Tal-Mem Blitz: Jobava and Karjakin win qualifier

11/18/2006 – The Tal Memorial 2006 in Moscow ends with a spectacular blitz tournament. On Thursday and Friday 40 strong GMs played in a qualification tournament, with six players making it to the final. There they will be joined by the players of the main event and three invitees: Karpov, Anand and Judit Polgar. Big photo report.

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The Tal Memorial chess festival is being held in Moscow from November 5th to 19th, 2006. It is a round-robin super-tournament of Category 20, with participants from seven countries. The rating favorite is Peter Svidler, 2750, Russia, the dark horse is 15-year-old Magnus Carlsen of Norway, at 2698 the only participant rated below 2700. All games start at 15:00h Moscow time (= 13:00h CET, 12:00 noon London, 7 a.m. New York). There is live broadcast on the official site and on Playchess.com.

The Tal Memorial 2006 in Moscow ends with a spectacular blitz tournament consisting of

  • nine players of the main Tal Memorial tournament (all except Shirov)
  • special invitees Anatoly Karpov, Vishy Anand and Judit Polgar
  • six top finishers from the blitz qualifier that was held on Thursday and Friday.

The Qualifier

40 grandmasters participated in this Swiss event, playing two-game mini-matches against each opponent they faced. In the end the tournament was won, with 12/18 points, by 19th seed Baadur Jobava of Georgia, who beat seventh seed Sergey Karjakin of Ukraine on tiebreak points. Sharing places 3-6 were Teimour Radjabov (top seed), Dmitry Jakovenko (10th seed), Viktor Bologan (13) and Artyom Timofeev (12). Full tables are given below, but here is one that shows how the highest ranked players fared (the ones in boldface qualified).

Seed Place Player Nat. Rat.
Pts
1

3.

Radjabov, Teimour

AZE

2729

11.5

2

14.

Rublevsky, Sergei

RUS

2688

10

3

15.

Bareev, Evgeny

RUS

2683

10

4

22.

Malakhov, Vladimir

RUS

2682

8.5

5

26.

Georgiev, Kiril

BUL

2680

8

6

19.

Zvjaginsev, Vadim

RUS

2674

9

7

2.

Karjakin, Sergey

UKR

2672

12

8

12.

Kasimdzhanov, Rustam

UZB

2672

10.5

9

4.

Jakovenko, Dmitry

RUS

2671

11.5

10

10.

Bu, Xiangzhi

CHN

2671

11

11

6.

Timofeev, Artyom

RUS

2662

11.5

12

18.

Motylev, Alexander

RUS

2662

9

13

5.

Bologan, Viktor

MDA

2659

11.5

14

13.

Smirin, Ilia

ISR

2659

10.5

15

34.

Eljanov, Pavel

UKR

2658

7

16

7.

Lautier, Joel

FRA

2656

11

17

8.

Dreev, Alexey

RUS

2655

11

18

21.

Tkachiev, Vladislav

FRA

2653

8.5

19

1.

Jobava, Baadur

GEO

2650

12

20
28
Najer, Evgeniy RUS 2648
7.5

Baadur Jobava is the hot 22-year-old grandmaster from Georgia who, in February this year won the Aeroflot Open in Moscow and was Topalov's second in the Mtel 2006 tournament in Sofia. Sergey Karjakin was the world's youngest grandmaster (at twelve!), who has honed his blitz playing skills on the Playchess server.


Above is Sergey Karjakin's rating development in the last few months on Playchess


With hard work and superb play Sergey has managed to overtake the legendary Raffael and take top rank in the blitz ratings of Playchess. We expect a showdown between the two after the Tal Memorial. There will be blood all over the server.


Final stages of Sergey Karjakin vs Emil Sutovsky at the Tal Memorial qualifier

Picture Gallery

Once again there are great pictures of the blitz tournament on the web site of the Russian chess magazine "64". Unfortunately they are uncaptioned. We bring you a small selection from the two picture galleries which are to be found here and here.


