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Tal Memorial Tournament

Levon Aronian5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Magnus Carlsen5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Sergey Karjakin5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Vassily Ivanchuk5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Peter Svidler4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Viswanathan Anand4.5/9(+0 -0 =9)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik3.5/9(+0 -2 =7)[games]
Boris Gelfand3.5/9(+0 -2 =7)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura3/9(+0 -3 =6)[games]

 page 2 of 2; games 26-45 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
26. Aronian vs Gelfand ½-½402011Tal MemorialD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
27. Kramnik vs Nakamura ½-½422011Tal MemorialD85 Grunfeld
28. I Nepomniachtchi vs Karjakin ½-½402011Tal MemorialE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
29. Ivanchuk vs Anand ½-½362011Tal MemorialD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
30. Carlsen vs Svidler ½-½532011Tal MemorialD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
31. Aronian vs Svidler 1-0542011Tal MemorialD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
32. Carlsen vs I Nepomniachtchi ½-½402011Tal MemorialB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
33. Karjakin vs Aronian ½-½382011Tal MemorialC78 Ruy Lopez
34. Gelfand vs Kramnik ½-½482011Tal MemorialD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
35. Svidler vs I Nepomniachtchi ½-½582011Tal MemorialA04 Reti Opening
36. Nakamura vs Ivanchuk 0-1402011Tal MemorialD83 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit
37. Anand vs Carlsen ½-½292011Tal MemorialD85 Grunfeld
38. Kramnik vs Karjakin ½-½442011Tal MemorialE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
39. Anand vs Nakamura ½-½332011Tal MemorialE81 King's Indian, Samisch
40. Ivanchuk vs Gelfand ½-½412011Tal MemorialD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
41. I Nepomniachtchi vs Aronian ½-½852011Tal MemorialD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
42. Gelfand vs Anand ½-½292011Tal MemorialD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
43. Karjakin vs Ivanchuk ½-½422011Tal MemorialB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
44. Nakamura vs Carlsen 0-1582011Tal MemorialE15 Queen's Indian
45. Svidler vs Kramnik 1-0412011Tal MemorialA13 English
 page 2 of 2; games 26-45 of 45  PGN Download
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Nov-27-11  anandrulez: The complaint I have is addressed in your first line , otherwise its a pleasure reading always :)
Nov-27-11  anandrulez: Initial release May 15, 2010; 18 months ago
Stable release 2.0b / October 7, 2011
Its relatievly new engine besides the authors needs to participate in the contest I think not sure.

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  kingscrusher: <anandrulez> Did you mean to post to the Computer World championship page?!
Nov-27-11  Everett: Nov-26-11    <serenpidity.ejd: Hey guys, can someone give information as to what category is this tournment?>

The Inflated category

It is much better to determine the strength of the tournament by the number of ranked players at the top, not by ELO.

Ex. If everyone from the top 10 show up in a DRR tournament, then there can never be a stronger 10-man tournament. It would be nice if this was switched one of these days...

Nov-27-11  Everett: <Meatwad: Topalov never plays in the same tournament as Kramnik (and vice versa), so organizers have to make a choice> Sounds like a divorced couple fighting over who gets the kids.

<fisayo123> Nepo was indeed joint 3rd, as the first two positions are filled by Aronian and Carlsen. One cannot come in second if two people have outperformed him. The next available place is 3rd.

Nov-27-11  Rolfo: <polarmis: Better late than never? :)> As usual to the point! Thanks
Nov-27-11  Davolni: I guess i am the last to find out, but there are no blitz games this year after Tal?


Nov-27-11  Pedro Fernandez: +1 for <voyager39> good post. I also make mention of <Kinghunt> and <virginmind> because the ambiguities arising from this outcome. For me Tal Memorial 2011 was a tie. Carlsen is the chessbase winner, but the opinions claimed by the above guys are legitimate too! Let me please compliment these opinions by making the observation that there was 6 (0-1) and just only 4 (1-0).
Nov-27-11  Rolfo: Davolni, no blitz this year. Lack of sponsors or lack of Russian results previous years?
Nov-27-11  Davolni: ohhh that's a shame... we all could have enjoyed some blitz games i'm sure!

Thanks Rolfo!

Nov-27-11  jussu: <Davolni> - Okay, just subtract one from "all". There are peole who find nothing exciting in blitz.
Nov-27-11  bishopone: I cant find nowhere the tiebreak's games between Carlsen and Aronian? How mnay games was played? How Carlsen win place nr 1? Thx!
Nov-27-11  Blunderdome: First tiebreak was number of games played with black.
Nov-27-11  The Rocket: Its a shame Topalov is one of the true great tactical players of our time endless creative insight and calculations when positions get sharp.
Nov-28-11  serenpidity.ejd: I have a theory on why the string of draws <Sokrates&SimonWebbsTiger.> The culprit is MR. COMPUTER. Are the players using computers as primary analytical tool? Are the computers similar or of the same level in strength? If yes, then I have substantiated my theory.
Nov-28-11  knighterrant999: Carlsen wins. The fix is in.
Nov-28-11  The Rocket: <"If yes, then I have substantiated my theory.">

you sir are correct in your assesment, I salute you

Nov-28-11  EXIDE: In the summary of "tournament standings" what does,for instance next to leaders (+2-0=7) mean. What is =7 ?
Nov-28-11  King Death: <EXIDE> Those numbers results are (in order) wins, losses, and draws. Therefore, both Kramnik and Gelfand had 0 wins, 2 losses and 7 draws.
Nov-28-11  serenpidity.ejd: To <The Rocket>: The check is in the mail.
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  jessicafischerqueen: <Capablanca on faster time controls>:

From an interview with Herman Helms,
page 6C in the Brooklyn
Daily Eagle of March 27, 1927:

<Helms>: "There are so many drawn games nowadays. Especially is this so between grand masters. What's the remedy? A faster time limit?"

<Capablanca>: "That's all nonsense." (a favorite expression with the champion.) "Those who know good chess will not complain. Faster chess means poorer chess. I'm not in that business. Leave that to the duds."

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  brankat: ''The increased percentage of draws in many strong international tournaments does not illustrate an eventual decline of fighting spirit but rather the growth of competitors in quality and number--a phenomenon which puts new standards into grandmasters' practice.

A vast knowledge of openings which reaches deep stages of the middlegame, a well specialized individual repertory and high technics of defense are very commonly met today even among players of lesser reputation.

Gradually, the strongest grandmasters are becoming accustomed to having to wear down every day a stubborn resistance which defies their powers and forces them to find ever keener weapons whereby to achieve victory.''

Svetozar Gligoric, writing for Chess Review, <1967>

The words sound as true today as they did then, 44 years ago. Even more so today.

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  whiteshark: Drawing is the new sexy?
Dec-04-11  frogbert: don't know if it's new. have you forgot kramnik's painter & artist period? :o)
Jun-10-12  SharpAttack: Drawnand drew every single game! Too solid to lose, too lazy to fight for an advantage!
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