Held between September 26th and October 6th, the Tal Memorial is held in honour of former World Champion, Mikhail Tal (1936-1992). The event has seen many guises, but is now a classical event, with a blitz event taking place prior to round-1 in order to determine the draw. Competitors for the 2016 edition: Vladimir Kramnik, Levon Aronian, Viswanathan Anand, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Anish Giri, Li Chao, Peter Svidler, Boris Gelfand, Ian Nepomniachtchi, Evgeny Tomashevsky.

Nepomniatchi Wins Tal Memorial

October 9, 2016

The Tal Memorial concluded in Moscow, with Ian Nepomniachtchi crowned the winner. The final round was played on Thursday October 6th. It saw only one decisive round, which was Shakhriyar Mamedyarov’s nice win over Vladimir Kramnik. Mamedyarov, playing White, clearly intended to sharpen play with his 19.g4(!?) but Kramnik seemed […check it out!]

Tal Memorial Round 8 Sees All Games Drawn

October 9, 2016

The eighth round of the Tal Memorial Tournament, in Moscow, was played on October 5th. Just like the previous round, it saw all games drawn. Levon Aronian and Li Chao debated a Queen’s Gambit Declined, which saw Black develop his light-squared bishop prior to playing …e6. White’s pawns became rather […check it out!]

Tal Memorial Round 6: Giri Rocked by Aronian

October 9, 2016

The sixth round of the Tal Memorial would be the round before the second and final rest day. The tournament was approaching its closing stages and one would assume that the players would be wanting to make this round count so that they could enjoy their day off and prepare […check it out!]

Tal Memorial Round 4: Giri Takes Lead

October 6, 2016

Round-4 of the Tal memorial was played on Friday 30th September. It saw another round of largely decisive games. One of these was Vladimir Kramnik, who dominated his Guioco Piano against Viswanathan Anand. With excellent piece play, White penetrated the Black position along the a-file and just couldn’t be shaken. […check it out!]

Tal Memorial Sees Sombre Start

September 27, 2016

Round one of the Tal Memorial began with a minute’s silence in honour of Mark Dvoretsky, whose death was announced earlier in the day. Dvoretsky was widely respected as a chess player and trainer and personally known by many involved in the tournament. Peter Svidler was one player to tweet […check it out!]

Tal Memorial 2016 Opens in Moscow

September 26, 2016

The Tal Memorial is getting underway, today in Moscow. The event, which runs from September 26th to October 6th, is held in honour of Russia’s former World Chess Champion, Mikhail Tal (1936-1992), who held the title from 1960 to 1961 and is still regarded as one of the most attacking […check it out!]