In a wonderful showing the American dominated the Tal Memorial blitz from beginning to finish. V Anand came second, with Kramnik being third. This tournament determined the starting positions for the players in the standard tournament which begins tomorrow, the highlight game being Carlsen vs. Kramnik.
For the second year running the Tal Memorial had a blitz tournament as the curtain raiser and established the draw for the main tournament. Hikaru Nakamura took clear first place with 7/9 a clear improvement on his 4/9 the previous year. World Champion Viswanathan Anand came in second place with 6.5/9, both players were undefeated and the difference came down to Nakamura beating tail-ender Caruana and Anand only drawing. For Caruana this was the second year in a row he finished in last place, but he was 2nd in the main event encouraging for those who didn’t do so well.
Final Round 9 Standings: 1st Nakamura 7pts, 2nd Anand 6.5pts, 3rd Kramnik 5.5pts, 4th Gelfand 4.5pts, 5th Carlsen 4.5pts, 6th Andreikin 4pts, 7th Mamedyarov 4pts, 8th Karjakin 3.5pts, 9th Morozevich 3pts, 10th Caruana 2.5pts.
The Eighth International Tal Memorial Chess Tournament is being held from June, 13 to 24, 2013, with a rest day on June 16. The rounds generally start at 15:00h (=3 p.m.) Moscow time, with the first round starting at 6 p.m. and the final round at 1 p.m. Accommodation is in the Ritz-Carlton, Moscow, Tverskaya str. 3, while the event takes place in the in New Technologies Center Digital October, Bersenevskaya Embankment 6, in Moscow. The tournament has ten invited players and is a round robin with time controls of one hour and 40 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 50 minutes for next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds for each move starting from move one.
Draw Numbers chosen in order: Nakamura 5, Anand 2, Kramnik 7, Gelfand 3, Carlsen 4, Andreikin 1, Mamedyarov 6, Karjakin 8, Morozevich 10, Caruana 9