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Max Illingworth
16-11-2011, 07:55 PM
Round 1 of this year's Tal Memorial is starting in just over an hour. Here are the Round 1 pairings (from the official site):

Aronian-Carlsen
Kramnik-Nepomniachtchi
Ivanchuk-Svidler
Anand-Karjakin
Nakamura-Gelfand

I've added a quick poll, set to close in 24 hours.

Kevin Bonham
16-11-2011, 08:18 PM
What a fantastic field that is.

Max Illingworth
16-11-2011, 08:24 PM
What a fantastic field that is.

Indeed, the tournament is Category 22 thanks to Kramnik's strong tournament in Hoogeveen. I don't recall how many other tournaments have been Cat 22.

Vlad
16-11-2011, 08:34 PM
Indeed, the tournament is Category 22 thanks to Kramnik's strong tournament in Hoogeveen. I don't recall how many other tournaments have been Cat 22.

This category bussiness is not very satisfactory (because of rating inflation). It is much better in my view just to add up their world rankings, with 55 being the strongest field possible in a 10 player tournament.

Kevin Bonham
16-11-2011, 11:51 PM
According to TWIC, the time control is 40/100 then 20/50 then 15 to finish + 30 secs/move from move 1.

Garvinator
17-11-2011, 12:02 AM
According to TWIC, the time control is 40/100 then 20/50 then 15 to finish + 30 secs/move from move 1.
In my opinion this is the best time control to use for top events and is better than 40 moves in 2 hrs etc.

Kevin Bonham
17-11-2011, 01:06 AM
Kramnik - Nepomniatchi. When Nepo declined the messy 19...dxc2 line I thought he was only playing for a draw in an inferior position. Kramnik managed to not only get no advantage but also to lose the plot and the game.


Kramnik,Vladimir (2800) - Nepomniachtchi,Ian (2730) [A37]
6th Tal Memorial Moscow/Russia (1.3), 16.11.2011
[Robot 4]

1.Nf3 c5 2.c4 Nc6 3.Nc3 e5 4.g3 g6 5.Bg2 Bg7 6.a3 d6 7.0-0 Nge7 8.b4 e4 9.Ne1 f5 10.Bb2 0-0 11.d3 Be6 12.dxe4 fxe4 13.Bxe4 Bxc4 14.Nc2 d5 15.Bg2 d4 16.Ne4 Bxe2 17.Qxe2 d3 18.Qg4 Bxb2 19.Rad1 Qc8 20.Qxc8 Raxc8 21.Rxd3 cxb4 22.axb4 Rcd8 23.Rxd8 Rxd8 24.Rb1 Bg7 25.h4 b5 26.Bf1 a6 27.Nc5 Rd2 28.Ne3 Bd4 29.Ne4 Rb2 30.Rxb2 Bxb2 31.Nc2 Nd5 32.Nc5 Ndxb4 33.Nxb4 Nxb4 34.Nd3 Nxd3 35.Bxd3 Kf7 36.f4 Ke6 37.Kf2 Kd5 38.Ke2 Kc5 39.Kd2 a5 40.f5 a4! 41.Bc2 a3 42.Bb1 gxf5 43.Kc2 Kb4 44.Ba2 Be5 45.Be6 a2 46.Bxa2 Bxg3 47.h5 h6 48.Kd3 Ka3 49.Bd5 b4 50.Kc2 Be5 51.Bb3 f4 52.Bd5 Bf6 53.Kb1 b3 0-1

(The move feed initially showed 52...b3+ as played but that's a blunder so most likely it wasn't played. 52...Bf6 is more likely)

Kevin Bonham
17-11-2011, 10:48 AM
Ivanchuk had a good win against Svidler although he got quite short of time.

[White "Ivanchuk, Vassily"]
[Black "Svidler, Peter"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteTitle "GM"]
[BlackTitle "GM"]
[WhiteElo "2775"]
[BlackElo "2755"]
[ECO "D80"]
[Opening "Gruenfeld defence"]
[WhiteFideId "14100010"]
[BlackFideId "4102142"]
[EventDate "2011.11.16"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. e3 Bg7 5. Qb3 e6 6. Qa3 a5 7. Nf3 Nc6 8. Bd2 Nb4
9. Qa4+ Bd7 10. Qb3 dxc4 11. Bxc4 Bc6 12. a3 Nbd5 13. Ne5 O-O 14. Nxc6 bxc6 15.
Qc2 Qe7 16. O-O c5 17. Ne2 cxd4 18. Nxd4 c5 19. Nb5 Rfc8 20. Rfd1 Ng4 21. h3 Ne5
22. Be2 c4 23. Rac1 h5 24. Nc3 Nb6 25. Ne4 Nd5 26. Nc3 Nb6 27. Ne4 Nd5 28. Be1
Rab8 29. Kh1 Nd7 30. Rb1 Nc5 31. Bxc4 Nb6 32. Bb5 Nd5 33. a4 Na6 34. Qe2 Nab4
35. Rbc1 Rc7 36. Nc3 Rbc8 37. Nxd5 exd5 38. Rxc7 Rxc7 39. b3 Bc3 40. Rc1 Qf6 41.
Qf3 Qe5 42. Qg3 Qxg3 43. fxg3 Be5 44. Rxc7 Bxc7 45. Kg1 Nc2 46. Bd2 Bb6 47. Kf2
d4 48. e4 d3+ 49. Kf1 Ne3+ 50. Ke1 Nxg2+ 51. Kd1 h4 52. gxh4 Nxh4 53. b4 axb4
54. Bxb4 Nf3 55. a5 Bd4 56. Be7 f5 57. exf5 gxf5 58. Bd8 Kf7 59. Bb6 Ke6 60.
Bxd4 Nxd4 61. Bxd3 1-0

There is a report here (http://www.whychess.org/node/3004) that there was a disturbance at the beginning of the game with Ivanchuk complaining about there not being a clock in the restroom.

