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7th Mikhail Tal Memorial 2012 (Games and Results)

7th Mikhail Tal Memorial 2012

So what, if anything, has Magnus Carlsen been cooking up since his last event in Wijk aan Zee? It turns out that he hasn't been doing much at all. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos

So what, if anything, has Magnus Carlsen been cooking up since his last event in Wijk aan Zee? It turns out that he hasn't been doing much at all. Photo © Frits Agterdenbos | www.chessvista.com

The 7th Mikhail Tal Memorial took place 7th-19th June 2012. Magnus Carlsen retained his title after yet against succeeding where others failed in a dramatic final round. 4 players could win the event going into the final round. Leader by half a point Fabiano Caruana had black against Levon Aronian and after a bad opening was eventually dispatched by Levon Aronian. Teimour Radjabov could also have won with a win with black against Hikaru Nakamura but that game was soon drawn. Magnus Carlsen faced Luke McShane with black and as the above results arrive a decisive result in this game would decide the champion, a draw and Caruana would have won. McShane played cautiously in the opening but once he started to go wrong he went downhill fast gambling all on a kingside attack that Carlsen had no trouble refuting. An amazing event with truly fantastic video coverage and commentary in Russian and English.

Magnus Carlsen wins the 7th Tal Memorial (9)

Magnus Carlsen has again won the Tal Memorial after a dramatic final round. He outplayed Luke McShane who himself could have won the event if he had won this game and the other results had remained the same. McShane's solid opening allowed Carlsen to equalise quite easily and then he subsided in time trouble after missing the key move 21...a5 in his calculations. Fabiano Caruana misplayed a Gruenfeld sideline against Levon Aronian and was quickly in terrible difficulties on the board and the clock. Aronian started "playing rubbish" in his own words but won all the same. Hikaru Nakamura played a Sicilian sideline against Teimour Radjabov and this finished in a draw. Rajdabov admitted to lousy form and many discarded chances. Tomashevsky-Grischuk was a sort of Benoni where Tomashevsky had to hang tough to draw. Kramnik-Morozevich was a draw in a Semi-Slav ending where it looked like Kramnik was close to winning at one stage.

Round 9 June 18, 2012 1pm Moscow time 10am BST
Aronian1-0Caruana
Kramnik1/2Morozevich
Nakamura1/2Radjabov
Tomashevsky1/2Grischuk
McShane0-1Carlsen

Official final round 9 standings including tie-break: 1st Carlsen 5.5pts, 2nd Caruana 5, 3rd Radjabov 5, 4th Kramnik 4.5, 5th Morozevich 4.5, 6th Levon Aronian 4.5, 7th Grischuk 4.5, 8th Luke McShane 4, 9th Nakamura 4 and 10th Tomashevsky 3.5.

Games, photos and report below.

7th Mikhail Tal Memorial 2012 (9)

Winner Magnus Carlsen with Caruana and Radjabov with their trophies. Photo ©

Winner Magnus Carlsen with Caruana and Radjabov with their trophies. Photo © | http://www.russiachess.org

7th Mikhail Tal Memorial 2012 (Moscow RUS)
Thu 7th Jun 2012 - Tue 19th Jun 2012 - Official Site - Live- Official Eng Lang Video Commentary

7th Mikhail Tal Mem (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC:100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

7th Tal Mem Blitz (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC:3m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Blitz Games

7th Mikhail Tal Mem (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC: 100:50:15+30spm(1)) - Games in PGN: Games

