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Kevin Bonham
08-06-2012, 08:26 PM
Great field and a novel drawing for colours method - they played a blitz tournament with the top five placings (Moro, Carlsen, Radjabov, Grischuk, Aronian) getting the 5-4 white-black split!

First game tonight, rest day after rounds 3 and 6.

Time control 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, 50 minutes for the next 20 moves, and 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one.

Games start 9 pm our time except last round 7 pm.

WhiteElephant
08-06-2012, 10:17 PM
Great field

Yep, lots of young and exciting players, only Kram representing the old and crusties.

Rhubarb
09-06-2012, 09:44 PM
Excellent live commentary by Rogers at http://chesstv.com/broadcasts/30

Max Illingworth
11-06-2012, 12:05 AM
I was going to change my vote to Radjabov, but I see the poll has closed. Still seven rounds to go though.

Agent Smith
11-06-2012, 07:10 AM
I just wouldnt have the slightest about who is likely to win... ?
Carlsen is getting some very open (ie vulnerable) positions seems to me.

Absolutely great win by McShane over Aronian.

[Event "?"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2012.06.10"]
[Round "?"]
[White "GMAronian"]
[Black "GMMcShane"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2825"]
[BlackElo "2706"]
1.d4 d5 2.Nf3 Nf6 3.c4 c6 4.Nc3 a6 5.Bg5 dxc4 6.a4 h6 7.Bh4 b5 8.axb5 cxb5
9.Nxb5 axb5 10.Rxa8 Bb7 11.Ra1 g5 12.Bg3 e6 13.e3 Bb4+ 14.Ke2 Nc6 15.Ne1
Na5 16.Be5 O-O 17.h4 g4 18.Nc2 Be7 19.Ke1 Nb3 20.Ra2 h5 21.Be2 Bd6 22.f3
Nd5 23.fxg4 Bxe5 24.dxe5 Qb6 25.Bf3 Nxe3 26.Nxe3 Qxe3+ 27.Qe2 Qc1+ 28.Qd1
Qe3+ 29.Qe2 Qc1+ 30.Qd1 Bxf3 31.gxf3 Qe3+ 32.Qe2 Qc1+ 33.Qd1 Qe3+ 34.Qe2
Qf4 35.Qh2 Qxf3 36.Rf1 Qe4+ 37.Kf2 Nd2 38.Rg1 Qf3+
{White resigns}
( 38...Qf3+ 39.Ke1 Qe3+ 40.Qe2
( 40.Kd1 Nb3 41.gxh5+ Kh8 42.Ra6 Qc1+ 43.Ke2 Nd4+ 44.Kf2 Qd2+ 45.
Kf1 Qd1+ 46.Kf2 Qe2+ 47.Kg3 Qf3# )
40...Nf3+ 41.Kd1 Rd8+ )
0-1

Kevin Bonham
11-06-2012, 04:01 PM
That's awesome. Real shame I've not been able to watch these over the first few rounds, hope I'll be able to pay them a bit more attention now!

Grischuk - Morozevich was pretty strange. Moro is off to a great start though past history (the subject of a long injoke between Garvin and me here) raises questions about whether he'll keep it up.

Tony Dowden
11-06-2012, 10:50 PM
That's awesome. Real shame I've not been able to watch these over the first few rounds, hope I'll be able to pay them a bit more attention now!

Grischuk - Morozevich was pretty strange. Moro is off to a great start though past history (the subject of a long injoke between Garvin and me here) raises questions about whether he'll keep it up.

Best keep it an in-joke ...

Carlsen to de-rust and win :cool:

Kevin Bonham
15-06-2012, 11:05 AM
+2 Kramnik, Morozevich
+1 Carlsen, Radjabov, Caruana
= Nakamura
-1 Aronian, Grischuk
-2 McShane
-3 Tomashevsky

Three rounds to go. There have been a lot of exciting games in the last two rounds.

Bill Gletsos
15-06-2012, 12:46 PM
Only 16 draws from 30 games (53.3%) so far.
That is a low drawing percentage for this strength of competition.

pax
15-06-2012, 03:48 PM
Only 16 draws from 30 games (53.3%) so far.
That is a low drawing percentage for this strength of competition.

And many of those have been fighting draws.

