Chess goes art: the Tal Memorial begins on Saturday

by Eteri Kublashvili
9/20/2016 – Under the motto "Chess is Art" the Russian Chess Federation and the Timchenko Foundation organise important tournaments and matches in museums. In 2012 the World Championship match between Vishy Anand and Boris Gelfand was played in the Tretyakov Gallery and on Saturday the strong 10th Tal Memorial (Elo-average 2760) begins with a blitz tournament in the recently opened Museum of Russian Impressionism in Moscow.

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The lineup of the 10th Tal Memorial

Press release
Moscow, September 20, 2016

The 10th Tal Memorial will take place from September 25 – October 6, 2016, in the Museum of Russian Impressionism in Moscow. The tournament is part of the project Chess in Museums which the Russian Chess Federation has been supporting together with the Timchenko Foundation since 2012. The general sponsor of the event is the Russian Highways state company. 

Prize fund: 200 000 USD. 

The tournament is 9-round round-robin with classical time control. IA Anatoly Bykhovsky is a chief arbiter.

The players in the Tal-Memorial do have a rating-average of 2760 (category 21). Here's the lineup:

Vladimir Kramnik (Russia, 2808)
Levon Aronian (Armenia, 2795)
Viswanathan Anand (India, 2776)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan, 2761)
Anish Giri (Netherlands, 2755)
Li Chao (China, 2746)
Peter Svidler (Russia, 2745)
Boris Gelfand (Israel, 2743)
Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia, 2740)
Evgeny Tomashevsky (Russia, 2731).

The opening ceremony and lots-drawing blitz tournament will take place on September 25 at 6 pm. Playing days are September 26 through October 6, with two rest days on September 28 and October 3. 

Contact Eteri Kublashvili for press credentials kublashvili@yandex.ru

Kirill Zangalis is a press officer of the tournament: zangalis@mail.ru

Chess in Museums is an international project implemented by Russian Chess Federation (RCF) together with the Charity Fund of Elena and Gennady Timchenko (Timchenko Fund). The idea of organizing chess events in major museums was for the first time realized in 2012, when the World Chess Championship match between Vishy Anand and Boris Gelfand took place in the State Tretyakov Gallery (Moscow), thanks to the efforts of Andrey Filatov and Gennady Timchenko. In 2013-2016 the RCF and the Timchenko Fund organized the Alekhine Memorial in Louvre (Paris) and Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, two Russian Superfinals in Rukavishnikovs Estate (Nizhny Novgorod) and State Museum of Art of Tatarstan (Kazan), and the Russian Higher League in the Fort 5 Museum (Kaliningrad).

The Museum of Russian Impressionism is one of the youngest museums in the Russian capital. Russian art collector Boris Mints had the idea of creating such museum in 2012, and implemented it in 2016, when the museum was officially opened. The Museum of Russian Impressionism is a unique venue, located in a renewed historical building, which hosts a permanent exhibition and is ideally equipped for educational projects.

You can follow the tournament live on the playchess.com server.

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Eteri Kublashvili is a chessplayer and reports and photographs from all official tournaments for the Russian Chess Federation.
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Rinzou Wilkerson Rinzou Wilkerson 9/24/2016 08:48
Does anyone else here think Mikhail Tal bears a striking resemblance Harpo Marx?
Moab2021 Moab2021 9/20/2016 11:19
The organizers have chosen an excellent venue and theme for the tournament, as well as very strong top players. I hope consideration was given for grandmasters who exhibit the same flair for sacrifice and wild positions that Tal had, players like Shirov, Morozevich and perhaps Rapport.
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