Tal Memorial begins today – live on Playchess

11/5/2009 – The annual Tal Memorial starts on Thursday, November 5th and ends on November 14th. At category 21 (average Elo 2764) it is one of the strongest of all time and includes Anand, Carlsen, Kramnik and Aronian. After this the World Blitz Championship will be held. We will be broadcasting the moves from Moscow live on Playchess, which soon celebrates a remarkable anniversary. Tournament details.

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Tal Memorial 2009

The Tal Memorial, which will take place from November 4th to 19th, is the strongest tournament of the year, and at category 21 (average Elo 2764) one of the strongest of all time. It is a ten-player round robin with classical time controls. The first four games take place in the National Hotel (Mokhovaya Street D15), the last five in the mall GUM (Red Square 3). The games start at 15:00h local Moscow time, which is 13:00h EST (Berlin, Paris), 12:00h London, 7:00 a.m. New York, 5:30 p.m. New Delhi, 11:00 p.m. Sydney. You can find the exact starting time at your location here. The World Blitz Championship (see below) takes part after the main event, from November 16-18 2009 in GUM.


Venue of the second half of the Tal Memorial 2009 and the World Blitz Champion: the department store "Glavnyi Universalnyi Magazin" or GUM (pronounced "goom") on the Red Square in Moscow [Photo Wikipedia]

Participants of the Tal Memorial

WRn
 Player
Nat.
Rtng
DoB
2
 Magnus Carlsen
NOR
2801
1990
3
 Viswanathan Anand
IND
2788
1969
4
 Levon Aronian
ARM
2786
1982
5
 Vladimir Kramnik
RUS
2772
1975
7
 Boris Gelfand
ISR
2758
1968
8
 Peter Svidler
RUS
2754
1976
9
 Peter Leko
HUN
2752
1979
10
 Alexander Morozevich
RUS
2750
1977
12
 Vassily Ivanchuk
UKR
2739
1969
13
 Ruslan Ponomariov
UKR
2739
1983
Category XXI – Average Elo 2763.9

World Blitz Championship

This will be held on November 16, 17 and 18 in the showroom of GUM. A total of 22 grandmaster will take part. They include the ten participants of the Tal Memorial, plus the following players:

Qualifiers Aeroflot Blitz   Invitees  
Sergey Karjakin   Anatoly Karpov 12th World Champion
Vugar Gashimov   Alexandra Kosteniuk   Women's World Champion
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov   Leinier Dominguez Current World Blitz Champion
Evgeny Bareev   Alexander Grischuk 2006 World Blitz Champion
Vladislav Tkachiev   Dmitri Jakovenko  
Zhou Jianchao   Judit Polgar  

Live broadcast on Playchess

The games of the Tal Memorial and, if they are available, of the World Blitz Championship, will be broadcast live on the Playchess server, which during the event is expected to celebrate an impressive anniversary: 400 million games played online – you better believe it. Currently the number is 397,280,837 games (at 00:00h on November 5th 2008). The player with the most games is a member who created his account in 2004 and has played 199,404 games. Come to think he will celebrate an anniversary soon too...


Schedule and results

Round 1: Thursday, November 5, 2009
Magnus Carlsen 
-
 Vladimir Kramnik
Alex. Morozevich 
-
 Peter Leko
Boris Gelfand 
-
 Ruslan Ponomariov
Levon Aronian 
-
 Peter Svidler
Vassily Ivanchuk 
-
 Vishy Anand
Games – Report
Round 2: Friday, November 6, 2009
Vladimir Kramnik 
-
 Vishy Anand
Peter Svidler 
-
 Vassily Ivanchuk
Ruslan Ponomariov 
-
 Levon Aronian
Peter Leko 
-
 Boris Gelfand
Magnus Carlsen 
-
 Alex. Morozevich
Games – Report
Round 3: Saturday, November 7, 2009
Alex. Morozevich 
-
 Vladimir Kramnik
Boris Gelfand 
-
 Magnus Carlsen
Levon Aronian 
-
 Peter Leko
Vassily Ivanchuk 
-
 Ruslan Ponomariov
Vishy Anand 
-
 Peter Svidler
Games – Report
Round 4: Sunday, November 8, 2009
Vladimir Kramnik 
-
 Peter Svidler
Ruslan Ponomariov 
-
 Vishy Anand
Peter Leko 
-
 Vassily Ivanchuk
Magnus Carlsen 
-
 Levon Aronian
Alex. Morozevich 
-
 Boris Gelfand
Games – Report
Monday, November 9, 2009
Free day
Round 5: Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Boris Gelfand 
-
 Vladimir Kramnik
Levon Aronian 
-
 Alex. Morozevich
Vassily Ivanchuk 
-
 Magnus Carlsen
Vishy Anand 
-
 Peter Leko
Peter Svidler 
-
 Ruslan Ponomariov
Games – Report
   
Round 6: Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Vladimir Kramnik 
-
 Ruslan Ponomariov
Peter Leko 
-
 Peter Svidler
Magnus Carlsen 
-
 Vishy Anand
Alex. Morozevich 
-
 Vassily Ivanchuk
Boris Gelfand 
-
 Levon Aronian
Games – Report
Round 7: Thursday, November 12, 2009
Levon Aronian 
-
 Vladimir Kramnik
Vassily Ivanchuk 
-
 Boris Gelfand
Vishy Anand 
-
 Alex. Morozevich
Peter Svidler 
-
 Magnus Carlsen
Ruslan Ponomariov 
-
 Peter Leko
Games – Report
Round 8: Friday, November 13, 2009
Vladimir Kramnik 
-
 Peter Leko
Magnus Carlsen 
-
 Ruslan Ponomariov
Alex. Morozevich 
-
 Peter Svidler
Boris Gelfand 
-
 Vishy Anand
Levon Aronian 
-
 Vassily Ivanchuk
Games – Report
Round 9: Saturday, November 14, 2009
Vassily Ivanchuk 
-
 Vladimir Kramnik
Vishy Anand 
-
 Levon Aronian
Peter Svidler 
-
 Boris Gelfand
Ruslan Ponomariov 
-
 Alex. Morozevich
Peter Leko 
-
 Magnus Carlsen
Games – Report

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 the free PGN reader ChessBase Light, which gives you immediate access. You can also use the program to read, replay and analyse PGN games. New and enhanced: CB Light 2009!


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