Full point lead for Morozevich in Moscow
After the 5th round Alexander Morozevich has a full point lead over his closest rivalst at the Tal Memorial in Moscow. On Wednesday the Russian grandmaster defeated Levon Aronian with the Black pieces, while co-leader Teimour Radjabov lost with white against Magnus Carlsen.
Alexander Morozevich in firm lead in Moscow | Images by Eteri Kublashvil & Vladimir Barsky / video stream, courtesy of the Russian Chess Federation
The Tal Memorial seems to be getting more fascinating by the day. In the 5th round all games were very exciting, and a subheader could be something along the lines of "learn from the classics". Magnus Carlsen defeated Teimour Radjabov in similar fashion as José Raoul Capablanca won a game against Ilia Kan in 1936, while Alexander Morozevich moved a point clear of the field thanks to an idea he borrowed from the game Denker-Abrahams, London 1946! Carlsen is now shared second with Radjabov and Kramnik, a point behind Morozevich.
The setup in the Stonewall Dutch Morozevich came up with is one to remember, at least for rapid or blitz games: the famous c6-d5-e6-f5 pawn structure but with the king's knight on h6 instead of f6, followed by castles and Rf8-f6-g6. How brutal! It must be said that Levon Aronian's lack of fear also added to this great fight:
Morozevich reached 4/5 (and a 3000+ performance), with which he has now reached the 5th spot in the live rankings. For the July 1st rating list, the Russian is on +16.8 rating points.
The other leader of the tournament, Teimour Radjabov, dropped back after losing an ending against Magnus Carlsen. The Norwegian pointed out the (admittedly, striking) similarity with one of Capablanca's games, which we've added to the notes:
Inspired by Capablanca, Carlsen scored his first win after four draws
Hikaru Nakamura and Vladimir Kramnik drew a bit of a strange game. They were following theory for quite a long time, but Nakamura was on his own at an early stage. Kramnik, on his turn, knew a bit more and then seemed to continue playing fast, pretending to know more than he did and putting pressure on his opponent.
Fabiano Caruana played a fantastic game, up to a certain point. His powerful opening play, which included an exchange sacrifice in return for a strong pawn centre, completely blew Grischuk off his chair. However, then Caruana "forgot about" a tactical resource, Grischuk came back and the game ended in a draw.
Caruana: a great opening, but inaccurate at the end
Luke McShane spent a lot of time in the opening again, but it paid off: he reached serious winning chances with Black against Evgeny Tomashevsky. The Russian managed to create counterchances at Black's king right in time.
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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