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Tal Memorial Tournament

Boris Gelfand6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Magnus Carlsen5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Dmitry Andreikin5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Fabiano Caruana5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura4.5/9(+4 -4 =1)[games]
Sergey Karjakin4/9(+0 -1 =8)[games]
Viswanathan Anand3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Alexander Morozevich3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik3/9(+0 -3 =6)[games]

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Andreikin vs Morozevich ½-½482013Tal MemorialB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
2. Carlsen vs Kramnik 1-0722013Tal MemorialA45 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Nakamura vs Mamedyarov 0-1312013Tal MemorialD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
4. Gelfand vs Karjakin ½-½392013Tal MemorialE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
5. Anand vs Caruana 0-1472013Tal MemorialC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. D Andreikin vs Anand ½-½342013Tal MemorialD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. Kramnik vs Nakamura 0-1592013Tal MemorialE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
8. Caruana vs Gelfand 0-1412013Tal MemorialB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. Karjakin vs Carlsen ½-½382013Tal MemorialC67 Ruy Lopez
10. Morozevich vs Mamedyarov ½-½492013Tal MemorialB12 Caro-Kann Defense
11. Anand vs Morozevich 1-0602013Tal MemorialC93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
12. Nakamura vs Karjakin 1-0522013Tal MemorialD85 Grunfeld
13. Gelfand vs D Andreikin ½-½232013Tal MemorialE00 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Mamedyarov vs Kramnik ½-½262013Tal MemorialE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
15. Carlsen vs Caruana 0-1622013Tal MemorialA07 King's Indian Attack
16. Caruana vs Nakamura 0-1392013Tal MemorialB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. Morozevich vs Kramnik ½-½392013Tal MemorialC47 Four Knights
18. Karjakin vs Mamedyarov ½-½432013Tal MemorialB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
19. D Andreikin vs Carlsen ½-½342013Tal MemorialA34 English, Symmetrical
20. Anand vs Gelfand ½-½402013Tal MemorialB30 Sicilian
21. Kramnik vs Karjakin  ½-½402013Tal MemorialA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
22. Gelfand vs Morozevich 1-0332013Tal MemorialA56 Benoni Defense
23. Mamedyarov vs Caruana ½-½462013Tal MemorialD94 Grunfeld
24. Carlsen vs Anand 1-0292013Tal MemorialE46 Nimzo-Indian
25. Nakamura vs D Andreikin ½-½232013Tal MemorialE12 Queen's Indian
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Jun-24-13  nok: I think -800 is given for no points.
Jun-24-13  Arcturar: Oh wow, that's harsh, lol. Anyways, my point was exaggerated. You get the idea.
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  Rolfo: Good summary by Ezzy as always. Btw, to qualify by rating you need to participate in the Grand Prix or World cup as a precondition or??
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  LucB: Well done <Ezzy>; thanks!
Jun-24-13  FairyPromotion: <Rolfo> You're talking about qualification to the next candidates, right? If so I doubt that. I've read the regulations and nothing hinted at such a pre-condition.

For the record the highest rated player who hasn't participated in the Grand Prix series, and isn't in the list of world cup (yet) is world #25 on the live rankings M Vachier Lagrave.

P.S. Does anybody know when will the FIDE President nominees be revealed?

Jun-24-13  FairyPromotion: My apologies! Appearentely there is such a pre-condition in order to qualify by rating.

Jun-24-13  galdur: Nice job <Ezzy>. Thanks and good luck.
Jun-24-13  MarshKnight: Seems a little odd that there were 11 black wins in the event and only 6 White wins. Black is OK!
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  Sokrates: Thank you, <Ezzy> - as usual an excellent summary. Objective, fair and to the point.
Jun-25-13  rhedrich: What and when is the next big tournament?
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  Sokrates: <Absentee: ... Fortunately we have an overabundance of 5-o'clock-news enlighteners who can tell the Russian people what a pack of dumb mules they are.> That's one way to respond to my post (making me an arrogant nitwit). The other would be relating to the substance of the issue: what society Russians have accomplished 24 years after the fall of the Soviet regime. Evidently not all Russians have voted for Putin (Kasparov!) and not all voters for Putin are anti-democratic and so forth. But in a society where you can get imprisoned for many years for having made a singing performance in a church, or get killed for being a critical journalist, I'd say there is room for improvement.

