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Saturday, November 6, 2010

Tal Memorial Chess begins in Moscow

Chess news and chess trivia blog (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2010

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Hi Everyone,

What would you say some of the world's top players are attending in this photo above? Professionally and formally dressed with a solemn expression to match!

Okay no trivia question this. You can spot (left to right): Eljanov, Mamedyarov, Shirov, Wang Hao and Nakamura there. They are attending the V Tal Memorial in the great city of Moscow in Russia along with Aronian, Kramnik, Grischuk, Karjakin and Gelfand.

The 5th Tal Memorial is taking place from November 5-14 as a nine-round round-robin event. The time control is 40 moves in 100 minutes followed by 20 moves in 50 minutes followed by the game in 15 minutes with a 30 second increment as of move one. Russian TV is providing nice daily coverage with full replays here.

Round 1 results

Round 1: Friday, November 5th, 2010
S. Mamedyarov-H. Nakamura 1/2-1/2
S. Karjakin-B. Gelfand 1-0
A. Shirov-Wang Hao 0-1
L. Aronian-V. Kramnik 1-0
A. Grischuk-P. Eljanov 1-0

You can keep track of this nice event at the official website here.

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