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Tal Memorial Tournament

Vasyl Ivanchuk6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Boris Gelfand5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Alexander Morozevich5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Peter Leko4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Evgeny Alekseev4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Gata Kamsky4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Alexey Shirov3/9(+1 -4 =4)[games]

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Morozevich vs E Alekseev 1-0402008Tal MemorialA45 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Leko vs Mamedyarov ½-½292008Tal MemorialB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. Ivanchuk vs Kamsky 1-0362008Tal MemorialD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
4. Ponomariov vs Gelfand ½-½432008Tal MemorialC42 Petrov Defense
5. Kramnik vs Shirov 1-0462008Tal MemorialD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. Gelfand vs Ivanchuk ½-½362008Tal MemorialA30 English, Symmetrical
7. Kramnik vs Leko ½-½282008Tal MemorialE15 Queen's Indian
8. E Alekseev vs Ponomariov ½-½202008Tal MemorialD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
9. Mamedyarov vs Morozevich ½-½312008Tal MemorialD85 Grunfeld
10. Shirov vs Kamsky 0-1452008Tal MemorialD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. Leko vs Shirov 1-0452008Tal MemorialB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. Ivanchuk vs E Alekseev ½-½232008Tal MemorialC42 Petrov Defense
13. Morozevich vs Kramnik 1-0312008Tal MemorialD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. Ponomariov vs Mamedyarov ½-½872008Tal MemorialA33 English, Symmetrical
15. Kamsky vs Gelfand ½-½612008Tal MemorialC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
16. Leko vs Morozevich ½-½402008Tal MemorialC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
17. Shirov vs Gelfand ½-½292008Tal MemorialC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
18. E Alekseev vs Kamsky ½-½762008Tal MemorialD81 Grunfeld, Russian Variation
19. Mamedyarov vs Ivanchuk ½-½482008Tal MemorialD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. Kramnik vs Ponomariov ½-½352008Tal MemorialE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
21. Ponomariov vs Leko 1-0412008Tal MemorialC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
22. Gelfand vs E Alekseev ½-½522008Tal MemorialE00 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Ivanchuk vs Kramnik ½-½282008Tal MemorialC42 Petrov Defense
24. Morozevich vs Shirov ½-½442008Tal MemorialB33 Sicilian
25. Kamsky vs Mamedyarov 0-1402008Tal MemorialB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
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Aug-29-08  notyetagm: <vanytchouck: pretty finish in the Gelfand - Carlsen game.

Magnus loves this motive :

a pawn ready to be promoted and let's simplify this by massive exchanges wich start with a sacrifice (against Onischuk in the tie break at Biel last year, against Polgar at Mainz).>

Very good memory. But that was a different mechanism.

Against Onischuk he used the <REMOVE THE GUARD> idea of ...♕x♖!, destroying the enemy rook which <DEFENDS> the promotion square of the passer.

Here against Gelfand he played ... ♖x♗f2!, the <EXCHANGE ON THE PINNING SQUARE> idea.

Aug-29-08  malthrope: <jacqueslaumone: Tkachiev 5 <Why are there no girls in this tournament?>>

~ROFL~ Yep! :^)

Aug-29-08  notyetagm: <jacqueslaumone: Tkachiev 5 <Why are there no girls in this tournament?>>


Korchnoi 2 <My opponents have been fortunate to win so many points while clearly being unable to play chess at all!>

Aug-29-08  notyetagm: <malthrope: <jacqueslaumone: Tkachiev 5 <Why are there no girls in this tournament?>>

~ROFL~ Yep! :^)>

Love that avatar, <malthrope>.

Aug-29-08  notyetagm: <cannibal: Kramnik somehow wins a dead drawn rook endgame against Grachev to lead after the first day. Carlsen and Ivanchuk half a point behind.>

Just doesn't seem complete without Aronian and Anand playing. They finished #1 and #2 in 2006 at the Tal Memorial blitz tournament.

Aug-29-08  slomarko: <Ponomariov 7.5> when am i playing Kasparov?
Aug-29-08  notyetagm: Karjakin 8 <Damn, Carlsen is ahead of me -again-!>
Aug-29-08  malthrope: <notyetagm: <malthrope: <jacqueslaumone: Tkachiev 5 <Why are there no girls in this tournament?>> ~ROFL~ Yep! :^)>

Love that avatar, <malthrope>.>

Yeah <notyetagm> I do too! :) Hence, I even added a special sub-heading in my Profile <Table of Contents> to explain what it is! ~lol~

Aug-29-08  Aspirador: Tkachiev 5 <Giants are playing on my shoulders!>
Aug-29-08  notyetagm: Tkachiev 5 <I thought -I- was supposed to be the blitz specialist?!>
Aug-30-08  vanytchouck: <notyetagm: Tkachiev 5 <I thought -I- was supposed to be the blitz specialist?!>

I was just thinking the same thing :-D

Oct-02-08  Everyone: <Sbetsho: Why...


Sep-15-09  chessmoron: Wow! What a lineup for 2009 Tal Memorial.

World Champion Vishy Anand
Morozevich (not confirmed)
10th player to be named (probably Radjabov)

Sep-15-09  chessarmenia: If either Radjabov or Topalov get the final spot, or even if they do not, this may well be considered a tournament to determine who is unofficially the best in the world, not considering ratings.
Sep-15-09  KamikazeAttack: <this may well be considered a tournament to determine who is unofficially the best in the world, not considering ratings.>

really? from just one tournament?

Sep-15-09  slomarko: Kramnik + Leko = tons of draws
Sep-15-09  chessarmenia: Well you're probably right that its difficult to judge from just one tournament, but I think this tournament is similar in strength to the 1994 Linares tournament in which Kasparov claimed the winner may as well consider themselves the world champion of chess: Game Collection: Linares 1994
Sep-15-09  slomarko: <in which Kasparov claimed the winner may as well consider themselves the world champion of chess> actually no, what Kasparov said is that the winner could be considered the world champion of tournament chess.
Sep-15-09  chessarmenia: Yes, you're right, I just misquoted him... but semantics aside, this tournament will be incredible if all players go in with something to prove, which is not unlikely. However, equally likely is that the players will play relatively safe considering the strength of the tournament, and be satisfied with 3 wins and no losses. But, considering this is a TAL MEMORIAL, maybe the players will be inspired to play fighting chess every round.(or I could just be wildly optimistic:)
Sep-15-09  Thuellin: The Chessdom list of 2009 participants contradicts the list that Svidler gave the other day on ChessFM:

"Anand, Aronian, Carlsen, Kramnik, Leko, Gelfand, Ivanchuk, Morozevich, Svidler, Ponomariov"

Svidler said he wasn't 100% sure about his list, but surely he'd know whether or not he was invited and attending! I don't think he'd lie.

Sep-16-09  notyetagm: <slomarko: Kramnik + Leko = tons of draws>

Damn it!

They violated the <KRAMNIK-LEKO-SVIDLER PICK ONLY ONE> rule.

Sep-16-09  Thuellin: Looks like Svidler was correct:

Ponomariov and Svidler are in and Jakovenko out.

Sep-16-09  suenteus po 147: Should be a great tournament, since you've got Aronian, Carlsen, Ivanchuk, Morozevich, and Ponomariov as dynamic players to counter balance the solid (many will say "drawish") play of Anand, Gelfand, Kramnik, Leko, and Svidler. Ought to be some gems in the games played at this event.
Sep-16-09  returnoftheking: Is Ponomariov known as a "dynamic player" ?
Sep-16-09  returnoftheking: And Svidler; I don't think him "undynamic" ;)
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