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Lev Aronian Takes The Tal Memorial Lead

  • SonofPearl
  • on 11/24/11, 11:47 AM.

At last! A flash of sacrificial endgame brilliance from Lev Aronian led to a win against Peter Svidler, and gave him the sole lead going into the final round of the Tal Memorial.

Aronian sacrificed his knight for two pawns, eventually winning another, and his passed pawns were unstoppable.

All the other games in round eight were drawn, leaving Aronian with a half-point advantage over his nearest rivals, Carlsen, Karjakin, Nepomniachtchi and Ivanchuk.

Chess.com will have live coverage of the final round at www.chess.com/tv 

Lev Aronian leads the Tal Memorial, and is currently #2 in the live rankings

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Magnus Carlsen (left) couldn't beat the tournament's surprise package, Ian Nepomniachtchi




Vishy Anand (left) drew with Hikaru Nakamura - his eighth straight draw




Vladimir Kramnik (left) drew with Sergey Karjakin





The standings before the final round:

Aronian, Levon  ARM 2802 5
Carlsen, Magnus  NOR 2826
Karjakin, Sergey  RUS 2763
Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR 2775
Nepomniachtchi, Ian  RUS 2730
Anand, Viswanathan  IND 2811 4
Svidler, Peter  RUS 2755
Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS 2800
Nakamura, Hikaru  USA 2758 3
Gelfand, Boris  ISR 2744 3


The pairings for the final round tomorrow (25 November):

 Hikaru Nakamura
v  Magnus Carlsen
 Boris Gelfand
v  Vishy Anand
 Sergey Karjakin
v  Vassily Ivanchuk
 Peter Svidler
v  Vladimir Kramnik
v  Levon Aronian


In the case of tied scores, the following tie-break methods are used:

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

The final round starts at 13:00 local time (09:00 UTC). Chess.com/tv will have live coverage starting at 14 local, 10 UTC, 5 EST, 2 Pacific.

The time control is 40 moves in 100 minutes, followed by 20 moves in 50 minutes, then 15 minutes to finish, with a 30 second increment from the start of the game. The total prize fund is €100,000 with the winner receiving €30,000.

The official site (in Russian). Pictures from Chess-News.ru.

9338 reads 22 comments
2 votes


  • 4 years ago


    The Svidlerator struck back, beat Kramnik! I told you Gelfand will draw against Anand, nevertheless, cool games today. Congrats to Carlsen!
  • 4 years ago


    So, Carlsen wins again. 

  • 4 years ago


    And draw it is. Aronian let win of the tournament slip away.

  • 4 years ago


    Aronian will be lucky to draw Nepo. He is in a pretty bad endgame today. 

  • 4 years ago


    Carlsen just won Nakamura, now Aronian has to win his game, if he wants to win the tournament..

  • 4 years ago


    Aronian's knight sacrifice was wicked! Two outside passers were too much! 

  • 4 years ago



  • 4 years ago


    nice game from levon, and he shall be a good man

  • 4 years ago


    Totally agree with v b g :)..

  • 4 years ago


    Let's go Nepo, I'm rooting for you!

    Edit: He's playing Aronian tomorrow?  Then he has to find a way to win if he wants 1st.  Still, he's more than proven himself to be a worthy contender in this tournament.  I have faith in him. 

  • 4 years ago


    Aronian may win another one tomorrow against Nepo, but the rest of the games will all be draws. Gelfand-Anand will be interesting but will be DRAW.
  • 4 years ago


    @v_b_g inflated Justin Bieber from Norway!!! Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha lol lol.. Good one..
  • 4 years ago


    Cool Can't wait until the final round...#TeamMagnus

  • 4 years ago


    Svidler wasted a lot of effort by not resigning earlier his position was quite hopeless entering the end game. What a stingy stayer oh well some guys can't fathom they blew the game.

  • 4 years ago

    NM flashboy2222

    agree fabel

  • 4 years ago


    Brilliant game by Aronian!

  • 4 years ago

    FM gauranga

    Interesting game between Aronian and Svidler. It's rare that Svidler loses with the Gruenfeld. Looks like 32.Nxg6 with the idea of 33.Bd6 might be an improvement for White. The piece sac made the endgame sharp and imbalanced and suddenly Black also had winning chances if he plays it perfectly. A key position for Black is probably after 49.Qxg6. Black should probably play 49...Kc6 instead of 49...Kc4. Then 50.Qg7 Qd6 with the idea of bringing the Black queen to f3 seems to give Black enough counterplay against White's king for at least a draw. Would like to see some analysis of this endgame.

  • 4 years ago


    even houdini doesn't see Aronian's idea behind the knight sac! Laughing

    truly awesome!

  • 4 years ago


    The last round looks very interesting. Aronian is in the lead but since he has had white in 5 of his 8 games a draw in the last round would lose him the tournament if Karjakin or Carlsen wins (since they have more blacks than whites). Nepomniachtchi will at the very least share first if he beats Aronian but that won't be easy even if he's white. Hard to see much happen in Gelfand-Anand or Svidler-Kramnik but it will be fun to see how Nakamura-Carlsen turns out.

  • 4 years ago


    Finally! What an awesome game..

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