Tal Memorial starts tomorrow, Carlsen & Aronian top seeds
Tomorrow the Tal Memorial, one of the strongest round roubin tournaments of the year, takes off in the Pashkov House in Moscow, Russia. On Thursday a special opening ceremony is planned, in which the drawing of lots will be based on the results of a blitz tournament. During the main event it is not allowed to offer a draw before move 40.
The 7th edition of the Tal Memorial will take place 7-18 June, 2012 in Moscow, Russia. As always it will be a 10-player round roubin. The full list of participants of this year's Tal Memorial is as follows:
Early March six players had confirmed their participation: Carlsen, Kramnik, Aronian, Radjabov, Nakamura and Caruana. Three more Russian players were announced at a later stage: Morozevich, Grischuk and Tomashevsky. McShane entered the tournament after winning an online poll.
The tournament takes place in the Pashkov House, one of the most renowned Classicist buildings in Moscow, currently owned by the Russian State Library. It is believed to be built by Vasili Bazhenov and is located at 3/5 Vozdvizhenka Street, Moscow. It was erected in 1784-1786 by Pyotr Pashkov, retired Captain Lieutenant of the Guards Semenovsky Regiment and son of the batman of Peter the Great. The building was designed by Russian architect Vasili Bazhenov.
The dates for the Tal Memorial are 8th-18th June, with rest days on the 11th and 15th of June. Normally the tournament takes place in November, but it was moved to June when FIDE announced that they would organize the Candidates Tournament in October-November. Later this tournament was moved to March 2013.
The tournament is a 10-player round robin and the rate of play will be 100 minutes for the first 40 moves followed by 50 minutes for the next 20 moves followed by 15 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. We can expect five long games every day, because it is not allowed to offer a draw before move 40. The Chief Arbiter is Andrzej Filipowicz of Poland.
The standing will be determined according to the number of points scored. In case of a tie, the following tiebreaks will be used in descending order:
- Highest number of games played with Black
- Highest number of wins
- Direct encounter
- Koya system
- Sonneborn-Berger coefficient
The tournament has a prize fund of 100,000 Euro with a 30,000 Euro first prize. (The indicated amounts of the prizes are after tax.)
Again, the Russian Chess Federation will provide online coverage with video streams and commentary in both Russian and English.
A novelty this year is the way the drawing of lots (starting order) will be arranged. On June 7th, at 18:30 Moscow time (16:30 CET), a 9-round blitz tournament starts between all ten participants, according to the round robin system. The time control will be 3 minutes and 2 seconds increment per game. The drawing of lots for this tournament is fixed, and follows the ratings as given in the table above.
The standing will be determined according to the number of points scored. In case of a tie, the same tiebreaks will be used as in the main tournament.
This blitz tournament has a prize fund of 15,000 Euro with a 5,000 Euro first prize. (The indicated amounts of the prizes are after tax.) The final rankings will decide upon the starting number of the players in the Tal Memorial.
11 hours 2 min ago
2 days 21 min ago
3 days 15 hours ago
3 days 17 hours ago
4 days 12 hours ago
4 days 20 hours ago
5 days 22 hours ago
1 week 12 hours ago
1 week 16 hours ago
1 week 17 hours ago
1 week 1 day ago
1 week 2 days ago
1 week 3 days ago
1 week 4 days ago
1 week 5 days ago
1 week 6 days ago
2 weeks 1 day ago
2 weeks 2 days ago
2 weeks 3 days ago
2 weeks 4 days ago