The venue of the Blitz Qualifier in the Chess Federation


Spectators and players watching a key game during the blitz qualifier


"What is going on?" Radjabov and Bu Xiangzhi discussing with arbiter Andrezej Filipowicz. Keen eyes will spot the following people looking on: Anatoly Vaisser, Florencio Campomanes, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Max Dlugy.


Star ChessBase trainer and former FIDE world champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov vs Viktor Bologan


Radjabov vs Dreev, with Anand kibitzing


Dreev plays his king out of check against Max Dlugy, with Alexandra Kosteniuk watching


"We'll take it again from bar 20" – Evgeny Bareev (right) orchestrating a blitz game


Alexey Dreev (who led on the first day) against Baadur Jobava


"And you didn't see 6.Qxf7 mate?" Kibitzer Anand and his big rival Baadur Jobava

Final standings

Place

Name (seed)

Feder

Rtg

Score

M-Buch.

Buch.

Wins

1.

Jobava, Baadur (19)

GEO

2650

12

69.5

87.0

4

2.

Karjakin, Sergey (7)

UKR

2672

12

61.5

79.5

5

3.

Radjabov, Teimour (1)

AZE

2729

11.5

72.5

92.5

5

4.

Jakovenko, Dmitry (10)

RUS

2671

11.5

71.5

91.0

5

5.

Bologan, Viktor (13)

MDA

2659

11.5

68.5

87.5

5

6.

Timofeev, Artyom (12)

RUS

2662

11.5

66.0

84.0

5

7.

Lautier, Joel (16)

FRA

2656

11

75.0

95.5

5

8.

Dreev, Alexey (17)

RUS

2655

11

72.5

90.5

3

9.

Khismatullin, Denis (30)

RUS

2583

11

70.5

90.0

4

10.

Bu, Xiangzhi (9)

CHN

2671

11

59.5

77.5

4

11.

Wang, Yue (21)

CHN

2644

11

59.5

77.0

5

12.

Kasimdzhanov, Rustam (8)

UZB

2672

10.5

70.0

89.0

3

13.

Smirin, Ilia (14)

ISR

2659

10.5

64.0

83.0

4

14.

Rublevsky, Sergei (2)

RUS

2688

10

72.5

91.5

4

15.

Bareev, Evgeny (3)

RUS

2683

10

64.0

82.5

4

16.

Inarkiev, Ernesto (22)

RUS

2628

10

58.0

75.0

3

17.

Vitiugov, Nikita (29)

RUS

2596

9.5

66.0

84.0

3

18.

Motylev, Alexander (11)

RUS

2662

9

61.5

79.0

2

19.

Zvjaginsev, Vadim (6)

RUS

2674

9

58.0

75.5

3

20.

Rashkovsky, Nukhim N (38)

RUS

2496

9

57.5

74.5

3

21.

Tkachiev, Vladislav (18)

FRA

2653

8.5

72.0

91.5

4

22.

Malakhov, Vladimir (4)

RUS

2682

8.5

72.0

91.0

3

23.

Volkov, Sergey (23)

RUS

2628

8.5

64.0

82.0

3

24.

Kosteniuk, Alexandra (36)

RUS

2534

8.5

62.5

79.5

3

25.

Amonatov, Farrukh (32)

TJK

2567

8.5

61.5

79.5

3

26.

Georgiev, Kiril (5)

BUL

2680

8

62.5

80.0

2

27.

Sveshnikov, Evgeny (39)

LAT

2496

8

55.0

73.0

1

28.

Najer, Evgeniy (20)

RUS

2648

7.5

67.0

85.0

2

29.

Nepomniachtchi, Ian (35)

RUS

2545

7.5

64.0

82.5

1

30.

Tregubov, Pavel V. (28)

RUS

2596

7.5

50.5

67.0

2

31.

Tukmakov, Vladimir B (34)

UKR

2549

7

62.5

80.0

2

32.

