Kramnik & Radjabov winners on second day Tal Memorial
Teimour Radjabov is leading the Tal Memorial in Moscow after two rounds. The Azerbaijani is the only player who started with two wins – today he inflicted the second loss upon Luke McShane. Vladimir Kramnik showed good preparation in a convincing win against Alexander Grischuk.
The second round in progress | Images by Eteri Kublashvil & Vladimir Barsky / video stream, courtesy of the Russian Chess Federation
After the Tal Memorial's second round, Norwegian GM Jon-Ludvig Hammer tweeted about his famous compatriot:
As proved by @MagnusCarlsen game today: Even top GMs benefit from reading opening books.
When I made my GM-title, I thought I wouldn't need to buy opening books anymore. I was mistaken.
He was talking about the opening mistake by Carlsen with Black against Alexander Morozevich. After the moves 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 d5 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 h6 7. Bh4 c5 8. dxc5 g5 9. Bg3 Ne4 10. e3 Qa5
11. Rc1!? is described as "a rare but promising gambit" by Larry Kaufman in his repertoire book The Kaufman Repertoire for Black and White which was positively reviewed at our site by IM Arthur van de Oudeweetering on March 28th, 2012. Carlsen immediately went wrong with 11...Nd7?! and after 12. Nge2! he realized that he couldn't take the pawn on a2. White reached a very promosing ending, but then Carlsen got himself together and defended splendidly.
Alexander Morozevich couldn't win a promising ending
After the game Carlsen said:
I couldn't see anything better than to try not to lose immediately. Everywhere white has many attractive options.
to which Morozevich countered:
That's the big problem!
Magnus Carlsen: bad opening, great defence
Carlsen, later on Twitter:
Blundered again in the opening vs Morozevich today. Was an uphill battle after that, but managed to make a draw after a lot of suffering
Long before all this, the second round started with a quick and not very interesting draw between Tomashevsky and Aronian. The players are not allowed to utter the words "Would you like a draw?" to their opponent before move 40, but a silent offer by means of a repetition of moves can be done at any moment.
The second result of the day was seen in Kramnik-Grischuk. The former World Champ in classical chess crushed the former Blitz World Champ in a King's Indian (perhaps not the wisest choice by Grischuk), which was in fact the first win every by Kramnik against this opponent at a classical time control – they drew ten games since 2003.
Vladimir Kramnik wins his first classical game against Alexander Grischuk
Of the first day winners, Radjabov was the only player who won again. He beat McShane, the only one to lose his first two games. The game continued Anand & Gelfand's theoretical debate in the Rossolimo Sicilian with 3...e6.
A bad start for Luke McShane
Caruana and Nakamura played the longest game of the round. It was a tough fight which always seemed within the drawing zone, but the American disagrees with this, according to his post-game tweet:
Blew a great position yesterday and almost certainly missed a win today. All is great in the world of #chess...NOT!
Tal Memorial 2012 | Schedule & pairings
|Round 1||08.06.12||13:00 CET||Round 2||09.06.12||13:00 CET|
|Round 3||10.06.12||13:00 CET||Round 4||12.06.12||13:00 CET|
|Round 5||13.06.12||13:00 CET||Round 6||14.06.12||13:00 CET|
|Round 7||16.06.12||13:00 CET||Round 8||17.06.12||13:00 CET|
|Round 9||18.06.12||11:00 CET|
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