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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Tal Chess Memorial R7: Both Leaders Kramnik, Morozevich Lose; Five in Joint Lead

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Hi everyone,

Five players are in joint lead at the 7th Tal Chess memorial in Moscow. Consider that there are total of 10 players in the event playing a round-robin format! This unlikely situation came about when both joint leaders Alexander Morozevich and Vladimir Kramnik lost their games to Evgeny Tomashevsky and Luke McShane. Fabiano Caruana held his nerves and drew a tough game against Teimour Radjabov. The Hikaru Nakamura and Magnus Carlsen game was also a draw as was the Levon Aronian-Alexander Grischuk game. Two more rounds are to be played.

Amazing - Both Leaders Lost!

(Carlsen and Nakamura possibly wondering about Kramnik and Morozevich.)

1-5. Morozevich, Carlsen, Radjabov, Kramnik, Caruana - 4
6. Nakamura - 3.5
7-9. Grischuk, Aronian, McShane - 3
10. Tomashevsky - 2,5

The Tal Chess Memorial is being held at the Pashkov House in Moscow with 10 of the world's top players from June 8-18.Draw offers are not allowed until after the first time control. The prize fund is 100,000 euros. You can watch the excellent live broadcast of the event at the of Russian Chess Federation. 

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