Kevin Bonham
17-06-2012, 11:57 AM
McShane beats Kramnik in a very interesting heavy piece ending. Notes here (http://www.chess.co.uk/twic/chessnews/events/7th-mikhail-tal-memorial-2012/7th-tal-memorial-round-7)

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. Re1 Nd6 6. Nxe5 Be7 7. Bf1
Nxe5 8. Rxe5 O-O 9. d4 Bf6 10. Re1 Re8 11. Bf4 Rxe1 12. Qxe1 Ne8 13. Nc3
Bxd4 14. Nd5 d6 15. Bg5 Bf6 16. Nxf6+ Nxf6 17. Bxf6 gxf6 18. Qe4 f5 19. Qe3
Be6 20. Qg3+ Kf8 21. Qc3 Ke7 22. Re1 Kd7 23. Bc4 Qh8 24. Bxe6+ fxe6 25. Qb3
Re8 26. Qxb7 Rb8 27. Qxa7 Qxb2 28. Qa4+ Qb5 29. Qh4 Qa5 30. Qxh7+ Kc6 31.
Rc1 Qxa2 32. Qh5 Qb2 33. Qd1 Kd7 34. g3 e5 35. c4 Ke7 36. Qe1 Rb3 37. c5 d5
38. Rd1 c6 39. Qa5 Kd7 40. Qa4 Rb5 41. Qh4 Rxc5 42. Qh7+ Kd6 43. Qg6+ Kc7
44. Qxf5 e4 45. h4 Rc3 46. Qe5+ Kb7 47. h5 Rb3 48. Qe7+ Kb6 49. Qd8+ Kb7
50. Qd7+ Kb6 51. Qd8+ Kb7 52. Qe7+ Kb6 53. Qe8 Kb7 54. h6 Rf3 55. Qe7+ Ka6
56. Qc5 Kb7 57. Qe7+ Ka6 58. Qc5 Kb7 59. Rc1 Rf6 60. h7 Rh6 61. Kg2 Qb3 62.
Qe7+ Kb6 63. Qd8+ Kb7 64. Qd7+ Kb6 65. Rxc6+ Rxc6 66. Qd8+ Ka7 67. Qd7+ Kb6
68. Qd8+ Ka7 69. h8=Q Qf3+ 70. Kh3 Rh6+ 71. Qxh6 Qh1+ 72. Kg4 Qxh6 73. Qxd5
Qf6 74. Qf5 Qd4 75. Qf4 Kb7 76. Kf5 Qd5+ 77. Qe5 Qf7+ 78. Qf6 Qd5+ 79. Kf4
Qd2+ 80. Kxe4 Qe2+ 81. Kd5 Qa2+ 82. Kd6 Qa3+ 83. Ke6 Qa2+ 84. Ke7 Qe2+ 85.
Kf7 Qh5+ 86. Kg7 Qg4+ 87. Qg6 Qd4+ 88. Qf6 Qg4+ 89. Kh6 Qe2 90. Kg5 Kc7 91.
f4 Qf3 92. Qe5+ Kd7 93. f5 Qf1 94. f6 1-0

+1 Carlsen, Morozevich, Kramnik, Caruana, Radjabov
= Nakamura
-1 Grischuk, Aronian, McShane
-2 Tomashevsky

that Caesar guy
17-06-2012, 12:09 PM
McShane beats Kramnik in a very interesting heavy piece ending. Notes here (http://www.chess.co.uk/twic/chessnews/events/7th-mikhail-tal-memorial-2012/7th-tal-memorial-round-7)

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. Re1 Nd6 6. Nxe5 Be7 7. Bf1
Nxe5 8. Rxe5 O-O 9. d4 Bf6 10. Re1 Re8 11. Bf4 Rxe1 12. Qxe1 Ne8 13. Nc3
Bxd4 14. Nd5 d6 15. Bg5 Bf6 16. Nxf6+ Nxf6 17. Bxf6 gxf6 18. Qe4 f5 19. Qe3
Be6 20. Qg3+ Kf8 21. Qc3 Ke7 22. Re1 Kd7 23. Bc4 Qh8 24. Bxe6+ fxe6 25. Qb3
Re8 26. Qxb7 Rb8 27. Qxa7 Qxb2 28. Qa4+ Qb5 29. Qh4 Qa5 30. Qxh7+ Kc6 31.
Rc1 Qxa2 32. Qh5 Qb2 33. Qd1 Kd7 34. g3 e5 35. c4 Ke7 36. Qe1 Rb3 37. c5 d5
38. Rd1 c6 39. Qa5 Kd7 40. Qa4 Rb5 41. Qh4 Rxc5 42. Qh7+ Kd6 43. Qg6+ Kc7
44. Qxf5 e4 45. h4 Rc3 46. Qe5+ Kb7 47. h5 Rb3 48. Qe7+ Kb6 49. Qd8+ Kb7
50. Qd7+ Kb6 51. Qd8+ Kb7 52. Qe7+ Kb6 53. Qe8 Kb7 54. h6 Rf3 55. Qe7+ Ka6
56. Qc5 Kb7 57. Qe7+ Ka6 58. Qc5 Kb7 59. Rc1 Rf6 60. h7 Rh6 61. Kg2 Qb3 62.
Qe7+ Kb6 63. Qd8+ Kb7 64. Qd7+ Kb6 65. Rxc6+ Rxc6 66. Qd8+ Ka7 67. Qd7+ Kb6
68. Qd8+ Ka7 69. h8=Q Qf3+ 70. Kh3 Rh6+ 71. Qxh6 Qh1+ 72. Kg4 Qxh6 73. Qxd5
Qf6 74. Qf5 Qd4 75. Qf4 Kb7 76. Kf5 Qd5+ 77. Qe5 Qf7+ 78. Qf6 Qd5+ 79. Kf4
Qd2+ 80. Kxe4 Qe2+ 81. Kd5 Qa2+ 82. Kd6 Qa3+ 83. Ke6 Qa2+ 84. Ke7 Qe2+ 85.
Kf7 Qh5+ 86. Kg7 Qg4+ 87. Qg6 Qd4+ 88. Qf6 Qg4+ 89. Kh6 Qe2 90. Kg5 Kc7 91.
f4 Qf3 92. Qe5+ Kd7 93. f5 Qf1 94. f6 1-0

