Announcement | April 20, 2012 8:47

Aronian-Kramnik takes off tomorrow - live commentary by GM Sergey Shipov

Aronian-Kramnik takes off tomorrow - live commentary by GM Sergey Shipov

Tomorrow the friendly match between Levon Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik will begin in Zurich, Switzerland and we'll have GM Sergey Shipov's live commentary translated into English here at ChessVibes! The numbers 2 and 3 of the FIDE rating list will fight each other in six classical games. They will play an additional rapid game if the main game on any given day is drawn in under three hours. There will be a rest day after game 2 and after game 4.

Event Aronian-Kramnik
Dates April 21-28, 2012
Location Zurich, Switzerland
System 6-game match

Levon Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik

Rate of play 40 moves in 120 minutes, 20 moves in 60 minutes and, for the remainder of the game, 15 minutes plus an increment of 30 seconds per move
Bonus As a bonus for the audience, Kramnik and Aronian will play an additional rapid game if the main game on any given day is drawn in under three hours

The long-awaited 6-game match between Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) and Levon Aronian (Armenia) starts tomorrow, Saturday 21 April, at 15:00 CET in the "Festsaal" in the Savoy Baur en Ville Hotel in Zurich. Never before in the history of the game has there been a match between two players rated above 2800. On paper, 30-year old Aronian is the favorite by a margin of 19 rating points, but this is counter-balanced by Kramnik’s vast match experience.

Their personal score in tournament games is 4 wins for Kramnik, 1 win for Aronian and 11 draws. Kramnik also has a slightly better score in blitz and rapid games. On the other hand,  when the two played a rapid match in Yerevan five years ago, it was Aronian who scored a fine 4-2 win. The two most recent encounters in Moscow and London ended in a draw, but from their past encounters it is evident that a highly imaginative and hard-fought duel can be expected.

Live commentary
At the venue admission for spectators is free of charge. On the official website each round will be broadcast live, with video commentary by GM Yannick Pelletier and IM Werner Hug of the Zurich Chess Club, which is organizing the match.

Here at ChessVibes we'll have live commentary in a game viewer from none less than Sergey Shipov, the highly acclaimed Russian grandmaster, coach, author and commentator. His Russian annotations at Crestbook will be translated by Colin McGourty, who did this many times before on his own site Chess in Translation.

The match is sponsored by IGC International Gemological Laboratories, a Russian institute providing gemological services, such as diamond grading reports, enhanced diamond identification, man-made/synthetic diamonds and imitation detection, as well as certification of diamonds, gemstones and jewellery in the Russian Federation. The other sponsor is Aspeco N.V. which is part of the K. Girdharlal Group of companies – one of the world's leading diamantaires, with sales offices around the globe.

The match is organized by the Zurich Chess Club, the oldest chess body in the world. In its long history it has staged numerous world-class events, regularly attracting the elite of the day. Three years ago it celebrated its 200th anniversary with a spectacular chess show which attracted all the living world champions. Since then, its activities have included organizing simultaneous exhibitions by Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen.

Saturday, 21 April: 15:00  Round 1
Sunday, 22 April: 15:00  Round 2
Monday, 23 April: Rest Day
Tuesday, 24 April: 15:00  Round 3
Wednesday, 25 April: 15:00  Round 4
Thursday, 26 April: Rest Day
Friday, 27 April: 15:00  Round 5
Saturday, 28 April: 13:00  Round 6

Hotel Savoy Baur en Ville, Paradeplatz, 8022 Zurich, Switzerland




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Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of, Peter is responsible for most of the chess news and tournament reports. Often visiting top events, he also provides photos and videos for the site. He's a 1.e4 player himself, likes Thai food and the Stones.


Ulf Hammarström's picture

"Never before in the history of the game has there been a match between two players rated above 2800."

As so often, a matter of definition? Botvinnik Memorial fit the bill already in 2001, the match between Kasparov and Kramnik. But they played both classical, rapid and blitz games, and the classical (mini-)match was just 4 games.

Zeblakob's picture

This is a more objective way to decide who is the the client of who.

redivivo's picture

Both are Grischuk's clients.

Zeblakob's picture

Hahaha Funny. And Grischuk is Gelfand client, it seems :)

Geekchess's picture

NB Zurich has daylight saving so is CEST, not CET, which is GMT +2. I am assuming quoted 'kick-off' is at 15:00 CEST (e.g. 14:00 in the UK where I am resident).
Cheers, keep up the great coverage.

Peter Doggers's picture

At the moment CET and CEST are the same it seems, so both is correct. :-)

Geekchess's picture

Peter, you are bringing out the pedant in me so apologies for going on! CET = UTC+1 and CEST = UTC +2 , it's just that most of the countries in the CET zone use daylight saving so they have switched to CEST. But this is just nit-picking, I am sure all your readers are capable of working out the time in Zurich so I will shut up now :-)

The Sea Lettuce's picture

I think Kramnik will win. There is not much difference in rating and he has greater experience in matches. Also, the time control is longer than is the norm these days and will suit his style.

David N.'s picture

This is what chess needs! Great Chess Events with much money on the table and deep inside the middle of central europe in Zurich. Nothing like in Kalmykia or other cities which non have heart of

Chess Fan's picture

One ex-world champion vs one who could be called the best in the world.
Two potenital world champions in the caliber of Vishy (The World Champion himself).
As a chess fan, look forward to this potentially world championship quality match, and the games specifically. Will look to Chess Vibes for their excellence quick coverage as usual.
Thanks in advance.

vishy 's picture

this is first time for aronian in a Match series. now he cannot bluff and run

Lee's picture

Please provide an example of this previous 'bluff and run'

rihaaa's picture

Agreed. Aronian bluffs all the time. Ask Anand

sulutas's picture

I really like to see real fight, not short and dull draws, agreed before the time-control. I hope this will be the top memorable event of 2012.

Anonymous's picture

A friendly match...more like a friendly humiliation for Kramnik.

joe's picture

Can someone please analyze the Vishy's game for Baden Baden, in which he lost. Which move he went wrong. Was the position mot defendable at all?

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