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Tal Memorial in Moscow

The Maison Pachkov Moscow
Michael Tal was born 75 years ago in Riga, and his annual memorial is particularly strong this time around with seven of the World's top ten competing. The ten player round robin takes place from the 16th to the 25th of November in the Pashkov House ( a mansion opposite the Kremlin) in Moscow, Russia.

Michael Tal became Soviet Champion at the age of 18 and the youngest World Champion (at the time) of 23.

He was particularly renowned for his inspirational attacks and combinations.

The venue (see picture) is one of the best renovated buildings of the classical era in the Russian capital.

The time control gives the players plenty of time for reflection by today's standards:

100'/40, then 50'/20, then 15 minutes KO, all with an increment of 30" per move.

Here are some statistics on the participants:

Seed Name Country Rating Age World Rank
1 Magnus Carlsen NOR 2826 20 1
2 Viswanathan Anand IND 2811 41 2
3 Levon Aronian ARM 2802 29 3
4 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2800 36 4
5 Vassily Ivanchuk UKR 2775 42 6
6 Sergey Karjakin RUS 2763 21 8
7 Hikaru Nakamura USA 2758 23 10
8 Peter Svidler RUS 2755 35 12
9 Boris Gelfand ISR 2744 43 14
10 Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2730 21 20

More information from the official site:

http://www.russiachess.org/

Live games from 2pm local time

12 noon Paris, Madrid

11 am London

6am New York

3am Los Angeles

10pm Sydney


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