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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov vs Wang Hao
Tal Memorial (2010), Moscow RUS, rd 8, Nov-13
Queen's Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defense (D38)  ·  1-0


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Premium Chessgames Member Once again we find ourselves with a bevy of choices for tomorrow's game. Gelfand-Mamedyarov would be our default pick (as Mamedyarov leads with 5.5/8) but given so many interesting match-ups in 2nd place we think it's best to conduct another straw-poll. Vote for one game only please. First game to get 5 votes wins:

Eljanov vs Aronian
Grischuk vs Nakamura
Kramnik vs Shirov
Wang Yue vs Karjakin
Gelfand vs Mamedyarov

See you tomorrow and thanks for participating.

Nov-13-10  Open Defence: Grischuk vs Nakamura ! for me, though most would want to see a karjakin game i suppose
Nov-13-10  SatelliteDan: Thanks Chessgames.
Nov-13-10  firebyrd: Grischuk vs Nakamura
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  Peligroso Patzer: < That's all for today, folks. See you tomorrow morning at <7:00am EST> for the 9th and final round of the Tal Memorial.>

Has it been verified that the last round has the same starting time as the earlier rounds?

Thank you, <Open Defense> and <Eyal>, for your comments. 32. ... Rd5 would likely have been Black's best, but it would have been a difficult position to defend even then.

Nov-13-10  Open Defence: most welcome, 32...Re8 also needs to be analysed deeply, though it may well be that the Black position cannot be saved objectively... however OTB anything can happen...
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  Sneaky: I have a hunch I know the game to watch, but I'll abstain from voting because I'm not even going to be here.
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  Willem Wallekers: Wang Yue vs. Karjakin
Premium Chessgames Member <Has it been verified that the last round has the same starting time as the earlier rounds?> That's a very good question. We see nowhere that it says otherwise, so we're operating on the assumption that it will start at the regular time (7am USA/Eastern). If anybody learns differently please inform us at the chessforum. Thanks.
Nov-13-10  Ulhumbrus: Kramnik has the White pieces, while Nakamura and Aronian have the Black pieces. So I suggest Kramnik - Shirov.
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  Domdaniel: Grischuk, pls.
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  Peligroso Patzer: Nakamura vs. Gelfand is now officially drawn.
Nov-13-10  hms123: Grischuk vs Nakamura
Nov-13-10  bumpmobile: Grischuk vs. Nakamura please. Thanks!
Nov-13-10  talisman: shirov-kramnik
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  Peligroso Patzer: <Grischuk vs. Nakamura> now seems to have reached the magic number of five with <bumpmobile>'s vote.
Nov-13-10  kellmano: Grischuk v Nakamura is my vote.
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  wordfunph: alexei-vlad please.
Premium Chessgames Member OK the voting is closed, Grischuk-Nakamura wins by a landslide. See you tomorrow morning!
Nov-13-10  messachess: In hind-sight of course, black needed to guard the e7 square. Why not 34...Rf7? (Or has this already been analyzed to death.)
Nov-13-10  muradov: Very well played by Shark, converting his rather marginal advantage in development into a full point. He's having a great tournament and deserves to win. Good luck tomorrow!
Nov-13-10  ozmikey: <messachess> On 34...Rf7 White seems to have a nice tactic in 35. g6!. Even so, it doesn't win straight away after 35...Rf6 36. Rd8+ Rf8. But Black still looks in a lot of trouble.
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  Eyal: 34...Rf7 loses to 35.g6! Rf6 (35...Rxc7 36.Rd8#) 36.Rd8+ Rf8 37.Rd6, e.g. Rf6 (37...Re8 38.Rxa6) 38.Ba2! Rxg6 (38...Bxa2 39.Rd8+ Rf8 40.Rcc8) 39.Rxe6! Rgxe6 40.Re7. 34...Rg6 would also lose to 35.f4 Rd5 36.Rxd5 Bxd5 37.Bxf5. By this stage Black is already lost.

Wang Hao had a perfectly reasonable position out of the opening until about moves 23-24; for example, on move 23 he had the rather forcing drawing line 23...Rad8 24.dxc6 Rxd3 25.Bxd3 Rxd3 (26.g4 bxc6!). From that stage on, it looks like he completely lost the thread of the game (while Mamedyarov played very forcefully) and his position became worse almost with every move.

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  HeMateMe: this seemed a relatively easy endgame for black to defend. I use this opening all the time, with mixed results. Seems that black lost when he allowed white to activate both rooks. After 22...B-h5, Wang never catches up. He should have just exchanged the d pawn in the center, and let a pair of rooks get exchanged.
Nov-13-10  notyetagm:

<34.hxg5 <<<Rf8??>>> This loses straight away. [34...Rg6 35.f4 ; 34...Rf7 was probably best.]

<<<35.Re7 Black cannot rescue the pinned bishop.>>>

35...Re1 36.Ba2 1-0>

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