Vladimir Kramnik wins Champions Rapid in Zurich

8/24/2009 – It was a weekend of the world champions. After playing simuls against 200 opponents, marking the 200th jubilee of the world's oldest chess club, eight champions took part in an all-play-all rapid chess tournament in Zurich, Switzerland. It was won by the 14th World Champion Vladimir Kramnik, with the current World Champion in second place. Report with pictures and videos.

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On Saturday, 22 August 2009, 200 amateurs played against eight champions who have left indelible marks on chess in the past 50 years: Viswanathan Anand, Anatoly Karpov, Garry Kasparov, Viktor Korchnoi, Vladimir Kramnik, Boris Spassky, Ruslan Ponomariov and Veselin Topalov. Each of them played against 25 amateurs, 200 games altogether, one for every year of the club's history. Matthias Deutschmann, the German cabaret artist and the voice of the "Fritz" chess software, guided the public through the event. A pictorial report on this event will follow soon.

On Sunday, 23 August 2009, another group of eight champions – Viswanathan Anand, Werner Hug, Anatoly Karpov, Alexander Khalifman, Vladimir Kramnik, Judit Polgar, Ruslan Ponomariov and Veselin Topalov – played against one another in an attractive rapid chess format. The event began at 11.00 am and ended around 6 p.m. The winner was Vladimir Kramnik, followed by Viswanathan Anand, and in joint 3rd-4th Veselin Topalov and Ruslan Ponomariov.

No.
Name Elo
FED
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Pts
SB
1
Kramnik Vladimir 2759
RUS
*
½
1
½
1
½
½
1
5
16.25
2
Anand Viswanathan 2788
IND
½
*
½
½
½
½
1
1
14.25
3
Topalov Veselin 2813
BUL
0
½
*
1
1
½
½
½
4
13.00
4
Ponomariov Ruslan 2727
UKR
½
½
0
*
½
½
1
1
4
12.50
5
Khalifman Alexander 2612
RUS
0
½
0
½
*
1
½
½
3
9.25
6
Polgar Judit 2687
HUN
½
½
½
½
0
*
½
0
10.00
7
Hug Werner 2453
SUI
½
0
½
0
½
½
*
½
8.50
8
Karpov Anatoly 2644
RUS
0
0
½
0
½
1
½
*
7.25

Here the results of the individual rounds

Round one
Anand Viswanathan
½-½
Topalov Veselin
Karpov Anatoly
0-1
Ponomariov Ruslan
Polgar Judit
½-½
Kramnik Vladimir
Khalifman Alexander
½-½
Hug Werner
Round two
Topalov Veselin
½-½
Hug Werner
Kramnik Vladimir
1-0
Khalifman Alexander
Ponomariov Ruslan
½-½
Polgar Judit
Anand Viswanathan
1-0
Karpov Anatoly
Round three
Karpov Anatoly
½-½
Topalov Veselin
Polgar Judit
½-½
Anand Viswanathan
Khalifman Alexander
½-½
Ponomariov Ruslan
Hug Werner
½-½
Kramnik Vladimir
Round four
Topalov Veselin
0-1
Kramnik Vladimir
Ponomariov Ruslan
1-0
Hug Werner
Anand Viswanathan
½-½
Khalifman Alexander
Karpov Anatoly
1-0
Polgar Judit
Round five
Polgar Judit
½-½
Topalov Veselin
Khalifman Alexander
½-½
Karpov Anatoly
Hug Werner
0-1
Anand Viswanathan
Kramnik Vladimir
½-½
Ponomariov Ruslan

Round six

Topalov Veselin
1-0
Ponomariov Ruslan
Anand Viswanathan
½-½
Kramnik Vladimir
Karpov Anatoly
½-½
Hug Werner
Polgar Judit
0-1
Khalifman Alexander
Round seven
Khalifman Alexander
0-1
Topalov Veselin
Hug Werner
½-½
Polgar Judit
Kramnik Vladimir
1-0
Karpov Anatoly
Ponomariov Ruslan
½-½
Anand Viswanathan


Anatoly Karpov vs Ruslan Ponomariov in round one: 0-1


Judit Polgar vs Vladimir Kramnik in round one: draw


Werner Hug vs Alexander Khalifman in round one: draw


Vishy Anand vs Anatoly Karpov in round two: 1-0


Veselin Topalov vs Werner Hug in round two: draw


Judit Polgar in action against Vishy Anand in round three: draw


Ruslan Ponomariov, former FIDE world champion


In the end the winner was Vladimir Kramnik


The winners with their cheques: 30,000 Swiss francs for Kramnik;
20,000 for Anand, and 5,000 each for Topalov and Ponomariov

All pictures by Georg Kradolfer


Video reports by Europe Echecs


Video reports by Vijay Kumar for Europe Echecs

For further information on the jubilee of the Schachgesellschaft Zürich, please visit www.sgzurich2009.ch.

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