kramnik, Vladimir”]
    [Result “1/2-1/2”]
    [ECO “E05”]
    [WhiteElo “2740”]
    [BlackElo “2810”]
    [PlyCount “91”]
    [EventDate “2013.??.??”]
    [EventCountry “SUI”]

    1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. g3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Qc2 a6 8. Qxc4 b5 9. Qc2 Bb7 10. Bd2 Be4 11. Qc1 Qc8 12. b4 Nbd7 13. Nc3 Bc6 14. a3 Qb7 15. Qc2 h6 16. Rac1 Rac8 17. Rfe1 Nb6 18. e4 Nc4 19. d5 Bd7 20. dxe6 fxe6 21. e5 Ng4 22. Re4 Nxf2 23. Kxf2 Nxd2 24. Qxd2 c5 25. Kg1 cxb4 26. axb4 Bc6 27. Rce1 a5 28. Nd4 Qa7 29. Ncxb5 Bxb5 30. Kh1 Bc4 31. bxa5 Rfd8 32. Qb2 Qxa5 33. Nf3 Bd5 34. R4e2 Bb4 35. Rg1 Bc3 36. Qb1 Bc4 37. Re3 Bb4 38. Re4 Bf8 39. Rf4 Bd3 40. Qb3 Qd5 41. Qxd5 Rxd5 42. Nd4 Rxe5 43. Nxe6 Be7 44. Rd4 Bf5 45. Nf4 Bc5 46. Rd5 1/2-1/2

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