+1 Carlsen, Morozevich, Kramnik, Caruana, Radjabov
= Nakamura
-1 Grischuk, Aronian, McShane
-2 Tomashevsky
Now that was a game! Fantastic technique by McShane, haven't put it on a comp to see whether it was impeccable but it looked pretty good on a first glance. Especially liked the idea of putting the heavy pieces on the back rank, followed by c4-c5 and then getting the queen active again, the c5 pawn (while short lived) was a real pain for Black. And way he just clinically converted into a winning queen ending and placed his king on the right squares...well played!

Kevin Bonham
17-06-2012, 12:44 PM
Now that was a game! Fantastic technique by McShane, haven't put it on a comp to see whether it was impeccable but it looked pretty good on a first glance.

It wasn't impeccable but it was impressive all the same to get that out of a position where any winning chances seemed to have been Kramnik's earlier. 59.h7 was a win (the black queen is diverted and the white queen and rook beat up the king) and after 61.Kg2? (61.Qe7+ wins) Kramnik had and missed 61...Qf6 probably holding. After that it seems he was lost for the rest of the game.


Especially liked the idea of putting the heavy pieces on the back rank, followed by c4-c5 and then getting the queen active again, the c5 pawn (while short lived) was a real pain for Black.

Yes it seems this is where the game turns unexpectedly in McShane's favour.

Kevin Bonham
18-06-2012, 11:19 AM
Nakamura got comprehensively beaten by Grischuk last night while Morozevich and Kramnik both blundered, so ...

+2 Caruana
+1 Carlsen, Radjabov
= Kramnik, Morozevich, Grischuk, McShane
-1 Aronian, Nakamura
-2 Tomashevsky

Last round is:

Aronian - Caruana
Nakamura - Radjabov
Tomashevsky - Grischuk
McShane - Carlsen
Kramnik - Morozevich

The leading contenders all have black.

peter_parr
18-06-2012, 11:20 AM
See Report SMH 18/6/12 (http://www.chessdiscountsales.com/news/2012.htm)

pax
18-06-2012, 12:36 PM
It's absolutely incredible what Luke McShane can when down to increment only. Which is most of the moves in most of his games from what I can work out.

I hope he gets a lot more top invitations on the back of this effort.

Kevin Bonham
19-06-2012, 01:02 AM
Exciting topsy-turvy tournament. Carlsen won while Caruana lost so Carlsen suddenly bobs up at the right time as the winner, undefeated.

+2 Carlsen
+1 Radjabov, Caruana
= Grischuk, Aronian, Kramnik, Morozevich
-1 Nakamura, McShane
-2 Tomashevsky

pax
19-06-2012, 01:51 AM
What a weird tournament. Leaders lost in the last three rounds. When was the last time someone won a 10 player elite RR outright with a +2 score?

machomortensen
19-06-2012, 04:07 AM
@ pax

Luke McShane was a really nice youngster. He has played a lot of times in Denmark (with his dad) and was a very popular guest in our tournaments.

I was once together with him at a party, where we discussed danish and britishschoolsystems.

GET HIM DOWN UNDER IF YOU CAN. I don't think you'll regret!

Tony Dowden
19-06-2012, 05:49 PM
... Carlsen to de-rust and win :cool:

Like I said :D

WhiteElephant
19-06-2012, 10:02 PM
Nakamura was chatting to everyone on ICC last night, he said the same thing about it being a weird tournament...apparently the players thought so too. Naka said that most of them had missed something basic in at least one game which made it exciting for spectators.

I really enjoyed the tournament even though my favourite players (Moro and Naka) didn't finish as high as they could have, way more exciting than the Anand Gelfand snoozefest.

trlspann
20-06-2012, 09:04 AM
Hugely enjoyable tournament to watch on-line.

Staying up late to the first time control resulted in a little too much sleep being lost than was healthy. Ian Rogers commentary was entirely to blame.

