2011 Tal Memorial (Moscow, Russia)

All roads lead to Moscow as the Tal Memorial will begin tomorrow with one of the strongest fields in history. The tournament of ten players includes four 2800s and seven of the top ten highest-rated players. The field also includes World Championship candidates challenger, Boris Gelfand and FIDE World Cup champion, Peter Svidler. Ian Nepomniachtchi rounds out a powerful field with a variety of fighting styles.

November 16th-25th, 2011 (Moscow, Russia)
1 Carlsen, Magnus GM Norway
2 Anand, Viswanathan GM India
3 Aronian, Levon GM Armenia
4 Kramnik, Vladimir GM Russia
5 Ivanchuk, Vassily GM Ukraine
6 Karjakin, Sergey GM Russia
7 Nakamura, Hikaru GM USA
8 Svidler, Peter GM Russia
9 Gelfand, Boris GM Israel
10 Nepomniachtichi, Ian GM Russia
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All PGN Games: TWIC


  1. Round #1
    Wednesday, 16 November 2011

    Hikaru Nakamura-Boris Gelfand, ½-½
    Vassily Ivanchuk-Peter Svidler, 1-0
    Viswanathan Anand-Sergey Karjakin, ½-½
    Levon Aronian-Magnus Carlsen, ½-½
    Vladimir Kramnik-Ian Nepomniachtchi, 0-1

    GM Levon Aronian about to play 1.d4 against GM Magnus Carlsen. Photo by ChessPro.

    Levon Aronian about to play 1.d4 against Magnus Carlsen.
    Photo by ChessPro.

  2. Round #2
    Thursday, 17 November 2011

    Magnus Carlsen-Boris Gelfand, 1-0
    Peter Svidler-Viswanathan Anand, ½-½
    Sergey Karjakin-Hikaru Nakamura, ½-½
    Levon Aronian-Vladimir Kramnik, ½-½
    Ian Nepomniachtchi-Vassily Ivanchuk, ½-½

    (after two rounds)

    1st-3rd: Carlsen, Nepomniachtchi, Ivanchuk, 1½
    4th-7th: Aronian, Karjakin, Anand, Nakamura, 1
    8th-10th: Kramnik, Gelfand, Svidler, ½

  3. Round #3
    Friday, 18 November 2011

    Vladimir Kramnik-Magnus Carlsen, ½-½
    Vassily Ivanchuk-Levon Aronian, 0-1
    Vishy Anand-Ian Nepomniachtchi, ½-½
    Hikaru Nakamura-Peter Svidler, 0-1
    Boris Gelfand-Sergey Karjakin, 0-1

    (after three rounds)

    1st-4th: Carlsen, Nepomniachtchi, Aronian, Karjakin, 2; 5th-7th: Svidler, Anand, Ivanchuk, 1½; 8th-9th: Kramnik, Nakamura, 1; 10th: Gelfand, ½

  4. Think I notice a new trend in the playing of chess amongst the top grandmasters.

    More risk taken.

    With risk cause imbalance in the game

    Seems it is not the most knowledge or/and best preparation tt that decides a game

  5. Round #4
    Saturday, 19 November 2011

    Magnus Carlsen-Sergey Karjakin, ½-½
    Peter Svidler-Boris Gelfand, ½-½
    Ian Nepomniachtchi-Hikaru Nakamura, ½-½
    Levon Aronian-Vishy Anand, ½-½
    Vladimir Kramnik-Vassily Ivanchuk, ½-½

    Nakamura-Nepomniachtchi with Carlsen watching.

    Action in Round #4!

