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Fabiano Caruana Leads Tal Memorial

  • SonofPearl
  • on 6/17/12, 12:49 PM.

The 2012 Tal Memorial has been one of the most unpredictable and exciting tournaments for years, and it's not over yet!

Fabiano Caruana won his eighth round game against Vladimir Kramnik to take the sole lead on 5 points with just one round remaining. It was Kramnik's second loss in a row, dropping him well down the standings.

Alexander Morozevich extended his own losing streak even further to three games, losing badly with the white pieces to a rejuvenated Luke McShane.

Another decisive game saw Alexander Grischuk defeat Hikaru Nakamura after the American champion's choice of the Sicilian Dragon turned sour.

Teimour Radjabov and Lev Aronian played an entertaining draw, while Magnus Carlsen seemed bitterly disappointed not to beat Evgeny Thomashevsky.

The standings after round eight:

# Name Nat Elo Pts
1 Caruana, Fabiano  ITA 2770 5
2 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR 2835
3 Radjabov, Teimour  AZE 2784
4 Morozevich, Alexander  RUS 2769 4
5 Grischuk, Alexander  RUS 2761 4
6 Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS 2801 4
7 McShane, Luke J  ENG 2706 4
8 Nakamura, Hikaru  USA 2775
9 Aronian, Levon  ARM 2825
10 Tomashevsky, Evgeny  RUS 2738 3

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Fabiano Caruana (left) took the sole lead by beating Vladimir Kramnik

Tal Mem 2012 Fabiano Caruana Vladimir Kramnik Round 8.jpg

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Alexander Morozevich's bubble seems to have well and truly burst...

Tal Mem 2012 Alexander Morozevich Round 8.jpg

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...despite the fervent support of his very own fab club!

Tal Mem 2012 Alexander Morozevich Fan Club Round 8.jpg

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Alexander Grischuk earned his second tournament victory against Hikaru Nakamura

Tal Mem 2012 Alexander Grischuk Round 8.jpg

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Lev Aronian has had a below-par tournament by his own standards

Tal Mem 2012 Lev Aronian Round 8.jpg

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A frustrated Magnus Carlsen failed to overcome Evgeny Tomashevsky with white

Tal Mem 2012 Magnus Carlsen Round 8.JPG

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In the event of tied scores, the first tie-break is number of games with black pieces, so Fabiano Caruana only needs a draw with black against Lev Aronian in the last round to achieve an amazing tournament win.  At the start of the event Caruana came last in the opening blitz tournament!

The pairings for the final round (which starts 2 hours earlier) are:

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Lev Aronian v    Fabiano Caruana
Hikaru Nakamura v    Teimour Radjabov
Evgeny Tomashevsky v    Alexander Grischuk
Luke McShane v    Magnus Carlsen
Vladimir Kramnik v    Alexander Morozevich


Photos by Eteri Kublashvili.  Games via TWIC.

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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 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.  The video coverage at the official website is available for replay here (Russian commentary) and also here (English commentary).

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

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Comments


  • 2 years ago

    edwinxu888

    Great, unpredictible resulsts

  • 2 years ago

    Crazychessplaya

    Magnus rules. Again.

  • 2 years ago

    Sahasrara

    Great job by Carlsen, flawless victory with no losses. Champ-like performance. 

  • 2 years ago

    Snozzberries

    chessdoggblack

    Nice prediction lol

  • 2 years ago

    pawngenius

    Carlson is number one undoubtedly!

  • 2 years ago

    OVAIDO

    nice game between carlse and tomashevsky  carlsen play the english vs Kramnik in kanthy mansysk 2009 and he win after  he looses vs karajakin in white IN English and our day we see carlsen reteurn to english and he draw vs tomashevsky it's nice . i think that english opening played by carlsen is very strong. i realy enjoy all game played by carlsen it very  helpful for all .

  • 2 years ago

    finalunpurez

    THis is an awesome tournament!!

  • 2 years ago

    drumdaddy

    Surprise! Surprise!

    Magnus grabs the tournament in the final game!

  • 2 years ago

    ksideras

    Karlsen wins the tournament afterall!! With help from Aronian who gave Caruana a beating...

  • 2 years ago

    imsodumicantdie

    And...Carlsen does it again. Unbelieveable.

  • 2 years ago

    chessrook1234

    in top 40 list, only 2 LEOs...that is a surprise!! Guess who the 2 Leos are!

  • 2 years ago

    chessrook1234

    carlson on a downhill now...struggling.. his 5 month time off is hurting him? what is max time that top players stay off without playing and still manage to play well on return?

  • 2 years ago

    Chessbrewer73

    Moro and Gris both look completely exhausted.

    Credit to McShane - showing he belongs at this level!  His offbeat style is extremely appealing and interesting watch.  His game against Kramnik at last year's London Classic was another such example, despite losing.

  • 2 years ago

    _valentin_

    Caruana seems to deserve the tournament title the most of all players.  He has played attractive chess, done that very consistently and almost without mistakes lately.  His game against Kramnik was a strong display of that: in the entire game he made 1-2 small inaccuracies, which Kramnik failed to notice/take advantage of.

    Carlsen plays solidly, but has lacked that spark of inspiration in his games.  If anything, his games have seemed more like Anand's lately (mostly solid and often ending with draws).

    McShane plays very attractive and unpredictable chess himself, so his game against Morozevich was one of two people with the same playing style sparring with each other.  Except one was trying to prove something he couldn't, while the other one enjoyed the experience and won.

  • 2 years ago

    thought_control

    GM McShane destroyed GM Morozevich!  That must have been a truly hard loss.  The exchange sac along with the way the two knights converged on his position...  "murder." 

  • 2 years ago

    NM Petrosianic

    mcshane beating aronian, moro, and kramnik. if he beats carlsen as well this would be also a phenomenal achievement - and yet, he would be exceedingly unlikely to share first place!

  • 2 years ago

    thought_control

    It would be shocking if GM Mcshane were to beat GM Carlsen.  I love this tournament!

  • 2 years ago

    forrie

    moro's fan club....

    you wont need the police for crowd control at chess tournaments....

  • 2 years ago

    gxtmfa

    I love Morozevich, but McShane is playing like a man on a mission after those early defeats.

  • 2 years ago

    trlns

    Crazy tournament. Interesting games every round.

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