Tal Memorial R6: Another day without decisive games
Again all five games ended peacefully on Tuesday in the 6th round of the Tal Memorial in Moscow. Needless to say, Levon Aronian, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin continue to share the lead, with 3.5/6 or 'plus one'. There are three more rounds to go so this year 'plus two' could be enough for sole tournament victory.
Magnus Carlsen and Peter Svidler were the last to finish in round 6 | All photos © RCF
Not for the first time Vishy Anand was the first to finish his game with a draw. Against his Lasker QGD, Vassily Ivanchuk played a harmless variation and in a completely equal knight ending the players had just one challenge left: to find a move repetition somewhere.
After the game Anand was asked why he thought his opponent played this unambitious line against him.
He does this very often, playing harmless positions and then concentrating heavily. If you make a small mistake he will play the ending very well. The thing is, today it was not only harmless, but also very dry. In Bilbao, for instance, he outmanoeuvred me so today I wanted to be more careful.
After his answer was translated into Russian, Anand summarized it even better with
Vassily is quite dangerous in harmless positions!
Around the time control two games ended almost simultaneously. Levon Aronian had kept a tiny edge throughout the game against Boris Gelfand, but the Israeli played accurately today.
More interesting was the fight between the Russian GMs Ian Nepomniachtchi and Sergey Karjakin. The latter went for a same sharp Nimzo-Indian line that Tatiana Kosintseva recently played, which is not surprising since both players work with GM Yuri Dokhoian.
After that, the next to split the point were Vladimir Kramnik and Hikaru Nakamura. This time the American didn't go for the King's Indian, but a Grünfeld instead. The former World Champion went into the middle game with a small positional plus, but because his opponent didn't make mistakes, it all remained equal.
In the last game to finish it was Peter Svidler, with the Black pieces, who had the best chances. His opponent Magnus Carlsen commented after the game:
I was trying to equalize for most of the game. I didn't see anything for Black but it was mostly unpleasant.
Tal Memorial 2011 | Round 6 Standings
Schedule and pairings
|Round 1||16.11.11||12:00 CET||Round 2||17.11.11||12:00 CET|
|Anand||½ ½||Karjakin||Nepomniachtchi||½ ½||Ivanchuk|
|Nakamura||½ ½||Gelfand||Aronian||½ ½||Kramnik|
|Round 3||18.11.11||12:00 CET||Round 4||19.11.11||12:00 CET|
|Kramnik||½ ½||Carlsen||Carlsen||½ ½||Karjakin|
|Anand||½ ½||Nepomniachtchi||Nepomniachtchi||½ ½||Nakamura|
|Round 5||20.11.11||12:00 CET||Round 6||22.11.11||12:00 CET|
|Ivanchuk||½ ½||Carlsen||Carlsen||½ ½||Svidler|
|Anand||½ ½||Kramnik||Nepomniachtchi||½ ½||Karjakin|
|Nakamura||½ ½||Aronian||Aronian||½ ½||Gelfand|
|Gelfand||½ ½||Nepomniachtchi||Kramnik||½ ½||Nakamura|
|Karjakin||½ ½||Svidler||Ivanchuk||½ ½||Anand|
|Round 7||23.11.11||12:00 CET||Round 8||24.11.11||12:00 CET|
|Round 9||25.11.11||10:00 CET|
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