Kramnik wins Tal Memorial with a round to go

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The "draw-with-Black-playing-for-a-win-with-White" strategy was not enough for Kramnik in Mexico (mainly because he also lost one game) but in Moscow it proved a succesful method. Four draws and his fourth win with White today (against Mamedyarov) were enough to secure his tournament victory with a round to go. The other games of the eighth round ended in a draw.

It's difficult to say something about the other games but concerning the key game Kramnik-Mamedyarov, it's good to inform you that quite early the players were already in time trouble. Kramnik proved to be the coolest and, well, when we look back at the tournament, without Anand and Topalov participating, he's really in a class of his own. We're looking forwared to Corus already!



Standings after eight rounds:

  1. Kramnik                  6
  2. Shirov                  4,5
3-6. Carlsen, Jakovenko,
     Gelfand, Leko            4
7-9. Kamsky, Ivanchuk, 
     Mamedyarov              3,5 
 10. Alekseev                 3


The schedule:

10 November 2007               11 November 2007         
Leko       - Shirov     1-0    Leko       - Kamsky     ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Kamsky     - Gelfand    ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?    Gelfand    - Kramnik    ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Kramnik    - Carlsen    ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?    Carlsen    - Alekseev   ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Alekseev   - Ivanchuk   ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?    Ivanchuk   - Jakovenko  ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?
Jakovenko  - Mamedyarov ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?    Shirov     - Mamedyarov ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?

12 November 2007 13 November 2007 Kramnik - Leko 1-0 Leko - Alekseev ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Kamsky - Shirov 0-1 Kamsky - Kramnik ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Alekseev - Gelfand ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Gelfand - Jakovenko ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Jakovenko - Carlsen 0-1 Carlsen - Mamedyarov ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Mamedyarov - Ivanchuk 1-0 Shirov - Ivanchuk ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?

14 November 2007 16 November 2007 Jakovenko - Leko ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Leko - Mamedyarov ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Alekseev - Kamsky ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Kamsky - Jakovenko 0-1 Kramnik - Shirov 1-0 Kramnik - Alekseev 1-0 Mamedyarov - Gelfand ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Gelfand - Ivanchuk ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Ivanchuk - Carlsen ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Shirov - Carlsen 1-0

17 November 2007 18 November 2007 Ivanchuk - Leko ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Leko - Carlsen ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Mamedyarov - Kamsky 0-1 Kamsky - Ivanchuk ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Jakovenko - Kramnik ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Kramnik - Mamedyarov 1-0 Alekseev - Shirov 0-1 Alekseev - Jakovenko ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Carlsen - Gelfand ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ? Shirov - Gelfand ?Ǭ?-?Ǭ?

19 November 2007 Gelfand - Leko .-. Carlsen - Kamsky .-. Ivanchuk - Kramnik .-. Mamedyarov - Alekseev .-. Jakovenko - Shirov .-.


Two videos by Robert Fontaine & G?ɬ©rard Demuydt of Europe-Echecs:

Time trouble in Kramnik-Mamedyarov



Ivanchuk talking to the media...? Well, shortly!

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