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2012 Mikhail Tal Memorial

  • SonofPearl
  • on 6/6/12, 12:01 PM.

The 2012 Tal Memorial super-tournament takes place in Moscow, Russia from 7-19 June.

The format is a 10-player single round robin, with rounds starting at 15:00 local time (11:00 UTC), except for the last round which starts two hours earlier.

The total prize fund is €100,000 with €30,000 going to the winner.  The time control in operation is 100 minutes for 40 moves, then 50 minutes for 20 moves, and finally 15 minutes to a finish with an increment of 30 seconds from the start. No draw offers will be allowed before move 40.

The full line-up:

 Name Nat Rank Elo
 Magnus Carlsen NOR 1 2835
 Levon Aronian ARM 2 2825
 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 3 2801
 Teimour Radjabov AZE 5 2784
 Hikaru Nakamura USA 7 2775
 Fabiano Caruana ITA 8 2770
 Alexander Morozevich RUS 9 2769
 Alexander Grischuk RUS 11 2761
 Evgeny Tomashevsky RUS 15 2738
 Luke McShane ENG 39 2706

 

Luke McShane's participation was secured by a fan vote arranged by the organisers.

Another innovation for the competition has been decided: instead of the traditional drawing of lots at the opening ceremony, there will be a blitz tournament which will determine the order of players in the pairings for the main event!

The round-robin blitz tournament isn't just for fun - there is a separate prize fund of €15,000 with €5,000 for the winner. The action starts on 7 June at 18:30 local time (14:30 UTC), using the time control of 3 minutes and 2 seconds increment.

The tournament schedule:

Date Time Event
7 June 18:30 Blitz Tournament
8 June 15:00 Round 1
9 June 15:00 Round 2
10 June 15:00 Round 3
11 June Rest Day
12 June 15:00 Round 4
13 June 15:00 Round 5
14 June 15:00 Round 6
15 June Rest Day
16 June 15:00 Round 7
17 June 15:00 Round 8
18 June 13:00 Round 9
19 June Departure

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There will be live video coverage on chess.com/tv (scroll down for the schedule) as well as at the official website, in both Russian and English.

Last year Magnus Carlsen won the tournament, narrowly beating Lev Aronian on superior tie-breaks after both finished with a score of 5½/9. 

In case of a tie in this year's event, the tie-breaks are:

  1. Number of games played with black
  2. Number of wins
  3. Result of direct encounter
  4. Koya system
  5. Sonneborn-Berger

 A happy Carlsen after winning in 2011

Magnus Carlsen 20.jpg


Who is your favourite to win the 2012 tournament in honour of the great Mikhail Tal?

9006 reads 48 comments
6 votes

Comments


  • 2 years ago

    Daoism

    Me too!

  • 3 years ago

    Stanya

    I really hope Morozevich wins here

  • 3 years ago

    hakim2005

    why there is no English in the website

  • 3 years ago

    IM pfren

    Naka totally destroyed by Aronian today, and Carlsen was lucky that Vlad was short on time, and repeated in a better position.

  • 3 years ago

    amador69

    super_excitin

  • 3 years ago

    NimzoRoy

    Topalov seems to have dropped off the planet but I have mixed feelings. I really detest his drama. TonyH

    It was Morozevich who, upon being informed that 9 of the top 10 were at the Tal Memorial (I don't know the year) and asked if Topalov would be missed as the only one absent, replied that "Topalov is never missed."

    Works for me!

  • 3 years ago

    NimzoRoy

    Wasn't there some controversy about McShane's method of selection? Personally I think he's a worthy contender but I seem to recall some discussion about his selection not being on the up and up...(?)  [Through no fault of his BTW]

    Aside from that, this looks like a pretty awesome tnmt.  Too bad it isn't a double rd-robin, but I guess I'm just one of those kvetches who's never happy :=(

  • 3 years ago

    TonyH

    the rule is 40 moves unless approved by the arbiter OR 3 move repetition. 

    You think a 2500 GM arbiter is going to tell any of these guys they cannt draw in 20 moves if the position is drawn? it does help to prevent excessive quick draws but the real effect is  not inviting boring players :)

    Topalov seems to have dropped off the planet but I have mixed feelings. I really detest his drama.

  • 3 years ago

    fabelhaft

    The first round:

    Morozevich - Caruana
    Carlsen - Kramnik
    Grischuk - McShane
    Radjabov - Tomashevsky
    Aronian - Nakamura

  • 3 years ago

    fabelhaft

    Carlsen or Aronian for me, and since Aronian won Tata maybe it's time for Carlsen to take this one.

  • 3 years ago

    SonofPearl

    Great live video broadcast now!  The results and pgn of the games can be found here:

    http://online.russiachess.org/

  • 3 years ago

    Mighty-Midas

    im not sure!  number 1 Carlsen or Aronian who showed us his perfect performance 2011. its clear that Aronian is going to play like a monster in this tourney. M. Carlsen, however, didnt attend any tourneys recently. For this reason, its hard to assume to extent the which his performance. last one thing; its gonna be awesome.......   

  • 3 years ago

    chuazw

    Aronian! In addition to his superb skills he's such a nice guy that it's hard not to root for him!

  • 3 years ago

    mugenpower

    looking forward especially the game between Nakamura-Caruana. I think Naka said earlier in the year about Caruana was going to easier tourneys to pick up ratings points and Naka later did it himself. I would have like to seen GM Le Quang Liem in the tourney instead of McShane

  • 3 years ago

    Twobit

    Moro should come through here...

  • 3 years ago

    dinosaurhunter8

    Thank you SonofPearl!

  • 3 years ago

    ZEUS-B

    Great! thanks SonofPearl

  • 3 years ago

    SonofPearl

    The live video of the opening ceremony and blitz tourney will be here:

    http://video.russiachess.org/view/1219

    It's currently counting down to the start of the broadcast.

    The overview page for videos is:

    http://video.russiachess.org/

  • 3 years ago

    ZEUS-B

    what time does it starts today? is it at 18:30 local time??

  • 3 years ago

    dinosaurhunter8

    Will chessdom have a video feed as well, or just the game and text analysis?  I would really like to watch them play.  I'm assuming/hoping that the official site has a link for the video stream somewhere, but I've not been able to find it despite using the website's translated version posted earlier.  Can someone please tell me where I can watch a live video feed?

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