Friday, November 9, 2007

Tal Memorial Moscow

Tal Memorial Moscow

The Tal Memorial Tournament takes place in Moscow 9th-19th November 2007. Eight of the ten players have been decided with World Number 2 and 3 Vassily Ivanchuk and Vladimir Kramnik heading the field which includes the up and coming talent Magnus Carlsen for one. The full field is now available . I don't yet have an official site for the event.

This will be followed by the FIDE approved World Blitz Championship which will be a double round robin November 21st-22nd 2007. This will apparently have a big qualification event followed by the final. There is a controversy in that although a number of top players will be seeded straight into the final one of them will not be the defending champion Alexander Grischuk who has been asked to qualify . Although how attractive this event will be to those serious about winning the World Chess Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk (Arrival supposed to be on the 22nd, Opening Ceremony 23rd and Round 1 24th November) is anyone's guess.

Tal Memorial - Moscow - 9th-19th November 2007
No Name t NAT YroB oc07
2 Ivanchuk, Vassily g UKR 1969 2787
3 Kramnik, Vladimir g RUS 1975 2785
5 Leko, Peter g HUN 1979 2755
7 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyaz g AZE 1985 2752
10 Shirov, Alexei g ESP 1972 2739
11 Gelfand, Boris g ISR 1968 2736
14 Kamsky, Gata g USA 1974 2724
15 Alekseev, Evgeny g RUS 1985 2716
17 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 1990 2714
19 Jakovenko, Dmitry g RUS 1983 2710