    (after four rounds)

    1st-4th: Carlsen, Nepomniachtchi, Aronian, Karjakin, 2½; 5th-7th: Svidler, Anand, Ivanchuk, 2; 8th-9th: Kramnik, Nakamura, 1½; 10th: Gelfand, 1

  6. Round #5
    Sunday, 20 November 2011

    Vassily Ivanchuk-Magnus Carlsen, ½-½
    Viswanathan Anand-Vladimir Kramnik, ½-½
    Hikaru Nakamura-Levon Aronian, ½-½
    Boris Gelfand-Ian Nepomniachtchi, ½-½
    Sergey Karjakin-Peter Svidler, ½-½

    (after five rounds)

    1st-4th: Carlsen, Nepomniachtchi, Aronian, Karjakin, 3; 5th-7th: Svidler, Anand, Ivanchuk, 2½; 8th-9th: Kramnik, Nakamura, 2; 10th: Gelfand, 1½

  7. Round #6
    Tuesday, 22 November 2011

    Magnus Carlsen-Peter Svidler, ½-½
    Ian Nepomniachtchi-Sergey Karjakin,½-½
    Vladimir Kramnik-Hikaru Nakamura,½-½
    Vassily Ivanchuk-Viswanathan Anand,½-½
    Levon Aronian-Boris Gelfand,½-½

    (after six rounds)

    1st-4th: Carlsen, Nepomniachtchi, Aronian, Karjakin, 3½; 5th-7th: Svidler, Anand, Ivanchuk, 3; 8th-9th: Kramnik, Nakamura, 2½; 10th: Gelfand, 2

  8. Round #7
    Wednesday, 23 November 2011

    Viswanathan Anand-Magnus Carlsen, ½-½
    Peter Svidler-Ian Nepomniachtchi, ½-½
    Boris Gelfand-Vladimir Kramnik, ½-½
    Hikaru Nakamura-Vassily Ivanchuk, 0-1
    Sergey Karjakin-Levon Aronian, ½-½

    The 'Battle of the Titans' was anti-climatic.

    The ‘Battle of the Titans’ was anti-climatic.

    Hikaru Nakamura could not get by a relentless Vassily Ivanchuk.

    Hikaru Nakamura could not get by a relentless Vassily Ivanchuk.
    Photos from ChessBase.com.

    (after seven rounds)

    1st-5th: Aronian, Carlsen, Ivanchuk, Karjakin, Nepomniachtchi, 4; 6th-7th: Anand, Svidler, 3½; 8th: Kramnik, 3; 9th-10th: Nakamura, Gelfand, 2½

  9. Round #8
    Thursday, 25 November 2011

    Magnus Carlsen-Ian Nepomniachtchi, ½-½
    Levon-Aronian-Peter Svidler, 1-0
    Vassily Ivanchuk-Boris Gelfand, ½-½
    Viswanathan Anand-Hikaru Nakamura, ½-½
    Vladimir Kramnik-Sergey Karjakin, ½-½

    Peter Svidler-Levon Aronian

    Peter Aronian and Lev Aronian playing the game of the round. Aronian uncorks a brilliant knight sack. Photos by russianchess.org.

    (after eight rounds)

    1st: Aronian; 2nd-5th: Carlsen, Karjakin, Nepomniachtchi, Ivanchuk, 4½; 6th: Anand, 4; 7th-8th: Svidler, Kramnik, 3½; 9th-10th: Nakamura, Gelfand, 3

  10. Round #9
    Friday, 26 November 2011

    Hikaru Nakamura-Magnus Carlsen, 0-1
    Sergey Karjakin-Vassily Ivanchuk, ½-½
    Boris Gelfand-Viswanathan Anand, ½-½
    Peter Svidler-Vladimir Kramnik, 1-0
    Ian Nepomniachtchi-Levon-Aronian, ½-½

    Magnus Carlsen, winner of 2011 Tal Memorial

    Magnus Carlsen, winner of 2011 Tal Memorial.
    Photo by russianchess.org.

    (after nine rounds)

    1st-2nd: Carlsen, Aronian, 5½; 3rd-5th: Ivanchuk, Karjakin, Nepomniachtchi, 5; 6th-7th: Svidler, Anand, 4½; 8th-9th: Kramnik, Gelfand, 3½; 10th: Nakamura, 3

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