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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

8th Tal Chess Memorial 2013 Begins; Hikaru Nakamura Wins Pairings Blitz

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Remembering the legend: Mikhail Tal

The eighth edition of the Tal Chess Memorial is taking place from June 12-24 in Moscow. Hikaru Nakamura won the pairings blitz on Monday comfortably. The players include Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik, Sergey Karjakin, Viswanathan Anand, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Alexander Morozevich, Boris Gelfand and Dmitry Andreikin
The blitz chess tournament pairings system was introduced at the event last year. Instead of the traditional drawing of lots, a short tournament is held to decide the pairings. Hikaru Nakamura took clear first place with 7/9. World Champion Viswanathan Anand was second with 6.5/9. The players were allowed to choose their draw number. Nakamura chose 5 getting white in the first and last rounds. Vladimir Kramnik gets the most blacks. The commentary team for the English video includes Peter Svidler and Alexander Grischuk.

Final Round 9 Standings: Nakamura 7, Anand 6.5, Kramnik 5.5, Gelfand 4.5, Carlsen 4.5, Andreikin 4, Mamedyarov 4, Karjakin 3.5, Morozevich 3, Caruana 2.5.

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