Tal Memorial Rd1 – White sweeps round with four wins

6/8/2012 – After an exciting blitz tournament to open the Tal Memorial, the question was whether the players could keep the energy level that high. The answer? White registered four wins. Nakamura lost to Aronian after a fatal oversight, while Radjabov outwitted Tomashevsky. Still, Morozevich's inspired win over Caruana was the game of the day. Illustrated report with videos and GM analysis.

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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.


View from the venue

Round 1: Friday, June 8, 2012
Alex. Morozevich
1-0
Fabiano Caruana
Magnus Carlsen
½-½
Vladimir Kramnik 
Alexander Grischuk
1-0
Luke McShane
Teimour Radjabov
1-0
Ev. Tomashevsky
Levon Aronian
1-0
Hikaru Nakamura

Round one

After a thrilling opening blitz tournament, the only question was whether the momentum built could be maintained. A quick glance at the scores of the day certainly favors it. The roster of players known for their uncompromising play doesn’t hurt either.


Vladimir Kramnik and Magnus Carlsen shake hands before their game

The first game of the day to end was also the highest profile game of the day: Carlsen-Kramnik. It was hardly boring, and the number one found himself in dire straits in which the game might end before move 25 as Kramnik put it in the press conference. The game took an incredibly volatile turn, and the Russian chose to take the repetition when his time began to dwindle and he could see no concrete path to an edge.


Teimor Radjabov has been fairly inactive of late, but showed that rust is not a factor

The next game to finish was a class of elite chess at its finest as Radjabov managed to show just how wrong a superficial analysis of a position can be, when he took apart Tomashevsky with clinical precision.

Two games annotated by GM Alejandro Ramirez


Hikaru Nakamura did not hide his bellicose intentions but was possibly overeager

Hikaru Nakamura came out swinging against Levon Aronian, but underestimated his opponent’s resources, and was punished by an oversight as he rushed to attack.

Tal Memorial 2012 Round 1 Play of the day by Daniel King: Aronian - Nakamura


Every day, GM Daniel King will be selecting a "play of the day" that he will analyze


Last year saw the rocket comeback of Morozevich and this year the rise of Caruana

The most exciting game of the day was Alexander Morozevich’s win over Fabiano Caruana. In spite of the incredible complications Morozevich stamped the game with, the truth is they never really seemed out of control and instead it was a masterpiece of dynamic play as he weaved his way ahead, snuffing out Caruana’s attempts to create threats of his own.

Luke McShane, voted into the tournament via popular vote, and recently breaking 2700 for the first time, had a tough lesson at the hands of Alexander Grischuk. The opening just got out of hand and little by little Grischuk accumulated a huge advantage that he had no trouble converting.


It was a rough first round for Luke McShane

Pictures by Eteri Kublashvili

Complete round one games

Video stream of the first round

Once again the Russian organisers are providing unprecedented coverage,
with a HD video stream of the action and commentary by grandmasters.

Schedule and Results

Round 1: Friday, June 8, 2012
Alex. Morozevich
1-0
Fabiano Caruana
Magnus Carlsen
½-½
Vladimir Kramnik 
Alexander Grischuk
1-0
Luke McShane
Teimour Radjabov
1-0
Ev. Tomashevsky
Levon Aronian
1-0
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

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