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Tal Memorial Tournament

Vladimir Kramnik6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Vasyl Ivanchuk5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Magnus Carlsen5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Levon Aronian5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Viswanathan Anand5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Boris Gelfand4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Ruslan Ponomariov4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Peter Svidler3.5/9(+0 -2 =7)[games]
Alexander Morozevich3/9(+0 -3 =6)[games]
Peter Leko3/9(+0 -3 =6)[games]

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Carlsen vs Kramnik ½-½582009Tal MemorialE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
2. Morozevich vs Leko ½-½392009Tal MemorialC45 Scotch Game
3. Gelfand vs Ponomariov ½-½292009Tal MemorialE10 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Aronian vs Svidler ½-½372009Tal MemorialD80 Grunfeld
5. Ivanchuk vs Anand ½-½442009Tal MemorialD94 Grunfeld
6. Svidler vs Ivanchuk ½-½272009Tal MemorialC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
7. Ponomariov vs Aronian ½-½322009Tal MemorialD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
8. Leko vs Gelfand ½-½442009Tal MemorialC42 Petrov Defense
9. Carlsen vs Morozevich ½-½392009Tal MemorialE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
10. Kramnik vs Anand ½-½292009Tal MemorialD85 Grunfeld
11. Gelfand vs Carlsen ½-½272009Tal MemorialD80 Grunfeld
12. Morozevich vs Kramnik 0-1452009Tal MemorialE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
13. Anand vs Svidler 1-0322009Tal MemorialD85 Grunfeld
14. Aronian vs Leko 1-0432009Tal MemorialD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. Ivanchuk vs Ponomariov ½-½692009Tal MemorialD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
16. Ponomariov vs Anand ½-½342009Tal MemorialD71 Neo-Grunfeld
17. Leko vs Ivanchuk ½-½272009Tal MemorialB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. Morozevich vs Gelfand ½-½412009Tal MemorialA28 English
19. Carlsen vs Aronian ½-½322009Tal MemorialD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. Kramnik vs Svidler 1-0372009Tal MemorialD85 Grunfeld
21. Gelfand vs Kramnik ½-½812009Tal MemorialE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
22. Ivanchuk vs Carlsen ½-½312009Tal MemorialA48 King's Indian
23. Anand vs Leko 1-0452009Tal MemorialD44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Aronian vs Morozevich ½-½312009Tal MemorialD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Svidler vs Ponomariov ½-½312009Tal MemorialC67 Ruy Lopez
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Nov-16-09  KamikazeAttack: This was one helluva tournament.

Can't wait for next Nov!

Thx to Russia Chess Fed!!!

U guys rock.

Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: <Picture to remember> Ivanchuk didn't want his implanted computer chip to catch a virus.

Too bad he didn't have a real mask on hand and had to use an athletic supporter instead.

Nov-18-09  DiscerningKing: Agree one of the Best Tournaments in Years!!
Nov-18-09  jussu: What, we should be whining our intestines out, not a single participant made less than six draws!
Nov-18-09  ounos: Just stand a minute a think: in a century's time, somewhere, there will be a Carlsen Memorial. Can you imagine it?

Oh scrap that. I'm just a bit touched by seeing this picture of young Tal:

Nov-18-09  Red October: <ounos> given that they just found the gene that can make one live to a 100, we may have to wait a long time..
Nov-18-09  laskereshevsky: Sorry if im too late.

Somebody would please try to contact mr. Danailov and ask him the exact number of Kramnik's visits to the toilet? ....

If I remember well, He showed in the past a natural good disposition toward this fondamental point....

... wouldnt be?!


Nov-18-09  ounos: <Red October: <ounos> given that they just found the gene that can make one live to a 100, we may have to wait a long time..> "We"? I don't think either of us is going to see that happening, gene-fiddling or no gene-fiddling...
Nov-18-09  Red October: what would be funny is if Korchnoi was around still kicking butt in that Memorial heh!
Nov-18-09  ounos: lol!!! indeed.

Here is Korchnoi, at the same period as the above picture ('60):

Now, would *you* trust a guy with such looks? :D

Nov-18-09  KamikazeAttack: It has been an amazing 2.5 weeks.

I can't rememebr when the chess world was treated to such an excitement and fun.

I remember folks looking forward to it months ago, it sure lived up to the hype and billing.

Organisers would be celebrating now and soon be busy putting together next year's version.

Move over Corus and Linares, Tal is #1 now.

Nov-18-09  muradov: <siamesedream: Picture to remember:;

This almost knocked me to the floor :)) Chucky is simply great!

Nov-19-09  Chessforeva: 3D games:
Nov-19-09  siamesedream: Interview with Carlsen after the Tal Memorial:


Nov-19-09  siamesedream: Listen to the exclusive post-tournament Kramnik interview with London Classic Director Malcolm Pein along with Jon Speelman:

Nov-19-09  KamikazeAttack: I am looking for FIDE ratings list from 2002 to date.

Can anyone help?

Nov-19-09  rogge: It's here:

Nov-19-09  KamikazeAttack: Thx Rogge.
Nov-19-09  rogge: No worries.
Nov-19-09  AuN1: can we get a forum for the world cup now?
Nov-24-09  kingfu: Great tournament! Much better than the blitz nonsense. Leko, Svidler AND Morozevich with NO wins for the whole tournament. Amazing.
Nov-24-09  KamikazeAttack: <Much better than the blitz nonsense.>


Jan-21-10  laskersteinitz: I'm impressed with Carlsen, who managed to not lose a single game while sick (well, depending on how sick he really was). I'm pretty sick right now myself as I speak, and I can't imagine exerting myself for more than just a few seconds over a chess board!

Being sick sucks. But recovering from illness is AWESOME!

Jul-24-10  notyetagm: Does anyone know if the <2010 TAL MEMORIAL> will be in August of this year?


Aug-03-10  Hesam7: Any idea if there will be a 2010 edition? We have had it for 4 consecutive years since 2006 but there has been no news for this year's event.
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