Reports | November 05, 2010 4:36

Pairings Tal Memorial

Tal MemorialMamedyarov-Nakamura, Karjakin-Gelfand, Shirov-Wang Hao, Aronian-Kramnik and Grischuk-Eljanov - these are the pairings for the first round of the Tal Memorial which starts tomorrow. This was the result of the drawing of lots that took place during tonight's opening ceremony at the Ritz/Carlton Hotel in Moscow. ChessVibes is in the Russian capital and will bring on-the-spot coverage of the Tal Memorial and the World Blitz.

The traditional Tal Memorial tournament will be held 4-14 November in the GUM Exhibition Hall on Red Square, Moscow. Levon Aronian (ARM, 2801), Vladimir Kramnik (RUS, 2791), Alexander Grischuk (RUS 2771), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE, 2763), Sergey Karjakin (RUS, 2760), Pavel Eljanov (UKR, 2742), Boris Gelfand (ISR, 2741), Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 2741), Alexei Shirov (ESP, 2735) and Wang Hao (CHN, 2727) play. Live here and here's a live video stream with commentary in Russian.

The average rating of the tournament is 2757 which comes down to a category 21 tournament. It's a 10-player single round-robin one rest day, on November 9th. The rate of play is 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 50 minutes for the subsequent 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move, starting from move one.

There are special rules at this tournament about arriving late and drawing games. If the player is less than an hour late for the game, he is fined in amount of 500 Euros. (Naturally if he arrives late more than an hour he loses.) Draw offers and agreements are forbidden at the tournament. Draws can occur after a three-fold repetition, the 50-move rule or in a position where mate is not possible anymore.

The prize fund amounts to 100,000 Euros, and is distributed as follows (amounts in Euros):

1th 30,000
2th 20,000
3th 15,000
4th 10,000
5th 8,000
6th 6,000
7th 4,000
8th 3,000
9th 2,500
10th 1,500

Tal Memorial 2010 | Schedule and pairings

Tal Memorial 2010 | Schedule and pairings

After the Tal Memorial the traditional World Blitz Championship will be held from November 16 till 18.

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The Ploschad Revoluytsii metro station, close to Red Square

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The Ritz/Carlton hotel, just north of Red Sqaure. It's where the players are staying and where yesterday the openin ceremony was held

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Some quick interviews for Russian TV before the ceremony, e.g. with Gelfand...

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...and Shirov, who will play his seventh tournament in a row

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We saw many familiar faces, like Mark Dvoretsky...

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..Mark Glukhovsky (editor of 64 magazine)...

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...and Genna Sosonko

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The opening ceremony with in the yellow jacket the presentation by Igor Kogan, who represented Arkadij Dvorkovich

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Spectators in what was called the 'Washington room'...

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...with on the front row Grischuk, Aronian, Karjakin, Kramnik, Gelfand...

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...Eljanov, Mamedyarov, Shirov, Wang Hao and on the right Nakamura

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Tournament director Alexander Bakh, who despite having to step down as President of the Russian Chess Federation still runs the tournament this year, as a contractor

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Tournament organizer Ilya Levitov

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Chief arbiter Geurt Gijssen performing the drawing of lots...

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...where Mamedyarov picked number one...

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...2 for Karjakin...

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Aronian taking number 4, just like last year...

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...last year's winner getting number 7...

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...8 for Wang Hao...

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...Gelfand got number 9...


...10 for Nakamura

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Let the tournament begin - with Levon Aronian...

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...and Vladimir Kramnik as top seeds

Later we'll add comments from the players at the opening ceremony.


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Xiu blo's picture

May be this is a silly question stemming out of me not following chess recently.

Is carlsen not playing?

Mamedyarovfan's picture

It's great that Chessvibes is in Moscow... their superior standards of tournament coverage (insights, analysis and videos) will enhance the enjoyment for fans and aficionados.

Patrick's picture

I really don't understand why people think that Wang Yue is not that interesting. A great player for sure. Rather I think we are seeing too many of the same faces in this tournament. Why not Vitiugov (also not in Tata 2011, incomprehensible!), Rublevsky, or Khasimdhanov?

Gigi's picture

The prize fund doesnt seem high enough for a top elite tournament.. Maybe the fees are pretty high

Gigi's picture

I would rather prefer Nepo than Karjakin

Jan's picture

At the moment, there is no Boss - making every tourney interesting

Michel83's picture

@ Patrick

It's simple:
First of all, I didn't say he's not a good player, but he often plays it safe, not too many risks. I do love "fire on board" like Shirov.
Second of all, he is a positional player- and I am far not strong enough to understand that play. A patzer like me loves to see attacking players, who try to be creative and take risks- like Wang Hao.

So you see, it's not uniquely Wang Yue's fault, it's partially also my lacking chess understanding.

