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7th Mikhail Tal Memorial 2012 (Blitz)

7th Mikhail Tal Memorial Blitz 2012

The round 7 clash between Magnus Carlsen and Alexander Morozevich proved decisive in the battle for first place. Carlsen seemed to be doing well at one point but lost on time. Photo ©

The round 7 clash between Magnus Carlsen and Alexander Morozevich proved decisive in the battle for first place. Carlsen seemed to be doing well at one point but lost on time. Photo © | http://www.russiachess.org

The 7th Mikhail Tal Memorial started with a blitz tournament (3 minutes plus 2 seconds extra per move) to determine the draw numbers for the players. Alexander Morozevich took the €5000 first prize on tie-break from Magnus Carlsen (€3000) who he also defeated (on time) in their individual game. Both players scored 6.5/9 a point clear of Alexander Grischuk and Teimour Radjabov. The game broadcast broadly held up although a number of games are, at least as yet, incomplete. The top 5 earned 5 whites and 4 blacks in their games for the main tournament. This extra white might be a double edged sword as the first tie-break in the main event is number of games with black. The full draw for all rounds, final blitz table and games, a few titbits of information are in the body of the article. Round 1 of the main event on Friday 3pm Moscow time is: Morozevich-Caruana, Carlsen-Kramnik, Grischuk-McShane, Radjabov-Tomashevsky, Aronian-Nakamura.

Tal Memorial Blitz

Morozevich and Aronian in Round 8.

Morozevich and Aronian in Round 8. http://video.russiachess.org.

Prizes in Euros: 1st €5 000, 2nd €3 000, 3rd €2 000, 4th €1 500, 5th €1 000, 6th €700, 7th €600, 8th €500, 9th €400, 10th €300.

The big negative surprises were the half way finishes of World number 2 Levon Aronian and of the blitz king Hikaru Nakamura on 5/9 and the 9th place of Vladimir Kramnik who just didn't seem to be able to get going.

The table below is correct including the right tie-breaks.

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

Draw for the main Tal Memorial

Overview of the hall

Overview of the hall. http://video.russiachess.org.

The standings produced the draw for the Tal Memorial. So the top 5 get more games with white than black. Nominally an advantage but the tie-break regulations for the main event (http://goo.gl/lX0qE) say that the prize money is distributed according to place taking into account auxiliary scorings. The top tie-break there is number of games with black and some people even score better with black, or at least not substantially worse.

The standing is determined according to the number of points scored. A won game is 1 point, a drawn game is 0,5 point, and a lost game is 0 point. In case of a tie, the following auxiliary scorings are used:

Highest number of games played with Black

Highest number of wins

Direct encounter

Koya system

Sonneborn-Berger coefficient

Prize money for the main Tal Memorial

Vladimir Kramnik against Alexander Morozevich.

The significance of the blitz won't be that great but Kramnik's score of 2.5/9 including this final round loss to Morozevich (sadly not complete in the game file) won't have made him happy going into round 1. http://video.russiachess.org.

The leading players will have received a heavy appearance fees (not made known) but the prizes themselves are not insignificant.

Tal Memorial Prizes by place in Euros: 1st €30.000, 2nd €20.000, 3rd €15.000, 4th €10.000, 5th €8.000, 6th €6.000, 7th €4.000, 8th €3.000, 9th €2.500, 10th €1.500.

Tal Memorial Pairings

Play starts at 3pm Moscow time each day except the final round at 1pm. That's 12pm/10am BST or 1pm/11am CET.

7th Mikhail Tal Mem Moscow (RUS), 7-19 vi 2012 cat. XXII (2776)
Draw numbers for the players
1. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2769
2. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2835
3. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2761
4. Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2784
5. Aronian, Levon g ARM 2825
6. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2775
7. Tomashevsky, Evgeny g RUS 2738
8. McShane, Luke J g ENG 2706
9. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2801
10. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2770
Round 1 (June 8, 2012)
Carlsen, Magnus - Kramnik, Vladimir
Aronian, Levon - Nakamura, Hikaru
Radjabov, Teimour - Tomashevsky, Evgeny
Grischuk, Alexander - McShane, Luke J
Morozevich, Alexander - Caruana, Fabiano
Round 2 (June 9, 2012)
Kramnik, Vladimir - Grischuk, Alexander
Caruana, Fabiano - Nakamura, Hikaru
Morozevich, Alexander - Carlsen, Magnus
Tomashevsky, Evgeny - Aronian, Levon
McShane, Luke J - Radjabov, Teimour
Round 3 (June 10, 2012)
Carlsen, Magnus - Caruana, Fabiano
Aronian, Levon - McShane, Luke J
Radjabov, Teimour - Kramnik, Vladimir
Grischuk, Alexander - Morozevich, Alexander
Nakamura, Hikaru - Tomashevsky, Evgeny
Round 4 (June 12, 2012)
Carlsen, Magnus - Grischuk, Alexander
Kramnik, Vladimir - Aronian, Levon
Caruana, Fabiano - Tomashevsky, Evgeny
Morozevich, Alexander - Radjabov, Teimour
McShane, Luke J - Nakamura, Hikaru
Round 5 (June 13, 2012)
Aronian, Levon - Morozevich, Alexander
Radjabov, Teimour - Carlsen, Magnus
Grischuk, Alexander - Caruana, Fabiano
Nakamura, Hikaru - Kramnik, Vladimir
Tomashevsky, Evgeny - McShane, Luke J
Round 6 (June 14, 2012)
Carlsen, Magnus - Aronian, Levon
Kramnik, Vladimir - Tomashevsky, Evgeny
Grischuk, Alexander - Radjabov, Teimour
Caruana, Fabiano - McShane, Luke J
Morozevich, Alexander - Nakamura, Hikaru
Round 7 (June 16, 2012)
Aronian, Levon - Grischuk, Alexander
Radjabov, Teimour - Caruana, Fabiano
Nakamura, Hikaru - Carlsen, Magnus
Tomashevsky, Evgeny - Morozevich, Alexander
McShane, Luke J - Kramnik, Vladimir
Round 8 (June 17, 2012)
Carlsen, Magnus - Tomashevsky, Evgeny
Radjabov, Teimour - Aronian, Levon
Grischuk, Alexander - Nakamura, Hikaru
Caruana, Fabiano - Kramnik, Vladimir
Morozevich, Alexander - McShane, Luke J
Round 9 (June 18, 2012)
Aronian, Levon - Caruana, Fabiano
Kramnik, Vladimir - Morozevich, Alexander
Nakamura, Hikaru - Radjabov, Teimour
Tomashevsky, Evgeny - Grischuk, Alexander
McShane, Luke J - Carlsen, Magnus

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