Anything could have happened in Aronian-Carlsen but in the end it finished in the kind of draw that leaves both sides kicking themselves:

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 b6 4. g3 Ba6 5. Qa4 Be7 6. Bg2 c6 7. Nc3 O-O 8. O-O d5
9. Ne5 Qe8 10. b3 b5 11. Qa5 Bd8 12. Qa3 Be7 13. c5 Bb7 14. Qb2 a5 15. Nd3 b4
16. Na4 Nbd7 17. a3 Ba6 18. Rd1 Bxd3 19. Rxd3 Ne4 20. f3 Nef6 21. Rd1 e5 22. e3
bxa3 23. Qc2 Bd8 24. Bxa3 Rb8 25. Re1 Qe6 26. Nb2 Re8 27. Nd3 Bc7 28. Bb2 e4 29.
Nf2 exf3 30. Bxf3 Ne4 31. Nxe4 dxe4 32. Bd1 Nf6 33. Bc3 Nd5 34. Bxa5 Ra8 35. Qd2
Qg6 36. Kh1 Qh6 37. b4 Bxg3 38. Rg1 Bh4 39. Bb3 Bg5 40. Bxd5 Bxe3 41. Bxf7+ Kxf7
42. Qa2+ Qe6 43. Rgf1+ Kg8 44. Qxe6+ Rxe6 45. Rad1 Bg5 46. d5 cxd5 47. Rxd5 Bf6
48. Rd6 Rxd6 49. cxd6 Bd8 50. Rf5 Bxa5 51. bxa5 Rd8 52. Rd5 Kf7 53. a6 Ke6 54.
Rd4 Kd7 55. Rb4 e3 56. Kg2 Rf8 57. a7 e2 1/2-1/2

Kevin Bonham
18-11-2011, 12:59 AM
Carlsen in another wild game but wins this one.

Carlsen - Gelfand

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.e3 Bf5 5.Nc3 e6 6.Nh4 Bg6 7.Nxg6 hxg6 8.Bd3 Nbd7 9.0-0 Bd6 10.h3 dxc4 11.Bxc4 Nb6 12.Bb3 e5 13.Qc2 Qe7 14.Bd2 0-0-0 15.d5 e4 16.dxc6 Qe5 17.f4 exf3 18.Rxf3 Ng4 19.cxb7+ Kb8 20.hxg4 Rh1+ 21.Kf2 Rxa1 22.Ne2 Bc5 23.Bc3 Qe7 24.g5 Rdd1 25.Ng3 Bd6 26.Qe2 Rg1 27.Qd3 Bc7 28.Ne4 Raf1+ 29.Ke2 Rxf3 30.gxf3 f5 31.gxf6 gxf6 32.Bxf6 Qh7 33.Qb5 Rg2+ 34.Kd3 Qd7+ 35.Qxd7 Nxd7 36.Bd5 Be5 37.f4 Bc7 38.Bc6 1-0

Agent Smith
18-11-2011, 05:35 AM
Thats a nice game. Funny thing is - from move 16 through to 22 when then position is really opening up, Critter 1.2 scores every move as 0.00

Max Illingworth
19-11-2011, 01:16 AM
What an amazing game - Carlsen is on the back foot, then the position turns crazy, Carlsen achieves a winning position, makes the time control...and the game ends in a draw! It's easy to criticise Magnus for taking the draw, but still, fantastic play from both players.

Kramnik,Vladimir (2800) - Carlsen,Magnus (2826) [A20]
6th Tal Memorial Moscow/Russia (3.1), 18.11.2011

1.c4 e5 2.g3 Nf6 3.Bg2 h6 4.Nc3 Bb4 5.e4 Nc6 6.Nge2 Bc5 7.d3 d6 8.h3 Nh7 9.a3 a6 10.0-0 Ng5 11.Kh2 Ne6 12.f4 Bd7 13.b4 Ba7 14.Nd5 Ned4 15.Nec3 Be6 16.f5 Bd7 17.Rb1 Nb8 18.c5 dxc5 19.bxc5 Bc8 20.Qh5 Nd7 21.Na4 c6 22.Ndb6 Nxc5 23.f6 g5 24.Bxg5 Nxa4 25.Nxa8 b5 26.Be3 Bb8 27.g4 Rg8 28.Qxh6 Be6 29.Rbc1 Kd7 30.Bxd4 exd4+ 31.e5 Nc3 32.Rxc3 Bxe5+ 33.Kh1 dxc3 34.Qe3 Qb8 35.Qc5 Qd6 36.Qa7+ Kd8 37.Qxa6 Bd4 38.Qa5+ Kc8 39.Qa6+ Kd8 40.Qa5+ Kc8 41.Qa6+

I can't get the PGN viewer to work unfortunately.

Kevin Bonham
19-11-2011, 02:05 AM
^^
Works fine for me.

