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Tal Memorial Blitz Tournament

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov16/22(+14 -4 =4)[games]
Alexander Grischuk15.5/22(+12 -3 =7)[games]
Alexander Morozevich12.5/22(+9 -6 =7)[games]
Boris Gelfand12.5/22(+9 -6 =7)[games]
Sergey Karjakin12.5/22(+10 -7 =5)[games]
Peter Svidler12/22(+10 -8 =4)[games]
Ian Nepomniachtchi11/22(+8 -8 =6)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik10.5/22(+9 -10 =3)[games]
Peter Leko10/22(+4 -6 =12)[games]
Ernesto Inarkiev9.5/22(+6 -9 =7)[games]
Evgeny Tomashevsky8/22(+5 -11 =6)[games]
Alexandra Kosteniuk2/22(+2 -20 =0)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Tal Memorial Blitz (2014)

Played in Sochi, Russia 13-14 November 2014. The classical event was this year replaced by the Petrosian Memorial (2014). Crosstable:

01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 1 Mamedyarov ** 10 ½0 1½ 11 ½0 10 11 11 1½ 11 11 16 2 Grischuk 01 ** 11 1½ 11 1½ 1½ 01 ½0 ½½ 1½ 11 15½ 3 Morozevich ½1 00 ** 10 0½ ½1 1½ 10 0½ 1½ 1½ 11 12½ 4 Gelfand 0½ 0½ 01 ** ½1 00 ½½ 11 ½½ 11 10 11 12½ 5 Karjakin 00 00 1½ ½0 ** ½1 01 01 ½1 11 ½1 11 12½ 6 Svidler ½1 0½ ½0 11 ½0 ** 10 00 11 00 11 11 12 7 Nepomniachtchi 01 0½ 0½ ½½ 10 01 ** 01 1½ 01 0½ 11 11 8 Kramnik 00 10 01 00 10 11 10 ** ½½ ½1 01 01 10½ 9 Leko 00 ½1 1½ ½½ ½0 00 0½ ½½ ** ½½ ½½ 11 10 10 Inarkiev 0½ ½½ 0½ 00 00 11 10 ½0 ½½ ** 01 11 9½ 11 Tomashevsky 00 0½ 0½ 01 ½0 00 1½ 10 ½½ 10 ** 10 8 12 Kosteniuk 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 10 00 00 01 ** 2

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 132  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Nepomniachtchi vs Kosteniuk 1-0512014Tal Memorial BlitzB30 Sicilian
2. Mamedyarov vs E Inarkiev  1-0552014Tal Memorial BlitzD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Morozevich vs Leko  0-1652014Tal Memorial BlitzE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
4. Kramnik vs Karjakin  1-0472014Tal Memorial BlitzD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
5. Svidler vs Gelfand  1-0282014Tal Memorial BlitzB50 Sicilian
6. Tomashevsky vs Grischuk  0-1292014Tal Memorial BlitzA48 King's Indian
7. Kosteniuk vs Grischuk 0-1592014Tal Memorial BlitzB22 Sicilian, Alapin
8. Nepomniachtchi vs Mamedyarov  0-1672014Tal Memorial BlitzC42 Petrov Defense
9. Gelfand vs Tomashevsky  1-0442014Tal Memorial BlitzE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
10. Karjakin vs Svidler  ½-½412014Tal Memorial BlitzB42 Sicilian, Kan
11. Leko vs Kramnik  ½-½262014Tal Memorial BlitzC67 Ruy Lopez
12. E Inarkiev vs Morozevich  0-1642014Tal Memorial BlitzD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. Mamedyarov vs Kosteniuk 1-0362014Tal Memorial BlitzE25 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
14. Morozevich vs Nepomniachtchi  1-0452014Tal Memorial BlitzB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
15. Kramnik vs E Inarkiev  ½-½402014Tal Memorial BlitzD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
16. Svidler vs Leko  1-0382014Tal Memorial BlitzA07 King's Indian Attack
17. Tomashevsky vs Karjakin  ½-½672014Tal Memorial BlitzD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
18. Grischuk vs Gelfand  1-0402014Tal Memorial BlitzA45 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Nepomniachtchi vs Kramnik 0-1652014Tal Memorial BlitzC45 Scotch Game
20. Kosteniuk vs Gelfand  0-1452014Tal Memorial BlitzB22 Sicilian, Alapin
21. Mamedyarov vs Morozevich  ½-½632014Tal Memorial BlitzD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. E Inarkiev vs Svidler  1-0352014Tal Memorial BlitzE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
23. Leko vs Tomashevsky  ½-½422014Tal Memorial BlitzC78 Ruy Lopez
24. Karjakin vs Grischuk  0-1312014Tal Memorial BlitzA04 Reti Opening
25. Morozevich vs Kosteniuk 1-0372014Tal Memorial BlitzB56 Sicilian
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  PawnSac: I think the point is Magnus didn't think he could win the tourney if he had to forfeit 3 games. So why bother.
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  PawnSac: <notyetagm: Helluva start for Mamedyarov, <10/11: +9 =2 -0>>

you bet., and playing through the games one gets a sense he is incredibly fast and accurate at blitz. He either clocks his opponent or outplays him. It would be a blast to watch him live when we could see the clocks and all the action.

