Tal Memorial R8: Aronian sole leader after beating Svidler
Levon Aronian became the sole leader at the Tal Memorial in Moscow after beating Peter Svidler on Thursday. With just one round to go Armenia's number one grandmaster has excellent chances to win this year's edition. Tomorrow's round already starts at 10:00 CET!
Levon Aronian after his important win over Peter Svidler | Image © RCF
Round 8 in progress | Image © RCF
Who would have thought that one victory would be worth so much in this year's Tal Memorial. Yesterday the value was equal to shared first place, for half of the participants, and after today scoring +2 is enough for a sole first spot. Levon Aronian is the only one who managed to get to this score, and with just one round to go he has excellent chances to win the tournament at least shared.
Levon Aronian, now top favourite to win the 2011 Tal Memorial | Image © RCF
However, as he plays one of his closest pursuers (Nepomniachtchi) with Black tomorrow, nothing has been decided yet! Magnus Carlsen, also half a point behind, might want to play for a win against Hikaru Nakamura to maximize his chances while the other two on 4.5/8, Karjakin and Ivanchuk, face each other. To summarize: an exciting final round awaits us!
But let's have a look at that penultimate round first. The game of the day was of course Aronian-Svidler, and not just because it was the only decisive one!
A fantastic struggle which, objectivelty speaking, Svidler shouldn't have lost but Aronian's determination did it all.
Aronian and Svidler trying to grasp their complicated endgame position | Image © RCF
Vladimir Kramnik did his best to achieve something against - the by now rock solid - Sergey Karjakin but to no avail.
Russians meet, and draw: Kramnik vs Karjakin | Image © RCF
Even though it ended in a draw, Vishy Anand and Hikaru Nakamura were quite cheerful after their game as it had been very interesting.
Anand-Nakamura: an interesting game | Image © RCF
Ivanchuk and Gelfand drew in an Anti-Meran Slav - a variation that's very popular these days.
Vassily Ivanchuk had to be satisfied with a draw against Boris Gelfand | Image © RCF
Magnus Carlsen played the solid 3.Bb5+ against Ian Nepomniachtchi and the players went for the absolute main line of this system.
Magnus Carlsen couldn't break his opponent's defence | Image © RCF
About his tournament, Carlsen said:
No, I'm not satisfied. I had one win after two games and now I have one win after eight games.
But he said it with a smile.
Tal Memorial 2011 | Round 8 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|
|Anand||½ ½||Carlsen||Carlsen||½ ½||Nepomniachtchi|
|Gelfand||½ ½||Kramnik||Kramnik||½ ½||Karjakin|
|Karjakin||½ ½||Aronian||Ivanchuk||½ ½||Gelfand|
|Svidler||½ ½||Nepomniachtchi||Anand||½ ½||Nakamura|
|Round 9||25.11.11||10:00 CET|
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