Nakamura seemed better for a while but managed to lose to Svidler:



Nakamura,Hikaru (2758) - Svidler,Peter (2755) [D87]
6th Tal Memorial Moscow/Russia (3.4), 18.11.2011
[Robot 3]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Bc4 c5 8.Ne2 Nc6 9.Be3 0-0 10.0-0 Bg4 11.f3 Bd7 12.Rb1 Qc7 13.Bd3 Rfd8 14.Qd2 a6 15.f4 e6 16.dxc5 Na5 17.Nd4 e5 18.fxe5 Qxe5 19.Qb2 Rac8 20.Qb4 Qxc5 21.Qxc5 Rxc5 22.Ne2 Rc6 23.Bb6 Rxb6 24.Rxb6 Bc6 25.Rf3 f5 26.Rb4 Bf8 27.Rd4 Bc5 28.Re3 Re8 29.e5 Bd5 30.Kf2 Bxa2 31.Ra4 Bxe3+ 32.Kxe3 Rxe5+ 33.Kf4 Bb3 34.Kxe5 Bxa4 35.Kd6 Bc6 36.g3 Kg7 37.Nd4 Be4 38.Bxe4 fxe4 39.Nc2 Nc4+ 40.Kd5 Nd2 41.Kc5 Kf6 42.Kb6 Ke5 43.Kxb7 Kd5 44.Ne3+ Kc5 45.Kxa6 Nb1 46.Kb7 Nxc3 47.Kc8 Kd4 48.Ng2 Ke5 0-1

Aronian wins with the Berlin (!)

Ivanchuk,Vassily (2775) - Aronian,Levon (2802) [C67]
6th Tal Memorial Moscow/Russia (3.3), 18.11.2011
[Robot 3]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Nc3 Ke8 10.h3 h5 11.Bf4 Bd7 12.Rad1 Rd8 13.b3 Be7 14.Rfe1 Bb4 15.Bd2 Bc8 16.Ne2 Bxd2 17.Nxd2 Ne7 18.Nc4 Nd5 19.a3 Ke7 20.f3 h4 21.Kf2 Rh5 22.Rd2 Re8 23.Nd4 Kf8 24.a4 a6 25.a5 Nb4 26.Ne2 Nd5 27.Nd4 Ne7 28.Re4 Rh6 29.f4 Nd5 30.Kf3 Rg6 31.f5 Rh6 32.Re1 c5 33.Ne2 Ne7 34.Nf4 Nxf5 35.c3 Ne7 36.Red1 Ng6 37.Nd3 Be6 38.Re1 Rh5 39.Kf2 Rf5+ 40.Kg1 Bxc4 41.bxc4 Nxe5 42.Rde2 f6 43.Re4 b6 44.axb6 cxb6 45.Rxh4 Ng6 46.Rhe4 Rxe4 47.Rxe4 Kf7 48.Re2 Ne5 49.g4 Rf3 50.Nxe5+ fxe5 51.Kg2 Rxc3 52.Rf2+ Kg6 53.Rb2 a5 54.Rxb6+ Kg5 55.Rb5 a4 56.Rxc5 Kf4 57.Ra5 a3 0 0-1

Agent Smith
19-11-2011, 07:56 AM
Yeah, a great night of chess :clap:

I was hoping for Carlsen to win after his crazy position, but Kramnik was roving over his undefended king, half the game, and also had connected free pawns on teh other side of the board - a long way from the king if it came to an end game. So a good decision i think.

Is this Nakamura's first tournament with Kasparov as trainer ?

Desmond
19-11-2011, 07:59 AM
Aronian wins with the Berlin (!)

Ivanchuk,Vassily (2775) - Aronian,Levon (2802) [C67]
6th Tal Memorial Moscow/Russia (3.3), 18.11.2011
[Robot 3]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 Nf6 4.0-0 Nxe4 5.d4 Nd6 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.dxe5 Nf5 8.Qxd8+ Kxd8 9.Nc3 Ke8 10.h3 h5 11.Bf4 Bd7 12.Rad1 Rd8 13.b3 Be7 14.Rfe1 Bb4 15.Bd2 Bc8 16.Ne2 Bxd2 17.Nxd2 Ne7 18.Nc4 Nd5 19.a3 Ke7 20.f3 h4 21.Kf2 Rh5 22.Rd2 Re8 23.Nd4 Kf8 24.a4 a6 25.a5 Nb4 26.Ne2 Nd5 27.Nd4 Ne7 28.Re4 Rh6 29.f4 Nd5 30.Kf3 Rg6 31.f5 Rh6 32.Re1 c5 33.Ne2 Ne7 34.Nf4 Nxf5 35.c3 Ne7 36.Red1 Ng6 37.Nd3 Be6 38.Re1 Rh5 39.Kf2 Rf5+ 40.Kg1 Bxc4 41.bxc4 Nxe5 42.Rde2 f6 43.Re4 b6 44.axb6 cxb6 45.Rxh4 Ng6 46.Rhe4 Rxe4 47.Rxe4 Kf7 48.Re2 Ne5 49.g4 Rf3 50.Nxe5+ fxe5 51.Kg2 Rxc3 52.Rf2+ Kg6 53.Rb2 a5 54.Rxb6+ Kg5 55.Rb5 a4 56.Rxc5 Kf4 57.Ra5 a3 0-1..

machomortensen
19-11-2011, 08:26 AM
@ Stevenaus

According to the Norwegian newspaper VG [www.vg.no] Kasparov and Nakamura had been working together since january.