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7th Mikhail Tal Memorial Moscow (RUS), 8-18 vi 2012 cat. XXII (2776)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2835 * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 2849
2. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2770 ½ * ½ 0 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 5 2820
3. Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2784 0 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 5 2818
4. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2769 ½ 1 ½ * 1 ½ 1 0 0 0 2777
5. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2825 ½ 1 ½ 0 * ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 2771
6. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2801 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ 0 1 2773
7. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2761 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 * 1 1 ½ 2778
8. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2775 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 0 * ½ ½ 4 2733
9. McShane, Luke J g ENG 2706 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 ½ * ½ 4 2741
10. Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2738 ½ 0 0 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * 2700
Round 1 (June 8, 2012)
Carlsen, Magnus - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 23 E32 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Radjabov, Teimour - Tomashevsky, Evgeny 1-0 31 C45 Scotch Game
Morozevich, Alexander - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 56 C81 Ruy Lopez Open Keres Variation
Aronian, Levon - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 53 A29 English Four Knights
Grischuk, Alexander - McShane, Luke J 1-0 63 A29 English Four Knights
Round 2 (June 9, 2012)
Caruana, Fabiano - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 107 D22 QGA
Morozevich, Alexander - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 59 E35 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Kramnik, Vladimir - Grischuk, Alexander 1-0 29 E97 King's Indian Classical
McShane, Luke J - Radjabov, Teimour 0-1 48 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo
Tomashevsky, Evgeny - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 25 E06 Catalan
Round 3 (June 10, 2012)
Carlsen, Magnus - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 30 D85 Gruenfeld Defence
Radjabov, Teimour - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 25 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Aronian, Levon - McShane, Luke J 0-1 38 D15 Slav Defence
Grischuk, Alexander - Morozevich, Alexander 0-1 60 A09 Reti Opening
Nakamura, Hikaru - Tomashevsky, Evgeny ½-½ 41 C36 Kings Gambit Modern Variation
Round 4 (June 12, 2012)
Carlsen, Magnus - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ 40 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack
Caruana, Fabiano - Tomashevsky, Evgeny 1-0 32 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed
Morozevich, Alexander - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 37 C80 Ruy Lopez Open
Kramnik, Vladimir - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 40 C47 Four Knights
McShane, Luke J - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 79 B84 Sicilian Scheveningen
Round 5 (June 13, 2012)
Radjabov, Teimour - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 59 C45 Scotch Game
Aronian, Levon - Morozevich, Alexander 0-1 40 D31 Semi-Slav Defence
Grischuk, Alexander - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 31 D92 Gruenfeld 5.Bf4
Nakamura, Hikaru - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 40 A33 English Symmetrical
Tomashevsky, Evgeny - McShane, Luke J ½-½ 48 A54 Old Indian Defence
Round 6 (June 14, 2012)
Carlsen, Magnus - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 60 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Caruana, Fabiano - McShane, Luke J 1-0 67 A54 Old Indian Defence
Morozevich, Alexander - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 47 D20 QGA
Kramnik, Vladimir - Tomashevsky, Evgeny 1-0 83 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Grischuk, Alexander - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 41 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo
Round 7 (June 16, 2012)
Radjabov, Teimour - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 63 D85 Gruenfeld Defence
Aronian, Levon - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ 28 E15 Queens Indian
Nakamura, Hikaru - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 43 E10 Blumenfeld Counter Gambit
McShane, Luke J - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 94 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Tomashevsky, Evgeny - Morozevich, Alexander 1-0 41 E90 King's Indian Classical
Round 8 (June 17, 2012)
Carlsen, Magnus - Tomashevsky, Evgeny ½-½ 85 A29 English Four Knights
Caruana, Fabiano - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 40 C45 Scotch Game
Radjabov, Teimour - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 45 A07 Barcza System
Morozevich, Alexander - McShane, Luke J 0-1 40 D15 Slav Defence
Grischuk, Alexander - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 35 B75 Sicilian Modern Dragon
Round 9 (June 18, 2012)
Aronian, Levon - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 54 D70 Gruenfeld Defence
Kramnik, Vladimir - Morozevich, Alexander ½-½ 72 D44 Anti-Meran Gambit
Nakamura, Hikaru - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 39 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo
McShane, Luke J - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 40 C85 Ruy Lopez Steenwijker Defence
Tomashevsky, Evgeny - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ 47 E81 King's Indian Saemisch

7th Tal Mem Blitz (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC: 3m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Blitz Games

