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Tal Memorial (Rapid) Tournament

Viswanathan Anand6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Sergey Karjakin5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Boris Gelfand4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Alexander Grischuk4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Daniil Dubov4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Peter Svidler3.5/9(+0 -2 =7)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi3.5/9(+0 -2 =7)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Tal Memorial (Rapid) (2018)

Played in Moscow, Russia 2-4 March 2018. Time control: 25 min + 10 sec. Viswanathan Anand won with 6/9. Report by Peter Doggers (with photos): https://www.chess.com/news/view/ana.... Video after round 9: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6z...

1 Anand * 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 6 2 Mamedyarov 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 5 3 Karjakin ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 5 4 Nakamura 0 ½ ½ * 1 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 5 5 Gelfand ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 4½ 6 Grischuk 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ 4½ 7 Kramnik ½ ½ 0 0 ½ 0 * 1 1 ½ 4 8 Dubov 0 1 ½ 1 0 ½ 0 * ½ ½ 4 9 Svidler ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ 3½ 10 Nepomniachtchi 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 3½

The event was immediately followed by Tal Memorial (Blitz) (2018).

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Anand vs Mamedyarov 0-1462018Tal Memorial (Rapid)C18 French, Winawer
2. Mamedyarov vs Kramnik  ½-½432018Tal Memorial (Rapid)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Grischuk vs Gelfand  ½-½152018Tal Memorial (Rapid)A01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
4. Karjakin vs Dubov  ½-½392018Tal Memorial (Rapid)A04 Reti Opening
5. Nakamura vs Nepomniachtchi 1-0382018Tal Memorial (Rapid)E60 King's Indian Defense
6. Svidler vs Kramnik 0-1442018Tal Memorial (Rapid)A07 King's Indian Attack
7. Mamedyarov vs Svidler 1-0222018Tal Memorial (Rapid)A48 King's Indian
8. Nepomniachtchi vs Anand 0-1552018Tal Memorial (Rapid)A21 English
9. Dubov vs Nakamura 1-0362018Tal Memorial (Rapid)A18 English, Mikenas-Carls
10. Gelfand vs Karjakin  ½-½282018Tal Memorial (Rapid)E00 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Kramnik vs Grischuk 0-1552018Tal Memorial (Rapid)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Karjakin vs Grischuk  ½-½432018Tal Memorial (Rapid)C42 Petrov Defense
13. Nakamura vs Gelfand  1-0652018Tal Memorial (Rapid)D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. Anand vs Dubov 1-0352018Tal Memorial (Rapid)B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
15. Svidler vs Nepomniachtchi  ½-½282018Tal Memorial (Rapid)A20 English
16. Karjakin vs Mamedyarov  ½-½372018Tal Memorial (Rapid)D39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
17. Svidler vs Karjakin ½-½862018Tal Memorial (Rapid)E46 Nimzo-Indian
18. Anand vs Nakamura 1-0422018Tal Memorial (Rapid)C50 Giuoco Piano
19. Mamedyarov vs Grischuk  ½-½192018Tal Memorial (Rapid)E60 King's Indian Defense
20. Nepomniachtchi vs Gelfand  ½-½372018Tal Memorial (Rapid)D32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
21. Kramnik vs Dubov  1-0282018Tal Memorial (Rapid)A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
22. Gelfand vs Dubov 1-0402018Tal Memorial (Rapid)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Grischuk vs Nepomniachtchi  ½-½502018Tal Memorial (Rapid)B23 Sicilian, Closed
24. Kramnik vs Gelfand  ½-½562018Tal Memorial (Rapid)A04 Reti Opening
25. Anand vs Kramnik ½-½162018Tal Memorial (Rapid)C53 Giuoco Piano
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Mar-04-18  john barleycorn: <Marmot PFL: Did Grischuk and Gelfand finish in 3rd place or in 5th?>

tied 2nd in the lower 90% :-)

Mar-04-18  CountryGirl: What part of 'Ex-World Champion'does Vishy not understand?! :)
Mar-04-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Anand never has been given to spend much time reading his press clippings.
Mar-04-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: looks like karjakin is gearing up for a picket fence Candidates tournament, with one win (but only one lose) with eight draws.
Mar-04-18  John Abraham: Dubov scored wins against Nakamura and Mamedyarov. perhaps he has the potential to be future world champion material someday.
Mar-04-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  ChessHigherCat: <John Abraham: Dubov scored wins against Nakamura and Mamedyarov. perhaps he has the potential to be future world champion material someday.>

The kid's smarter than the average russki bear: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pq...

