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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
Tal Memorial (Blitz) Tournament

Hikaru Nakamura7/9(+5 -0 =4)[view games]
Viswanathan Anand6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[view games]
Vladimir Kramnik5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[view games]
Boris Gelfand4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[view games]
Magnus Carlsen4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[view games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov4/9(+3 -4 =2)[view games]
Dmitry Andreikin4/9(+3 -4 =2)[view games]
Sergey Karjakin3.5/9(+2 -4 =3)[view games]
Alexander Morozevich3/9(+2 -5 =2)[view games]
Fabiano Caruana2.5/9(+2 -6 =1)[view games]

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Mamedyarov vs Carlsen 1-039 2013 Tal Memorial (Blitz)D37 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Karjakin vs Kramnik  1-053 2013 Tal Memorial (Blitz)A07 King's Indian Attack
3. Caruana vs Anand  ½-½49 2013 Tal Memorial (Blitz)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
4. Nakamura vs D Andreikin 1-042 2013 Tal Memorial (Blitz)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Anand vs Nakamura ½-½53 2013 Tal Memorial (Blitz)B01 Scandinavian
6. Kramnik vs Caruana 1-045 2013 Tal Memorial (Blitz)A04 Reti Opening
7. Carlsen vs Karjakin 1-043 2013 Tal Memorial (Blitz)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. Mamedyarov vs Morozevich 0-140 2013 Tal Memorial (Blitz)E64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
9. D Andreikin vs Gelfand  0-131 2013 Tal Memorial (Blitz)B53 Sicilian
10. Morozevich vs Gelfand  ½-½51 2013 Tal Memorial (Blitz)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Morozevich vs Carlsen 1-035 2013 Tal Memorial (Blitz)B32 Sicilian
12. Gelfand vs Mamedyarov 0-144 2013 Tal Memorial (Blitz)D06 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Gelfand vs Kramnik  ½-½45 2013 Tal Memorial (Blitz)D50 Queen's Gambit Declined
14. Morozevich vs Anand 0-177 2013 Tal Memorial (Blitz)A13 English
15. Karjakin vs Nakamura 0-136 2013 Tal Memorial (Blitz)B01 Scandinavian
16. Caruana vs D Andreikin  0-153 2013 Tal Memorial (Blitz)B45 Sicilian, Taimanov
17. Nakamura vs Caruana 1-052 2013 Tal Memorial (Blitz)D00 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Anand vs Karjakin 1-043 2013 Tal Memorial (Blitz)C77 Ruy Lopez
19. Kramnik vs Morozevich 1-039 2013 Tal Memorial (Blitz)B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
20. Carlsen vs Gelfand  ½-½48 2013 Tal Memorial (Blitz)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. D Andreikin vs Mamedyarov  1-031 2013 Tal Memorial (Blitz)A00 Uncommon Opening
22. Karjakin vs Mamedyarov ½-½74 2013 Tal Memorial (Blitz)C70 Ruy Lopez
23. Caruana vs Carlsen 0-143 2013 Tal Memorial (Blitz)B30 Sicilian
24. Nakamura vs Kramnik ½-½51 2013 Tal Memorial (Blitz)D00 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Carlsen vs Kramnik ½-½63 2013 Tal Memorial (Blitz)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-12-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: FIRST!
Jun-12-13  nok: Unsurprising result, for once.
Jun-12-13  Beholder: <nok: Unsurprising result, for once.>

I wouldn't call it that. I expected either Karjakin or Carlsen to win this, and even in case Naka wins it (which he did), I fully expected these two to be right behind him, which did not happen. It's Anand and Kramnik behind him, with the youngsters far down the table. Not to mention Caruana.

Jun-12-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  tim butler: USA, USA, USA.
Jun-12-13  abhishikt: Only Naka and Anand were undefeated and clearly ahead of the rest. Surely, even at 43 Anand is still a 'Lighting Kid'.
Jun-12-13  Mendrys: I think Nakamura won this because his opponents made mistakes. What a lucky dude. Sorry, I couldn't help it but I wanted beat most Naka detractors to the punch.
Jun-12-13  cannedpawn: Why Mendrys? He's a good player, cocky or not. Capablanca, Tal were the same cut.
Jun-12-13  JPi: <Mendrys> Nakamura was'nt my favorite here but seeing the games I was very impressed. Nakamura's play was strong. No doubt there is mistakes - that's a blitz tournament - but no more than in the other games. I fact I saw few. Indeed Nakamura with his remarquable opening choice was well prepared. Nothing again Scandinavian or Ritcher-Veresov really but the percentage of win suddendly goes up because Nakamura used it (: .
Jun-13-13  messachess: I have to admit, I am surprised by these results: not that Naka won--he has to be in the running every time in blitz--but the other results.

