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8th Tal Memorial 2013 (Blitz)

Nakamura wins the Tal Memorial Blitz 2013

Sergey Karjakin may have won in Norway in the blitz but he was 2nd best to Nakamura here and his loss in the final round secured first for the American. Photo ©

Sergey Karjakin may have won in Norway in the blitz but he was 2nd best to Nakamura here and his loss in the final round secured first for the American. Photo © | http://online.russiachess.org

For the second year running the Tal Memorial had a blitz tournament as the curtain raiser and established the draw for the main tournament. Hikaru Nakamura took clear first place with 7/9 a clear improvement on his 4/9 the previous year. World Champion Viswanathan Anand came in second place with 6.5/9, both players were undefeated and the difference came down to Nakamura beating tail-ender Caruana and Anand only drawing. For Caruana this was the second year in a row he finished in last place, but he was 2nd in the main event encouraging for those who didn't do so well.

Magnus Carlsen was doing fine but his event became somewhat derailed in an exciting loss to Alexander Morozevich in Round 7 after which he drew in Round 8 and lost to Mamedyarov in the final round.

Vladimir Kramnik came third also improving on his showing last year. The players were allowed to choose their draw number this year in order they finished, last year the number was their placing. Nakamura chose 5 which means he has white in the first and last rounds, the same reasoning used by Karjakin in Norway (1st there 8th here) in a similar event. Vladimir Kramnik was the only player in the top 6 to choose to have 5 blacks in the main event. This is the first tie-break but it's interesting no-one else who had a choice thought this way.

Final Round 9 Standings: 1st Nakamura 7pts, 2nd Anand 6.5pts, 3rd Kramnik 5.5pts, 4th Gelfand 4.5pts, 5th Carlsen 4.5pts, 6th Andreikin 4pts, 7th Mamedyarov 4pts, 8th Karjakin 3.5pts, 9th Morozevich 3pts, 10th Caruana 2.5pts.

Draw Numbers chosen in order: Nakamura 5, Anand 2, Kramnik 7, Gelfand 3, Carlsen 4, Andreikin 1, Mamedyarov 6, Karjakin 8, Morozevich 10, Caruana 9

Tal Mem Rd1 Thur 13th Jun 12pm BST: Andreikin-Morozevich, Anand-Caruana, Gelfand-Karjakin, Carlsen-Kramnik, Nakamura-Mamededyarov. There is an all star commentary team for the English video including Peter Svidler and Alexander Grischuk.

8th Tal Mem Blitz Moscow (RUS), 12-12 vi 2013 cat. XXII (2777)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2784 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 1 7 2996
2. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2786 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 2942
3. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2803 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 1 2854
4. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2755 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 0 1 ½ 0 2779
5. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2864 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 1 0 1 2767
6. Andreikin, Dmitry g RUS 2713 0 0 0 0 ½ * 1 ½ 1 1 4 2741
7. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2753 0 0 ½ 1 1 0 * ½ 0 1 4 2737
8. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2782 0 0 1 0 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 2696
9. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2760 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 1 ½ * 0 3 2654
10. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2774 0 ½ 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 * 2611
Round 1 (June 12, 2013)
Nakamura, Hikaru - Morozevich, Alexander 1-0 41 A05 Various
Anand, Viswanathan - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 44 A29 English Four Knights
Kramnik, Vladimir - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½ 24 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Carlsen, Magnus - Andreikin, Dmitry ½-½ 56 E15 Queens Indian
Caruana, Fabiano - Karjakin, Sergey 0-1 26 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Round 2 (June 12, 2013)
Gelfand, Boris - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 55 A80 Dutch
Carlsen, Magnus - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 63 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Anand, Viswanathan 0-1 23 D45 Anti-Meran Variations
Andreikin, Dmitry - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 44 C47 Four Knights
Morozevich, Alexander - Caruana, Fabiano 0-1 67 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
Round 3 (June 12, 2013)
Nakamura, Hikaru - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1-0 23 D01 Queen's Pawn Richter/Veresov
Anand, Viswanathan - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 39 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Kramnik, Vladimir - Andreikin, Dmitry 1-0 34 A04 Dutch System
Karjakin, Sergey - Morozevich, Alexander ½-½ 41 B72 Sicilian Dragon
Caruana, Fabiano - Gelfand, Boris 1-0 65 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo
Round 4 (June 12, 2013)
Kramnik, Vladimir - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 43 A08 Barcza System
Gelfand, Boris - Karjakin, Sergey 1-0 57 D15 Slav Defence
Carlsen, Magnus - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 67 A48 King's Indian Defence /c2-c4
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 27 A57 Volga Gambit
Andreikin, Dmitry - Morozevich, Alexander 1-0 32 C47 Four Knights
Round 5 (June 12, 2013)
Nakamura, Hikaru - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 51 D01 Queen's Pawn Richter/Veresov
Anand, Viswanathan - Andreikin, Dmitry 1-0 59 B45 Sicilian Classical
Karjakin, Sergey - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½ 74 C70 Ruy Lopez
Morozevich, Alexander - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 51 A45 Trompowsky
Caruana, Fabiano - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 43 B30 Sicilian Rossolimo
Round 6 (June 12, 2013)
Anand, Viswanathan - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 53 B01 Centre Counter
Kramnik, Vladimir - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 45 A04 Dutch System
Carlsen, Magnus - Karjakin, Sergey 1-0 43 D11 Slav Defence
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Morozevich, Alexander 0-1 40 E64 King's Indian Fianchetto
Andreikin, Dmitry - Gelfand, Boris 0-1 31 B53 Sicilian Hungarian
Round 7 (June 12, 2013)
Nakamura, Hikaru - Andreikin, Dmitry 1-0 42 A45 Trompowsky
Gelfand, Boris - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 0-1 44 D06 Queen's Pawn Gambit
Karjakin, Sergey - Kramnik, Vladimir 1-0 53 A07 Barcza System
Morozevich, Alexander - Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 35 B35 Sicilian Defence
Caruana, Fabiano - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 49 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Round 8 (June 12, 2013)
Nakamura, Hikaru - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 52 D01 Queen's Pawn Richter/Veresov
Anand, Viswanathan - Karjakin, Sergey 1-0 43 C77 Ruy Lopez Anderssen
Kramnik, Vladimir - Morozevich, Alexander 1-0 39 A10 Dutch, QI and KID Systems
Carlsen, Magnus - Gelfand, Boris ½-½ 48 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Andreikin, Dmitry - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1-0 31 A00 Irregular Openings
Round 9 (June 12, 2013)
Gelfand, Boris - Kramnik, Vladimir ½-½ 45 D53 Queens Gambit
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 39 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Karjakin, Sergey - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 36 B01 Centre Counter
Morozevich, Alexander - Anand, Viswanathan 0-1 77 A13 Reti Opening
Caruana, Fabiano - Andreikin, Dmitry 0-1 53 B45 Sicilian Classical

Last year's Tal Memorial Blitz 2012 for comparison

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

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