Morozevich Wins Tal Memorial Blitz
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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:
|8||McShane, Luke J||0||0||0||0||½||0||1||*||1||½||3|
Carlsen lost on time to Morozevich in their crucial round 7 encounter
The pairings in round 1 are: Morozevich v Caruana, Carlsen v Kramnik, Grischuk v McShane, Radjabov v Tomashevsky, and Aronian v Nakamura.
Screenshot from the live video coverage.