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Tal Memorial Tournament

Levon Aronian5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Peter Leko5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Boris Gelfand5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Peter Svidler4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Alexander Grischuk4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov4.5/9(+0 -0 =9)[games]
Magnus Carlsen3.5/9(+0 -2 =7)[games]
Alexey Shirov3.5/9(+0 -2 =7)[games]
Alexander Morozevich3/9(+1 -4 =4)[games]

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Ponomariov vs Grischuk 1-0482006Tal MemorialD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
2. Shirov vs Mamedyarov ½-½342006Tal MemorialC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
3. Svidler vs Leko ½-½252006Tal MemorialC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
4. Aronian vs Morozevich 1-0422006Tal MemorialD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
5. Carlsen vs Gelfand 0-1382006Tal MemorialD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Mamedyarov vs Aronian ½-½682006Tal MemorialD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
7. Morozevich vs Carlsen ½-½452006Tal MemorialB33 Sicilian
8. Svidler vs Shirov ½-½322006Tal MemorialC99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
9. Gelfand vs Ponomariov ½-½232006Tal MemorialE36 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
10. Leko vs Grischuk ½-½652006Tal MemorialB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
11. Grischuk vs Gelfand ½-½262006Tal MemorialC42 Petrov Defense
12. Shirov vs Leko ½-½272006Tal MemorialC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
13. Ponomariov vs Morozevich 1-0532006Tal MemorialB81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack
14. Carlsen vs Mamedyarov ½-½312006Tal MemorialB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
15. Aronian vs Svidler 0-1242006Tal MemorialD80 Grunfeld
16. Leko vs Gelfand 1-0792006Tal MemorialD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
17. Mamedyarov vs Ponomariov ½-½802006Tal MemorialE15 Queen's Indian
18. Shirov vs Aronian 0-1582006Tal MemorialC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
19. Morozevich vs Grischuk 1-0352006Tal MemorialB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
20. Svidler vs Carlsen ½-½292006Tal MemorialC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
21. Grischuk vs Mamedyarov ½-½342006Tal MemorialC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
22. Gelfand vs Morozevich ½-½432006Tal MemorialD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. Ponomariov vs Svidler ½-½302006Tal MemorialD85 Grunfeld
24. Carlsen vs Shirov ½-½302006Tal MemorialC42 Petrov Defense
25. Aronian vs Leko ½-½272006Tal MemorialE15 Queen's Indian
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Nov-22-06  Akireta: It's funny... I seem to recall Tal writing somewhere that "to play for a draw with the white pieces is a crime against chess" ho hum.
Nov-22-06  Rolfo: <Akireta> What happend to Mamedyarov second day, nobody knows. He surely fought for a win, but lost
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  WannaBe: Yaw-za! (Last picture, very bottom, glad Lipton was the sponsor) Hubba-Hubba.

Nov-22-06  technical draw: Tks for that link Wannabe, but I prefer coffee over tea. (picture above)
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  WannaBe: I was going to follow the trend and make another (funny) post about the picture above the coffee one, but then I decided not to.
Nov-22-06  JYMMI: <technical draw> Very funny, but unless you're talking about the beverage I can't agree with you... ;-)
Nov-22-06  technical draw: <JYMMI> This will explain: I am 57 yrs old!
Nov-22-06  Ragh: <technical draw> what's the secret behind the huge chessbucks number ?
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  WannaBe: <Ragh> Win.
Nov-23-06  technical draw: <Ragh> If you are refering to my negative sum the reason is easy. I'm from the planet Bizarro. To us losing is winning so I'm really in first place and by a lot.
Nov-23-06  Ragh: <technical draw> It does take quite an effort to maintain the numero uno position at the bottom of the list. :)
Nov-23-06  notyetagm: Are we ever going to see any PGNs for the blitz tourney?
Nov-23-06  adviser: Anyway, who won the tourny?
Nov-24-06  setebos: Anand won,before he made a move. They are all scared of him :)
Nov-24-06  Ragh: <setebos: Anand won,before he made a move. They are all scared of him :)> Why is he scaring people away??
Nov-24-06  technical draw: <Ragh> Yes, it does. Few people realize how hard it is to lose consistently. I have put a lot of effort in maintaining my status as worst bettor so I hope Kramnik/Fritz doesn't ruin it.
Dec-02-06  notyetagm: Does anyone know what the ELO changes are for the Tal Memorial?


Dec-04-06  samsal27: <Have a qualifying tournament and some toprated invitees (i.e. an Open prior to the main event, qualifying 8 players, combined with some 8 top rated invitees) The 16 players will be randomly selected into two groups and play a 7-round round robin and the winners of each pool face eachother in a final match of 2-4 games.> Great idea!
Dec-07-06  Rolfo: <notyetagm> rating changes after Tal: Leko +8, Pono +14, Aronian +8, Gelfand +4, Mame 0, Grischuk +3, Svidler -4, Shirov -9, Carlsen -6, Moro -18
Dec-07-06  notyetagm: <Rolfo: <notyetagm> rating changes after Tal: Leko +8, Pono +14, Aronian +8, Gelfand +4, Mame 0, Grischuk +3, Svidler -4, Shirov -9, Carlsen -6, Moro -18>


Feb-22-07  Dr.Lecter: <how tall in Ponomariov?> I think shorter than me.
Jun-16-07  notyetagm: Does anyone know the <time control> used in the <Tal Memorial Blitz> tournament? Was it <3 2> or <5 1>?


Jun-16-07  malthrope: <notyetagm: Does anyone know the <time control> used in the <Tal Memorial Blitz> tournament? Was it <3 2> or <5 1>? Thanks.>

I had to look it up in the topic I started over at ChessNinja... See 'Tal Memorial Super BLITZ Event 06' //

It was 5 minutes/2 seconds! I tried to find the info again but got totally lost in nostalgia looking over all the great old pics of Tal found while searching for it... So, I'll just assume until proven otherwise, that I got it *right* the first time! :-) Regards, - Mal

PS: BTW - One of our newest members - Maxim Dlugy - was playing in the qualifiers for the 'Tal Blitz Cup' and I'm sure Max could easily verify this... ;-)

Jun-18-07  notyetagm: <malthrope: <notyetagm: Does anyone know the <time control> used in the <Tal Memorial Blitz> tournament? Was it <3 2> or <5 1>? Thanks.>

It was 5 minutes/2 seconds!>


Jul-16-07  iron maiden: Kramnik will be playing in this year's Tal Memorial according to the events list on his website, It apparently will be another ten-player round robin, category 20, from November 12-26, and a blitz tournament like last year's will follow.
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