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Morozevich Wins Tal Memorial Blitz

  • SonofPearl
  • on 6/7/12, 11:25 AM.

The blitz tournament appetiser for the 2012 Tal Memorial was won by Alexander Morozevich, who scored 6½/9 points.

Morozevich took the €5,000 first prize on tie-breaks from Magnus Carlsen thanks to his victory over the world's #1 in their individual game in round 7 (Carlsen lost on time).

The positions in the blitz tournament decide the pairings for the main event, with the most significant point being that the top five will have 5 games with white (and 4 with black), while the bottom five have 4 games with white (5 with black).

Although this is a slight disadvantage for the bottom half of the field, the first tie-break if there are tied scores in the main competition is highest # of games with black, so it could work in their favour in some circumstances.

The results in full:

Name 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pts
1 Morozevich, Alexander  * 1 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1
2 Carlsen, Magnus  0 * 1 1 0 ½ 1 1 1 1
3 Grischuk, Alexander  0 0 * ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1
4 Radjabov, Teimour  ½ 0 ½ * 1 1 1 1 0 ½
5 Aronian, Levon  1 1 ½ 0 * ½ ½ ½ 1 0 5
6 Nakamura, Hikaru  ½ ½ 0 0 ½ * ½ 1 1 1 5
7 Tomashevsky, Evgeny  ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ * 0 1 1
8 McShane, Luke J  0 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 * 1 ½ 3
9 Kramnik, Vladimir  0 0 ½ 1 0 0 0 0 * 1
10 Caruana, Fabiano  0 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 ½ 0 * 2

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Carlsen lost on time to Morozevich in their crucial round 7 encounter

Tal Mem 2012 Morozevich Carlsen blitz.jpg


Games are available for replay at this page of the official coverage.  The full live video coverage is available for replay here, or divided up round-by-round here.

The serious business gets underway tomorrow (8 June) at 15:00 local time in Moscow (11:00 UTC).  Full schedule and more details in our previous news report.

The pairings in round 1 are: Morozevich v Caruana, Carlsen v Kramnik, Grischuk v McShane, Radjabov v Tomashevsky, and Aronian v Nakamura.

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Screenshot from the live video coverage.

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  • 2 years ago

    P_G_M

    Valentin, your second post is just amazing Laughing

  • 2 years ago

    mumayi

    where is the english version of the tal memorial website

  • 2 years ago

    ngaihboy

    @Sonofperal share .. chesstv.com has eng commentary.

    enjoy!!!!!! (: 

  • 2 years ago

    Czechman

    Well, that's a damned shame what with all of the English speaking players and their fans shut out of live coverage. This is probably one of the top three tournaments in the world, you woud think there would be English speaking commentators like in that insufferably boring WCC match.

  • 2 years ago

    _valentin_

    Chess is indeed a very Russian thing -- and is likely to stay that way for a while.  So start learning early Wink (it's not that hard, it's a normal language!), or at least make plans for an online near-live translation service. 

  • 2 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @czechman01 - TWIC also has a live broadcast of the moves only:

    http://twiclive.com/silverlive.htm

    There doesn't seem to be live commentary in English at the official website coverage unfortunately.  Time for us all to learn Russian! Wink

  • 2 years ago

    Czechman

    None of these links are in English! Where can I watch these games live in English?

  • 2 years ago

    Daeru

    Blitz doesn't prove much but it is a good sign from Morozevich.

  • 2 years ago

    kiliagono

    Hope the last place is not an omen for Caruana.

    Very strong tournament, will be exciting...

  • 2 years ago

    cimzowitsch

    moro....go go go

  • 2 years ago

    _valentin_

    ptrckmackay:  You have a choice -- think about it again, or forget about it.  I am fine either way.

  • 2 years ago

    P_G_M

    Valentin, your commenst make no sense at all Laughing

  • 2 years ago

    _valentin_

    Everyone has at least one victory in the blitz event, and everyone has at least one loss (and at least one draw)...  That makes the case that among peers in strength (these are all top of the top players) the games were quite well fought, even without seeing their content.  The suspicion, of course, is that 3+2 is too quick for meaningful games (by their standards, of course, not ours), but at least the fun factor is there.

    Aronian is as always unpredictable in his own way: wins against the top two guys but a loss against the last one.  Same as he did in the Tata Steel tournament in January, where he won the event.

    Given the choice, I'd actually rather have an extra black game than an extra white game (especially given that these days black has less of a problem equalizing among these strongest players in the world).  After all, in the end the extra black will put someone ahead...

  • 2 years ago

    Aknaim

    @Twobit No Problem Wink

  • 2 years ago

    finalunpurez

    Its good to see some upsets :)

  • 2 years ago

    Twobit

    Thanks, Aknaim, great videos!

  • 2 years ago

    Sahasrara

    Morozevich is a tricky opponent, always dangerous. Pretty solid performance by Carlsen though, always among the top 3.

  • 2 years ago

    Aknaim

    Well Morozevich has won the blitz, lets hope he wins the rest. His style is most similar to Tal's and thus at a tournament remembering the great Tal it should be Morozevich who wins Laughing

    Anyone who wants to see a great game by Morozevich here is one:

    It is Morozevich vs Anand - Commentated by GM Daniel King & Maurice Ashley

    Part 1:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05yx2BnuiCA&feature=relmfu

    Part 2:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuiCB7njZvw&feature=relmfu

  • 2 years ago

    PhilipN

    I second what Fabelhaft just said, and I think all tournament pairings should be done either in this way, or in something else that isn't "standard" (e.g. chess960, or blindfold now that Amber's gone).  Perhaps they could even figure out a way to do it with bughouse!

  • 2 years ago

    swineking

    Wow, few draws. Guess Drawnand isn't there.

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