Ivanchuk Wins Tal Blitz Tournament

Ivanchuk Wins Tal Blitz Tournament

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What do Grandmasters do to relax?  Well, at the end of the Mikhail Tal Memorial there was a big blitz tournament over two days featuring 18 of the strongest players in the world, including all of the competitors in the main event, except Alexei Shirov.  The extra players having fun in the blitz included Magnus Carlsen, Peter Svidler, Sergey Karjakin and Anatoly Karpov.

Despite the extra competition, Vassily Ivanchuk (pictured), the winner in the main event, won again to make it a double triumph.  Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised.  Chucky gets so much practice playing blitz during the time trouble in his normal games that he has an unfair advantage! Laughing

Tal Blitz Tournament Final Standings:

1 Ivanchuk, Vassily   UKR   23.5
2 Kramnik, Vladimir  RUS  22.5
3 Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  21
4 Svidler, Peter  RUS  20
5 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar  AZE  20
6 Lékó, Peter  HUN  18
7 Grischuk, Alexander  RUS  18
8 Karjakin, Sergey  UKR  18
9 Kamsky, Gata  USA  17.5
10 Gelfand, Boris  ISR  17.5
11 Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR  17
12 Grachev, Boris  RUS  14.5
13 Alekseev, Evgeny  RUS  14
14 Karpov, Anatoly  RUS  14
15 Morozevich, Alexander  RUS  14
16 Movsesian, Sergei  SVK  12.5
17 Eljanov, Pavel  UKR  12.5
18 Tkachiev, Vladislav  FRA  11.5



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