Tal Memorial - Final Round LIVE

  • SonofPearl
  • on 11/14/09, 5:16 AM.

The final round of the Tal Memorial is currently underway in Moscow.  There are live broadcasts here and here.  Webcam pictures and Russian commentary can be found here.

Svidler and Gelfand are first to finish.


Aronian beats Anand, so it's between Ivanchuk and Kramnik for tournament winner...


Ivanchuk and Kramnik draw, so Kramnik wins the title!



Ponomariov beats Morozevich in another decisive game!



And Carlsen wins against Leko to wrap up a very entertaining tournament...


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  • 7 years ago


    I really enjoy viewing Carlsen's games. I am eager for his chess future!

  • 7 years ago


    good tournament! and good replay too that fool of demontrios18, spank_the_bishop!

  • 7 years ago


    I feel for some reason that Demetrios18 just got owned! Owned, you ignoramus! Haha! *points to Demetrios18* Tongue out

  • 7 years ago


    Demetrios18 said:

    "I new Anand was not going to win and be near the bottom. Anand lost to Kasparov in world champion match under 20 moves so i would expect Anand to have this losing performance as he did now. Kramnick is a decently strong player and Ivanchuck occasionaly makes some awesome moves but thats about it.

    Tal, Lasker, Alkehine, Capablanca, Steinitz are the best top 5 chess players to ever exist and created today what we call tactics, positional, and combination play.

    Today we see lots of imitation chess players who try to play like those guys but do not even come close. 

    Fischer lost to New york time columnist Byrne so Fischer is out

    kasparov lost to deepblue in 18 moves so he is out

    Karpov is an interesting case because he rarley gets mated, but even though he has winning material and position, tends to lose on time, also he fails to execute nice positional play so he is out."

    Man o man i read your comments every now and again and your arrogance is breathtaking, i couldn't resist replying this time...

    Exactly how you feel qualified to make these sweeping generalisations about today's top class super-GMs is truly beyond me. No offence, but you are just some young pup with a mediocre club rating - don't you feel even slightly foolish making these comments?!

    Your last statement about Karpov, one of the finest positional players to ever grace a chessboard, is completely laughable.  Buy Anotoly Karpov's Best Games (Batsford) and i guarantee after finishing it, you will begun to understand how wrong you are... the man produced some of the deepest, most intricate and beautiful positional play ever.

    And if you thought Lasker and Steintiz would have a chance against the likes of Fischer and Kasparov, when modern computers have found many of their games riddled with less-than-best moves (you'd know this if you bought their games collections and read played through the comments) - then you are a deluded fool.  Lasker and Steintiz were fantastic players for their time (without the benefit of todays accumulated knowledge and theory) - but pitching those four players against each other, each in their prime, would be a mismatch.

    Why do you even think losing in X number of moves means someone is a bad player, or 'rules you out' as you say? 

    Can't even a genius have an off-day?  Do you think the 'best ever' players you quoted never blundered?  Would today's 'imitation chess players' (as you call the super GMs) somehow escape your scathing categorisation, if they'd limped on in a losing position to move 40?  For that matter, how can you equate Anand losing a short WC game to Kasparov (in 1995!!!), to his mediocre turnout in this tournament?

    My advice:  learn some chess history, play through games collections, and improve your rating a bit before feeling qualified to make such stupid statements - and maybe develop a bit of humilty while you are at it.


  • 7 years ago


    It is exciting to watch Carlsen play. Very straightforward in his game. Congrats!

  • 7 years ago


    Man Chucky quit early in a game with the tornament on the line. Why ?

  • 7 years ago


    Smilereally awsome tournamount CoolWinkSmileMoney mouth

  • 7 years ago


    Congrats Kramnik and i am very sad that anand lost.Its time for youngsters like carlsen to come in chess so i will try to achieve that  super gm title

  • 7 years ago


    congrats KRAMNIK..

  • 7 years ago


    Carlsen is the true champion.  No conspiracy of Russians to help Carlsen.  Kramnik's win means nothing.

  • 7 years ago


    Karpov and Fischer were better than Tal and Steinitz.

  • 7 years ago


    kramnik!!  congratulations.

  • 7 years ago


    son of pearl, thanks for the coverage, congrats to Kramnik, good solid tourney!

  • 7 years ago


    Awesome tournament

  • 7 years ago


    Kramnik wins Tal Memorial.  Wowzers.

  • 7 years ago


    Yes! I was hoping that Kramnik would get first place and he did!

  • 7 years ago


    Carlsen has made an amazing comeback! Oh man, im in love.

  • 7 years ago


    Thanks for the coverage, SonofPearl. Can you make us a final results table? :)

  • 7 years ago


    So it´s over

  • 7 years ago


    Carlsen won.

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