Tashir Super-Tournament starts in hours

by Alejandro Ramirez
11/4/2014 – There is no rest in the chess world! Only a couple of days after the Tahskent Grand Prix finished there already is a super-tournament starting. The Category 21 TASHIR Tigran Petrosian memorial will start in Moscow and with only seven rounds it is a perfect segway for chess aficionados before the World Chess Championship. Preview and report on a lovely opening gala.

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The International tournament Tashir memory Tigran Petrosian held in Moscow from 3 to 11 November 2014. Round Robin, seven rounds. Time control: 100 minutes for 40 moves + 50 minutes for 20 moves + 15 minutes to the end of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from the first. Match days: 4-6, November 8-11. November 7 - the day off. The tours start at 15.00, the last 7 tour will begin at 13.00 Moscow time. Limit of delay - 60 minutes. Players are forbidden to enter into negotiations for a draw before the 40th move, inclusive. The prize fund - 100 thousand euros. Chief Judge of the tournament - Boris Postovsky. The Chairman of the Appeals Committee - Rafael Vaganyan (Armenia).

The competitors are:

Ding Liren China 2730
Leko, Peter Hungary 2731
Aronian, Levon Armenia 2797
Grischuk, Alexander Russia 2795
Kramnik, Vladimir Russia 2760
Morozevich, Alexander Russia 2724
Gelfand, Boris Israel 2759
Inarkiev, Ernesto Russia 2688

A group of exciting players can be counted in this tournament, and fighting chess will abound for sure.

Today was the opening ceremony and the drawing of lots:

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov opened the event

Karjakin and his wife have just returned from Tashkent, but they attended the opening gala. Leko will be playing in Moscow and he is here with his wife, Sofia.

Dirk Jan ten Guzendam, famous chess journalist for New in Chess, here with the lowest rated participant of the eventby a significant margin: Ernesto Inarkiev.

Gracing the event with their presence: Svetlana Matveeva and Valentina Gunina

Gelfand takes no breaks! This is his third consecutive tournament;
he played the Grand Prix in both Baku and Tashkent.

Another world class chess journalist: Leontxo Garcia here with Nelly Denisenko,
a close friend of the Kasparov family

Sign right there!

An immortalized wall

Live music could not miss in such an event, of course

Grischuk drawing his pairing number; he will have more whites than blacks

The main prize for the winner of the International Tashir Chess Tournament in memory of Tigran Petrosian, in addition to the main cash prize, will be a bronze statue of a victorious Nike with a laurel wreath in her hands, which has been specially created for the games by the famous Russian sculptor Georgy Frangulyan.

The sculpture is a bronze statue of two separate hemispheres that are united by the hovering winged goddess of victory Nike, which proclaims and personifies the victory. The artwork symbolises the two hemispheres of the earth, two players, unified with a spirit of challenge and triumph.

Georgy Frangulyan comments: "I had gladly accepted the proposal to create the prize for the International Tashir Chess Tournament in memory of Tigran Petrosian, my fellow countryman. It is a great honour, and I am pleased that one of the greatest players in the world will receive this symbol of victory. It seems to me that the statue might look quite elegantly on a chess board as a figure that determines the fate of the game."

In attendance: Kosteniuk, Gunina and Girya

Aronian, Leko, Gelfand, Inarkiev and Morozevich. Ding Liren,
Grischuk and Morozevich are missing from the picture.

Aronian enjoying himself in the ceremony

With only seven rounds in the event every single game will be of utmost importance. The pairings are as follows; join the action from the official website or on www.playchess.com!

Photos by Boris Dolmatovsky and Vladimir Barsky and  information by E. Kublashvili

