Tal Memorial 04: All games drawn, Morozevich leads

8/22/2008 – After a shock defeat or bad spell in a tournament it is usually advisable to avoid the risks involved in a quick comeback attempt and instead steady your nerves with a rock-solid draw. Vladimir Kramnik did it against Ruslan Ponomariov, and Alexei Shirov used it to score his first half-point against Boris Gelfand. The table remains unchanged with Morozevich ahead by half a point. Round four report.

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Tal Memorial in Moscow

The Tal Memorial is taking place from August 17th to 31st 2008 in the Exhibition Hall of GUM mall, located directly on the Red Square. The players are former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik, who won the tournament last year, Alexander Morozevich, currently the world's second highest ranked player, Vassily Ivanchuk, ranked fourth, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (8th), Alexei Shirov (9th), Peter Leko (10th), Gata Kamsky (17th), Boris Gelfand, (18th), Ruslan Ponomariov (19th), and Evgeny Alekseev (26th).

Time controls are two hours for the first 40 moves, one hour for the next 20 moves and 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move after move 61. There is a blitz tournament on August 29th-30th, with a qualifier two days earlier. Magnus Carlsen and Antoly Karpov are seeded invitees.

Round four report

Round 4: Thursday, August 21, 2008
Alexei Shirov 
½-½
 Boris Gelfand
Evgeny Alekseev 
½-½
 Gata Kamsky
Shak. Mamedyarov 
½-½
 Vassily Ivanchuk
Vladimir Kramnik 
½-½
 Ruslan Ponomariov
Peter Leko 
½-½
 Alex. Morozevich

The games of the day

  • Alexei Shirov played it safe against Boris Gelfand's Petroff Defence – the former Latvian who today plays for Spain didn't need another risky game, but rather to get rid of the zero in the cross table, which he did, scoring his first draw, in 29 moves.

  • Evgeny Alekseev won a pawn against Gata Kamsky and pressed for 76 moves, unsuccessfully, to take home the full point. The endgame with knight and three pawns vs bishop and two was unwinnable.

  • Mamedyarov vs Ivanchuk was a wild and complicated struggle, with the Azeri GM taking risks against his wily and experienced Ukrainian opponent, and then opting for the draw by perpetual check.

  • After his shock loss to Alexander Morozevich on the previous day Vladimir Kramnik played a solid game against Ruslan Ponomariov, never going outside the draw margin and finishing the game peacefully after 35 moves. It is a sound strategy to catch your breath and steady your nerves after suffering a painful defeat. Watch for a big comeback by Kramnik on Sunday after the free day.

  • Peter Leko got involved in an interesting and somewhat unusual Exchange Ruy Lopez against Alexander Morozevich, with the game ending immediately after the time control at move forty in a just draw.

Current standings


Europe Echecs videos reports

These reports are provided by Europe Echecs.com, which is doing extensive coverage of the Tal Memorial Tournament

Schedule and results

Round 1: Monday, August 18, 2008
Vladimir Kramnik 
1-0
 Alexei Shirov
Peter Leko 
½-½
 Shak. Mamedyarov
Alex. Morozevich 
1-0
 Evgeny Alekseev
Ruslan Ponomariov 
½-½
 Boris Gelfand
Vassily Ivanchuk 
1-0
 Gata Kamsky
Round 2: Tuesday, August 19, 2008
 Alexei Shirov 
0-1
 Gata Kamsky
Boris Gelfand 
½-½
 Vassily Ivanchuk
Evgeny Alekseev 
½-½
 Ruslan Ponomariov
Shak. Mamedyarov 
½-½
 Alex. Morozevich
Vladimir Kramnik 
½-½
 Peter Leko
Round 3: Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Peter Leko 
1-0
 Alexei Shirov
Alex. Morozevich 
1-0
 Vladimir Kramnik
Ruslan Ponomariov 
½-½
 Shak. Mamedyarov
Vassily Ivanchuk 
½-½
 Evgeny Alekseev
Gata Kamsky 
½-½
 Boris Gelfand
Round 4: Thursday, August 21, 2008
Alexei Shirov 
½-½
 Boris Gelfand
Evgeny Alekseev 
½-½
 Gata Kamsky
Shak. Mamedyarov 
½-½
 Vassily Ivanchuk
Vladimir Kramnik 
½-½
 Ruslan Ponomariov
Peter Leko 
½-½
 Alex. Morozevich
Round 5: Friday, August 22, 2008
Alex. Morozevich 
-
 Alexei Shirov
Ruslan Ponomariov 
-
 Peter Leko
Vassily Ivanchuk 
-
 Vladimir Kramnik
Gata Kamsky 
-
 Shak. Mamedyarov
Boris Gelfand 
-
 Evgeny Alekseev
Games – Report
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Free day
Round 6: Sunday, August 24, 2008
Alexei Shirov 
-
 Evgeny Alekseev
Shak. Mamedyarov 
-
 Boris Gelfand
Vladimir Kramnik 
-
 Gata Kamsky
Peter Leko 
-
 Vassily Ivanchuk
Alex. Morozevich 
-
 Ruslan Ponomariov
Games – Report
Round 7: Monday, August 25, 2008
Ruslan Ponomariov 
-
 Alexei Shirov
Vassily Ivanchuk 
-
 Alex. Morozevich
Gata Kamsky 
-
 Peter Leko
Boris Gelfand 
-
 Vladimir Kramnik
Evgeny Alekseev 
-
 Shak. Mamedyarov
Games – Report
Round 8: Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Alexei Shirov 
-
 Shak. Mamedyarov
Vladimir Kramnik 
-
 Evgeny Alekseev
Peter Leko 
-
 Boris Gelfand
Alex. Morozevich 
-
 Gata Kamsky
Ruslan Ponomariov 
-
 Vassily Ivanchuk
Games – Report
Round 9: Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Vassily Ivanchuk 
-
 Alexei Shirov
Gata Kamsky 
-
 Ruslan Ponomariov
Boris Gelfand 
-
 Alex. Morozevich
Evgeny Alekseev 
-
 Peter Leko
Shak. Mamedyarov 
-
 Vladimir Kramnik
Games – Report

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