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Tal Memorial Opened; Nakamura Wins the Blitz

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  • on 12.06.13 13:53.

The 8th Tal Memorial was opened officially on Wednesday with a brief opening ceremony and a spectacular blitz tournament, won by Hikaru Nakamura (USA). Reigning World Champion Viswanathan Anand (India) and 14th World Champion Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) came second and third, while world number one Magnus Carlsen only managed to score 4.5/9.

Nakamura, who announced a sponsorship deal via Twitter earlier today, was the leader after three rounds; he beat Alexander Morozevich, drew with Boris Gelfand and then won against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. In rounds 4, 5 and 6 he drew his games with Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik and Viswanathan Anand, and then the American won all three remaining games, against Dmitry Andreikin, Fabiano Caruana and Sergey Karjakin.

Especially with White, Nakamura played a very specific, non-theoretical setup. Except for a King's Indian Attack against Morozevich (which we skip here) he played the rare Veresov Opening three times, and a Trompovsky Attack once:

The winner, Hikaru Nakamura, with his new trainer GM Arthur Kogan | Photo Eteri Kublashvili

2013 Tal Memorial Blitz | Final standings

# Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Points SB
1 Nakamura,H 2784 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 7.0/9
2 Anand,V 2786 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 6.5/9
3 Kramnik,V 2803 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 0 1 1 5.5/9
4 Gelfand,B 2755 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 1 1 ½ 0 4.5/9 20.75
5 Carlsen,M 2864 ½ ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ 1 0 1 4.5/9 19.75
6 Mamedyarov,S 2753 0 0 ½ 1 1 * 0 ½ 0 1 4.0/9 16.00
7 Andreikin,D 2713 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 * ½ 1 1 4.0/9 13.50
8 Karjakin,S 2782 0 0 1 0 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 3.5/9
9 Morozevich,A 2760 0 0 0 ½ 1 1 0 ½ * 0 3.0/9
10 Caruana,F 2774 0 ½ 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 * 2.5/9

Last year the organizers of the Tal Memorial introduced their idea to hold a blitz tournament on the opening day, and it was a great success. The players' places in the final standings became their lot numbers and this was how the pairings for the main tournament came about. Players finishing in the top 5 got lot numbers 1-5 and so five white games in the main event; the others got five black games.

In May of this year, the Norway Chess tournament copied this concept, but had the winner choose his lot number himself. Sergey Karjakin won the blitz, obviously went for a lot number that ensured five white games, but also arranged for himself that he could start and finish with a white game! (Eventually the Russian GM would also win the main tournament.)

Today the Russian organizers went a bit further: all players could choose their lot number, one by one, in ranking order of the final standings of the blitz. As the winner, Nakamura chose first and picked lot number 5. Like Karjakin in Norway, the American will have white in the first and the last round.

Anand then chose chose 2 (five whites) and, interestingly, Kramnik then chose number 7, so the Russian will have five blacks! His reason was the first rule in case of a tiebreak: number of black games.

2013 Tal Memorial | Pairings

Round 1 15:00 MSK 13.06.13   Round 2 15:00 MSK 14.06.13
Andreikin - Morozevich   Morozevich - Mamedyarov
Anand - Caruana   Kramnik - Nakamura
Gelfand - Karjakin   Karjakin - Carlsen
Carlsen - Kramnik   Caruana - Gelfand
Nakamura - Mamedyarov   Andreikin - Anand
Round 3 15:00 MSK 15.06.13   Round 4 15:00 MSK 17.06.13
Anand - Morozevich   Morozevich - Kramnik
Gelfand - Andreikin   Karjakin - Mamedyarov
Carlsen - Caruana   Caruana - Nakamura
Nakamura - Karjakin   Andreikin - Carlsen
Mamedyarov - Kramnik   Anand - Gelfand
Round 5 15:00 MSK 18.06.13   Round 6 15:00 MSK 19.06.13
Gelfand - Morozevich   Morozevich - Karjakin
Carlsen - Anand   Caruana - Kramnik
Nakamura - Andreikin   Andreikin - Mamedyarov
Mamedyarov - Caruana   Anand - Nakamura
Kramnik - Karjakin   Gelfand - Carlsen
Round 7 15:00 MSK 21.06.13   Round 8 15:00 MSK 22.06.13
Carlsen - Morozevich   Morozevich - Caruana
Nakamura - Gelfand   Andreikin - Karjakin
Mamedyarov - Anand   Anand - Kramnik
Kramnik - Andreikin   Gelfand - Mamedyarov
Karjakin - Caruana   Carlsen - Nakamura
Round 9 13:00 MSK 23.06.13        
Nakamura - Morozevich        
Mamedyarov - Carlsen        
Kramnik - Gelfand        
Karjakin - Anand        
Caruana - Andreikin        

The 8th Tal Memorial takes place June 12-23, 2013 at the technology center Digital October in Moscow, Russia. The total prize fund is 100,000 EUR. The official website will provide live games, streaming video and commentary by GMs Alexander Grischuk, Peter Svidler, Sergey Rublevsky and Sergey Shipov. The games start each day at 15:00 local time which is 16:00 CET, 10:00 EDT and 07:00 PDT.


Update 13 June: unfortunately, for non-Russian speakers, it turns out that the commentary is in Russian only.

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  • vor 14 Monate

    subhadra123

    if you observe the matrix...the games between top 5 players are all draws...their standings decided on their performance against bottom 5 players.....interesting.

  • vor 14 Monate

    mueller

    Grischuk is one of the Commenters (as well as Svidler I believe). So hes not playing so he can give us his insights into the games.

  • vor 14 Monate

    CP6033

    participating in something else?

    Well what happend to Caruana in blitz?

  • vor 14 Monate

    SubNY

    why isnt grischuk there -

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