Kevin Bonham
20-11-2011, 11:56 AM
All draws last night but some exciting games

Nepomniatchi - Nakamura. After White's awkward opening, Black should have won by 38...Qc7 (among others) but got spooked by the checks, and then probably could have won the endgame anyway but didn't.


1. e4 {[%emt 0:00:30]} c5 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 2. Nf3 {[%emt 0:00:00]} d6 {[%emt 0:
00:00]} 3. d4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} cxd4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 4. Nxd4 {[%emt 0:00:00]}
Nf6 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 5. Nc3 {[%emt 0:00:00]} g6 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 6. Be2 {[%emt
0:05:30]} Bg7 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 7. O-O {[%emt 0:00:00]} O-O {[%emt 0:00:30]} 8.
Re1 {[%emt 0:01:00]} Nc6 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 9. Nb3 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Be6 {[%emt 0:
01:00]} 10. Bf1 {[%emt 0:00:30]} a5 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 11. Nd2 {[%emt 0:08:30]}
a4 {[%emt 0:08:30]} 12. Ndb1 {[%emt 0:01:30]} Ra5 {[%emt 0:15:30]} 13. Na3 {
[%emt 0:02:30]} d5 {[%emt 0:01:30]} 14. exd5 {[%emt 0:01:30]} Nxd5 {[%emt 0:06:
30]} 15. Ncb5 {[%emt 0:01:30]} Qc8 {[%emt 0:23:30]} 16. c3 {[%emt 0:01:30]} Rd8
{[%emt 0:03:30]} 17. Qe2 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Nc7 {[%emt 0:02:30]} 18. Rd1 {[%emt
0:06:30]} Nxb5 {[%emt 0:06:30]} 19. Nxb5 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Ne5 {[%emt 0:00:30]}
20. Na3 {[%emt 0:07:30]} Rad5 {[%emt 0:09:30]} 21. Rxd5 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Rxd5 {
[%emt 0:00:30]} 22. Be3 {[%emt 0:02:30]} Ng4 {[%emt 0:03:30]} 23. h3 {[%emt 0:
04:30]} Nxe3 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 24. Qxe3 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Qc6 {[%emt 0:02:30]}
25. Nc2 {[%emt 0:05:00]} Qc7 {[%emt 0:06:41]} 26. a3 {[%emt 0:02:30]} Be5 {
[%emt 0:02:49]} 27. Nb4 {[%emt 0:01:30]} Rd8 {[%emt 0:00:06]} 28. Nd3 {[%emt 0:
00:30]} Bd6 {[%emt 0:00:05]} 29. Re1 {[%emt 0:01:30]} Bf5 {[%emt 0:01:41]} 30.
g3 {[%emt 0:05:30]} Bxd3 {[%emt 0:07:54]} 31. Bxd3 {[%emt 0:03:30]} Bc5 {[%emt
0:00:16]} 32. Qf3 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Rd6 {[%emt 0:00:19]} 33. Re4 {[%emt 0:01:30]
} Rb6 {[%emt 0:04:08]} 34. Bc4 {[%emt 0:01:30]} e6 {[%emt 0:00:05]} 35. Re2 {
[%emt 0:00:30]} Bxa3 {[%emt 0:00:29]} 36. Bxe6 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Bxb2 {[%emt 0:
01:18]} 37. Bxf7+ {[%emt 0:01:30]} Qxf7 {[%emt 0:00:36]} 38. Qd3 {[%emt 0:00:
30]} Re6 {[%emt 0:03:45]} 39. Qd8+ {[%emt 0:00:30]} Kg7 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 40.
Qd4+ {[%emt 0:00:00]} Kg8 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 41. Qd8+ {[%emt 0:01:00]} Qf8 {
[%emt 0:39:40]} 42. Qd5 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Qd6 {[%emt 0:00:04]} 43. Qxd6 {[%emt
0:01:30]} Rxd6 {[%emt 0:00:19]} 44. Rxb2 {[%emt 0:00:00]} a3 {[%emt 0:00:55]}
45. Ra2 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Ra6 {[%emt 0:00:04]} 46. Kf1 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Kf7 {
[%emt 0:01:09]} 47. Ke2 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Ke6 {[%emt 0:00:25]} 48. Kd3 {[%emt 0:
00:30]} Kd5 {[%emt 0:00:06]} 49. f4 {[%emt 0:00:30]} h5 {[%emt 0:03:27]} 50. g4
{[%emt 0:19:30]} h4 {[%emt 0:00:05]} 51. c4+ {[%emt 0:08:30]} Kc5 {[%emt 0:00:
04]} 52. Kc3 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Re6 {[%emt 0:01:56]} 53. Rf2 {[%emt 0:00:00]}
Re3+ {[%emt 0:00:43]} 54. Kc2 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Kxc4 {[%emt 0:05:07]} 55. f5 {
[%emt 0:00:30]} g5 {[%emt 0:03:39]} 56. f6 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Re8 {[%emt 0:00:01]
} 57. f7 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Rf8 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 58. Kb1 {[%emt 0:01:30]} Kd5 {
[%emt 0:01:18]} 59. Rf5+ {[%emt 0:00:30]} Ke6 {[%emt 0:00:05]} 60. Rxg5 {[%emt
0:00:00]} Rxf7 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 61. Rh5 {[%emt 0:01:00]} b5 {[%emt 0:04:42]}
62. Rxb5 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Rf3 {[%emt 0:01:03]} 63. Rb6+ {[%emt 0:03:30]} Ke5 {
[%emt 0:01:16]} 64. Rb5+ {[%emt 0:01:30]} Ke6 {[%emt 0:02:30]} 65. Rb6+ {[%emt
0:00:00]} Kd5 {[%emt 0:00:17]} 66. g5 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Rxh3 {[%emt 0:01:12]}
67. Rb4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Ke5 {[%emt 0:01:06]} 68. g6 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Kf6 {
[%emt 0:00:05]} 69. Rg4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Kg7 {[%emt 0:00:03]} 70. Ka2 {[%emt 0:
00:00]} Kh8 {[%emt 0:00:02]} 71. Rf4 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Kg7 {[%emt 0:06:53]} 72.
Rg4 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Rh1 {[%emt 0:01:07]} 73. Rb4 {[%emt 0:04:30]} h3 {[%emt 0:
01:57]} 74. Rb3 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Kxg6 {[%emt 0:00:20]} 75. Rg3+ {[%emt 0:01:30]
} Kf5 {[%emt 0:00:23]} 76. Rc3 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Ke5 {[%emt 0:00:32]} 77. Rxa3 {
[%emt 0:01:30]} Rh2+ {[%emt 0:00:32]} 78. Ka1 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Kf4 {[%emt 0:00:
04]} 79. Rb3 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Rh1+ {[%emt 0:01:39]} 80. Ka2 {[%emt 0:00:00]}
Rh2+ {[%emt 0:00:12]} 81. Ka1 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Rh1+ {[%emt 0:00:54]} 82. Ka2 {
[%emt 0:00:30]} Kg4 {[%emt 0:00:34]} 83. Rb4+ {[%emt 0:00:00]} Kg3 {[%emt 0:00:
30]} 84. Rb3+ {[%emt 0:00:00]} Kg4 {[%emt 0:00:02]} 85. Rb4+ {[%emt 0:00:00]}
Kg3 {[%emt 0:00:03]} 1/2-1/2

