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Tal MemorialMamedyarov-Nakamura, Karjakin-Gelfand, Shirov-Wang Hao, Aronian-Kramnik and Grischuk-Eljanov - these are the pairings for the first round of the Tal Memorial which starts tomorrow. This was the result of the drawing of lots that took place during tonight's opening ceremony at the Ritz/Carlton Hotel in Moscow. ChessVibes is in the Russian capital and will bring on-the-spot coverage of the Tal Memorial and the World Blitz.

The traditional Tal Memorial tournament will be held 4-14 November in the GUM Exhibition Hall on Red Square, Moscow. Levon Aronian (ARM, 2801), Vladimir Kramnik (RUS, 2791), Alexander Grischuk (RUS 2771), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE, 2763), Sergey Karjakin (RUS, 2760), Pavel Eljanov (UKR, 2742), Boris Gelfand (ISR, 2741), Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 2741), Alexei Shirov (ESP, 2735) and Wang Hao (CHN, 2727) play. Live here and here's a live video stream with commentary in Russian.

The average rating of the tournament is 2757 which comes down to a category 21 tournament. It's a 10-player single round-robin one rest day, on November 9th. The rate of play is 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 50 minutes for the subsequent 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.

There are special rules at this tournament about arriving late and drawing games. If the player is less than an hour late for the game, he is fined in amount of 500 Euros. (Naturally if he arrives late more than an hour he loses.) Draw offers and agreements are forbidden at the tournament. Draws can occur after a three-fold repetition, the 50-move rule or in a position where mate is not possible anymore.

The prize fund amounts to 100,000 Euros, and is distributed as follows (amounts in Euros):

1th 30,000 2th 20,000 3th 15,000 4th 10,000 5th 8,0006th 6,000 7th 4,000 8th 3,000 9th 2,500 10th 1,500



Tal Memorial 2010 | Schedule and pairings
Tal Memorial 2010 | Schedule and pairings


After the Tal Memorial the traditional World Blitz Championship will be held from November 16 till 18.

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The Ploschad Revoluytsii metro station, close to Red Square



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The Ritz/Carlton hotel, just north of Red Sqaure. It's where the players are staying and where yesterday the openin ceremony was held



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Some quick interviews for Russian TV before the ceremony, e.g. with Gelfand...



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...and Shirov, who will play his seventh tournament in a row



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We saw many familiar faces, like Mark Dvoretsky...



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..Mark Glukhovsky (editor of 64 magazine)...



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...and Genna Sosonko



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The opening ceremony with in the yellow jacket the presentation by Igor Kogan, who represented Arkadij Dvorkovich



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Spectators in what was called the 'Washington room'...



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...with on the front row Grischuk, Aronian, Karjakin, Kramnik, Gelfand...



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...Eljanov, Mamedyarov, Shirov, Wang Hao and on the right Nakamura



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Tournament director Alexander Bakh, who despite having to step down as President of the Russian Chess Federation still runs the tournament this year, as a contractor



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Tournament organizer Ilya Levitov



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Chief arbiter Geurt Gijssen performing the drawing of lots...



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...where Mamedyarov picked number one...



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...2 for Karjakin...



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Aronian taking number 4, just like last year...



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...last year's winner getting number 7...



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...8 for Wang Hao...



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...Gelfand got number 9...



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...10 for Nakamura



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Let the tournament begin - with Levon Aronian...



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...and Vladimir Kramnik as top seeds



Later we'll add comments from the players at the opening ceremony.

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