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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Tal Chess Memorial as two-day Superpowered Blitz in Sochi

Hello chess blog friends, the Tal Chess Memorial is being held as a blitz chess tournament this year on the sidelines of the World Chess Championship 2014 in Sochi. According to the Russian Chess Federation website, the players are: Vladimir Kramnik, Sergey Karjakin, Peter Svidler, Alexander Grischuk, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Eugene Tomashevsky, Alexander Morozevich, Ernesto Inarkiev, Alexandra Kosteniuk (all - Russia), Boris Gelfand (Israel), Peter Leko (Hungary) and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan).

This year's Tal Chess Memorial features a double round-robin format held over two days - November 13 and 14 with a time-control of four minutes per game with a two second increment per move. The prize fund is US $100 000. 

The Tal Memorial is a chess tournament played in Moscow each year since 2006, to honour the memory of former World Champion Mikhail Tal (1936–1992). It is usually played in the first half of November, with many of the world's strongest players competing. The first three editions all reached Category XX (overall Elo average 2735).

The commentators are GM Alexander Khalifman and WGM Sopiko Guramishvili. 

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