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MichaelBaron
19-08-2008, 11:24 AM
Tal Memorial started in Moscow yesterday. Ivanchuk,bloody Kramnik and Morozevich are in the lead on 1/1.

Bill Gletsos
19-08-2008, 02:16 PM
Kramnik - Shirov
1.d4 d5 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 c6 4.e3 Nf6 5.Nf3 Nbd7 6.Bd3 dxc4 7.Bxc4 b5 8.Bd3 Bb7 9.a3 b4 10.Ne4 Nxe4 11.Bxe4 bxa3 12.0-0 Bd6 13.Nd2 Qc7 14.Nc4 Bxh2+ 15.Kh1 Nb6 16.Nxb6 axb6 17.g3 Bxg3 18.fxg3 Qxg3 19.Qh5 Ra5 20.Qxf7+ Kd8 21.Bg2 Rg5 22.Qf3 Qxf3 23.Bxf3 axb2 24.Bxb2 Rf8 25.Be4 Rf6 26.Rxf6 gxf6 27.Kh2 Kc7 28.Bc3 e5 29.dxe5 fxe5 30.Rf1 Kd6 31.Rf7 Bc8 32.Rxh7 Be6 33.Rh6 c5 34.Bd3 Kd7 35.Bb5+ Ke7 36.e4 Rg4 37.Bc6 Rg5 38.Be1 Rg4 39.Bg3 Bc4 40.Bxe5 Bd3 41.Bd6+ Kf7 42.Bd5+ Kg7 43.Re6 c4 44.Kh3 Rg1 45.Be5+ Kf8 46.Rxb6 1-0

Bill Gletsos
19-08-2008, 02:19 PM
Morozevich - Alekseev
1.d4 Nf6 2.Bg5 e6 3.Nd2 h6 4.Bh4 d5 5.e3 c5 6.c3 Nc6 7.Ngf3 Bd6 8.Bd3 0-0 9.0-0 e5 10.dxe5 Nxe5 11.Nxe5 Bxe5 12.f4 Bd6 13.e4 c4 14.Be2 Qb6+ 15.Bf2 Bc5 16.e5 Ne4 17.Nxe4 dxe4 18.Bxc5 Qxc5+ 19.Qd4 Qxd4+ 20.cxd4 Be6 21.f5 Bd5 22.Kf2 Rfc8 23.Rfc1 Rc6 24.a4 Rac8 25.Rc3 Rb6 26.Ra2 Kf8 27.Ke3 Ke7 28.Bd1 Ra6 29.Ra1 b5 30.b4 bxa4 31.b5 Ra5 32.Rxa4 Rxa4 33.Bxa4 f6 34.Bc2 fxe5 35.dxe5 Rc5 36.Ra3 Rxb5 37.Rxa7+ Kf8 38.e6 Bb7 39.e7+ Kxe7 40.Bxe4 1-0

Bill Gletsos
19-08-2008, 02:21 PM
Ivanchuk - Kamsky
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.Bf4 Bg7 5.Nf3 0-0 6.Rc1 dxc4 7.e4 Bg4 8.Bxc4 Nfd7 9.Be2 Nc6 10.Be3 Nb6 11.d5 Bxf3 12.gxf3 Ne5 13.Qb3 c6 14.f4 Ned7 15.0-0 Qe8 16.a4 cxd5 17.Nb5 Rc8 18.Rxc8 Qxc8 19.e5 a6 20.Na7 Qc7 21.Rc1 Qd8 22.a5 Nc4 23.Bxc4 dxc4 24.Qxb7 g5 25.Nc6 Qe8 26.Rxc4 gxf4 27.Bxf4 Kh8 28.Bg3 Rg8 29.Kf1 e6 30.Rd4 Nc5 31.Qb6 Nd7 32.Qc7 Nb8 33.Nd8! Qb5+ 34.Kg1 h6 35.Nxf7+ Kh7 36.Qc2+ 1-0

Bill Gletsos
20-08-2008, 01:18 AM
Round 2
Shirov - Kamsky
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 a6 5. c5 g6 6. Bf4 Nh5 7. Be5 Bg7 8. e4 dxe4 9. Nxe4 Be6 10. Be2 Nd7 11. Nfg5 Qa5+ 12. Kf1 Bd5 13. Bxg7 Nxg7 14. Nc3 h6 15. Nxd5 hxg5 16. Ne3 Rd8 17. Qb3 Qc7 18. g3 Nf6 19. Rd1 Qd7 20. Bc4 e6 21. Kg2 Kf8 22. h3 Nf5 23. Nxf5 gxf5 24. Qe3 Rg8 25. h4 Ng4 26. Qe2 gxh4 27. Rxh4 Qe7 28. Rh3 Qg5 29. Qd2 f4 30. Be2 Nf6 31. Bf3 e5 32. Qc2 exd4 33. b4 Qe5 34. Qd2 fxg3 35. Re1 gxf2+ 36. Kxf2 Qg5 37. Qxg5 Rxg5 38. Rh8+ Ng8 39. Rd1 Kg7 40. Rh4 d3 41. Re4 Nf6 42. Re7 Rf5 43. Rxb7 Ng4+ 44. Kg3 Ne3 45. Re1 Nc4 0-1

