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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tal Chess Memorial 2011 begins in Moscow with super line-up

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Hi everyone,

How many chess stars can you recognize in the photo (via

The Tal Memorial Chess Tournament 2011 with a dream line-up has begun in Moscow, Russia. The players include

Magnus Carlsen (2823, Norway), Vishy Anand (2817, India), Levon Aronian (2802, Armenia), Vladimir Kramnik (2800, Russia), Vassily Ivanchuk (2775, Ukraine), Sergey Karjakin (2763, Russia), Hikaru Nakamura (2753, USA), Peter Svidler (2755, Russia), Boris Gelfand (2746, Israel) and Ian Nepomniachtchi (2730, Russia). How many can you spot in the photo? 

The first round pairings include 
Aronian - Carlsen, Kramnik - Nepomniachtchi, Ivanchuk - Svidler, Anand - Karjakin and Nakamura - Gelfand. 

You can access the Russian Federation website at this link. Watch the video at this link and the games at this link.

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  • At November 16, 2011 at 9:35 AM , Anonymous Alexis Cochran, New Zealand said...

    great photo. finally it begins. but i suspect first round would be all draws.

  • At November 16, 2011 at 10:57 AM , Anonymous Brenda Kroll, Berlin said...

    According to live show it appears Carlsen will begin with a loss. Not a very appealing idea. Kramnik has also lost it seems. I feel sad.

  • At November 16, 2011 at 11:16 AM , Anonymous Volkswagon said...

    rmenian Grandmaster Levon Aronian said Mikhail Tal tournament cannot be compared to others. “There are no random players there. Even if one of the participants has a lower rating, as it is with China’s Wang Hao or Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi, they nevertheless have formidable power. There is certain discrepancy between the rating and the quality of their skills,” said Aronian to R-sport agency.

    He is all set to beat Carlsen in Round 1 - Come on levon

  • At November 16, 2011 at 11:17 AM , Anonymous Brenda Kroll, Berlin said...

    Just want to correct Mr Volkswagon - Levon missed the 50.Bc7 and it's going to be a draw I think.


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