They Brought Us Pleasure

Время публикации: 18.06.2012 23:31 | Последнее обновление: 19.06.2012 21:26

The 7th Tal Memorial is announced finished

The prize-winners of the 7th Tal Memorial have been awarded in the Pashkov house. Ilya Levitov didn't hide his emotions: "It's not a long time since I'm involved in the chess world, but I haven't seen such an interesting tournament yet." The Chairman of the Management Board of the Russian Chess Federation thanked the participants for a creative atmosphere and the delight they brought spectators, he also thanked the fans and sponsors of the competition.

The head arbiter of the competition Mr. Filipovic expressed his gratitude to the organizers and his colleague Anatoly Bykhovsky, GMs for proper chess and announced the places occupied by them: 1. Carlsen, 2. Caruana, 3. Radjabov, 4. Kramnik, 5. Morozevich, 6. Aronian, 7. Grischuk, 8. McShane, 9. Nakamura, 10. Tomashevsky. 

The familiar cup from familiar hands

Таble, schedule, standings, all games and other materials

Our correspondent on the spot Elena Klimets shared with us the most interesting pictures of today's round. 

Our followers on Twitter were getting GM Mikhail Golubev's online commentary during the round. The decisive round was as thrilling as the entire tournament:

The last round 9 of the Tal Memorial has started. Aronian-Caruana: the Grunfeld Defence with 3.f3 d5, it's already interesting.

Nakamura-Radjabov: Rossolimo System 3...e6. Naka decided to go b3 without exchanging on c6 like Anand. Very respectable players did that too.

Tomashevsky-Grischuk: King's Indian. Morozevich's playing Botvinnik System of the Slav vs Kramnik. After 3 losses, experiment is appropriate.

McShane-Carlsen: 6.Bxc6 in Spanish. It's type of exchange variation with extra tempo for Black: ...Nf6, which is considered not very useful.

Tomashevsky-Grischuk: transposed to Modern Benoni with f3. Evgeny's strong in these positions!

Smirin didn't know Caruana doesn't speak Italian.

Aronian-Caruana 13.Nc3 (Gustafsson's move) Qe8 (N) 14.Qe1: both queens're on kings' squares, it's rare.

Kramnik-Morozevich 15.Qf3 (D) Kramnik exchanges queens even in Botvinnik Sys., what's he like! Position's far from new.

Nakamura-Radjabov (D) 7...b6!?. It's quite a rare move, pioneered by Filipenko and Galliamova.

McShane-Carlsen 7...Nd7 (D) 8.b3!?. I played this endlessly a long time ago; started with Nbd2, as usually done (MG)

But McShane played 8.b3 a few times (Kasparov played that a few times too); it's a move with a plan, especially after White castles short.

Kramnik-Morozevich 17...Nd7 (D). This position happened in the game Magerramov - S.Ivanov 1988 for the first time.

Kramnik-Morozevich: 18.Rg8+ Nf8. They followed later examples. S.Ivanov against Somkin (2000) now played Rg4!?, which is very logical.

Tomashevsky-Grischuk 10...h5 (D). It's quite a rare position, happened twice in the match Spassky-J.Polgar (1993)

Tomashevsky & Grischuk may still transpose to popular positions. In this Benoni/King's Indian system transpositions are countless.

Nakamura-Radjabov 9...Qc7 (D). Nakamura used a new plan with Qe2, Rd1, the position is not known.

Aronian-Caruana 18...Qxe6 (D). It's hard not to agree with Smirin that Black's position looks worrying: underdeveloped.

Aronian-Caruana: 19.Nf3 was played. No matter what Houdini's stating, this pawn sac (in case of ...Bxc3) is clearly promising.

Aronian-Caruana: e.g., (after Nf3) Bxc3 20.Qxc3 Qxe4+ 21.Bd3 Qxf4 22.Rhf1!? Rf8. ...

... Black has 2 extra pawns and a big chance not to survive.

Aronian-Caruana (cont. var.) 23.Bc2 Nc5 24.Ne5 (then b4!) 24...Qg5 25.b4 Ne6 26.h4 Qxh4 27.g3 Qg5 28.Rd5 f5 29.g4,with attack.

For approx. these reasons Caruana didn't take pawns e4 & f4. But after 19...Qf8 20.Qh4!? it's very difficult for him too. He should try Bf6.

The computer's question marks for the moves in Aronian-Caruana and "advice" on how to play are confusing spectators.

Kramnik-Morozevich: after novelty 19.Be2! (D) White's a bit better. It's an important choice for Moro.

Nakamura-Radjabov 13.Nd2 (D). White a little strangely pushed c3 earlier. The position can be assessed as equal.

Houdini gives a little plus to Radjabov. But it's unlikely to be anything serious at the moment.

Tomashevsky-Grischuk: in the position that happened several times (D) White used a novelty 12.Qb3; complex play so far.

Aronian-Caruana 22...Kg7 (D). Black is trying very hard to contain the opponent's initiative. 23.Qg3!? is strong.

McShane-Carlsen: 16...Be6 (D). The theory is well behind them. White pushed the planned f4; Black's positioned ok.

