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Tal Memorial (Blitz) Tournament

Alexander Morozevich6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Magnus Carlsen6.5/9(+6 -2 =1)[games]
Teimour Radjabov5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Alexander Grischuk5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Levon Aronian5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Evgeny Tomashevsky3.5/9(+2 -4 =3)[games]
Luke McShane3/9(+2 -5 =2)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik2.5/9(+2 -6 =1)[games]
Fabiano Caruana2/9(+1 -6 =2)[games]

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tomashevsky vs Carlsen 0-1612012Tal Memorial (Blitz)A30 English, Symmetrical
2. Caruana vs Aronian 1-0132012Tal Memorial (Blitz)C67 Ruy Lopez
3. Nakamura vs Kramnik 1-0532012Tal Memorial (Blitz)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Radjabov vs McShane  1-0572012Tal Memorial (Blitz)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Kramnik vs Radjabov 1-0312012Tal Memorial (Blitz)A00 Uncommon Opening
6. Aronian vs Nakamura  ½-½712012Tal Memorial (Blitz)A88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
7. Carlsen vs Caruana 1-0592012Tal Memorial (Blitz)B40 Sicilian
8. Tomashevsky vs Morozevich ½-½202012Tal Memorial (Blitz)A16 English
9. McShane vs Grischuk 0-1222012Tal Memorial (Blitz)A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
10. Morozevich vs Grischuk  1-0572012Tal Memorial (Blitz)B01 Scandinavian
11. Morozevich vs Carlsen 1-0332012Tal Memorial (Blitz)C45 Scotch Game
12. Grischuk vs Tomashevsky 1-0512012Tal Memorial (Blitz)A00 Uncommon Opening
13. Grischuk vs Aronian ½-½282012Tal Memorial (Blitz)A07 King's Indian Attack
14. Morozevich vs Kramnik 1-092012Tal Memorial (Blitz)A07 King's Indian Attack
15. Caruana vs Radjabov  ½-½442012Tal Memorial (Blitz)B30 Sicilian
16. Nakamura vs McShane 1-0232012Tal Memorial (Blitz)D97 Grunfeld, Russian
17. Radjabov vs Nakamura  1-0292012Tal Memorial (Blitz)A85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
18. Kramnik vs Caruana  1-0332012Tal Memorial (Blitz)A15 English
19. Aronian vs Morozevich 1-0332012Tal Memorial (Blitz)D82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
20. Carlsen vs Grischuk 1-0542012Tal Memorial (Blitz)E92 King's Indian
21. McShane vs Tomashevsky 1-0222012Tal Memorial (Blitz)A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
22. Caruana vs Tomashevsky  0-1322012Tal Memorial (Blitz)C78 Ruy Lopez
23. Nakamura vs Carlsen ½-½472012Tal Memorial (Blitz)A30 English, Symmetrical
24. Radjabov vs Aronian 1-0472012Tal Memorial (Blitz)D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. Carlsen vs Aronian 0-1342012Tal Memorial (Blitz)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-07-12  Rolfo: The Russian organizers deserve due credit for trying out such a new approach, as well for the production and relay to all chess public. Exciting to watch, like being there oneself.
Jun-07-12  LoveThatJoker: Great job by CG making a page for this excellent blitz tournament!


Jun-07-12  Blunderdome: White scored +23 -9 =13 (66%) here.
Jun-07-12  solskytz: I suppose that it's because in blitz, the effect of the white pieces shining in your eyes from a certain distance when you play black, costs crucial time in getting over the confusion.
Jun-07-12  Strongest Force: My guess is that total-masters who keep a fresh approach did better than those relying on routine.
Jun-07-12  Floydovich: Is this the World Blitz Championship 2012 ?
Jun-07-12  magnuschess: No , it is tal memorial blitz , you can find about in tal memorial page.
Jun-07-12  magnuschess: in blitz game , having white pieces like playing football in your home state.
Jun-07-12  vsaluki: I'm a big Morozevich fan and a Carlsen fan, so this should be something to cheer about. But, unfortunately, I also believe that blitz means nothing.
Jun-07-12  MORPHYEUS: Not to the millions who play online.
Jun-07-12  Stormbringer: Huh, you'd think people would love to see Kramnik taking a pounding.

What makes blitz interesting is that you get to see the 'first ideas', their instinctual moves. Sometimes these are going to be bad ideas, and that's okay, because then it is up to the opponent to recognise the move as bad, and exploit... all the while they are also on the clock.

It is finger-chess not head-chess, but still chess and all chess is good, but this is especially good chess, because it is chess by brilliant people who put a lot of hard work in to get this far. Perhaps it is not their 'best' chess, but it is still of such an advanced and lofty height (at least from where I am) that there is much to learn.

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  offramp: Aronian did not finish very well but he did beat Morozevich & Carlsen.
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  Honza Cervenka: <blitz means nothing> Here the blitz is meaning 15,000 euros...:-)

Of course, from the point of quality of chess, and from the point of predicting of the outcome of the tournament it means (almost) nothing.

Jun-08-12  balzarius: Congrats to Moro!Also a very strong performance by Carlsen who finish on +4 and shared first after two losses!
Jun-08-12  pericles of athens: have you guys looked at the tomashevsky vs kramnik game?

Is that an incomplete record for the game?

Jun-08-12  drnooo: since the top two were tied: how come they didn't have a play off at one game of classical chess, and if that was tied then one game of random chess with each side setting up the pieces of the opponent blindfold and if that was tied then they each take thirty paces with tennis balls and rackets and see which can knock over all the others pieces on a giant chessboard more or less how the worlds championship was decided
Jun-08-12  balzarius: drnoo,it's easy:because Moro has the better Sonneborn-Berger tiebreak score by defeating Carlsen in their individual encounter.
Jun-10-12  QueentakesKing: <SOS> Who is in-charge of the recording and transmission of games in this tourney? There are lots of incomplete games here.<SOS>
Premium Chessgames Member The electronic sensors that are used to record these games get confused when pieces fly around the board too quickly. It's not that the GMs are doing anything wrong or against the rules of blitz chess, it's just that the sensor board/software combination is not clever enough to discern the exact chess moves that were played when a "flurry of exchanges" takes place. And so the software just truncates the game at the point where it first got confused.

We normally delete truncated games, especially when they are just opening stubs, but we wanted to keep this score table intact.

Jun-11-12  BadKnight: It might be possible to reproduce the game scores if the video of the games are available.
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  Eyal: <It might be possible to reproduce the game scores if the video of the games are available.>

Yeah, for example if one does a youtube search by "Tal memorial chess blitz" there are quite a few videos of games (or parts of games...) by Eugene Potemkin, like this one: If anyone has the time and patience for that, I suppose most of the missing scores could be reconstructed.

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  Honza Cervenka: Btw, Eugene Potemkin can be seen in live video stream during Aronian vs Kramnik game, which he was filming form the other side of the board.

But I am a bit disappointed that organisers did not release official videos of all games yet. They were done as it is apparent from Eugene Potemkin's videos, which show presence of cameras on every stage.

Jun-24-12  QueentakesKing: Thank you <> for the clarification.

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