Right before the start of the 2016 Zurich Chess Chellange, main Sponsor Oleg Skvortsov will play an exhibition match against GM Boris Gelfand at 3 pm that will be broadcasted live on our site. Being a strong competitive player himself who was rated around 2300 in his active days, Skvortsov will be granted only a small advantage on the clock: Gelfand will have 20 minutes plus 10 seconds per move, and Skvortsov 40 minutes plus 10 seconds per move respectively.

Skvortsov frequently challenges top Grandmasters for private rapid matches and not without success - he has several wins and draws even against world class players at his credit. His playing style is, as opposed to his appearance as a businessman, quite aggressive, which gave him a reputation as a strong tactician.

As the russian oligarch chose the black pieces against Gelfand, we're looking forward to seeing what strategy he will come up to withstand the strong positional play by his world-class opponent.

There are only a few days left until the start of the 2016 Zurich Chess Challenge, so it's just about time to have a closer look at some statistics.

First of all, let's see how the players perform against each other in classical time control. The rows show the results of each player with the white pieces while the columns present the corresponding headups with black.

Classical statistics crosstable

 Kramnik
NakamuraAnandShirovAronianGiri
Kramnik ** +2 =4 -3 +7 =32 -4 +10 =15 -3 +5 =9 -1 +5 =0 -0
Nakamura +2 =4 -2 ** +2 =4 -0 +2 =0 -0 +4 =6 -2 +2 =11 -1
Anand +6 =34 -0 +1 =6 -4 ** +12 =9 -1 +2 =10 -4 +0 =5 -0
Shirov +9 =13 -5 +0 =1 -0 +1 =18 -4 ** +0 =7 -2 +1 =5 -1
Aronian +3 =15 -2 +9 =6 -2 +5 =13 -2 +3 =6 -0 ** +1 =4 -0
Giri +0 =4 -1 +1 =7 -1 +1 =4 -0 +3 =2 -0 +0 =5 -3 **

 

Alexander MorozevichBoris Gelfand

In order to further promote the new time control suggested by Mainsponsor Oleg Skvortsov, the well known Grandmasters Boris Gelfand (Vice World Champion 2012) and Alexander Morozevich (Runner-up of the SG Zurich Jubilee-Open 2009) will compete in a two-round match on Saturday, February 13th at the Hotel Savoy Baur en Ville. This match will take place simultaneously to the first two rounds of the main event (3pm & 6pm) in the Festsaal.

From 12 to 15 February 2016 the world chess elite will arrive again in Zurich for the fifth edition of the Zurich Chess Challenge at the Hotel Savoy Baur en Ville.

The oldest chess club in the world and its honorable member Oleg Skvortsov suggest a most important innovation for the future of new classical chess with a new time control of 40 minutes per game with additional 10 seconds for each move. We think that in the future classical chess could pass to 1 hour control for each player. We have come to the conclusion that the game needs to become faster. We preserve the Zurich system of point control but for another format. There are 2 points for a victory, 1 point for a draw in new classical chess and 1 point for a victory and 0.5 points for a draw in a blitz. All games of our tournament will be commented live and broadcast worldwide live via Internet on www.zurich-cc.com.