McShane is a bit better but it's very hard for White to squeeze anything out of this position.

Aronian played the strong 23.Qg3 and standing seriously better. f7 is hanging. After 23...Bxg5 (other moves have own minuses) it's possible to take with the pawn.

Aronian-Caruana: and if 23...Ne6? then 24.Nd5, and he can resign. It's better to develop the bishop.

Nakamura-Radjabov: now it's closed position of French type. White has to make sure that Black doesn't suddenly activate the white-sq bishop

Kramnik-Morozevich 21.h4 (D). Endgame's a bit better for White. Moro played 21...f5! with idea Kf7. Now h5!? isn't bad.

In any case, Moro can put the king on f6 and position should hold. The pawn c4 Black, of course, would lose, but other things to worry about

Tomashevsky-Grischuk 18.Bd2 (D). Tomashevsky had played this structure successfully. But Black won't wait for the transfer Nf2-Nh3.

Grischuk has many options to activate forces after 18.Bd2 and it's hard to choose between them. The position is very unclear.

Aronian-Caruana 28.a3!? (D). It's a big advantage, no need to hurry.

The fact that Aronian didn't play 29.h5!, increasing the pressure to the limit, can be explained by bad form and loss of confidence. But the advantage is still big.

Radjabov for some reason exchanged his already proud and active white-squared bishop, and now, probably, can't play for a win any more.

On moves 21-23 McShane allowed Black to push ...a5-a4 and took that pawn. Now he has weaknesses. It's a bit of a questionable strategy.

Nakamura-Radjabov: the position that happened after simplifications is clearly drawn. There's not much to talk about.

Tomashevsky-Grischuk (D). Alexander isn't afraid of 21.Ng5!, probably wrongly. Black's in time-trouble.

Nakamura - Radjabov 1/2.

Radjabov, "I was in bad form and taking +1 in bad form isn't bad".

McShane-Carlsen 32.Qxg5 (D) Kg7. Having created own weaknesses on the queenside, McShane went for a desperate attack.

Carlsen has an advantage, which he'll probably realise, especially since the opponent is in time-trouble.

Levon wasn't tricked 38.Qe5?Qc2 39.Ka1 Qc1 40. Rxc1 Rxc1 41. Ka2 Rd5 42. Rg6 Kf8! 43.Qh8 Ke7 44. Re6 fe6 45. Qf6 Ke8 46. Qe6 Kf8 47. ab4 Rdd1 48. Qf6 Kg8 49. b3 Rc2 50.Ka3 b5

McShane-Carlsen 0-1. (Magnus is, probably, winning the tournament on his own because Aronian should win against Caruana).

Aronian-Caruana 48.Qa7+ (D) White takes the knight and there isn't perpetual for Black. Levon is winning

Morozevich is stubbornly holding against Kramnik. ... Grischuk avoided the worst against Tomashevsky so far, but he's still in time-trouble.

Aronian-Caruana 1-0. The Tal Memorial has been won by MAGNUS CARLSEN! Just by himself.

The winner of the tournament Magnus Carlsen is analysing the game with Luke McShane.  (

McShane, "I'm happy that I won 3 games. Losing 4 games is payment for taking excessive risks".

Carlsen picked out the game against Grischuk as most interesting. And he's happy that Ronaldo scored twice yesterday.

Grischuk in his own time-trouble started to outplay Tomashevsky.

The press conference is under way between Aronian and Caruana. Four Russians continue to fight over the boards.

Grischuk came out of time-trouble with slightly better position (it could have been even better). Kramnik still has winning chances vs. Morozevich

Fabiano Caruana has definitely taken second place in the tournament according to tie-break criteria, irrespective of results in other games.

Grischuk could've posed serious problems for Tomashevsky if he played 40...Re2 on the last move of time control but it's not right talking about guaranteed win there.

Tomashevsky-Grischuk 1/2. Morozevich is still suffering in the endgame against Kramnik.

Although he had far from a catastrophic result of 3.5 out of 9, Evgeny Tomashevsky took the clear last place in the Tal Memorial anyway.

The key result in the Women's Grand Prix in Kazan: Danielian 1-0 Lahno

Grischuk, "Prior to today I had a chance of sharing the first place, but Carlsen won and the chance disappeared."

Tomashevsky, "It's strange taking the clear last place with the performance over 2700."

Kramnik-Morozevich: 62...f4!. A draw is probably near. (Smirin, "Alexander Morozevich has calmly defended; we have to give him his dues".)

One of chess highlights of the last day of Tal Memorial is variation into which Aronian wasn't tricked, in more details

Morozevich should save a very hard for him game against Kramnik (picture from live transmission

Kramnik-Morozevich 1/2. 7th Tal Memorial has finished. The winner, as we already know, is Magnus Carlsen.

Tal Memorial 2012: Carlsen 5.5 out of 9; Caruana/Radjabov 5; Kramnik/Grischuk/Aronian/Morozevich 4.5; Nakamura/McShane 4; Tomashevsky 3.5

He Didn't Catch, But He Outstripped.World's top ranked player Carlsen repeated his last year's success at Tal Memorial |

The prize winners pose for the photos (the pic. from the RCF live broadcast  -


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