Tal Memorial blitz – A look at some brilliancies

6/8/2012 – The Tal Memorial Blitz was a very fun event for all, as remarked, but it was more than simply a source of frenetic clock slamming and flying pieces. It was the source of more than a few very spectacular shots. It is always a reminder what separates the cream of the crop from the rest of humanity. We separated a handful for your enjoyment.

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Seventh Tal Memorial in Moscow

The event is a ten-player round robin event, is taking place from June 8th to 18th in the Pashkov House (Vozdvizhenka Street 3/5, p.1), Moscow, Russia. Rest days are June 11 and 15. Time control: 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, 50 minutes for the next 20 moves, and 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. Games start at 15:00h local time (last round 13:00h). Draw offers are not allowed until after the first time control. The participants are required to comment on their games in the press center after each round. The prize fund is 100,000 Euros.

The Tal Memorial Blitz was a very fun event for all, as remarked, but it was more than simply a source of frenetic clock slamming and flying pieces. It was the source of more than a few spectacular shots. We separated a few for your enjoyment.


The event was held in the elegant Pashkov House in Moscow


All the boards included an arbiter and a cameraman

Sometimes a single move, is all it takes.


Vladimir Kramnik was not in his best blitz form

For the average player this sort of shot is understood, but playing it in blitz and making sure it does not fizzle is another story.

Alexander Grischuk came up with a very nice lesson on the zwischenzug.


Morozevich was in excellent form, and took the event on tiebreak over Carlsen

The last shot of this wrap-up was easily the shot of the blitz tournament. Put yourself in White's shoes: you are 30 moves deep into the blitz, have a minute or less on the clock, and your opponent snaps out Ne6 attacking your queen and knight. A normal person would snap it off without a blink. A normal person that is....


Ian Nepomniachtchi and Magnus Carlsen enjoy a few words

Pictures by Eteri Kublashvili and Vladimir Barsky

Eteri Kublashvili, 23, is working in the press service of the Russian Chess Federation and as a correspondent at www.russiachess.org.

She played chess as a teenager, but then decided to quit. She is currently graduating from the International University of Moscow where she studied linguistics.

Here hobbies are photography and travelling.

 

Schedule and Results

We have worked out the following pairings and schedule for the main event on the basis of the blitz results. They may be modified once the official web site publishes them.

Round 1: Friday, June 8, 2012
Alex. Morozevich
  Fabiano Caruana
Magnus Carlsen
  Vladimir Kramnik 
Alexander Grischuk
  Luke McShane
Teimour Radjabov
  Ev. Tomashevsky
Levon Aronian
  Hikaru Nakamura
Round 2: Saturday, June 9, 2012
Fabiano Caruana
  Hikaru Nakamura
Ev. Tomashevsky
  Levon Aronian
Luke McShane
  Teimour Radjabov
Vladimir Kramnik
  Alexander Grischuk
Alex. Morozevich
  Magnus Carlsen
Round 3: Monday, June 10, 2012
Magnus Carlsen
  Fabiano Caruana
Alexander Grischuk
  Alex. Morozevich
Teimour Radjabov
  Vladimir Kramnik
Levon Aronian
  Luke McShane
Hikaru Nakamura
  Ev. Tomashevsky
Round 4: Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Fabiano Caruana
  Ev. Tomashevsky
Luke McShane
  Hikaru Nakamura
Vladimir Kramnik
  Levon Aronian
Alex. Morozevich
  Teimour Radjabov
Magnus Carlsen
  Alexander Grischuk
Round 5: Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Alexander Grischuk
  Fabiano Caruana
Teimour Radjabov
  Magnus Carlsen
Levon Aronian
  Alex. Morozevich
Hikaru Nakamura
  Vladimir Kramnik
Ev. Tomashevsky
  Luke McShane
Round 6: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Fabiano Caruana
  Luke McShane
Vladimir Kramnik
  Ev. Tomashevsky
Alex. Morozevich
  Hikaru Nakamura
Magnus Carlsen
  Levon Aronian
Alexander Grischuk
  Teimour Radjabov
Round 7: Saturday, June 16, 2012
Teimour Radjabov
  Fabiano Caruana
Levon Aronian
  Alexander Grischuk
Hikaru Nakamura
  Magnus Carlsen
Ev. Tomashevsky
  Alex. Morozevich
Luke McShane
  Vladimir Kramnik
Round 8: Sunday, June 17, 2012
Fabiano Caruana
  Vladimir Kramnik
Alex. Morozevich
  Luke McShane
Magnus Carlsen
  Ev. Tomashevsky
Alexander Grischuk
  Hikaru Nakamura
Teimour Radjabov
  Levon Aronian
Round 9: Monday, June 18, 2012
Levon Aronian
  Fabiano Caruana
Hikaru Nakamura
  Teimour Radjabov
Ev. Tomashevsky
  Alexander Grischuk
Luke McShane
  Magnus Carlsen
Vladimir Kramnik
  Alex. Morozevich

Playchess live commentary plan for the Tal Memorial 2012

08.06.2012 Round 1 Daniel King
09.06.2012 Round 2 Lawrence Trent
10.06.2012 Round 3 Lawrence Trent
11.06.2012 Free Day  
12.06.2012 Round 4 Daniel King
13.06.2012 Round 5 Robert Ris
14.06.2012 Round 6 Robert Ris
15.06.2012 Free Day  
16.06.2012 Round 7 Lawrence Trent
17.06.2012 Round 8 Daniel King
18.06.2012 Round 9 Yasser Seirawan

Links

The games are being broadcast live on the official web site and on the chess server Playchess.com. If you are not a member you can download a free Playchess client there and get immediate access. You can also use ChessBase 11 or any of our Fritz compatible chess programs.

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