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8th Tal Memorial 2013 (2)

Wins for Gelfand and Nakamura in Tal Memorial Round 2

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The 8th Tal Memorial round 2 saw wins with black for Boris Gelfand over Fabiano Caruana and Hikaru Nakamura against Vladimir Kramnik. The also saw the World Champion and his challenger Viswanathan Anand and Magnus Carlsen have to struggle hard to draw.

Vladimir Kramnik lost for the second day running this time with the white pieces against Hikaru Nakamura. Nakamura felt he was lucky as the opening went quite badly for him 21.f4 would have been powerful and after 27.h3 Nc4! black was equal at the very least and after 29.Rd7 Nakamura didn't have many suggestions as to what white could do as his position deteriorated.

Boris Gelfand won a sharp Najdorf Sicilian as black against Fabiano Caruana. 25.h4 seems to have been a step in the wrong direction and after 32.Bf2? Gelfand launched a direct winning attack starting with 32...Ne2!

Magnus Carlsen got a solid but passive position after Sergey Karjakin followed a previous game in the Berlin Defence he played against Peter Leko. 10...Bc5 seems new, Carlsen was later unhappy with his idea of opening the a-file. Both players agreed 33.h6 wasn't the best after which Carlsen could successfully keep his opponent out, Karjakin had intended to follow up with g5 but realised fg was good.

Dmitry Andreikin got a very nice position against Viswanathan Anand who was on the edge of deep trouble for some time but defended well and the finesse 26...Kg6! was really accurate after which he held the draw comfortably.

Alexander Morozevich had a rough series of results in the two recent FIDE Grand Prix but he seemed quite interested at his post-game press conference with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov following their lively if not entirely accurate encounter. Morozevich may do something in this event.

Round 2 Standings: Mamedyarov, Gelfand, Carlsen 1.5pts, Karjakin, Morozevich, Andreikin, Caruana, Nakamura 1pts, Anand 0.5pts, Kramnik 0pts.

Round 3 Pairings: Anand-Morozevich, Gelfand-Andreikin, Carlsen-Caruana, Nakamura-Karjakin, Mamedyarov-Kramnik.

8th Tal Mem Moscow (RUS), 13-24 vi 2013 cat. XXII (2777)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2753 * . . . ½ . . 1 . . 2965
2. Gelfand, Boris g ISR 2755 . * . ½ . . 1 . . . 2971
3. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2864 . . * ½ . . . . . 1 2985
4. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2782 . ½ ½ * . . . . . . 1 2809
5. Morozevich, Alexander g RUS 2760 ½ . . . * ½ . . . . 1 2733
6. Andreikin, Dmitry g RUS 2713 . . . . ½ * . . ½ . 1 2773
7. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2774 . 0 . . . . * . 1 . 1 2770
8. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2784 0 . . . . . . * . 1 1 2778
9. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2786 . . . . . ½ 0 . * . ½ 2550
10. Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 2803 . . 0 . . . . 0 . * 0
Round 2 (June 14, 2013)
Karjakin, Sergey - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 38 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Morozevich, Alexander - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½ 49 B12 Caro Kann Advanced
Andreikin, Dmitry - Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 34 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
Caruana, Fabiano - Gelfand, Boris 0-1 41 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Kramnik, Vladimir - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 59 E67 King's Indian Fianchetto

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