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Tal Memorial Preview

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  • on 6/9/13, 2:41 PM.

Thus far the chess fans have been spoilt with many strong tournaments in 2013, and yet another one is going to start in only three days: the Tal Memorial. With Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand in the line-up, it's surely one of the most anticipated events of the year. Here's a preview of what we can expect!

The 8th Tal Memorial will be held June 12-23, 2013 in Moscow, Russia. The venue is the new technology center Digital October. Like every year, the players will be staying at the luxurious Ritz-Carlton.

Participants

The tournament is a 10-player round robin with the following players:

  1. Magnus Carlsen (Norway, 2868)
  2. Vladimir Kramnik (Russia, 2811)
  3. Viswanathan Anand (India, 2783)
  4. Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 2775)
  5. Fabiano Caruana (Italy, 2774)
  6. Sergey Karjakin (Russia, 2767)
  7. Alexander Morozevich (Russia, 2760)
  8. Boris Gelfand (Israel, 2744)
  9. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaidjan, 2726)
  10. Dmitry Andreikin (Russia, 2724)

Details

The opening ceremony will be held on Friday Wednesday, June 12th and the playing days are June 13-15 (rounds 1-3), June 17-19 (rounds 4-6) and June 21-23 (rounds 7-9). The time control is 1 hour and 40 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 50 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes till the end of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1. It is forbidden to offer a draw before move 41. The Chief Arbiter is Andrzej Filipowicz (Poland); the tournament director is Ilya Levitov, Chairman of the Management Board of the Russian Chess Federation.

Tiebreak rules & prizes

In case of a tie the following tie-break rules are in place:

  • Maximum number of games played with black pieces;
  • Maximum number of wins;
  • Direct encounter;
  • Sonneborn-Berger score.

The total prize fund is 100,000 EUR (US $130,000). The prizes are distributed as follows:

  1. 30,000 EUR
  2. 20,000 EUR
  3. 15,000 EUR
  4. 10,000 EUR
  5. 8,000 EUR
  6. 6,000 EUR
  7. 4,000 EUR
  8. 3,000 EUR
  9. 2,500 EUR
  10. 1,500 EUR

Blitz

On Friday Wednesday, June 12th the Tal Memorial will be opened with a blitz tournament. This was also done last year and copied by the Norway Chess tournament last month. The idea is that instead of a drawing of lots, the final standings of the blitz tournament will determine the players' lot numbers in the main event.

Like the main event, this blitz tournament will be a single round robin. The time control is 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment, and the tie-break rules are the same as in the main event. The players are not just playing for a chance to have five white games instead of four in the "real" tournament, but also for the following prizes (a total prize fund of 15,000 EUR):

  1. 5,000 EUR
  2. 3,000 EUR
  3. 2,000 EUR
  4. 1,500 EUR
  5. 1,000 EUR
  6. 700 EUR
  7. 600 EUR
  8. 500 EUR
  9. 400 EUR
  10. 300 EUR

Commentary

It will surely be a treat to follow the tournament online, because every round there will be commentary by GMs Alexander Grischuk, Peter Svidler, Sergey Rublevsky and Sergey Shipov. This year the organizers are trying to make the commentary more interactive by having people from the audience asking questions. Furthermore, there will be press conferences in which the players explain their moves.

So make sure you've bookmarked the special online transmission page of the Russian Chess Federation's website by Wednesday, June 12th. At 18:00 local time (16:00 CET, 10:00 EDT, 07:00 PDT) the blitz spectacle starts. And, needless to say, here at Chess.com we'll have daily coverage!

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  • 14 months ago

    Marcokim

    @Boxwood, I wouldn't call Andreikin the greatest tactician of all time but he is believed to be just as brilliant as Karjakin, he won the world Juniors and Russian championships. His problem has been (again you can confirm this) playing too many blitz tournaments to the detriment of his standard chess, probably too much partying and living it up... he just got married and he is now more settled to playing serious tournaments.

    That said even with his party lifestyle he is still only 22yrs and a 2730, he got his GM norms at 17yrs (way too late for such a talent), when he was already 2600+ strength, probably too lazy to attend interzonal tournaments, gained 200 points in record time after his GM title. Many people in Russian chess circles believe that if this young man focused a little more he would be a future world championship candidate. Hammer is no Andreikin - not to take anything away from the Norwegian GM but their talent base is not even close.

    Watch this space. I bet you 3 chess.com gift points that this tournament will have some fireworks.

