2012 Mikhail Tal Memorial

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:

 Name Nat Rank Elo
 Magnus Carlsen NOR 1 2835
 Levon Aronian ARM 2 2825
 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 3 2801
 Teimour Radjabov AZE 5 2784
 Hikaru Nakamura USA 7 2775
 Fabiano Caruana ITA 8 2770
 Alexander Morozevich RUS 9 2769
 Alexander Grischuk RUS 11 2761
 Evgeny Tomashevsky RUS 15 2738
 Luke McShane ENG 39 2706


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:

Date Time Event
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
19 June Departure


There will be live video coverage on (scroll down for the schedule) as well as at the official website, in both Russian and English.

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:

  1. Number of games played with black
  2. Number of wins
  3. Result of direct encounter
  4. Koya system
  5. Sonneborn-Berger

 A happy Carlsen after winning in 2011

Magnus Carlsen 20.jpg

Who is your favourite to win the 2012 tournament in honour of the great Mikhail Tal?

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