Upgrade to Chess.com Premium!

Tal Memorial In Moscow

  • SonofPearl
  • on 11/4/09, 11:08 AM.

The 2009 Tal Memorial tournament in Moscow runs from 5-14 November and features almost all the top players in the world today.

It's very rare for such a powerful line-up to be assembled and the event promises to be one of the strongest chess competitions ever held.

The format will be a 10-player single round-robin at the classical time control of 40 moves in 2 hours, followed by 20 moves in 1 hour, and then an extra 15 minutes plus a 15 second increment to a finish. 

Games start at 3pm local time, except Monday 9 November which is a rest day. The official website (in Russian) is here.

Here is the full line-up.  Last year's winner, Vassily Ivanchuk, is seeded joint last!

Name   NAT  Elo Rank
Carlsen, Magnus   NOR   2801 2   
Anand, Viswanathan   IND   2788 3   
Aronian, Levon   ARM   2786 4   
Kramnik, Vladimir   RUS   2772 5   
Gelfand, Boris   ISR   2758  7   
Svidler, Peter   RUS   2754 8   
Leko, Peter   HUN   2752 9   
Morozevich, Alexander   RUS   2750 10   
Ivanchuk, Vassily   UKR   2739 12   
Ponomariov, Ruslan   UKR   2739 13   


So, going by the most recent rankings shown above, the only top 10 players missing are the #1 Veselin Topalov, and new #6 Vugar Gashimov.  If any tournament this year will sort the men from the boys, the pretenders from the champions, THIS IS IT!

What will the players do to wind down after their exertions?  Why, by playing a blitz tournament, of course!  The World Blitz Championship will be held from 16-18 November and features a field of 22 players, including all ten Tal Memorial participants.  Joining them are six qualifiers from the Aeroflot Open (Gashimov, Karjakin, Mamedyarov, Bareev, Tkachiev and Zhou Jianchao) and some specially invited guests (Karpov, Polgar, Grischuk, Jakovenko, Dominguez and Kosteniuk).

Look out for updates at Chess.com!

7288 reads 53 comments
5 votes

Comments


  • 5 years ago

    33speedy

    thx thedoorman i just find it terribly sad that there is no diversity at least one womane should compete

  • 5 years ago

    ACHIZARI

    thank,s for mesage

  • 5 years ago

    thedoorman

    33speedo...

    when there's a woman who can play in the top ten, I'm sure she would not only be invited but she would create a worldwide sensation.

    Maybe that will be you in time.

  • 5 years ago

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    bondiggity 19...Qa6 and 51...Ke5

  • 5 years ago

    pawnkeeper

    It's a draw!

  • 5 years ago

    bondiggity

    Natalia, what were Kramnik's best chances (in the endgame) to win?

  • 5 years ago

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    Too bad Kramnik missed a few chances to win the game...

  • 5 years ago

    firecow

    All draws...how exciting. They should be required to make wild sacrifices at a Tal memorial.

  • 5 years ago

    pawnkeeper

    It's a draw!

  • 5 years ago

    bondiggity

    Carlsen managed to hold onto a tough draw. A very complex and interesting endgame between him and Kramnik!

  • 5 years ago

    Anatoly_Sergievsky

    For non Russian speakers, here's an English version:

    http://featuredgames.chessdom.com/carlsen-kramnik-tal-memorial-2009

  • 5 years ago

    pawnkeeper

    You can see game on chessdom.com

  • 5 years ago

    bondiggity

    All the games so are finished and drawn, besides Carlsen - Kramnik. It appears that Kramnik has advantage in a complex endgame, but we will have to wait and see how it finishes. 

  • 5 years ago

    ljova

    good luck levon

  • 5 years ago

    kunduk

    good luck ANAND..

  • 5 years ago

    rubenshein

    Action going on in Carlsen vs Kramnik. Fantastic!

  • 5 years ago

    _valentin_

    To help out people who don't read Slavic letters (it helps to learn the alphabet, it's not tough -- try it), the games of the first round (as shown on http://www.chesspro.ru/chessonline/onlines/index_2587.html) are:

    • Ivanchuk-Anand
    • Carlsen-Kramnik
    • Morozevich-Leko
    • Gelfand-Ponomarev
    • Aronian-Svidler

    For those of you who read/understand Russian, the Carlsen-Kramnik game comes with helpful comments.

     

    Or watch here: http://www.russiachess.org/online/index.htm

    The games just started.

  • 5 years ago

    rubenshein

    Oh man, I'm pissing my pants. Such great fun and excitement, this. I feel morally obliged, beyond debate, to put my bet and hope on the 18 year old dude. Even though this decahedron are beyond grasp and therefore uncircumventably elusive of any objective appraisal and acknowledgement whatsoever from other mortals like us here, the little somewhat immature juvenile deserves it all. I am wondering what the nine other fellas secretly think about Carlsen. As for my own field of interest --- philosophy --- there is to my knowledge nothing comparable to this achievement of Carlsen: a little juvenile showing the world elite the rear tires. Kasparovs gesture tells its tale. All the best, r

  • 5 years ago

    ElDude56

    I think the games are here:

    http://www.chesspro.ru/chessonline/onlines/index_2587.html

    From my (very) rudimentary russian, I can just make out the names

  • 5 years ago

    shadster

    I guess this is the link for the live broadcast : http://www.russiachess.org/online/index.htm

    If u have the google toolbar, u can use the Translate button and translate the whole page in an instant. Its not perfect of course, but you can get at least the information you need.

Back to Top

Post your reply: