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Events of the eighth round of the Tal Memorial

The penultimate round of the super tournament in memory of Mikhail Tal brought many surprises. And the first surprise was waiting for the participants and those present right at the start of the round, when the spectators' hall filled up with Alexander Morozevich's support group.

Unfortunately such zealous support didn't prevent Alexander's third loss in the row.

The most complete picture of the events that developed over the boards were received by readers of our Twitter page throughout almost seven hours. And here we provide a short summary of the day's results.

Caruana - Kramnik. The opponents exchanged the queens in a complex variation of the Scotch Game. Kramnik soon sacrificed a pawn and got a sufficient compensation due to activity of his pieces. But then he played inaccurately and activity disappeared, while the Italian kept an extra pawn. The World ex-Champion lost for the second time in the row. 1-0


Morozevich - McShane. There was a complex and tense battle in the Chebanenko System of the Slav; besides, the Englishman was spending a lot of time as usual. The turnaround happened when the Russianafter moving his e3 pawn, allowed a very dangerous exchange sacrifice. The opponents made a few more mutual inaccuracies, but all ended with an attack on Morozevich's king. 0-1


Grischuk - Nakamura. One of the half-forgotten branches of the Dragon Variation in the Sicilian was played. Nakamura, unlikely to be familiar with the subtleties of the variation, used a suspicious novelty on the move 16 instead of the correct Nd5! (as Kiril Georgiev played), got himself into a worse position straight away and was deservedly defeated. 1-0


Radjabov - Aronian. The encounter wasn't impressive. Radjabov had a small advantage early after an exchange of the queens. Aronian sacrificed a pawn, which wasn't forced. White's extra pawn was doubled, but, still, a lengthy and difficult defence should have awaited Levon. However, Teimour missed the move ...d4 that pushed his knight away and soon he was standing clearly worse; at the end he miraculously saved the game. 1/2-1/2


Carlsen - Tomashevsky. The English Opening was played. Magnus had a dangerous initiative for some time during the lengthy battle, but Tomashevsky managed to keep the situation under control. It all ended in a complex, but equal endgame with White's bishop against Black's knight. Carlsen made unbelievable efforts to win and ingeniously sacrificed two pawns, but couldn't prove what wasn't possible to prove. 1/2-1/2

"Dlugy repeated a couple of times that they [commentators] looked for a way to get an advantage for Black in the endgame, but Carlsen was almost shouting that a bishop is stronger than a knight" (it's from our live tweets).


[Event "7th Tal Memorial"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.06.17"] [Round "8"] [White "Carlsen, Magnus"] [Black "Tomashevsky, Evgeny"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A29"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "four knights, kingside fianchetto"] [EventDate "2012.06.08"] [Board "4"] 1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 Bc5 5. Bg2 d6 6. O-O a6 7. a3 O-O 8. b4 Ba7 9. d3 h6 10. Bb2 Rb8 11. Rc1 Be6 12. Nd2 Ne7 13. e3 Qd7 14. Ne2 Bg4 15. Re1 Ng6 16. Qc2 c6 17. d4 Rbe8 18. c5 Bb8 19. dxe5 dxe5 20. Nc4 Bh3 21. Rcd1 Qe6 22. Na5 Bxg2 23. Kxg2 Re7 24. e4 Qg4 25. Ng1 Nh4+ 26. Kh1 Nf3 27. Nxf3 Qxf3+ 28. Kg1 Qg4 29. Rd3 Qc8 30. Nc4 Qe6 31. f3 Bc7 32. Red1 Rd7 33. Nd6 Bxd6 34. Rxd6 Rxd6 35. Rxd6 Qa2 36. Kg2 Re8 37. Qc3 Nh7 38. Rd2 Nf8 39. Bc1 Qe6 40. Rd6 Qa2+ 41. Qb2 Qxb2+ 42. Bxb2 f6 43. Kh3 Re7 44. Kg4 Kf7 45. Bc1 Rd7 46. Be3 Rxd6 47. cxd6 Nd7 48. a4 b6 49. a5 bxa5 50. bxa5 c5 51. Kh5 Kg8 52. f4 exf4 53. gxf4 Kf7 54. Bd2 Nf8 55. Be3 Nd7 56. f5 c4 57. Bd4 Ke8 58. Kg6 Kf8 59. Bc3 Kg8 60. Bd4 Kf8 61. h3 Kg8 62. Bc3 Kf8 63. h4 Kg8 64. e5 fxe5 65. f6 gxf6 66. h5 f5 67. Kxf5 Kf7 68. Bb4 e4 69. Kxe4 Ke6 70. Kd4 Nf6 71. Kxc4 Nxh5 72. Kc5 Nf6 73. Kc6 Nd7 74. Be1 h5 75. Bg3 Nf8 76. Kb7 h4 77. Bh2 Kd5 78. Kxa6 Kc6 79. Ka7 Nd7 80. a6 Nc5 81. Bf4 h3 82. Bg3 Kb5 83. Bh2 Kc6 84. Bg3 Kb5 85. Bh2 1/2-1/2 [Event "7th Tal Memorial"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.06.17"] [Round "8"] [White "Caruana, Fabiano"] [Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C45"] [Opening "Scotch"] [Variation "Mieses variation"] [EventDate "2012.06.08"] [Board "1"] 1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nxc6 bxc6 6. e5 Qe7 7. Qe2 Nd5 8. c4 Ba6 9. Nd2 g6 10. Nf3 Bg7 11. Bg5 f6 12. exf6 Qxe2+ 13. Bxe2 Nxf6 14. O-O-O O-O-O 15. Be3 Rde8 16. Bd3 d6 17. c5 Bxd3 18. Rxd3 Nd5 19. cxd6 cxd6 20. Bxa7 Kc7 21. Be3 Ra8 22. a3 Ra4 23. Re1 Rf8 24. Ng5 Re8 25. Bb6+ Kd7 26. Rxe8 Kxe8 27. Be3 Kd7 28. Rb3 Kc8 29. Bd2 h5 30. Nf7 Kc7 31. Rg3 Ne7 32. b4 Kd7 33. Rd3 d5 34. Kc2 Nf5 35. Bc3 d4 36. Kb3 Ra8 37. Ng5 Kd6 38. f3 Kd5 39. Ne4 Ne3 40. Rxe3 1-0 [Event "7th Tal Memorial"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.06.17"] [Round "8"] [White "Morozevich, Alexander"] [Black "McShane, Luke J"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D15"] [Opening "QGD Slav"] [Variation "4.Nc3"] [EventDate "2012.06.08"] [Board "3"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 a6 5. e3 b5 6. b3 Bg4 7. h3 Bxf3 8. gxf3 Nbd7 9. Bg2 e6 10. Bd2 Be7 11. f4 O-O 12. O-O bxc4 13. bxc4 Nb6 14. c5 Nc4 15. Be1 Kh8 16. Ne2 Rg8 17. Ng3 g5 18. Qf3 g4 19. hxg4 Nxg4 20. Rc1 Qf8 21. Bh3 Nf6 22. Kh2 Rb8 23. e4 Rxg3 24. fxg3 dxe4 25. Qc3 Nb2 26. Rb1 Nd5 27. Qd2 Nc4 28. Rxb8 Qxb8 29. Qe2 Nce3 30. Rh1 Bf6 31. Bg2 Bxd4 32. Bxe4 Nxf4 33. gxf4 Qxf4+ 34. Bg3 Qxe4 35. Re1 Qf5 36. Bd6 Ng4+ 37. Kg2 Ne3+ 38. Kh2 e5 39. Rg1 Qf4+ 40. Kh3 Qh6+ 0-1 [Event "7th Tal Memorial"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.06.17"] [Round "8"] [White "Radjabov, Teimour"] [Black "Aronian, Levon"] [Result "1/2-1/2"] [ECO "A07"] [Opening "Reti"] [Variation "King's Indian attack (Barcza system)"] [EventDate "2012.06.08"] [Board "2"] 1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Bg4 3. Bg2 e6 4. c4 c6 5. O-O Nd7 6. cxd5 cxd5 7. Qb3 Qb6 8. Qxb6 Nxb6 9. Nc3 a6 10. d3 Nf6 11. Ne5 Bh5 12. Be3 Nbd7 13. Nxd7 Nxd7 14. f4 Bb4 15. Kf2 O-O 16. Rfc1 Rfc8 17. h3 Bg6 18. g4 h5 19. Bf3 Bh7 20. gxh5 Kf8 21. Rg1 Rc7 22. Rg2 Be7 23. Bd4 Bf6 24. Bxf6 Nxf6 25. Rag1 Ne8 26. Rg4 d4 27. Na4 Rd8 28. Rg5 Bf5 29. b4 Rc2 30. Nc5 b6 31. Ne4 Rxa2 32. Rc1 Rb2 33. Ra1 Nc7 34. Rag1 Nd5 35. Rxg7 Nxf4 36. Rg8+ Ke7 37. Rxd8 Nxh3+ 38. Kg3 Nxg1 39. Rb8 Nxe2+ 40. Bxe2 Rxe2 41. Rb7+ Kf8 42. Nd6 Bxd3 43. Rxf7+ Kg8 44. h6 Re5 45. Rg7+ Kf8 1/2-1/2 [Event "7th Tal Memorial"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2012.06.17"] [Round "8"] [White "Grischuk, Alexander"] [Black "Nakamura, Hikaru"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "B75"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "dragon, Yugoslav attack"] [EventDate "2012.06.08"] [Board "5"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 g6 6. Be3 Bg7 7. f3 Nc6 8. Qd2 O-O 9. g4 Nxd4 10. Bxd4 Be6 11. Nd5 Bxd5 12. exd5 Rc8 13. h4 Qc7 14. Rh2 e5 15. dxe6 fxe6 16. O-O-O e5 17. Be3 Qf7 18. Kb1 d5 19. h5 e4 20. hxg6 hxg6 21. Be2 Qe6 22. Bd4 Rc7 23. Rdh1 Rff7 24. a3 b6 25. fxe4 Qxe4 26. g5 Nh5 27. Bxg7 Kxg7 28. Bxh5 gxh5 29. Rxh5 Qc4 30. Qd1 Qe4 31. g6 Rfe7 32. R5h4 Qe5 33. Rh7+ Kg8 34. R7h5 Qe4 35. Qd2 1-0 

As a result, Fabiano Caruana is now on his own at the top of the table. He will be Black against Aronian in the last round. Tomorrow's games start at 13.00 Moscow time.

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