Potkin, Vladimir (31)

RUS

2580

7

61.0

79.0

1

33.

Vaisser, Anatoly (33)

FRA

2553

7

58.0

75.5

2

34.

Eljanov, Pavel (15)

UKR

2658

7

56.0

73.0

1

35.

Dlugy, Maxim (37)

USA

2518

7

53.5

70.5

1

36.

Balashov, Yuri S (40)

RUS

2412

7

51.5

67.5

1

37.

Smirnov, Pavel (24)

RUS

2623

7

51.0

66.5

2

38.

Aleksandrov, Aleksej (25)

BLR

2619

6.5

61.0

79.5

2

39.

Sutovsky, Emil (27)

ISR

2607

6.5

60.0

78.0

1

40.

Korotylev, Alexey (26)

RUS

2613

4.5

31.0

50.5

1

Cross Table

In the following table you can see how each player did in each of the nine rounds of the tournament, with the numbers indicating the opponent and the score.

No

Name

Fed.

Rtg

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

1.

Radjabov

AZE

2729

21:1.5

29:1.5

26:1.0

8:1.0

16:1.0

18:1.5

9:1.5

17:1.5

10:1.0

2.

Rublevsky

RUS

2688

22:2.0

14:2.0

16:.5

19:.5

13:.5

7:0.0

38:.5

34:2.0

36:2.0

3.

Bareev

RUS

2683

23:1.5

20:1.0

29:1.5

14:.5

18:.5

12:.5

15:2.0

4:2.0

21:.5

4.

Malakhov

RUS

2682

24:2.0

16:.5

30:1.5

32:2.0

17:1.0

19:0.0

13:.5

3:0.0

38:1.0

5.

Georgiev

BUL

2680

25:.5

37:2.0

20:1.0

18:1.0

26:2.0

14:1.0

10:.5

30:0.0

22:0.0

6.

Zvjaginsev

RUS

2674

26:0.0

34:1.0

28:2.0

25:.5

22:1.5

30:0.0

33:2.0

38:1.0

11:1.0

7.

Karjakin

UKR

2672

27:1.0

25:1.5

23:1.0

20:.5

35:1.5

2:2.0

14:2.0

10:1.0

16:1.5

8.

Kasimdzhanov

UZB

2672

28:2.0

26:1.0

32:1.0

1:1.0

30:2.0

17:1.0

16:.5

13:0.0

18:2.0

9.

Bu, Xiangzhi

CHN

2671

29:0.0

39:2.0

35:1.0

27:1.0

25:2.0

36:1.5

1:.5

11:2.0

12:1.0

10.

Jakovenko

RUS

2671

30:1.5

19:1.0

13:1.0

26:1.5

20:1.5

11:1.5

5:1.5

7:1.0

1:1.0

11.

Motylev

RUS

2662

31:1.0

35:1.0

25:1.0

29:1.5

33:2.0

10:.5

30:1.0

9:0.0

6:1.0

12.

Timofeev

RUS

2662

32:1.0

17:0.0

34:2.0

30:0.0

29:2.0

3:1.5

35:2.0

18:2.0

9:1.0

13.

Bologan

MDA

2659

33:2.0

18:.5

10:1.0

23:1.5

2:1.5

16:.5

4:1.5

8:2.0

19:1.0

14.

Smirin

ISR

2659

34:2.0

2:0.0

15:2.0

3:1.5

19:1.0

5:1.0

7:0.0

36:1.0

32:2.0

15.

Eljanov

UKR

2658

35:1.0

31:.5

14:0.0

21:1.0

38:.5

37:2.0

3:0.0

40:1.0

33:1.0

16.

Lautier

FRA

2656

36:2.0

4:1.5

2:1.5

17:.5

1:1.0

13:1.5

8:1.5

19:1.0

7:.5

17.

Dreev

RUS

2655

37:1.0

12:2.0

18:2.0

16:1.5

4:1.0

8:1.0

19:1.0

1:.5

30:1.0

18.

