TAL MEMORIAL

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  1. There were 3 players, Aronian, Karjakin, and Mamedyarov, who scored 5.5 / 9 at the 2010 Tal Memorial. Tie breaks were used to determine the overall winner. However, an unusual circumstance took place after all the calculations. Aronian and Karjakin have identical tie break scores, both ahead of Mamedyarov. That is because they defeated and drew the same exact players. Therefore, they were declared co-winners.

    Final standings (provided by TWIC)

    1. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2801 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 5½ 2832
    2. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2760 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 5½ 2836
    3. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2763 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 1 5½ 2836
    4. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2771 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 5 2798
    5. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2741 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 5 2802 *
    6. Wang Hao g CHN 2727 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 1 ½ 5 2803
    7. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2791 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 1 4½ 2753
    8. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2741 0 0 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ * 1 0 3½ 2679
    9. Shirov, Alexei g ESP 2735 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 * 1 3 2634
    10. Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2742 ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 0 * 2½ 2592

    *Source Susan Polgar blogspot.com

  2. Tal Memorial 2010
    Mark Crowther – Monday 15th November 2010

    The Tal Memorial and World Blitz took place 4th-18th November 2010. Players: Kramnik, Grischuk, Karjakin, Aronian, Gelfand, Shirov, Eljanov, Nakamura, Wang Hao and Mamedyarov. It is followed by the World Blitz Championships with the same format as last year: 22 participants in playing a double round robin which will include Carlsen and Svidler in addition to the players in the main event. The defeat of Mamedyarov cost him first place and indeed relegated him to 3rd place on tie-break. He lost to out of form Boris Gelfand. Levon Aronian and Sergey Karjakin also finished on 5.5/9 but had superior tie-breaks and shared first. This is yet to be 100% confirmed.
    *SOURCE The Week In Chess

  3. Unofficial: Aronian & Karjakin share win at Tal Memorial

    14 November 2010, 20.07 CET | Last modified: 12:22 | By Peter Doggers

    At the Tal Memorial in Moscow Mamedyarov lost to Gelfand today, allowing Aronian and Karjakin to catch him in the standings. It still has to be communicated officially, but we can safely say that Aronian and Karjakin are sharing the win at this year’s Tal Memorial according to the tiebreak rules.
    General info
    The traditional Tal Memorial tournament takes place 4-14 November in the GUM Exhibition Hall on Red Square, Moscow. Aronian (ARM, 2801), Kramnik (RUS, 2791), Alexander Grischuk (RUS 2771), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE, 2763), Sergey Karjakin (RUS, 2760), Pavel Eljanov (UKR, 2742), Boris Gelfand (ISR, 2741), Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 2741), Alexei Shirov (ESP, 2735) and Wang Hao (CHN, 2727) play a single round-robin…………

    http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/unofficial-aronian-karjakin-share-win-at-tal-memorial/
    *SOURCE CHESSVIBES

  4. It’s it’s the World Chess Blitz!
    Are you ready, Magnus? Aha. Hikaru? Yeah! Vladimir? OK. Allright, fellas, let’s go!

    The end of the Tal Memorial in Moscow is, yet again, followed by another side tribute to the legendary former world champion with the staging of the VI World Blitz Championship, running 16th-18th November (14 rounds the first two days, 10 the last) and starting at 7am ICC.
    http://www.chessclub.com/mailing/2010/11c/news.html
    Defending champion Magnus Carlsen heads the field that also includes all the players (with the exception of Shirov) from the Memorial to make it a very strong twenty-player field vying for the title that in the past was won by Tal…………………………..

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    *SOURCE INTERNET CHESS CLUB

  5. “I am going to destroy Grischuk like a baby in the blitz.” Nakamura’s Tweet(Twitter)…

  6. Tuesday
    Nov16 2010
    By Dennis Monokroussos.

    World Blitz Championship, Day 1: Aronian, Carlsen Lead; Grischuk Not “Destroy[ed] Like a Baby”

    Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 11:54AM
    At the very top of the World Blitz Championship, slow ratings held true as top seeds Magnus Carlsen and Levon Aronian finished the first day tied for first with 10/14. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is half a point back, and then tied for fourth and fifth with 8.5 are Vladimir Kramnik and Peter Svidler.