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7th Tal Mem Blitz Moscow (RUS), 7-19 vi 2012 cat. XXII (2776)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2769 * 1 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 2943
2. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2835 0 * 1 1 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 2935
3. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2761 0 0 * ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 2858
4. Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2784 ½ 0 ½ * 1 1 1 1 0 ½ 2855
5. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2825 1 1 ½ 0 * ½ ½ ½ 1 0 5 2814
6. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2775 ½ ½ 0 0 ½ * ½ 1 1 1 5 2819
7. Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2738 ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ * 0 1 1 2700
8. McShane, Luke J g ENG 2706 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 1 * 1 ½ 3 2659
9. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2801 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 0 0 * 1 2607
10. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2770 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 ½ 0 * 2 2557
Round 1 (June 7, 2012)
Carlsen, Magnus - McShane, Luke J 1-0 26 B06 Modern Defence
Radjabov, Teimour - Morozevich, Alexander ½-½ 23 D91 Gruenfeld 5.Bg5
Aronian, Levon - Tomashevsky, Evgeny ½-½ 42 A07 Barcza System
Nakamura, Hikaru - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 36 A45 Trompowsky
Kramnik, Vladimir - Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ 26 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Round 2 (June 7, 2012)
Morozevich, Alexander - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 52 A04 Dutch System
Carlsen, Magnus - Aronian, Levon 0-1 34 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Grischuk, Alexander - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 26 A07 Barcza System
Tomashevsky, Evgeny - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 5 A29 English Four Knights
McShane, Luke J - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 40 B23 Sicilian Closed
Round 3 (June 7, 2012)
Radjabov, Teimour - Tomashevsky, Evgeny 1-0 29 A46 Queen's Pawn Opening
Aronian, Levon - McShane, Luke J ½-½ 53 A40 Unusual Replies to 1.d4
Nakamura, Hikaru - Grischuk, Alexander 0-1 29 A01 Larsen Opening
Kramnik, Vladimir - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 43 A04 Dutch System
Caruana, Fabiano - Morozevich, Alexander 0-1 45 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo
Round 4 (June 7, 2012)
Carlsen, Magnus - Radjabov, Teimour 1-0 28 C03 French Tarrasch
Grischuk, Alexander - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 43 A00 Irregular Openings
Aronian, Levon - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 12 C53 Giuoco Piano
Tomashevsky, Evgeny - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 43 A85 Dutch
McShane, Luke J - Morozevich, Alexander 0-1 38 A07 Barcza System
Round 5 (June 7, 2012)
Morozevich, Alexander - Grischuk, Alexander 1-0 57 B01 Centre Counter
Radjabov, Teimour - Aronian, Levon 1-0 17 D11 Slav Defence
Nakamura, Hikaru - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 45 A30 English Symmetrical
Kramnik, Vladimir - McShane, Luke J 0-1 28 A04 Dutch System
Caruana, Fabiano - Tomashevsky, Evgeny 0-1 32 C78 Ruy Lopez Moeller Defence
Round 6 (June 7, 2012)
Carlsen, Magnus - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 59 B40 Sicilian Classical
Aronian, Levon - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 71 A88 Dutch Leningrad
Tomashevsky, Evgeny - Morozevich, Alexander ½-½ 20 A16 English Opening
McShane, Luke J - Grischuk, Alexander 0-1 22 A01 Larsen Opening
Kramnik, Vladimir - Radjabov, Teimour 1-0 31 A04 Dutch System
Round 7 (June 7, 2012)
Morozevich, Alexander - Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 33 C45 Scotch Game
Radjabov, Teimour - McShane, Luke J 1-0 57 A40 Unusual Replies to 1.d4
Grischuk, Alexander - Tomashevsky, Evgeny 1-0 51 A07 Barcza System
Nakamura, Hikaru - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 53 A45 Trompowsky
Caruana, Fabiano - Aronian, Levon 1-0 13 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Round 8 (June 7, 2012)
Carlsen, Magnus - Grischuk, Alexander 1-0 54 E92 King's Indian Classical
Radjabov, Teimour - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 29 A85 Dutch
Aronian, Levon - Morozevich, Alexander 1-0 33 D82 Gruenfeld 4.Bf4
McShane, Luke J - Tomashevsky, Evgeny 1-0 22 A01 Larsen Opening
Kramnik, Vladimir - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 33 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Round 9 (June 7, 2012)
Morozevich, Alexander - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 9 A05 Various
Grischuk, Alexander - Aronian, Levon ½-½ 28 A07 Barcza System
Nakamura, Hikaru - McShane, Luke J 1-0 23 D97 Gruenfeld Russian
Tomashevsky, Evgeny - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 26 A30 English Symmetrical
Caruana, Fabiano - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 44 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo

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