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Tal Memorial Blitz Tournament

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov16/22(+14 -4 =4)[games]
Alexander Grischuk15.5/22(+12 -3 =7)[games]
Alexander Morozevich12.5/22(+9 -6 =7)[games]
Boris Gelfand12.5/22(+9 -6 =7)[games]
Sergey Karjakin12.5/22(+10 -7 =5)[games]
Peter Svidler12/22(+10 -8 =4)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi11/22(+8 -8 =6)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik10.5/22(+9 -10 =3)[games]
Peter Leko10/22(+4 -6 =12)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev9.5/22(+6 -9 =7)[games]
Evgeny Tomashevsky8/22(+5 -11 =6)[games]
Alexandra Kosteniuk2/22(+2 -20 =0)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Tal Memorial Blitz (2014)

Played in Sochi, Russia 13-14 November 2014. The classical event was this year replaced by the Petrosian Memorial (2014). Crosstable:

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 1 Mamedyarov ** 10 0 1 11 0 10 11 11 1 11 11 16 2 Grischuk 01 ** 11 1 11 1 1 01 0 1 11 15 3 Morozevich 1 00 ** 10 0 1 1 10 0 1 1 11 12 4 Gelfand 0 0 01 ** 1 00 11 11 10 11 12 5 Karjakin 00 00 1 0 ** 1 01 01 1 11 1 11 12 6 Svidler 1 0 0 11 0 ** 10 00 11 00 11 11 12 7 Nepomniachtchi 01 0 0 10 01 ** 01 1 01 0 11 11 8 Kramnik 00 10 01 00 10 11 10 ** 1 01 01 10 9 Leko 00 1 1 0 00 0 ** 11 10 10 Inarkiev 0 0 00 00 11 10 0 ** 01 11 9 11 Tomashevsky 00 0 0 01 0 00 1 10 10 ** 10 8 12 Kosteniuk 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 10 00 00 01 ** 2

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 132  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Grischuk vs Svidler 1-0292014Tal Memorial BlitzA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
2. E Inarkiev vs Karjakin  0-1382014Tal Memorial BlitzB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. Kramnik vs Svidler 1-0632014Tal Memorial BlitzA04 Reti Opening
4. Morozevich vs Tomashevsky 1-0622014Tal Memorial BlitzD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. Mamedyarov vs Grischuk 1-0362014Tal Memorial BlitzE60 King's Indian Defense
6. I Nepomniachtchi vs Gelfand  ½-½502014Tal Memorial BlitzB53 Sicilian
7. Kosteniuk vs Leko 0-1262014Tal Memorial BlitzC54 Giuoco Piano
8. Karjakin vs Leko  ½-½572014Tal Memorial BlitzA04 Reti Opening
9. Gelfand vs E Inarkiev  1-0602014Tal Memorial BlitzE10 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Svidler vs Morozevich  ½-½472014Tal Memorial BlitzA06 Reti Opening
11. Tomashevsky vs Mamedyarov 0-1842014Tal Memorial BlitzD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. Grischuk vs I Nepomniachtchi  1-0572014Tal Memorial BlitzD70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
13. Kramnik vs Kosteniuk 0-1322014Tal Memorial BlitzA14 English
14. E Inarkiev vs Grischuk ½-½402014Tal Memorial BlitzB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. Leko vs Gelfand  ½-½252014Tal Memorial BlitzA15 English
16. Svidler vs Kosteniuk  1-0382014Tal Memorial BlitzA14 English
17. Karjakin vs I Nepomniachtchi  0-1472014Tal Memorial BlitzA88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
18. Gelfand vs Mamedyarov 0-1412014Tal Memorial BlitzD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. Gelfand vs Kramnik  1-0532014Tal Memorial BlitzB07 Pirc
20. Karjakin vs Morozevich  1-0412014Tal Memorial BlitzA07 King's Indian Attack
21. Leko vs Mamedyarov  0-1512014Tal Memorial BlitzC78 Ruy Lopez
22. E Inarkiev vs I Nepomniachtchi 1-0582014Tal Memorial BlitzA80 Dutch
23. Tomashevsky vs Kosteniuk 1-0202014Tal Memorial BlitzA28 English
24. Svidler vs Tomashevsky  1-0342014Tal Memorial BlitzA06 Reti Opening
25. Kramnik vs Grischuk 1-0352014Tal Memorial BlitzA56 Benoni Defense
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  PawnSac: I think the point is Magnus didn't think he could win the tourney if he had to forfeit 3 games. So why bother.
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  PawnSac: <notyetagm: Helluva start for Mamedyarov, <10/11: +9 =2 -0>>

you bet., and playing through the games one gets a sense he is incredibly fast and accurate at blitz. He either clocks his opponent or outplays him. It would be a blast to watch him live when we could see the clocks and all the action.

