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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]
Vasyl Ivanchuk5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Viswanathan Anand4.5/9(+0 -0 =9)[games]
Peter Svidler4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[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 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Aronian vs Carlsen ½-½572011Tal MemorialE15 Queen's Indian
2. Nakamura vs Gelfand ½-½342011Tal MemorialD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Anand vs Karjakin ½-½422011Tal MemorialE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
4. Kramnik vs Nepomniachtchi 0-1532011Tal MemorialA37 English, Symmetrical
5. Ivanchuk vs Svidler 1-0562011Tal MemorialD80 Grunfeld
6. Carlsen vs Gelfand 1-0382011Tal MemorialD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Karjakin vs Nakamura ½-½432011Tal MemorialB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
8. Aronian vs Kramnik ½-½492011Tal MemorialD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
9. Svidler vs Anand ½-½232011Tal MemorialB12 Caro-Kann Defense
10. Nepomniachtchi vs Ivanchuk ½-½762011Tal MemorialB32 Sicilian
11. Kramnik vs Carlsen ½-½412011Tal MemorialA20 English
12. Anand vs Nepomniachtchi ½-½272011Tal MemorialD97 Grunfeld, Russian
13. Gelfand vs Karjakin 0-1592011Tal MemorialE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
14. Nakamura vs Svidler 0-1482011Tal MemorialD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
15. Ivanchuk vs Aronian 0-1572011Tal MemorialC67 Ruy Lopez
16. Kramnik vs Ivanchuk ½-½572011Tal MemorialD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. Nepomniachtchi vs Nakamura ½-½852011Tal MemorialB72 Sicilian, Dragon
18. Aronian vs Anand ½-½602011Tal MemorialD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Carlsen vs Karjakin ½-½672011Tal MemorialE12 Queen's Indian
20. Svidler vs Gelfand ½-½402011Tal MemorialA13 English
21. Nakamura vs Aronian ½-½532011Tal MemorialD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Gelfand vs Nepomniachtchi ½-½622011Tal MemorialD80 Grunfeld
23. Anand vs Kramnik ½-½362011Tal MemorialD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Karjakin vs Svidler ½-½262011Tal MemorialB42 Sicilian, Kan
25. Ivanchuk vs Carlsen ½-½742011Tal MemorialD82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
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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?!
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  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...

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  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."

Dec-03-11  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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