Sunday 15 November 2009

Kramnik wins Tal Memorial

I suspect that while Kramnik wouldn't be considered a shock winner of this event, not many pundits picked him for first before the event began. However he started the event with a number of fighting games and was rewarded with an early lead which he then maintained throughout. A couple of other players kept pace but then fell back. Second place was shared by 'the good' Ivanchuk and a surging Carlsen, who score his 2 wins in the final 2 rounds. Aronian and Anand tied for 4th but Anand would be dissapointed with his final game (and Aronian delighted) after he was crushed by Aronian in 25 moves. Indeed he was busted by move 15, and the final 10 moves were just the crash in slow motion.

Anand,Viswanathan (2788) - Aronian,Levon (2786) [D15]
Tal Memorial Moscow RUS (9), 14.11.2009

1.d4 d5 2.c4 c6 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Nc3 a6 5.e3 b5 6.c5 Nbd7 7.Bd3 e5 8.Nxe5 Nxe5 9.dxe5 Nd7 10.e6 Nxc5 11.exf7+ Kxf7 12.b3 Nxd3+ 13.Qxd3 Qg5 14.g3 Qf6 15.Bb2 Qf3 (D)
16.Rg1 Bg4 17.a3 Re8 18.Rc1 b4 19.axb4 Bxb4 20.h3 Bxh3 21.g4 Bxg4 22.Rg3 Qf5 23.Qd4 Re4 24.Qa7+ Qd7 25.Qb6 c5 0-1

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