Tkachiev

FRA

2653

38:2.0

13:1.5

17:0.0

5:1.0

3:1.5

1:.5

32:2.0

12:0.0

8:0.0

19.

Jobava

GEO

2650

39:1.5

10:1.0

31:2.0

2:1.5

14:1.0

4:2.0

17:1.0

16:1.0

13:1.0

20.

Najer

RUS

2648

40:1.5

3:1.0

5:1.0

7:1.5

10:.5

32:1.0

36:1.0

21:0.0

29:0.0

21.

Wang, Yue

CHN

2644

1:.5

30:0.0

38:1.5

15:1.0

31:1.0

27:2.0

23:1.5

20:2.0

3:1.5

22.

Inarkiev

RUS

2628

2:0.0

33:1.5

36:1.0

35:1.0

6:.5

29:1.0

34:1.0

23:2.0

5:2.0

23.

Volkov

RUS

2628

3:.5

40:2.0

7:1.0

13:.5

32:.5

33:1.5

21:.5

22:0.0

37:2.0

24.

Smirnov

RUS

2623

4:0.0

36:.5

39:1.5

33:0.0

40:1.5

34:.5

29:1.0

27:1.0

25:1.0

25.

Aleksandrov

BLR

2619

5:1.5

7:.5

11:1.0

6:1.5

9:0.0

35:0.0

27:1.0

29:0.0

24:1.0

26.

Korotylev

RUS

2613

6:2.0

8:1.0

1:1.0

10:.5

5:0.0

:

:

:

:

27.

Sutovsky

ISR

2607

7:1.0

32:0.0

37:2.0

9:1.0

36:0.0

21:0.0

25:1.0

24:1.0

28:.5

28.

Tregubov

RUS

2596

8:0.0

38:1.0

6:0.0

40:.5

37:1.0

39:1.0

31:1.5

33:1.0

27:1.5

29.

Vitiugov

RUS

2596

9:2.0

1:.5

3:.5

11:.5

12:0.0

22:1.0

24:1.0

25:2.0

20:2.0

30.

Khismatullin

RUS

2583

10:.5

21:2.0

4:.5

12:2.0

8:0.0

6:2.0

11:1.0

5:2.0

17:1.0

31.

Potkin

RUS

2580

11:1.0

15:1.5

19:0.0

36:.5

21:1.0

38:.5

28:.5

37:0.0

:2.0

32.

Amonatov

TJK

2567

12:1.0

27:2.0

8:1.0

4:0.0

23:1.5

20:1.0

18:0.0

35:2.0

14:0.0

33.

Vaisser

FRA

2553

13:0.0

22:.5

40:2.0

24:2.0

11:0.0

23:.5

6:0.0

28:1.0

15:1.0

34.

Tukmakov

UKR

2549

14:0.0

6:1.0

12:0.0

38:1.0

39:1.5

24:1.5

22:1.0

2:0.0

40:1.0

35.

Nepomniachtchi

RUS

2545

15:1.0

11:1.0

9:1.0

22:1.0

7:.5

25:2.0

12:0.0

32:0.0

39:1.0

36.

Kosteniuk

RUS

2534

16:0.0

24:1.5

22:1.0

31:1.5

27:2.0

9:.5

20:1.0

14:1.0

2:0.0

37.

Dlugy

USA

2518

17:1.0

5:0.0

27:0.0

39:1.0

28:1.0

15:0.0

:2.0

31:2.0

23:0.0

38.

Rashkovsky

RUS

2496

18:0.0

28:1.0

21:.5

34:1.0

15:1.5

31:1.5

2:1.5

6:1.0

4:1.0

39.

Sveshnikov

LAT

2496

19:.5

9:0.0

24:.5

37:1.0

34:.5

28:1.0

40:1.5

:2.0

35:1.0

40.

Balashov

RUS

2412

20:.5

23:0.0

33:0.0

28:1.5

24:.5

:2.0

39:.5

15:1.0

34:1.0

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