Botvinnik Memorial Rapid

Botvinnik Memorial Rapid

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Sep 2, 2011, 11:58 AM |
22 | Chess Event Coverage

Mikhail Botvinnik4.jpgAs part of the continuing celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the birth of Mikhail Botvinnik (pictured), there is a rapid double round-robin competition taking place in Moscow from 2-3 September.

The four players are none other than the current top four ranked players in the world!  Magnus Carlsen, Vishy Anand, Lev Aronian and Vladimir Kramnik.

The time control is 25 minutes plus 10 second increment, and the games start at 15:00 local time (11:00 UTC).  A novel idea will mean that the clocks are stopped half way through the game and the players will discuss their thoughts about the game with the audience (while the other player wears headphones, so they can't hear!).

Live video coverage of the competition is available here (currently replaying the first day's games), via the official website (in Russian).

A separate women's competition in the same format takes place concurrently with the men's event.

On the first day of competition, there was only one decisive game among the men, and only one indecisive game among the women!

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The standings after the first day:

Anand, Viswanathan  IND 2817 * * ½ ½ 1 . 2
Carlsen, Magnus  NOR 2823 ½ . * * ½ ½ .
Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS 2791 ½ . ½ . * * ½ .
Aronian, Levon  ARM 2807 0 . ½ . ½ . * * 1

 

Aronian ponders his move against Carlsen (screenshot from the live coverage)

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Anand talks about the game while Kramnik dons headphones

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And now it's Kramnik's turn on the microphone!

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The women's standings:

Cmilyte, Viktorija  LTU  2525 * * 0 . 1 . 1 . 2
Danielian, Elina  ARM  2517 1 . * * ½ . 0 .
Koneru, Humpy  IND  2600 0 ½ . * * 1 .
Kosintseva, Tatiana  RUS  2536 0 1 . 0 . * * 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

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