Nov-13-14  notyetagm: <PawnSac> And what a disaster(!) for Nepo. He was the top seed by blitz rating but finished -4(!), losing 6 games in a row(!!) at one point.

Tal Memorial Blitz (2014)/Ian Nepomniachtchi

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  soldal: <The second half starts at 11:00 Moscow time.>

So Friday the start is four hours before the WCC game.

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  Penguincw: Kosteniuk's only points are via. a black win against Kramnik...
Nov-13-14  kyg16: Kosteniuk, how are the vacations in Sochi going so far?
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  me to play: <Penguincw: Kosteniuk's only points are via. a black win against Kramnik...> Yeah, she is have a rough time to say the least. She had Inarkiev busted too, but, managed to lose that one as well.
Nov-13-14  Sihlous: Shakh stole the show.
Nov-13-14  fisayo123: Wow, Nepo is having a shocker.
Nov-14-14  siamesedream: Congratulations to GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov!
Nov-14-14  fisayo123: Pretty sensational showing from Kosteniuk. Amazing performance!
Nov-14-14  ndg2: Nepo lost a lot of Blitz rating points here.
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  Penguincw: < ndg2: Nepo lost a lot of Blitz rating points here. >

Viewing how much players lost/gain during a blitz tournament can be fun to view:

Grischuk (+9) +95.2
Karjakin (+3) +50
Mamedyarov (+10) +41.6
Gelfand (+3) +37.6
Inarkiev (-3) +23.2
Leko (-2) +11.6
Svidler (+2) +4.4
Morozevich (+3) -20.8
Kramnik (-1) -26
Tomashevsky (-6) -55.6
Kosteniuk (-18) -66.8
Nepomniachtchi (=) -92.4

Obviously, it depends on what the previous rating was.

Despite the majority of the games being decisive, look who still managed to draw more than half of them...

Nov-14-14  notyetagm: <Despite the majority of the games being decisive, look who still managed to draw more than half of them...>

How in the world do you manage to draw 12(!) games out of 22 in a blitz(!!) tournament???

Tal Memorial Blitz (2014)/Peter Leko

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  Penguincw: < How in the world do you manage to draw 12(!) games out of 22 in a blitz(!!) tournament??? >

Never underestimate Leko's power to draw a game.

BTW: If anyone knows if he's holding a simul anytime soon, please let me know. I want to see if I can draw a game against him. ;)

Nov-14-14  john barleycorn: Just imagine he had lost those 12. Big noise then: "Look at Leko, he can't even draw a single one.."
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  parmetd: So was this blitz tournament just to setup pairings for the actual tal memorial or what? Where is the info on the classical portion?
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  WannaBe: <parmetd> I don't think there is a classical portion. Just Blitz this year.

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  parmetd: Thanks wannabe. So pathetic.
Nov-15-14  fisayo123: <parmetd> I think the organizers were the same as the ones who did Petrosian memorial, no? If so, then they've done very well.

I just think the schedule at this time of the year is pretty tight. It's perhaps not the best to have a classical tournament going on simultaneously with the WCC.

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  Troller: No, but when we have WCC every year, scheduling becomes difficult. Not to mention GP cycle...
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  thegoodanarchist: Leko drew 12 blitz games out of 22??? I would take Kosteniuk over this guy, even though she lost 20 games.

Drawing a blitz game when you are that highly rated is ridiculous...

Nov-17-14  MOLLOYCHESS: Does anyone have a link to the video of the first day's footage? Chess24 only have day 2 I think.
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  me to play: <john barleycorn: Just imagine he had lost those 12. Big noise then: "Look at Leko, he can't even draw a single one.."> Well said. The realization that a draw is a BETTER RESULT than a loss seems quite baffling to a large number of posters.
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  MissScarlett: <S.MAMEDYAROV: After day 1, I thought it'd be easier. Curiously enough, today I played better than yesterday, but the result was somewhat strange. The loss to Ian (Nepomniachtchi - CN) was very annoying, because I lost on time in the winning position. Then, the game vs Grischuk was even more annoying, because I blundered in a position which wasn't lost at all. The problem was that Grischuk was playing excellently today, that's why the fight was going on till the very end. But anyway, I've had a good tournament.>

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