It shows, I think, just how human chess players are (Surprise!)

Jun-13-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Maatalkko: Nine rounds of blitz is not a very serious tournament. More often than not, the leader of the 40 round World Blitz Championship event after Day 1 does not end up winning the whole event.

Still, it's a good boost of confidence for Nakamura. He is certainly a stronger rival for Carlsen in blitz than in standard. In fact, I think this result should put him ahead of Carlsen in blitz rating on the next list.

Jun-13-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Maatalkko: Also, I'm not that surprised to see Caruana in last. His progress in standard is amazing (2796 live rating), but I can't remember any outstanding results from him in blitz.
Jun-13-13  Pravitel: Maatalkko<Also, I'm not that surprised to see Caruana in last. His progress in standard is amazing (2796 live rating), but I can't remember any outstanding results from him in blitz.>

Zurich Chess Challenge had similar blitz tournament earlier this year, and there he went 5/6 against Kramnik, Anand and Gelfand. That is rather remarkable result. For some reason it wasn't rated by Fide. He also won the main classical tournament confidently with a 2900 tournament performance.

Jun-13-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Pedro Fernandez: < Pravitel: Maatalkko<Also, I'm not that surprised to see Caruana in last. His progress in standard is amazing (2796 live rating), but I can't remember any outstanding results from him in blitz.> Zurich Chess Challenge had similar blitz tournament earlier this year, and there he went 5/6 against Kramnik, Anand and Gelfand. That is rather remarkable result. For some reason it wasn't rated by Fide. He also won the main classical tournament confidently with a 2900 tournament performance.> Certainly. BTW, Nakamura, Anand and Kramnik were defeated in the first round of the main tournament.
Jun-13-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Maatalkko: <Pravitel> Thanks for the correction.

<Pedro Fernandez> Yes, blitz really is all about form, which changes from one day to the next - 9 rounds is nothing definitive.

Jun-14-13  SirRuthless: <Maatalkko> And Classical isn't about form? In my opinion classical has an academic component that blitz does not. Opening theory gives less talented player an opportunity to contend with more talented players. Sad the chess is being solved from the front and the back. Opening prep for OTB Classical games shouldn't be a research project... 960 is the future and it can't come soon enough.
Jun-17-13  Xenon Oxide: <SirRuthless: <Maatalkko> And Classical isn't about form?>

It is, but a classical event has the same amount of rounds stretched over a much longer span of time, allowing for some averaging out.

Jun-17-13  SirRuthless: <Xenon> Not buying that at all. Naka finished dead last in London grand Prix then finishes second in Zug Grand Prix and T-2 In Norway Supertournament. Form plays a very large role.
Jun-18-13  PrinceHope12: Hello ChessWorld! Lee Quang Liem The Champion of 2013 World Blitz Chess Championship had lost to Wesley So of The Philippines on 2011 World Blitz Qualification.. Ian Nepomniatchi of Russia had lost to Wesley So also on 2011 World Blitz Qualification.. At That Time Wesley so is Qualified to play on 2012 World Blitz Championship. Because He entered the top 6..
Alexander Grischuk of Russia is 7th didn't Qualified and didn't Win Against Wesley So.. But Maybe because GM Grishcuk is former World Blitz Champion he was allowed to play and Won the 2012 World Blitz Championship. Ruslan Ponomariov did not win Against Wesley so at 2011 World Blitz Qualification and now GM Ponomariov is 4th on 2013 World Blitz Championship This Top 4 players of 2013 World Blitz Championship didnt' Score a Win against the Strong Asian Speed chess player.

I Wonder Why Wesley So is not present both on 2012 and 2013 World Blitz Chess championship

Why Wesley So didn't invited on 2012 world Blitz Championship.. When He Qualified to Play.. Maybe Because FIDE had change the rules that the top 10 classical players and some more chosen GM's to play the 2012 World Blitz Championship. Why..?? It's Like Top 10 Turtles automatically Qualified for a race.. Long game and Blitz is different.... Just Qoute this "Being Unfair is a Wrong Decision" That's it......

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