Carlsen - Karjakin. Yet another messy game for Carlsen, who had serious chances just before the time control but didn't convert.


1. d4 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Nf6 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 2. c4 {[%emt 0:00:00]} e6 {[%emt 0:
00:00]} 3. Nf3 {[%emt 0:00:00]} b6 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 4. Nc3 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Bb4
{[%emt 0:00:30]} 5. Qc2 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Bb7 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 6. a3 {[%emt 0:
00:00]} Bxc3+ {[%emt 0:00:30]} 7. Qxc3 {[%emt 0:00:00]} O-O {[%emt 0:00:00]} 8.
Bg5 {[%emt 0:03:00]} d6 {[%emt 0:01:30]} 9. Nd2 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Nbd7 {[%emt 0:
01:30]} 10. f3 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Rc8 {[%emt 0:11:30]} 11. e4 {[%emt 0:00:30]} h6
{[%emt 0:00:30]} 12. Bh4 {[%emt 0:00:30]} c5 {[%emt 0:01:30]} 13. Bd3 {[%emt 0:
02:30]} cxd4 {[%emt 0:03:30]} 14. Qxd4 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Nc5 {[%emt 0:00:30]}
15. Be2 {[%emt 0:14:30]} e5 {[%emt 0:01:30]} 16. Qf2 {[%emt 0:01:30]} Ne6 {
[%emt 0:04:30]} 17. O-O {[%emt 0:02:30]} g5 {[%emt 0:09:30]} 18. Bg3 {[%emt 0:
00:30]} Nd4 {[%emt 0:01:30]} 19. Rfd1 {[%emt 0:11:00]} Nh5 {[%emt 0:01:30]} 20.
Bd3 {[%emt 0:23:30]} Nf4 {[%emt 0:12:30]} 21. Qf1 {[%emt 0:03:30]} Qf6 {[%emt
0:10:30]} 22. Bf2 {[%emt 0:02:30]} Nde6 {[%emt 0:02:30]} 23. Bc2 {[%emt 0:03:
30]} Qg6 {[%emt 0:04:30]} 24. g3 {[%emt 0:08:30]} Nh5 {[%emt 0:01:30]} 25. Qe2
{[%emt 0:04:30]} g4 {[%emt 0:06:30]} 26. fxg4 {[%emt 0:04:30]} Nf6 {[%emt 0:00:
30]} 27. h3 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Ng5 {[%emt 0:01:30]} 28. Kh2 {[%emt 0:01:30]} d5 {
[%emt 0:14:30]} 29. Be3 {[%emt 0:01:30]} d4 {[%emt 0:04:30]} 30. Bxg5 {[%emt 0:
00:30]} hxg5 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 31. Rf1 {[%emt 0:02:30]} Kg7 {[%emt 0:10:36]} 32.
Rf5 {[%emt 0:02:30]} Rh8 {[%emt 0:00:38]} 33. Kg2 {[%emt 0:03:30]} Nd7 {[%emt
0:02:08]} 34. Nf3 {[%emt 0:02:30]} f6 {[%emt 0:00:13]} 35. h4 {[%emt 0:00:30]}
Qh6 {[%emt 0:01:37]} 36. Rf1 {[%emt 0:02:30]} Rh7 {[%emt 0:05:52]} 37. b4 {
[%emt 0:06:44]} Kh8 {[%emt 0:03:35]} 38. Rh1 {[%emt 0:01:03]} gxh4 {[%emt 0:06:
49]} 39. Rxh4 {[%emt 0:02:41]} Qe3 {[%emt 0:00:03]} 40. Qxe3 {[%emt 0:00:00]}
dxe3 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 41. Bd3 {[%emt 0:01:00]} Ba6 {[%emt 0:10:26]} 42. Rxh7+ {
[%emt 0:03:30]} Kxh7 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 43. g5 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Bxc4 {[%emt 0:04:
30]} 44. Bxc4 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Rxc4 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 45. gxf6 {[%emt 0:00:30]}
e2 {[%emt 0:02:30]} 46. Kf2 {[%emt 0:05:00]} Rxe4 {[%emt 0:01:30]} 47. f7 {
[%emt 0:01:30]} Kg7 {[%emt 0:06:30]} 48. Ke1 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Kf8 {[%emt 0:00:
30]} 49. Ng5 {[%emt 0:06:00]} Rg4 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 50. Nh7+ {[%emt 0:05:30]}
Ke7 {[%emt 0:01:30]} 51. Rg5 {[%emt 0:01:30]} Rxg5 {[%emt 0:09:30]} 52. Nxg5 {
[%emt 0:00:30]} a5 {[%emt 0:00:00]} 53. b5 {[%emt 0:04:30]} Kf6 {[%emt 0:02:21]
} 54. Ne4+ {[%emt 0:01:30]} Kxf7 {[%emt 0:00:32]} 55. Kxe2 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Ke6
{[%emt 0:00:58]} 56. g4 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Kd5 {[%emt 0:03:40]} 57. Kd3 {[%emt 0:
11:30]} Nf8 {[%emt 0:00:57]} 58. g5 {[%emt 0:07:30]} Ne6 {[%emt 0:02:10]} 59.
Ke3 {[%emt 0:01:30]} Kc4 {[%emt 0:06:20]} 60. g6 {[%emt 0:04:30]} a4 {[%emt 0:
07:26]} 61. Nd2+ {[%emt 0:13:00]} Kd5 {[%emt 0:11:27]} 62. Nb1 {[%emt 0:04:30]}
Nd4 {[%emt 0:00:42]} 63. Kd3 {[%emt 0:06:34]} Ke6 {[%emt 0:02:13]} 64. Nc3 {
[%emt 0:00:26]} Kf6 {[%emt 0:00:30]} 65. Ke4 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Nc2 {[%emt 0:00:
23]} 66. Nb1 {[%emt 0:00:30]} Nd4 {[%emt 0:00:07]} 67. Nc3 {[%emt 0:00:00]} Nc2
{[%emt 0:00:05]} 1/2-1/2