Round 01 – November 04
Ding Liren 2730
Kramnik, Vladimir 2760
Leko, Peter 2731
Morozevich, Alexander 2724
Aronian, Levon 2797
Gelfand, Boris 2759
Grischuk, Alexander 2795
Inarkiev, Ernesto 2688
Round 02 – November 05
Kramnik, Vladimir 2760   Inarkiev, Ernesto 2688
Gelfand, Boris 2759   Grischuk, Alexander 2795
Morozevich, Alexander 2724   Aronian, Levon 2797
Ding Liren 2730   Leko, Peter 2731
Round 03 – November 06
Leko, Peter 2731   Kramnik, Vladimir 2760
Aronian, Levon 2797   Ding Liren 2730
Grischuk, Alexander 2795   Morozevich, Alexander 2724
Inarkiev, Ernesto 2688   Gelfand, Boris 2759
Round 04 –November 08
Kramnik, Vladimir 2760   Gelfand, Boris 2759
Morozevich, Alexander 2724   Inarkiev, Ernesto 2688
Ding Liren 2730   Grischuk, Alexander 2795
Leko, Peter 2731   Aronian, Levon 2797
Round 05 – November 09
Aronian, Levon 2797   Kramnik, Vladimir 2760
Grischuk, Alexander 2795   Leko, Peter 2731
Inarkiev, Ernesto 2688   Ding Liren 2730
Gelfand, Boris 2759   Morozevich, Alexander 2724
Round 06 – November 10
Kramnik, Vladimir 2760   Morozevich, Alexander 2724
Ding Liren 2730   Gelfand, Boris 2759
Leko, Peter 2731   Inarkiev, Ernesto 2688
Aronian, Levon 2797   Grischuk, Alexander 2795
Round 07 – November 11
Grischuk, Alexander 2795   Kramnik, Vladimir 2760
Inarkiev, Ernesto 2688   Aronian, Levon 2797
Gelfand, Boris 2759   Leko, Peter 2731
Morozevich, Alexander 2724   Ding Liren 2730


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 12 or any of our Fritz compatible chess programs.


Grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez has been playing tournament chess since 1998. His accomplishments include qualifying for the 2004 and 2013 World Cups as well as playing for Costa Rica in the 2002, 2004 and 2008 Olympiads. He currently has a rating of 2583 and is author of a number of popular and critically acclaimed ChessBase-DVDs.


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bobbybishop bobbybishop 11/5/2014 06:21
@ kandeebanr

I was not intending to take anything away from Gelfand, I just don't particularly care for his style of play is all. That coupled with his pretty awful showing at Tashkent is what mainly prompted my reaction to seeing him again. I agree with Hhorse in that there are many younger, talented players that could breathe some new life in the top chess scene and would love the opportunity to swim with the big "fish".
Paredes Paredes 11/5/2014 06:20
Disappointment on the inclusion of Gelfand, and further and even more striking disappointment of not including Caruana.
Rinzou Wilkerson Rinzou Wilkerson 11/5/2014 02:55
Kramnik, not Morozevich, is "missing from the picture".
Bostonian Bostonian 11/4/2014 09:52
@Hhorse, No, it does not work that way. Everyone irrespective of age should get the same chances and platforms to compete. If a 18 year old is too fast and smart then let him beat a 50 year old and get ahead on the ELO rating list. In that sense ELO is the equilizer. I can understand that getting younger players to compete raises the profile of the game in the mail stream media and public but not at the cost of the older players. Today's youngsters are tomorrow's senior players. Senior players tend to get slower performance wise with age after a certain point and sooner or later they exit. Let nature take care of this problem not rules.
william austad william austad 11/4/2014 09:40
FYI "segway" is a brand name, "segue" is the word were looking for.
Hhorse Hhorse 11/4/2014 08:17
= bobbybishop. Chess is literally aging and the only way they can raise its profile is by getting talented youngters such as Wei Yi, Richard Rapport, etc..They can organize separate Senior tournaments for DMs (Drawmasters) like Gelfand, Leko etc
King sacrifice King sacrifice 11/4/2014 06:21
Btw. where is Kramnik? He isn't on any photo and I find it very interesting to see whether he has recovered from his bad results and his fall out of the top 10.
kandeebanr kandeebanr 11/4/2014 06:00

You are entitled to comment on what you think about players but you should keep in mind that Gelfand is still a great player and is capable of winning tournaments. Nobody gave slightest chance for Anand to challenge Carlsen again but he proved everybody wrong. Mindset is more important than age.
bobbybishop bobbybishop 11/4/2014 05:32

Exactly what sort of chess erudition do I need?
Niima Niima 11/4/2014 05:19
@ bobbybishop

"His play is boring."

Exactly what chess erudition on your part helped you reach that conclusion?
bobbybishop bobbybishop 11/4/2014 02:16
Ugh...Gelfand again? I guess he has to make a living but he's too old to keep up this pace. His play is boring.