- Informative (some history, background and anecdotes)
- Instructive (great coverage of plans and ideas backed by tactics when required)
- Entertaining (GM Rogers threw in a few funnies which make me chuckle). "It looks like a rubbish attack, but it might work"... Gold.

It ticked all the boxes for good viewing. Well done sir.

pax
20-06-2012, 11:43 AM
Hugely enjoyable tournament to watch on-line.

Staying up late to the first time control resulted in a little too much sleep being lost than was healthy. Ian Rogers commentary was entirely to blame.

This. It's very exciting to be able to watch the games in real time with such expert commentary. I am in awe of Ian's work to try and stay on top of five simultaneous top level games, and provide a deep level of insight into the players' plans. It appeared that he was working without computer assistance (most of the time at least), which gave a refreshingly human view of the games.

Agent Smith
20-06-2012, 02:27 PM
"If I am not mistaken, this was Carlsen's tenth tournament in a row with a performance well above 2800," writes Steve Engelen of Oslo
http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=8268

# Name Rating +/− Games FIDE Age
1 Carlsen Norway 2837.1 +2.1 9 21 (30.11.1990)
2 Aronian Armenia 2816.4 −8.6 15 29 (06.10.1982)
3 Kramnik Russia 2799.4 −1.6 15 36 (25.06.1975)
4 1 Radjabov Azerbaijan 2788.0 +4.0 9 25 (12.03.1987)
5 1 Anand India 2780.2 −10.8 12 42 (11.12.1969)
6 Karjakin Russia 2779.0 0.0 0 22 (12.01.1990)
7 Nakamura United-States 2777.7 +2.7 23 24 (09.12.1987)
8 Caruana Italy 2775.7 +5.7 24 19 (30.07.1992)
9 Morozevich Russia 2770.0 +1.0 9 34 (18.07.1977)
10 Ivanchuk Ukraine 2769.3 +5.3 15 43 (18.03.1969)

Tony Dowden
21-06-2012, 11:01 PM
Hugely enjoyable tournament to watch on-line.

Staying up late to the first time control resulted in a little too much sleep being lost than was healthy. Ian Rogers commentary was entirely to blame.

...

I was likewise afflicted :lol:

Agent Smith
23-06-2012, 09:28 AM
http://www.chess.co.uk/twic/chessnews/events/7th-mikhail-tal-memorial-2012/7th-tal-memorial-final-round-9

Carlsen: I think it's been a very interesting tournament. There have been twists and turns that no-one could forsee. As for myself. I think I played, well, I started slowly, my first three games were not impressive to say the least and I think after that my play was good. I mean the game with Grischuk, although I didn't win, it was an energiser to play such an interesting game. I thought after that I was in the driving seat in most of my games.

Carlsen: Obviously if it turns out that Aronian wins, which he did, I'm actually the winner of the tournament, it's nice, but like last year there were a lot of fortunate circumstances for me in the last round to eventually be able to win it. But that's the way it goes sometimes. Today I had to win myself and I did and so that's all I can do.

peter_parr
26-06-2012, 01:01 PM
Final Report see SMH 25 June (http://www.chessdiscountsales.com/news/2012.htm)

Capablanca-Fan
26-06-2012, 01:30 PM
Final Report see SMH 25 June (http://www.chessdiscountsales.com/news/2012.htm)

Seems like a rather weak effort by McShane, esp. compared to his great win over Aronian:

McShane,Luke J (2706) - Carlsen,Magnus (2835) [C85] (9)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Be7 6.Bxc6 dxc6 7.d3 Nd7 8.b3 0–0 9.Bb2 f6 10.Nc3 Re8 11.Kh1 Nf8 12.Ne2 c5! 13.Nh4 Ne6 14.Nf5 Bf8 15.Ne3 Nd4 16.f4 Be6 17.fxe5 fxe5 18.Ng1 g6 19.c3 Nc6 20.Nf3 Bg7 21.Qe1?! a5! 22.Rd1 a4 23.bxa4 Rxa4 24.a3 Rf8 25.Bc1 Ra8 26.Qg3 Bb3 27.Rde1 Qxd3 28.Ng4 Be6 29.Nh6+ Kh8 30.Qh4 Bf6 31.Bg5 Bxg5 32.Qxg5 Kg7 33.Qc1 Rf4 34.Rd1? [34.Ng5] 34... Qc4! 35.Rfe1 Raf8 36.Ng5 Bc8 37.g3 Rf2 38.Nf5+ gxf5 39.Nh3 Re2 40.Qg5+ Kh8 0–1

Agent Smith
28-06-2012, 07:55 AM
Rogers@ByronBay Echo

Had McShane won the final game, he would not only have won the tournament on tiebreak but would have become the first player in hostory to beat the world's one, two and three in a single tournament.

However Carlsen was one hurdle too many.