And - related to chess - I think it's fair to say that the Soviet regime often had an intimidating influence on their masters. You can't write the history about Botvinnik, Keres, Bronstein, Tal etc. without integrating Soviet policy. Alas!

Jun-25-13  Calar: <rhedrich> There is Grand Prix in Beijing starting on 3rd of July.
Jun-25-13  isemeria: Biel:


Geneva (rapid):

There should be FIDE GP in Beijing, but with FIDE you'll never know what is going to happen.

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  Ezzy: <northernfox: Rolfo: LucB: galdur: Sokrates>

Many thanks guys. Much appreciated. Makes the effort worthwhile when people make cool comments. BUT It's all about the other 51 pages of posts, which create the atmosphere of the tournament which makes my tournament experience so enjoyable.


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  Eyal: Diaz's cartoon:
Jun-25-13  siamesedream: <Magnus Carlsen`s Blog

Tal Memorial 2013 comes to an end.

Traveling abroad to play chess and going abroad as a tourist are generally two different things for me. This time I visited a couple of tourist attractions in Moscow, it is an impressive city. The walk from the hotel to the playing venue along Kreml to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and across the river might not have helped my tournament result, but it was a nice walk☺ In the last round in a must-win situation I played the Kings Indian as black against Shakriar Mamedyarov from Azerbaijan. He sacrificed a pawn for more than adequate compensation. When he took on b7 with his queen I tried to stir things up with Qf5 instead of suffering a passive defence. We both missed that he could play Bb2 and subsequently capture on a8. There was no mate, his queen would return to h3 in time. After some complications I found nothing better than the game continuation a pawn down. My counterplay against f2 and mating threats against his vulnerable king on h3 made him repeat moves. Draw, and 2nd place overall. Iím reasonably satisfied with another +2 result (which brought me victories back in 2011 and 2012), and my games against Kramnik and Anand. Overall however, Iím unhappy with too many of the other games to call it a success. Boris Gelfand had already drawn as black against tail-ender Kramnik, and deservedly won outright with 6 points. He has had several good results after his World Championship match against Anand last year and is entering the top 10 on rating as well. Caruana and Andreikin drew and shared third with Mamedyarov. Nakamura, who was sole leader at +3 after 6 rounds, suffered another setback against Morozevich to finish 6th at 50% score. Karjakin, the recent winner of Norway Chess, finished 7th ahead of Morozevich and Anand and Kramnik. The great black score and many decided games as well as the surprising final standing mark the 8th Tal Memorial. Another great edition! This week I have some media activities and business events and Friday and Saturday Iíll play a rapid match against Predojevic at Lillehammer, the venue of the 2013 Norwegian Championship starting Saturday. Magnus Carlsen, Haslum, June 25th, 2013

2013-06-25 20:13:0>

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  Sokrates: Thanks for the quotation, <siamesedream>. I was happy when I read this: <Overall however, Iím unhappy with too many of the other games to call it a success.> Self-criticism, in spite of apparent success, is the right path to becoming better and wiser for Carlsen. The last two runner-up-placements may have learnt Carlsen (from Goethe) that trees don't grow to the sky. Fortunately, he is still young and there is a lot of learning ahead of him, even if he is already one of the most talented chess-players who ever lived.
Jun-26-13  Beholder: <Ezzy: Morozevich - [...] Trying the Benoni against an in form Gelfand was not the brightest of idea's>

* ideas

< I doubt it, so we will still have to accept Morozevich as he is - a loose cannon, who's>

* whose

< creativity can be mesmorising>

* mesmerizing

Jun-26-13  Beholder: <Magnus Carlsen`s Blog

This time I visited a couple of tourist attractions in Moscow, it is an impressive city. The walk from the hotel to the playing venue along Kreml to the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and across the river might not have helped my tournament result,>

To blame the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is a new one actually.

Jun-26-13  schweigzwang: Well since you are being so freaking picky today, he appears to be blaming the walk rather than the cathedral--if he is blaming anything at all.
Jun-26-13  KnightVBishop: so overall who has better chess understanding i.e stronger

carlsen or nakamura

Jun-26-13  RookFile: Right, he's blaming the walk. Maybe he was a little tired, despite admiring the beautiful view.
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  Shams: I don't read Carlsen's statement as blaming anything, personally.
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  Rolfo: I read it like "even walking alongside the Cathedral" didn't help (save) me in the play ..
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  moronovich: Thanks for your wrap up <Ezzy> !

Excellent job.It was like being at the tournament again.

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