I agree with you on mixing in "new" faces (although Mamedyarov, Nakamura or Wang Hao haven't been to that many of the big tournaments yet, have they?), but what's so new about Kasim or Rublevsky (both under 2700 by the way)? If you want fresh blood I'd rather ask for Nepomniachtchi, Wojtaszek, Caruana, Jobava, Navara, Le Quang Liem or even Vachier-Lagrave, who gets few invites.

Michel83's picture

Nice. Shirov, Wang Hao (much more interesting than Wang Yue) and Nakamura sounds like exciting, creative attacking chess.
And Aronian, Mamedyarov and Grischuk are not exactly known for "boring" chess either.

unknown's picture

Thanks guys and good luck in Moscow.

S's picture

Jobava has been around for quite some time playing creative chess. But there is nothing new about him.

S's picture

btw @ chessvibes- it seems that the distribution of the prize funds is not visible (with IE)

weevil's picture

what's happening with morozevich?

Michel83's picture

True, but Jobava is not exactly and "oldy" either- I was just trying to make the point that there is "newer" players than Kasim and Rublevsky. Not that it's a point that matters much anyway. ;)
Good night!

sundararajan ganesan's picture

had there been carlsen, vishy or topy, the tournament would have got more charm!

Mejnour's picture

It would be very cool if we can have access to live cams during the blitz session.

In Cape d'Agde they had these streaming cams and it was very entertaining and spectacular to watch.

Saji Soman's picture

Without Anand and Carlsen What tournament

matt's picture

good luck to all and please everyone beat nakamura :)

sakredkow's picture

Is that you, Gata?

CAL|Daniel's picture

Anand, Carlsen and Ivanchuk turned down their invitations. And to say what tournament is the biggest lol I've EVER heard.

Saji Soman's picture

Daniel You will hear and see a lot of thing and your biggest klu klu

Yandr0s's picture

I definitly would love to see Nepo n Moro playing this tournament n Im pretty sure Tal too.

S's picture


Thomas's picture

@Michel83: "he [Wang Yue] is a positional player- and I am far not strong enough to understand that play. "
A funnily honest comment ... but maybe you can (try to) learn something from Wang Yue's positional masterpieces - it won't kill you, but it could make you a stronger player? Moreover, in each round there should be at least one game to satisfy your need for "fire on the board", today it might well be Mamedyarov-Nakamura.

@many: For any given supertournament, why do people complain that some players weren't invited - or do not participate because they declined their invitation? At least this time, I don't see anyone complaining about one who was invited .... . I also expected and would have "endorsed" or appreciated Nepomniachtchi in the field - but we would need a 20 or 30 player event to make everyone happy!!?

BTW - sneak preview of Peter Doggers' promise ("we'll add comments from players at the opening ceremony") - this is Nakamura's latest tweet: "Good opening ceremony for the Tal Memorial. Always nice seeing chess getting the respect it deserves. Russians have it figured out."

Michel83's picture

@ Thomas

That was my initial statement, that there will be a lof of fire on board in this tournament! And then I expressed my preference of Wang Hao over Wang Yue and that let to a small discussion.

I've always thought that calling players "boring" can be due to them chosing drawish openings with no risks- then it's not completely wrong to say that. But I do think that often people say "boring" when players don't go for the fire but like to do tiny positional steps; and most people (especially in the days of Fritz&Rybka where everybody thinks he's an analysis master) don't admit that's above their head. I do.
Although I did forget the lightening smiley with my comment: ;)

But I agree: Watching "fire on board" is fun, watching "positional play" is also work; so I should take time and concentration to have a look at Kramnik or Wang Yue to learn something. I guess it depends how far I want to develop my chess- after all it's like learning a language.

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antichrist's picture

World Modelling Championship, that is.

unknown's picture

What a pity that Chucky won't play...

BTW. Shouldn't it be 13:00 CET?

Peter Doggers's picture

Yes, thanks, corrected.

Chess Master's picture Here you go guys ! :)

ebutaljib's picture

And what exactly should we do with this???

Chess Master's picture watch the game live here Aronian vs Kramnik rematch this will be good

L's picture

Interesting line-up. I don't mind very much that Carlsen, Anand and Topalov won't play. Though, I would like to have seen Ivanchuk participating.

Marcel's picture

Can somebody give me a link to the live coverage? The link to the tournament site is in Russian.

test's picture

Live feed is incredible, they have cameras all over the place, only Russian commentary though.

Guillaume's picture

wow, really nice live video indeed! Thanks a lot for this link!

Chess Master's picture

I think Chess Vibes should have a live link button ! I think this would be great and a live video feed button with live commentating from kingscrusher ! His commentating is great you can check him out on youtube :)

gucci's picture

The link to the tournament site is in Russian.

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