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Exciting Start to the Tal Memorial

  • SonofPearl
  • on 6/8/12, 11:16 AM.

Tal Memorial 2012 logo.jpgThere were four decisive results out of five games in the first round of the 2012 Tal Memorial in Moscow today.  Perhaps the innovative blitz tournament to decide the pairings helped warm up the players for the main event!

The only game to end as a draw could also have produced a winner. Magnus Carlsen took the opening rather casually against Vladimir Kramnik and slipped up badly with 16 Nf4, letting his Russian opponent grab a clear advantage.  Only time pressure persuaded Kramnik to offer a draw, which Carlsen was happy to accept.

All the other games in the opening round were won by the player with the white pieces i.e. the higher 'seeded' player according to the blitz tournament result.

The round 1 results in full:

Morozevich, Alexander  1-0   Caruana, Fabiano
Carlsen, Magnus  ½-½   Kramnik, Vladimir
Grischuk, Alexander  1-0   McShane, Luke
Radjabov, Teimour  1-0   Tomashevsky, Evgeny
Aronian, Levon  1-0   Nakamura, Hikaru

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Caruana was unable to withstand the blitz tournament winner Morozevich

Tal Mem 2012 Caruana Morozevich Round  1.jpg

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Carlsen erred in the opening, and only just escaped with a draw against Kramnik

Tal Mem 2012 Kramnik Carlsen Round 1 game.jpg

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Grischuk beat the English GM McShane

Tal Mem 2012 Grischuk Round 1.jpg

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Aronian (centre) was happy to win his complicated game with Nakamura

Tal Mem 2012 Aronian Nakamura Round 1  press conference.jpg

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The pairings for round 2 are:

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


The screenshots are taken from the live video coverage at the official website. The coverage of round 1 is available to replay here (Russian commentary).


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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.

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

    Aknaim

    Aww darn! Morozevich had a great position against Carlsen today. But Carlsen saved it Surprised!

  • 2 years ago

    Stanya

    Morozevich had a good game. I hope he keeps it up.

  • 2 years ago

    Twobit

    Wow, Moro and Carlsen just fought till the bitter end!

  • 2 years ago

    Twobit

    If you click on the red bordered frame on the left middle, at least you see the result grid. It would be nice if the Russians, just like other countries with any other international tournament would be considerate to include English translation for the rest of the world...Pehaps FIDE should whisper something...

  • 2 years ago

    swineking

    Only one draw? Guess Drawnand isn't there.

  • 2 years ago

    fabelhaft

    Very entertaining chess and players and what a first round!

  • 2 years ago

    leo5

    Nf4 was one of Houdini's recommendations.

  • 2 years ago

    TheMagicianPaul

    Aronian will win :) Great games.

  • 2 years ago

    clementdenis

    a little analysis would be great

  • 2 years ago

    Aknaim

    Great games, glad Morozevich's game is being considered the game of the day Smile

    Also congradulations to Aronian Wink

  • 2 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ hakim2005  -  Google Translate enables me to find my way around and understand most things.

  • 2 years ago

    hakim2005

    No English in the official website !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 2 years ago

    MSC157

    Actually, better would be "SonofGod"! :)

  • 2 years ago

    IM DanielRensch

    Nice games!!! Exciting start!!!

  • 2 years ago

    Twobit

    Great coverage, again, thanks a lot SonofPearl!

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