Kevin Bonham
20-11-2011, 11:03 PM
Violent draw:

Karjakin,Sergey - Svidler,Peter [B42]
6th Tal Memorial Moscow/Russia (5.5), 20.11.2011
[Don-Robot]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Nf6 6.0-0 e5 7.Bg5 h6 8.Bxf6 Qxf6 9.Nf5 g6 10.Ne3 Bc5 11.Nc3 d6 12.Ncd5 Qd8 13.c3 Be6 14.Bc2 0-0 15.Ng4 Nd7 16.Nxh6+ Kg7 17.Nf5+ gxf5 18.exf5 Bxd5 19.Qg4+ Kh6 20.Qh3+ Kg5 21.Qg3+ Kh5 22.Qg7 Bf3 23.Qh7+ Kg5 24.Qg7+ Kh5 25.Qh7+ Kg5 26.Qg7+ Kh5 -

Kevin Bonham
21-11-2011, 10:48 AM
All the other games were drawn as well, for the second day in a row, but again not for want of effort.

Max Illingworth
21-11-2011, 12:11 PM
[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2011.11.16"]
[Round "5.1"]
[White "Ivanchuk"]
[Black "Carlsen"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2775"]
[BlackElo "2826"]
[PlyCount "147"]
[SourceDate "2011.11.16"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bf4 Bg7 5. e3 c5 6. dxc5 Qa5 7. Qb3 Na6 8. cxd5
Nxc5 9. Qb5+ Qxb5 10. Bxb5+ Bd7 11. Rd1 Nh5 12. Bxd7+ Kxd7 13. Bg3 b5 14. d6 e6
15. Nf3 b4 16. Nb5 Nxg3 17. hxg3 Rab8 18. Nbd4 h5 19. Rh4 f5 20. Ne2 e5 21. Rc4
Rhc8 22. Kf1 Ne4 23. Rc7+ Rxc7 24. dxc7+ Kxc7 25. Nd2 Nxd2+ 26. Rxd2 a5 27. b3
a4 28. bxa4 Ra8 29. Nc1 e4 30. Ne2 Rxa4 31. Nf4 Bc3 32. Rc2 Kd6 33. Ke2 g5 34.
Nxh5 Kd5 35. f3 g4 36. Nf4+ Kc4 37. Ne6 Ra6 38. Nf4 Rh6 39. fxg4 fxg4 40. Rc1
Ra6 41. Rc2 Rh6 42. Rc1 Rd6 43. Rc2 Ra6 44. Kf2 Rh6 45. Ke2 Rh1 46. Ng6 Re1+
47. Kf2 Ra1 48. Nf4 Rb1 49. Ne6 Rd1 50. Nf4 Rd6 51. Ke2 Rc6 52. Rc1 Kb5 53. Nd5
Rc5 54. Nf4 Rc6 55. Nd5 Rc5 56. Nf4 Ka4 57. Ne6 Rd5 58. Rc2 Ka3 59. Nd4 Rc5 60.
Nb3 Rd5 61. Nd4 Bxd4 62. Rd2 Bc3 63. Rxd5 Kxa2 64. Kd1 b3 65. Rb5 Kb2 66. Rb8
Bf6 67. Kd2 Bc3+ 68. Kd1 Bf6 69. Rf8 Bc3 70. Re8 Ka2 71. Ra8+ Kb1 72. Ra4 b2
73. Ra6 Ba5 74. Rxa5 1/2-1/2

Carlsen missed some winning chances in the game, perhaps due to tiredness from playing four very tough games in a row. That said, I don't think Ivanchuk was losing at any point in the game.

