Once again, the grandmaster in chess, Boris Gelfand, proved his remarkable skills: The Bulgarian master, who plays for Israel, triumphed over all world-class participants at the 8th Tal Memorial in the Russian capital.
Ten of the best grandmasters lined up in Moscow
The Tal Memorial is a prestigious chess event that was first set up in 2006 in Moscow to honor the former World Champion Michail Tal. In 2011, the Tal Memorial was classified as a Category 21 tournament, and is thus one oft the best-cast competitions worldwide. Each year, ten invited grandmasters line up and compete in the one-round tournament, to which the traditional rule of time limit applies. This year’s prize money amounted to 100,000€, 30,000€ of which were given the lucky winner. Participation lists show: This year the Who Is Who of chess gathered for the Tal Memorial! The past two years, the field was led by the Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, the FIDE first worldwide.
Leading FIDE players were unfortunate
This year, anyway, the FIDE champion Magnus Carlsen had to take 2nd place. At 5.5 points he ranked immediately behind the victor Boris Gelfand. The Israeli achieved 6.0 points in nine matches and therefore won the tournament. The last three ranks of the 8th Tal Memorial 2013 in Moscow were taken by Alexander Morozevich (10th in worldwide positioning / 3.5 points at Tal Memorial), Viswanathan Anand (4th / 3.5), and Vladimir Kramnik, who is listed 3rd in worldwide rankings and considered the best Russian player at the present time. Instead of leading FIDE champions, other players (ranking behind Anand and Kramnik in FIDE ratings) took over the first ranks. The Italian Fabiano Caruana (9th) came off third, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov from Azerbaijan (14th) and the Russian Dimitry Andreikin (29th) came off fourth and fifth at each 5.0 points. Hikaru Nakamura (5th / 4.5) and Sergey Karjakin (7th / 4.0) ended The Tal Memorial 2013 on sixth and seventh rank.
The chess tournament is the Russian Metropolis was won by Kramnik, Karjakin, and Mamedyarov in the past.
written by Michael, translated by Birthe