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    Tal Memorial

    Aronian, Anand, Carlsen, Gelfand, Ivanchuk, Kramnik, Leko, Moro, Pono, Svidler

    Two rounds down and still no wins! The great man would be turning in his grave! (That said, several of the draws have been of interest.)
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    Three decisive games tonight.

    Morozevich - Kramnik. I really don't think Moro had that much of an idea about this one. Has a bishop lodged so far into enemy territory ever been as useless as this? Also, I have mentioned a few times lately that the advantage of two exchanges is sometimes deceptively difficult to convert. In this game Kramnik makes it look deceptively easy!

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    Aronian - Leko. Leko must have thought rejecting the b-pawn on ...22 in search of activity was a good idea at the time. The activity was all his opponent's and he was soon not only a pawn down but also getting run out of town.

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    Anand - Svidler. White had more than enough compensation for the first pawn as it was but then Svidler had to go and eat another one. At least he did not suffer for very long.

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    Ivanchuk - Ponomariov still playing on in a knight ending as I write. It was very drawish but Ivanchuk has some chances now.
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    Kramnik (who is supposedly unwell) defeats Svidler and leads. Svidler never equalised and was smoothly outplayed.

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    Its Carlsen not feeling well, not Kramnik

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alexrules01
    Its Carlsen not feeling well, not Kramnik
    I saw a comment that said Kramnik might be unwell as well as Carlsen. Can't find the source of it now.
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    Quote from TWIC today

    Mig Greengard is reporting that Magnus Carlsen has a fever and that Vladimir Kramnik also isn't well. Both played Round 4 and Kramnik won going into the rest day on Monday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham
    I saw a comment that said Kramnik might be unwell as well as Carlsen. Can't find the source of it now.
    Ahh sorry, didn't hear about that!

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    Tal birthday

    Today November 9th is Mikhail Tal birthday ,lets celebrate his life and games!

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    Hurray for one of the greatest personalities to ever grace a chessboard! Michail Tal will live forever!
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    Quote Originally Posted by justaknight
    Hurray for one of the greatest personalities to ever grace a chessboard! Michail Tal will live forever!
    Indeed. At the Manila Olympiad in 1992, I thought it was sad that Tal had died only a short while before the Latvian team first played in an Olympiad in its own right since WW2.
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    parenthetically!

    Quote Originally Posted by Jono
    Indeed. At the Manila Olympiad in 1992, I thought it was sad that Tal had died only a short while before the Latvian team first played in an Olympiad in its own right since WW2.
    The following video clip is characteristic of the physical decline of a man who manages to keep his intellectual capacities functioning to the very end ...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6nUvp5WRl4

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    In 1988, aged 51, he won the second official World Blitz Championship (...) at Saint John, ahead of such players as Kasparov, the reigning world champion, and ex-champion Anatoly Karpov. In the final, he defeated Rafael Vaganian by 3.5-.5.
    I know this (WBC) is a well known fact, however, it's amazing what ill health combined with smoking and alcohol consumption can reduce a 51 yo man into! Here is Mikhail Nekhemievich Tal (Latvian: Mihails Tāls) beating Garry Kasparov on his way to the final!
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    Anand - Leko.

    Very interesting game, yet another game in the trendy Moscow Gambit. All theory for at least the first 20 moves, not sure where it went out of book exactly.

    In the ten or so moves leading up to the time control, Leko was getting a little short of time but Anand had stacks. Anand just kept bashing out good moves and Leko's position went downhill rapidly. There has been some suggestion that 30...Rc7 is better for black than what was played and that may well be true but I am not convinced it equalises.

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    There was a massive time scramble in Gelfand-Kramnik; they had six mins to play 13 moves then Gelfand used all but 1:13 playing three of those (in the process hurting his position quite a lot). They both made the control with nothing to spare; Kramnik is better in a messy double rook and knight endgame as I write.
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    Six down three to go

    +3 Kramnik
    +2 Anand
    +1 Gelfand, Ivanchuk
    = Carlsen (all draws), Aronian
    -1 Ponomariov
    -2 Morozevich, Leko, Svidler

    Kramnik - Ponomariov. Park chess on an epic scale; the analysts will be cleaning up this mess for weeks. The rook and one pawn vs bishop and one pawn ending was always won.

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    Gelfand-Aronian. Aronian basically lost in one move since the first new move here (24...Rf5) was unsuccessful. (...Ba8, ...Bb5, ...Nb6 have all been tried though white has won all of those as well) Gelfand said thanks for the pawn and won comfortably.

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    Morozevich - Ivanchuk

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    Chessbase reports Ivanchuk is wearing a mask to try to avoid swine flu.
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    I see Moro is in the cellar again in these type of events!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Garvinator
    I see Moro is in the cellar again in these type of events!
    Yes I had your immortal line about Moro being a bit of a bunny at this level in my mind as I watched Ivanchuk running rings around him. It's a gift that keeps on giving.
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