  • 14 months ago

    Boxwood-n-Ebony

    Looks like somebody lost their temper @conanbarbarian.  Regardless, the games you give as example of the "greatest tacticians of all time" are know thematic traps.  I highly doubt that in this tournament he will be anything other what he is, a courtesy invite for the hosting country, (Norway - Hammer).  Now if he can draw Kramnik a pawn down, then we can talk.  Btw I like Karjakin for this one.  He's red hot.  Gonna be a great tourney.

  • 14 months ago

    webmaster

    Swearing like that is not allowed here. Please stop the fighting.

  • 14 months ago

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  • 14 months ago

    gambardella

    Is there an English version for the website?

  • 14 months ago

    Vingore

    It is great that Carlsen will be playing.  He is the greatest player of all time!

  • 14 months ago

    e2-e4_1-0

    I think someone other than Carlsen and Anand will take this one, they will be hiding all the really juicy prep for the WC. 

  • 14 months ago

    conanbarbarian

    @Marockim, could'n agree with you more about Andreikin. Guy is a genius. I follow him for some time on playchess.com, where he's rated over 3200 ELO points in blitz and bullet. And the fact that he works on his own without a coach speaks for itself. For all you others ignorants, check out this and get familiar with one of the greatest tacticians of all time (yes, of ALL TIME).

    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1599669

    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1631914

    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1571553

    This one's my favourite

    http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessgame?gid=1675949

  • 14 months ago

    Seb_T

    No English version of the website?

  • 14 months ago

    Marcokim

    @HernandoCortes... Andreikin is considered one of the greater chess minds of the last decade by other Russian GMs, now that he has settled, he can concentrate on classical chess...I don't make this up, its an open secret. Anyway history is on his side because the only men to win both the World Junior and Russian Championships have become World Champions.

    This is a strange era in chess because there are at least 30GMs in the world who can win any top tournament. Carlsen looked invincible in 2010/2011 but now I think the pack has caught up and even if he beats Anand he has to contend with at least 10 young GM who are all potential 2800+ players... guys like Caruana, Nakamura, Karjakin, Andreikin, Nipomniatchi and Le Quang will be knocking on the 2800 door very soon.

    I can bet you 2 gift points (chess.com that is) that the winner will come from the above list especially Karjakin and Andreikin.

  • 14 months ago

    HernandoCortes

    no Radjabov,

    no Grischuk,

    no Aronian,

    no Svidler,

    no Ponomariov,

    no Leko,

    no Kamsky,

    no Topalov! -- while Andreiken is ranked 29. . . 

  • 14 months ago

    Marcokim

    @restinpeace... I wouldn't be too sure... this is a strong field and anything can happen. Guys like Andreikin and Morozevich are good enough to beat anyone in the world... it should be interesting, a bit of luck doesn't hurt in a single round robin... add Nakamura and Caruana in the mix and its anyone's guess.

    Gone are the days when players like Fischer, Karpov or Kasparov dominated tournaments... Carslen has to literally etch out wins if at all, the field is so strong.

  • 15 months ago

    restinpeace

    Carlsen and Kramnik for sure will be the favourites here!!! and possibly the candidate winners!

  • 15 months ago

    chessdoggblack

    "Chucky" was found in Leon, Spain a few days ago and overran Anish Giri in a blitz match and believe it or not...something like 7.5-2.5 However, he lost the classical match I.5-0.5 and rapid 3.5-0.5. I think he still has a low key fire burning inside and may alert us to this fact in the upcoming chess events that take place where his presence and participation is requested. He also claimed to retire from chess, but recanted that statement later after his performance in the blitz games. Let us remember that in 2007 Ivanchuk was the worlds "blitz" champion and in 2008 took second place. Ivanchuk still reveals a solid chess record of "Championship wins" and must be reckon with. Elite chess players around the world realize this. Perhaps slow games are not chuckys forte. One can never preceive how their chess game results will be until the final tally. "Keep playing Chucky, the chess world still needs you." Cool

  • 15 months ago

    Marcokim

    Its good to see Dmitri Andreikin here....

    ...who many believe is one of the most underated strong GMs in the world, got his GM norms way after he was GM strength, is currently only 22yrs, won the world juniors 2010 and the Russian championships 2012, probably one of the best blitz players in the world, much feared in Russian chess circles, relatively low international profile... doesn't play too many international tournaments... is rated 2730s but is considered good enough to be a top-10 player in the world...

    Should be interesting.

  • 15 months ago

    conanbarbarian

    Finally, Dima Andreikin with the big dogs. I hope he'll prove his true value and set up a surprise on this year's Tal Memorial...

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