Nov-13-14  notyetagm: <PawnSac> And what a disaster(!) for Nepo. He was the top seed by blitz rating but finished -4(!), losing 6 games in a row(!!) at one point.

Tal Memorial Blitz (2014)/Ian Nepomniachtchi

Nov-13-14  soldal: <The second half starts at 11:00 Moscow time.>

So Friday the start is four hours before the WCC game.

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  Penguincw: Kosteniuk's only points are via. a black win against Kramnik...
Nov-13-14  kyg16: Kosteniuk, how are the vacations in Sochi going so far?
Nov-13-14  me to play: <Penguincw: Kosteniuk's only points are via. a black win against Kramnik...> Yeah, she is have a rough time to say the least. She had Inarkiev busted too, but, managed to lose that one as well.
Nov-13-14  Sihlous: Shakh stole the show.
Nov-13-14  fisayo123: Wow, Nepo is having a shocker.
Nov-14-14  siamesedream: Congratulations to GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov!
Nov-14-14  fisayo123: Pretty sensational showing from Kosteniuk. Amazing performance!
Nov-14-14  ndg2: Nepo lost a lot of Blitz rating points here.
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  Penguincw: < ndg2: Nepo lost a lot of Blitz rating points here. >

Viewing how much players lost/gain during a blitz tournament can be fun to view:

Grischuk (+9) +95.2
Karjakin (+3) +50
Mamedyarov (+10) +41.6
Gelfand (+3) +37.6
Inarkiev (-3) +23.2
Leko (-2) +11.6
Svidler (+2) +4.4
Morozevich (+3) -20.8
Kramnik (-1) -26
Tomashevsky (-6) -55.6
Kosteniuk (-18) -66.8
Nepomniachtchi (=) -92.4

Obviously, it depends on what the previous rating was.

Despite the majority of the games being decisive, look who still managed to draw more than half of them...

Nov-14-14  notyetagm: <Despite the majority of the games being decisive, look who still managed to draw more than half of them...>

How in the world do you manage to draw 12(!) games out of 22 in a blitz(!!) tournament???

Tal Memorial Blitz (2014)/Peter Leko

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  Penguincw: < How in the world do you manage to draw 12(!) games out of 22 in a blitz(!!) tournament??? >

Never underestimate Leko's power to draw a game.

BTW: If anyone knows if he's holding a simul anytime soon, please let me know. I want to see if I can draw a game against him. ;)

Nov-14-14  john barleycorn: Just imagine he had lost those 12. Big noise then: "Look at Leko, he can't even draw a single one.."
Nov-14-14  parmetd: So was this blitz tournament just to setup pairings for the actual tal memorial or what? Where is the info on the classical portion?
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  WannaBe: <parmetd> I don't think there is a classical portion. Just Blitz this year.

Nov-15-14  parmetd: Thanks wannabe. So pathetic.
Nov-15-14  fisayo123: <parmetd> I think the organizers were the same as the ones who did Petrosian memorial, no? If so, then they've done very well.

I just think the schedule at this time of the year is pretty tight. It's perhaps not the best to have a classical tournament going on simultaneously with the WCC.

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  Troller: No, but when we have WCC every year, scheduling becomes difficult. Not to mention GP cycle...
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  thegoodanarchist: Leko drew 12 blitz games out of 22??? I would take Kosteniuk over this guy, even though she lost 20 games.

Drawing a blitz game when you are that highly rated is ridiculous...

Nov-17-14  MOLLOYCHESS: Does anyone have a link to the video of the first day's footage? Chess24 only have day 2 I think.
Nov-17-14  me to play: <john barleycorn: Just imagine he had lost those 12. Big noise then: "Look at Leko, he can't even draw a single one.."> Well said. The realization that a draw is a BETTER RESULT than a loss seems quite baffling to a large number of posters.
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  MissScarlett: <S.MAMEDYAROV: After day 1, I thought it'd be easier. Curiously enough, today I played better than yesterday, but the result was somewhat strange. The loss to Ian (Nepomniachtchi - CN) was very annoying, because I lost on time in the winning position. Then, the game vs Grischuk was even more annoying, because I blundered in a position which wasn't lost at all. The problem was that Grischuk was playing excellently today, that's why the fight was going on till the very end. But anyway, I've had a good tournament.>

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