Bill Gletsos
21-08-2008, 01:34 AM
Round 3
Morozevich - Kramnik
1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 e6 5. Nf3 Nbd7 6. Qc2 Bd6 7. g4 Nxg4 8. Rg1 Nxh2 9. Nxh2 Bxh2 10. Rxg7 Nf8 11. Rg2 Bd6 12. e4 Ng6 13. Bg5 Be7 14. Bxe7 Qxe7 15. O-O-O dxe4 16. Nxe4 f5 17. Nd2 c5 18. dxc5 Bd7 19. b4 O-O-O 20. Rg3 e5 21. Rd3 Be6 22. Ra3 a6 23. c6 bxc6 24. c5 Qg5 25. Rxa6 Kd7 26. Bc4 Bxc4 27. Qxc4 Ne7 28. Kc2 Ke8 29. Nf3 Qf6 30. Rd6 Rxd6 31. cxd6 1-0

Kevin Bonham
25-08-2008, 02:28 PM
Morozevich - Pomomariov

1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 e6 3.Nc3 Bb4 4.Qc2 0-0 5.Nf3 c5 6.dxc5 Na6 7.c6 dxc6 8.a3 Bxc3+ 9.Qxc3 Nc5 10.Be3 Nce4 11.Qe5 b5 12.g4 c5 13.g5 Qa5+ 14.b4 cxb4 15.gxf6 Bb7 16.Bd2 Rfc8 17.Bxb4 Qb6 18.c5 Qd8 19.Rg1 g6 20.Rd1 Qxf6 21.c6 Bxc6 22.Rg4 Qxe5 23.Nxe5 f5 24.Nxc6 Rxc6 25.Bg2 a5 26.Bxe4 fxe4 27.Bd2 Rc4 28.Rg5 Ra4 29.Rxb5 Rxa3 30.Rb7 a4 31.Bf4 Rb3 32.Rxb3 axb3 33.Rb1 e3 34.Bxe3 Rb8 35.Kd2 Rb4 36.f3 e5 37.Bf2 1-0

Moro moves to #1 on the unofficial live top list (http://chess.liverating.org/).

Kevin Bonham
25-08-2008, 02:33 PM
Mamedyarov - Gelfand. Extremely messy Anti-Moscow Gambit game.

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Nf3 e6 5.Bg5 h6 6.Bh4 dxc4 7.e4 g5 8.Bg3 b5 9.Be2 Bb7 10.e5 Nd5 11.0-0 Nd7 12.Nd2 Qb6 13.a4 a6 14.Nde4 0-0-0 15.Bh5 Nf4 16.Bxf7 Nxe5 17.Bxe6+ Kb8 18.Ne2 Bg7 19.Nxf4 gxf4 20.Bxf4 Rxd4 21.a5 Qd8 22.Qe2 Re8 23.Rad1 Ka8 24.Be3 Rxd1 25.Rxd1 Nd3 26.Bf5 Qd5 27.Qg4 Bxb2 28.h4 Bd4 29.Bg6 Rg8 30.Bxd4 Qxd4 31.Qe6 Qd5 32.Qe7 c5 33.f3 Qd4+ 34.Kh1 Qg7 35.Qxg7 Rxg7 36.h5 b4 37.Kg1 Bxe4 0-1

+3 Moro
+2 Ivanchuk
+1 Gelfand
= Mamedyarov, Pono, Kramnik
-1 Alekseev, Leko, Kamsky
-3 Shirov

Three rounds to go.

MichaelBaron
26-08-2008, 02:54 AM
Chucky vs Moro was an instructive endgame

Kevin Bonham
27-08-2008, 09:37 PM
Moro lost to Kamsky as well so his "#1 live rating" status lasted just a few days.

I think there is potential in the "live rating" concept (after all some other sports compute their world #1s on a weekly basis so why does chess only do so every 3 months?) but I would prefer one that just updated after each tournament was finished.

MichaelBaron
28-08-2008, 03:42 PM
Congrats to Ivanchuk! He has always been one of my favorite players

eclectic
28-08-2008, 07:14 PM
yep you've have to hand it to him for winning such a prestigious tournament

Bill Gletsos
30-08-2008, 01:06 PM
Scores in Tal Memorial Blitz at the half way mark after 17 rounds.

Kramnik 11.0

Carlsen, Ivanchuk 10.5

Gelfand 10.0

Grischuk, Svidler 9.5

Mamedyarov 9.0

Kamsky, Morozevich 8.5

Karjakin, Karpov, Leko, Movsesian 8.0

Grachev, Ponomariov 7.5

Alekseev, Eljanov 7.0

Tkachiev 5.0

Vlad
30-08-2008, 09:54 PM
Current Results:
http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pWeWPZzZIKZ2lUGqyrDePFw
Online:
http://www.russiachess.org/online/index.htm

At the moment Ivanchuk is leading with 17/25, followed by Kramnik with 16.5. Everybody else has not many chances.

Vlad
02-09-2008, 07:27 AM
Apparently there was a "scandal" during this tournament. Moro did not shake Ivanchuk's hand before the second blitz game. Ivanchuk looked slightly puzzled.

People seem to think it is due to their game in the Tal memorial where in a severe time trouble for both players, Ivanchuk did what some naughty blitz players do - kept dropping the pieces and not did adjust them in his own time.

Kevin Bonham
02-09-2008, 08:08 PM
Apparently there was a "scandal" during this tournament. Moro did not shake Ivanchuk's hand before the second blitz game. Ivanchuk looked slightly puzzled.

But did not try to enforce the FIDE handshake rule against him a la Nigel Short. (Is that rule still operative?)


People seem to think it is due to their game in the Tal memorial where in a severe time trouble for both players, Ivanchuk did what some naughty blitz players do - kept dropping the pieces and not did adjust them in his own time.

If so that is a rather small matter to be refusing a handshake over IMO (and one that in such a major event the arbiters could have easily addressed.)