    A bit further back is Hikaru Nakamura, who is tied for 7th with 7.5 points. That score is actually an achievement considering how things started. He finished with a four-game winning streak, beating Aronian in the day’s final round, but here’s how things started:
    L (to Carlsen), L, L, W, L, D, W, W, L, L for a painful 3.5/10 start….
    http://www.thechessmind.net/
    *SOURCE THE CHESS MIND

  7. World Blitz Championship, Day 2: Aronian Leads
    By Dennis Monokroussos.
    Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 11:45AM

    Early and late things were different, but for most of today’s 14 rounds Aronian was dominant. Or at least his score was. He won game after game – five in a row at one point – but it seemed as often as not that this was as much due to his opponents’ largesse as to his own positive ideas. Even losing his last two games, he still leads by a point and a half………………………………
    http://www.thechessmind.net

    *SOURCE THE CHESS MIND

  8. Aronian wins World Blitz Championship………………………………
    The Armenian scored 24.5 points out of 38 games and finished half a point ahead of Teimour Radjabov from Azerbaijan. Third came Magnus Carlsen from Norway..here’s the rest of the final standings

    1 GM Aronian, Levon ARM 2801 24.5 20 433.50
    2 GM Radjabov, Teimour AZE 2744 24.0 18 447.00
    3 GM Carlsen, Magnus NOR 2802 23.5 19 431.75
    4 GM Gelfand, Boris ISR 2741 21.5 17 398.75
    *5 GM Nakamura, Hikaru USA 2741 21.5 17 397.50
    6 GM Karjakin, Sergey RUS 2760 20.5 15 396.00
    7 GM Kramnik, Vladimir RUS 2791 20.5 16 384.50
    8 GM Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar AZE 2763 19.5 17 362.25
    9 GM Svidler, Peter RUS 2722 19.5 13 361.00
    10 GM Eljanov, Pavel UKR 2742 19.0 16 345.00
    11 GM Grischuk, Alexander RUS 2771 19.0 12 348.50
    12 GM Mamedov, Rauf AZE 2660 18.0 14 333.75
    13 GM Nepomniachtchi, Ian RUS 2720 18.0 13 326.25
    14 GM Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime FRA 2703 18.0 12 349.50
    15 GM Movsesian, Sergei SVK 2721 17.5 16 315.25
    16 GM Andreikin, Dmitry RUS 2683 17.5 13 314.25
    17 GM Grachev, Boris RUS 2654 16.5 10 313.00
    18 GM Savchenko, Boris RUS 2632 15.5 14 286.25
    19 GM Caruana, Fabiano ITA 2709 13.5 11 249.25
    20 GM Ponomariov, Ruslan UKR 2744 12.5 7 235.25

  9. Tal Memorial a poor tribute to man known as the ‘magician from Riga’……………..

    Mikhail Tal was world champion for only one year but the “magician from Riga” has gained the accolade of “genius” more than any other player in chess history because of the imaginative fantasies in attack which took him to the top. So when this week’s Tal Memorial in Moscow ended in a triple tie for first and a high draw quotient among the leaders it sparked criticism. Shak Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), Levon Aronian (Armenia) and Sergey Karjakin (Russia) all scored 5.5/9.
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/2010/nov/20/tal-memorial-results-spark-criticism
    S Karjakin v V Kramnik

    1 e4 e5 2 Nf3 Nf6 3 Nxe5 d6 4 Nf3 Nxe4 5 Nc3 Nxc3 6 dxc3 Be7 7 Be3 0-0 8 Qd2 Nd7 9 0-0-0 Ne5 10 h4 c6 11 c4 Be6 12 Ng5 Bf5 13 Kb1 Re8 14 f3 h6 15 Be2!? d5 16 g4 Bg6 17 f4 dxc4 18 Qc3 Nd3 19 f5! Bxg5 20 fxg5 Rxe3 21 gxf7+? Kf8 22 Qxc4 Rxe2? 23 hxg5 Qxg5 24 Qxd3 Qe3 25 Qh7! Qe4 26 Qg8+ Ke7 27 Qxg7 Qxc2+ 28 Ka1 Rf8 29 Rhf1 Rd2 30 Rfe1+ Re2.

    3166 31 Qc3! (threats 32 Qxc2 or 32 Rxe2+ Qxe2 33 Re1) Kxf7 (if Qxc3 32 Rxe2+ wins a rook) 32 Qf3+ and Kramnik resigned as 33 Qxe2 follows
    *SOURCE Leonard Barden The Guardian, UK.

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