Mar-04-18  Chessinfinite: Vishy Anand proving he's still got what it takes to win with quality. One more rapid win.. Congrats!
Mar-05-18  andrewjsacks: Very pleasing result to me.
Mar-05-18  Caissanist: I wasn't surprised that Carlsen, the world's #1 rapid player, was absent from this event. I was surprised that #2, Leinier Dominguez, was not there either. Has Dominguez given up competitive chess?
Mar-05-18  frogbert: <Marmot PFL: Did Grischuk and Gelfand finish in 3rd place or in 5th?>

Nepo and Svidler shared the 5th place. Decent middle-of-the-pack event from both; 5th is ok when there are 10 strong players in the tournament.

Mar-05-18  happyjuggler0: Tal Memorial Blitz today: https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t...
Mar-05-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  chessgames.com: We have the blitz games here: Tal Memorial (Blitz) (2018).
Mar-05-18  SometimesGood: <John Abraham: Dubov ... perhaps he has the potential to be future world champion material someday.> I can't see someone called Dubov as a world champion. Not yet. A very strong scientist, doctor of physics-math sciences. Maybe even a director of an institute. Yes. But WC not. I can even see him as a Nobel prize. Name matters. Dubov means more like, very solid, too solid, so dumb. Could Gelfand be a WC? Don't think so. Could Nemtsov be the leader of Russia? Nope, his name means German or mute. Putin can - his name means kind of showing the way. The way for Russia. Make sense. Stalin could. Stalin means made of steel. Sounds great in Russian. Bukharin not - means drunken. Tal, yes. Kasparov. Yes. Karpov. Yes. Fischer, yes. Mochalkin, no!
Mar-05-18  SometimesGood: No offense for Dubov. He knows that. But the meaning of Dub as very solid can, in principle, reverse the situation. Could be a very nice metamorphose.
Mar-05-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  ChessHigherCat: <SometimesGood:> Isn't дубов just the genitive plural of "Oak tree"? I guess I can see how that might mean "too solid" (like "dense"?) but he could choose a nickname like Stalin, whose real name was "Powderpoof", although nobody dared to reveal that secret during his lifetime, or even after his death. Hey, are those Russian secret police knocking at my door?
Mar-05-18  jith1207: Legend says Russian police or not, <CHC> was never seen again.
Mar-05-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Who's that knocking at the door?

Somebody ringing the bell?>

Mar-06-18  SometimesGood: <ChessHigherCat: <SometimesGood:> Isn't дубов just the genitive plural of "Oak tree"? I guess I can see how that might mean "too solid" (like "dense"?) but he could choose a nickname like Stalin, whose real name was "Powderpoof", although nobody dared to reveal that secret during his lifetime, or even after his death. Hey, are those Russian secret police knocking at my door?> 1. Dubov isn't a genitive plural for Dub. It is just a very solid, sometimes too solid to certain stupidity or more like to stubbornes. But dumb stubborness. When someone is called Dub and I am sure that was his school nickname, this is a kind of respect but at the same time stupidity/stubborness. 2. The name Stalin hasn't have that flavor of stupidity like Dubov has. 3. Nobody cares now in Russia about this, so no worry no police coming to your door. Not for now, man:). Wait till the secret weapon will be realized and then the Red Dawn will be the reality:). We all be sent to Kolyma! The place which I love!
Mar-06-18
Premium Chessgames Member
  ChessHigherCat: <SometimesGood:

1. Dubov isn't a genitive plural for Dub.>

You mean I'm here freezing to death in the gulag for an ordinary adjective???

<2. The name Stalin hasn't have that flavor of stupidity like Dubov has.>

Maybe so, but I bet Dubov could crush him in chess (although he would let Uncle Joe win if he knew what was good for him).

<3. Nobody cares now in Russia about this, so no worry no police coming to your door.>

Please explain that to the FSB. I don't know how much longer I can go on trying to dig latrine ditches in the frozen tundra and eating rotten potato peels (at least send them a better recipe)

Mar-06-18  nok: <Dub as very solid can, in principle, reverse the situation.>

He's your pick?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mi2...

Mar-07-18  SometimesGood: <ChessHigherCat: I don't know how much longer I can go on trying to dig latrine ditches in the frozen tundra and eating rotten potato peels (at least send them a better recipe)> Don't worry, we will go there together:). Either as inmates, or me as your convoy:). In the latter case I will give you a better menu, so that we can play chess there, ha-ha! Otherwise if we will be inmates we will end up eating each other.
Mar-07-18  SometimesGood: And don't worry. Russians respect chess players. But no trash talk. For that they will put you down in prison! Put down, do you know what that means? Russian culture cannot allow such disrespect as trash talk during chess games you can see in America's parks.
Mar-07-18  JustAnotherMaster: MC has stolen the H-Bombs soul, he will never win any tournament again, well maybe the Tri-Cities Open...maybe.
Apr-30-18  posoo: HOW IN BLAZOS is there page for DIS and da rapidos and BLITS but not a TAL MMOMORIAL TORNAMNET?
Jun-24-18  jith1207: <POSso> you spelled Tal right? May be that's why you put that in ALL CAPS?
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