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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 21:45
Mikhail Tal was one of the first world class players I saw in real life: as a kid, during my first visit to the Hoogovens chess tournament in Wijk aan Zee,  I almost ran into him when I entered the playing hall. Even this extremely brief encounter made a lasting impression on me. Later, when I started studying Tal's games, I became fascinated by...
Carlsen catches Aronian in last round, wins Tal Memorial on tiebreak
Friday, November 25, 2011 15:57
Magnus Carlsen caught Levon Aronian in the Tal Memorial final standings on Friday in Moscow, Russia. The Norwegian defeated Hikaru Nakamura and finished shared first with the Armenian, who drew with Ian Nepomniachtchi. This means that Carlsen won the tournament on the first tiebreak rule: number of black games. In the last round Peter Svidler...
Tal Memorial R8: Aronian sole leader after beating Svidler
Thursday, November 24, 2011 17:32
Levon Aronian became the sole leader at the Tal Memorial in Moscow after beating Peter Svidler on Thursday. With just one round to go Armenia's number one grandmaster has excellent chances to win this year's edition. Tomorrow's round already starts at 10:00 CET! Levon Aronian after his important win over Peter Svidler | Image © RCF Event Tal...
Ivanchuk beats Nakamura in 7th round Tal Memorial
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 16:16
Vassily Ivanchuk beat Hikaru Nakamura on Wednesday in the 7th round of the Tal Memorial in Moscow. As the other four games ended in draws, the Ukrainian joined Levon Aronian, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin in the lead. There are two more rounds to go in the Russian capital. Event Tal Memorial 2011 |  PGN via TWIC Dates...
Tal Memorial R6: Another day without decisive games
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 17:53
Again all five games ended peacefully on Tuesday in the 6th round of the Tal Memorial in Moscow. Needless to say, Levon Aronian, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin continue to share the lead, with 3.5/6 or 'plus one'. There are three more rounds to go so this year 'plus two' could be enough for sole tournament victory. Magnus...
Tal Memorial R5: Five more draws
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Sunday, November 20, 2011 23:30
Like in the previous round, all games in the 5th round of the Tal Memorial in Moscow ended in draws. Levon Aronian, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin continue to share the lead, with 3/5. On Monday the tournament will have its first and only rest day. Anand and Kramnik split the point in round 5 | All photos © RCF Event Tal...
Five draws but many missed opportunities in 4th round Tal Memorial
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Saturday, November 19, 2011 22:40
On Saturday all games in the 4th round of the Tal Memorial in Moscow ended in draws. However, on many boards the result could have been different. Levon Aronian, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin are still sharing the lead, with 2.5/4. The tournament, a 10-player round robin, will last five more rounds. Levon Aronian and Vishy...
Tal Memorial R3: Three black wins and a 'ridiculous' game
Friday, November 18, 2011 22:03
Levon Aronian, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin are sharing the lead after three rounds at the Tal Memorial in Moscow, Russia. On Friday three games were won by Black (Gelfand-Karjakin 0-1, Nakamura-Svidler 0-1 and Ivanchuk-Aronian 0-1) while the most spectacular game (or 'ridiculous', as a young and talented top GM wrote us...
Carlsen beats Gelfand in Tal Memorial second round
Thursday, November 17, 2011 19:05
Magnus Carlsen won against Boris Gelfand in the second round of the Tal Memorial in Moscow, Russia. The Norwegian joined Vassily Ivanchuk and Ian Nepomniachtchi in the lead as the other games all ended in draws. Magnus Carlsen, co-leader after two rounds in Moscow | Photo © RCF Event Tal Memorial 2011 |  PGN via TWIC Dates November 16th-25th,...
Tal Memorial R1: Kramnik loses to Nepomniachtchi, Ivanchuk beats Svidler
Wednesday, November 16, 2011 18:47
The first round of the Tal Memorial in Moscow, Russia immediately saw a big upset: last seed Ian Nepomniachtchi defeated Vladimir Kramnik with the black pieces. In the only other decisive game, Vassily Ivachuk beat Peter Svidler. The playing hall during the first round | Photo © Macauley Peterson Event Tal Memorial 2011 |  PGN via TWIC Dates...

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