Tal Memorial - Round 8

Tal Memorial - Round 8

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Nov 14, 2009, 1:27 AM |
17 | Chess Event Coverage

Magnus Carlsen finally sprang to life in the penultimate round of the Tal Memorial in Moscow.

After a subdued performance while fighting illness throughout the tournament, Carlsen played 1.e4 against Ponomariov and proceeded to utterly destroy the former FIDE world champion with a devastating sacrificial attack, leading to a forced checkmate in three when Pono resigned.

The other games ended all square, leaving Kramnik with a slender half-point lead over Ivanchuk, whom he will face with the black pieces in the final round.

Also just half a point back is Anand, who will have the white pieces against Aronian, so it could be a truly exciting end to what has been a very high quality tournament.

The standings after round 8:

Kramnik, Vladimir   RUS  *   ½  .   ½  ½  ½  1 ½  1 1  
Anand, Viswanathan  IND  ½  *  ½  ½  ½  .  ½  1 ½  1 5
Ivanchuk, Vassily  UKR  .  ½  *  ½  1 ½  ½  ½  1 ½  5
Carlsen, Magnus  NOR  ½  ½  ½  *  ½  ½  1 .  ½  ½   
Gelfand, Boris  ISR  ½  ½  0 ½  *  1 ½  ½  ½  .  4
Aronian, Levon  ARM  ½  .  ½  ½  0 *  ½  1 ½  ½  4
Ponomariov, Ruslan  UKR  0 ½  ½  0 ½  ½  *  ½  .  ½  3
Leko, Peter  HUN  ½  0 ½  .  ½  0 ½  *  ½  ½  3
Morozevich, Alexander  RUS  0 ½  0 ½  ½  ½  .  ½  *  ½  3
Svidler, Peter  RUS  0 0 ½  ½  .  ½  ½  ½  ½  *  3

 

The final round pairings are:

 Ivanchuk   v   Kramnik 
 Anand  v  Aronian
 Leko  v  Carlsen
 Svidler  v  Gelfand
 Ponomariov   v  Morozevich 

 

 

 

 

 

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