Unclear Outcome At Tal Memorial

Unclear Outcome At Tal Memorial

SonofPearl
SonofPearl
Nov 14, 2010, 12:58 PM |
26 | Chess Event Coverage

After nine entertaining rounds at the Tal Memorial, a last round loss by Mamedyarov cost him dearly and denied us all a clear-cut result.

Mamedyarov came unstuck against Gelfand to remain on 5.5 points, and Aronian and Karjakin drew their games to catch him on the same score.

Kramnik restored some pride by beating Shirov to recover to a level score, and Nakamura came within an inch of joining the leaders, but couldn't quite finish off Grischuk in their game.

The tie-breaks for first place were meant to be settled by various result-based criteria but remarkably Aronian and Karjakin achieved EXACTLY the same results!  They drew their encounter with each other and both beat the same two players - Kramnik and Gelfand.  So unless the organisers decide otherwise, it looks like they share first place.

Mamedyarov misses out on a share of the top spot because his victories were against players that performed worse on average than Kramnik and Gelfand.

The final cross-table:

 1  Aronian, Levon 2801 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½
 1  Karjakin, Sergey 2760 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½
 3
 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2763 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 1
 4  Grischuk, Alexander 2771 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 5
 5  Nakamura, Hikaru 2741 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 5
 6  Wang Hao 2727 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 1 ½ 5
 7  Kramnik, Vladimir 2791 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 1
 8
 Gelfand, Boris 2741 0 0 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ * 1 0
 9  Shirov, Alexei 2735 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 * 1 3
 10
 Eljanov, Pavel 2742 ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 0 *

 

 

 

 

 

 

The players now have a days rest before starting the World Blitz Championship (16-18 November).  All the Tal Memorial players (except Shirov and Wang Hao) take part and are joined by an array of other great GMs, including Magnus Carlsen, for a 20-player double-round robin mega-blitz!  The time control is 3 mins plus a 2 second per move increment.

The full line-up:

 Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2802
 Aronian, Levon ARM 2801
 Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2791
 Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2771
 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2763
 Karjakin, Sergey RUS 2760
 Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2744
 Radjabov, Teimour AZE 2744
 Eljanov, Pavel UKR 2742
 Gelfand, Boris ISR 2741
 Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2741
 Svidler, Peter RUS 2722
 Movsesian, Sergei SVK 2721
 Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS 2720
 Caruana, Fabiano ITA 2709
 Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2703
 Andreikin, Dmitry RUS 2683
 Mamedov, Rauf AZE 2660
 Grachev, Boris RUS 2654
 Savchenko, Boris RUS 2632

 

Coverage kicks off at 15:00 local time in Moscow.  Live games here and live video coverage here.

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