Five way tie at Tal Memorial after Morozevich & Kramnik lose
With two rounds to go, anything can happen at the Tal Memorial in Moscow as co-leaders Alexander Morozevich and Vladimir Kramnik both lost on Saturday. Morozevich was defeated by Evgeny Tomashevsky, while Kramnik went down againt Luke McShane in a game that lasted almost seven hours.
At move 94 Kramnik resigns to McShane, after 6 hours and 53 minutes of play | Images by Eteri Kublashvil & Vladimir Barsky / video stream, courtesy of the Russian Chess Federation
How often do we chess players have to explain at birthday parties that physical shape play an important role at top level chess? For the next one, we can use the game between Luke McShane and Vladimir Kramnik as an example. It lasted no less than 6 hours and 53 minutes, and right at the end the players actually had to play with little time on the clock (especially the Englishman). There were some mistakes, but not that many actually, and McShane's determination to actually win this game paid off. Because Alexander Morozevich also lost, no less than five players are now sharing the lead with two rounds to go!
Luke McShane, beating top guns Aronian and Kramnik in Moscow
Quite the opposite was the game between Hikaru Nakamura and Magnus Carlsen, known has two of the biggest fighters around. Chess just cannot be super entertaining all the time...
Carlsen and Nakamura: an uneventful draw this time
At the press conference, Nakamura was asked how he prepared psychologically, since his score against Carlsen isn't great.
It doesn't matter who you play. At this level everyone is so strong that you just have to prepare for the game. If you play well, you shouldn't lose, especially with White. Having said that, I lost to Magnus in the last round at the Tal Memorial in November so... certainly I'm well aware of my personal record. Everytime you play it's a new game. You just have to try your best.
I don't think it matters much. You just try and play. At this level you don't expect to get anything easy, even when you have a good score.
Then Carlsen was asked whether he, considering his slow start, was thinking about winning the tournament.
Most of all I think about playing well. I enter every tournament thinking if I do well I can win it. This is no different. I know haven't played great but I'm still in a position to have a chance to win. Obviously with the games remaining against the lowest rated players in the tournament I feel I have a chance. That's all I can ask for really.
The draw between Levon Aronian and Alexander Grischuk had somewhat more "content", although much of it was preparation by Grischuk. It was a tactical affair that ended in a perpetual.
Against Fabiano Caruana, Teimour Radjabov went for a Grünfeld ending that's supposed to be equal but after a few inaccuracies by the Italian, White must have been winning at some point. However, the Azerbaijani failed to convert his advantage.
Teimour Radjabov was close to a win against Fabiano Caruana
Alexander Morozevich was leading by a full point, but then lost two games in a row. On Saturday again he took some risks, and again it backfired, against Evgeny Tomashevsky this time.
Alexander Morozevich: two losses in a row
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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