2012 Mikhail Tal Memorial
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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 full line-up:
Luke McShane's participation was secured by a fan vote arranged by the organisers.
Another innovation for the competition has been decided: instead of the traditional drawing of lots at the opening ceremony, there will be a blitz tournament which will determine the order of players in the pairings for the main event!
The round-robin blitz tournament isn't just for fun - there is a separate prize fund of €15,000 with €5,000 for the winner. The action starts on 7 June at 18:30 local time (14:30 UTC), using the time control of 3 minutes and 2 seconds increment.
The tournament schedule:
|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|
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:
- Number of games played with black
- Number of wins
- Result of direct encounter
- Koya system
A happy Carlsen after winning in 2011
Who is your favourite to win the 2012 tournament in honour of the great Mikhail Tal?