Carl Gorka
21-11-2011, 09:07 PM
I've enjoyed following some (http://gorkachc.blogspot.com/2011/11/tal-memorial-some-strange-impressions.html) of this tournament :D

Kevin Bonham
23-11-2011, 12:55 AM
Nepomniatchi - Karjakin. In a position of material imbalance Nepo found the very strong exchange sac offer 31.b4! which black eventually had to accept, but then played 35.c6 allowing black to liquidate immediately. I am not sure 35.f4 (with the option of a slow kingside push if conducted carefully) would have won - I am finding more resources for black as I look more - but black would have had to be careful (white too!)

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 0-0 5.a3 Bxc3+ 6.Qxc3 d5 7.Bg5 c5 8.dxc5 d4 9.Qc2 e5 10.e3 h6 11.Bh4 Qe7 12.Be2 Re8 13.Rd1 a5 14.Nf3 Nc6 15.0-0 d3 16.Rxd3 e4 17.Rd6 exf3 18.Bxf6 fxe2 19.Bxe7 exf1Q+ 20.Kxf1 Rxe7 21.b3 Be6 22.Qc3 Rc7 23.e4 Re7 24.h3 f5 25.exf5 Bxf5 26.Kg1 Be6 27.Rd3 Bf5 28.Rd6 Be6 29.Rd3 Bf5 30.Rd5 Be6 31.b4 axb4 32.axb4 Rae8 33.b5 Bxd5 34.cxd5 Ne5 35.c6 bxc6 36.bxc6 Nxc6 37.Qxc6 Rd8 38.g3 Red7 39.Qe6+ Kh8 40.Kg2 -

Agent Smith
23-11-2011, 05:20 AM
Nepomniatchi - Karjakin. In a position of material imbalance Nepo found the very strong exchange sac offer 31.b4! which black eventually had to accept, but then played 35.c6 allowing black to liquidate immediately. I am not sure 35.f4 (with the option of a slow kingside push if conducted carefully) would have won - I am finding more resources for black as I look more - but black would have had to be careful (white too!)

Yeah - it's a nice phalanx, but my hunch is it's not convertible without white's king - which is held off by the rook pair. Maybe if white also pushes pawns kingside to open up Blacks king against his mobile queen there's a chance ?

Kevin Bonham
24-11-2011, 01:11 AM
A win! Nakamura seemed to be getting out of trouble going into the time scramble then despite the 30 sec increment the time scramble was lopsided as Nakamura played some suspect moves and Ivanchuk punished them with a series of blows. Anand said yesterday that Ivanchuk is dangerous in harmless positions!

Nakamura - Ivanchuk.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bf4 Bg7 5. e3 O-O 6. Rc1 dxc4 7. Bxc4 Nbd7 8. Nb5 c6 9. Bc7 Qe8 10. Nc3 e5 11. dxe5 Nxe5 12. Be2 Bf5 13. Nf3 Nxf3+ 14. Bxf3 Rc8 15. Bg3 Ne4 16. Bxe4 Bxe4 17. O-O Rd8 18. Qa4 Bd3 19. Rfd1 b5 20. Qa5 Rd7 21. Rd2 Qe7 22. Rcd1 Rfd8 23. a3 h5 24. h3 h4 25. Bh2 Kh7 26. Bc7 Rxc7 27. Rxd3 Rxd3 28. Rxd3 Bf6 29. Rd2 Rd7 30. Rc2 Qe6 31. Qb4 a5 32. Qf4 Kg7 33. Rc1 a4 34. Qb4 Rd3 35. Rc2 Qb3 36. Qxb3 axb3 37. Rc1 Bxc3 38. bxc3 c5 39. Kf1 c4 40. Ke2 Rxc3 0-1

antichrist
24-11-2011, 01:45 AM
A win! Nakamura seemed to be getting out of trouble going into the time scramble then despite the 30 sec increment the time scramble was lopsided as Nakamura played some suspect moves and Ivanchuk punished them with a series of blows. Anand said yesterday that Ivanchuk is dangerous in harmless positions!

Nakamura - Ivanchuk.

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Bf4 Bg7 5. e3 O-O 6. Rc1 dxc4 7. Bxc4 Nbd7 8. Nb5 c6 9. Bc7 Qe8 10. Nc3 e5 11. dxe5 Nxe5 12. Be2 Bf5 13. Nf3 Nxf3+ 14. Bxf3 Rc8 15. Bg3 Ne4 16. Bxe4 Bxe4 17. O-O Rd8 18. Qa4 Bd3 19. Rfd1 b5 20. Qa5 Rd7 21. Rd2 Qe7 22. Rcd1 Rfd8 23. a3 h5 24. h3 h4 25. Bh2 Kh7 26. Bc7 Rxc7 27. Rxd3 Rxd3 28. Rxd3 Bf6 29. Rd2 Rd7 30. Rc2 Qe6 31. Qb4 a5 32. Qf4 Kg7 33. Rc1 a4 34. Qb4 Rd3 35. Rc2 Qb3 36. Qxb3 axb3 37. Rc1 Bxc3 38. bxc3 c5 39. Kf1 c4 40. Ke2 Rxc3 0-1

considering there were only 40 moves played should there have been a time scramble? And with the increment time suspect moves were still played?

Kevin Bonham
24-11-2011, 11:53 AM
considering there were only 40 moves played should there have been a time scramble?

The time control was at move 40. As of move 25 both players were down to a couple of minutes + 30 secs/move to reach move 40. Not a time scramble in the classic sense but clearly enough for Nakamura to completely lose the plot.

As of move 40, Nakamura's position is completely lost, so once the time control was made he studied it for a while and then resigned.

Yes, even with 30 secs/move increment it is possible to go completely astray, especially against someone as sneaky as Ivanchuk.

Kevin Bonham
25-11-2011, 02:13 AM
Aronian wins - very pretty knight-sac idea in endgame, the queen sways from side to side picking up its three pawns after which black may have held out better than in the game but was probably lost anyway (we'll see). Aronian goes to +2, all the other games were drawn.

Aronian,Levon (2802) - Svidler,Peter (2755) [D93]
6th Tal Memorial Moscow/Russia (8.5), 24.11.2011
[Robot 4]

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.e3 c5 6.dxc5 Qa5 7.Rc1 dxc4 8.Bxc4 0-0 9.Nf3 Qxc5 10.Bb3 Nc6 11.0-0 Qa5 12.h3 Bf5 13.Qe2 Ne4 14.Nxe4 Bxe4 15.Rfd1 Qh5 16.Bc2 Bxc2 17.Qxc2 Qb5 18.a4 Qb4 19.Ne1 e5 20.Bg3 Rfd8 21.Nd3 Qe7 22.Qc5 Rd6 23.b4 Rad8 24.b5 Rd5 25.Qc2 e4 26.Nf4 Rxd1+ 27.Rxd1 Rxd1+ 28.Qxd1 Nb4 29.Qc1 Bf6 30.Qc8+ Kg7 31.Qb8 a6 32.b6 Nc6 33.Qc8 h5 34.Ne2 Nd8 35.Bc7 Qe6 36.Qb8 Qd7 37.Be5 Ne6 38.Nc3 Qc6 39.a5 h4 40.Bxf6+ Kxf6 41.Qh8+ Kf5 42.Qxh4 Qxc3 43.g4+ Ke5 44.Qh8+ f6 45.Qb8+ Kd5 46.Qxb7+ Qc6 47.Qb8 Nc5 48.Qg8+ Qe6 49.Qxg6 Kc4 50.h4 Kd3 51.h5 Ke2 52.h6 Qc4 53.h7 Ke1 54.Qxf6 1-0

Kevin Bonham
25-11-2011, 09:43 PM
This hasn't been much of an advertisement for the Anand-Gelfand match with neither winning a single game and Gelfand losing two. Hopefully they are more focused on their upcoming struggle and hiding lots of juicy stuff but it's easy to fear that the dubious qualification system has led to a battle that will be past its use-by date.

Kevin Bonham
25-11-2011, 11:00 PM
Kramnik goes down in a screaming heap:

Svidler,Peter (2755) - Kramnik,Vladimir (2800) [A13]
6th Tal Memorial Moscow/Russia (9.4), 25.11.2011
[Robot 3]

1.Nf3 d5 2.c4 e6 3.g3 dxc4 4.Qa4+ Nd7 5.Bg2 a6 6.Qxc4 b5 7.Qb3 Bb7 8.0-0 Ngf6 9.Nc3 Be7 10.d3 0-0 11.a4 b4 12.Nb1 Nc5 13.Qc2 e5 14.Be3 e4 15.Bxc5 Bxc5 16.dxe4 Nxe4 17.Nfd2 Bxf2+ 18.Rxf2 Nxf2 19.Bxb7 Ng4 20.Nf3 Rb8 21.Bxa6 Qf6 22.Bd3 Qb6+ 23.Kh1 Nf2+ 24.Kg2 Nxd3 25.exd3 Rfe8 26.a5 Qf6 27.Qf2 Rbd8 28.Ra4 c5 29.a6 Rxd3 30.a7 Qc6 31.Ra5 Qa8 32.Nbd2 Rde3 33.Nc4 R3e6 34.Kg1 f6 35.Ncd2 c4 36.Nxc4 Qe4 37.Nd4 R6e7 38.Nd6 Qb1+ 39.Kg2 Ra8 40.Qf3 Raxa7 1-0

Kevin Bonham
26-11-2011, 04:41 PM
Nepomniatchi played well against Aronian with an exchange sac to get the bishop pair so that was drawn and Aronian and Carlsen tied for first. Carlsen wins the countback since the first countback was most games played with black, although in this event there were six wins with black to four with white.

Very enjoyable event despite the high draw %age.

Agent Smith
27-11-2011, 12:44 PM
Yes, great event.
Imho Aronian was a more deserving title holder after his great win over Svidler.

http://www.chessbase.com/news/2011/talmem/talmem74.jpg

Butwinners are grinners, and i'm sure Magnus takes delight in beating up Naka any chance he gets.

http://www.chessbase.com/news/2011/talmem/carlsen01.jpg