Tal Memorial R2: Kramnik Loses Again as Nakamura Bounces Back

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  • on 14.06.2013, 12:51.

In the second round of the Tal Memorial, Hikaru Nakamura bounced back from his quick loss. And how! With the black pieces the American grandmaster defeated Vladimir Kramnik of Russia, who thus started with two consecutive losses. Fabiano Caruana, who began his tournament with an splendid win against the World Champion, was on the losing side the next day. In a very theoretical game, the Italian was outplayed by Boris Gelfand of Israel. The other three games ended in draws.

The Kramnik-Nakamura game was the last to finish, but also the one with the biggest resonance. It was the third time that Kramnik lost a white game to Nakamura, who now has a plus score against the Russian (+4, =7, -3). Besides... when was the last time that Kramnik started a tournament with two losses?

The game went far from smooth for Nakamura. White got out of the opening, a Fianchetto King's Indian, with a clear advantage. However, from move 24 onwards Kramnik started to play a bit strangely, and he allowed his opponent to get back into the game. It went from bad to worse for Kramnik, who found himself in a lost ending after the time control.

Hikaru Nakamura bounced back with Black

It was a good day for the black pieces because the second decisive game, Caruana-Gelfand, was another '0-1'. The players didn't shy away from great complications in one of the most theoretical lines of the Najdorf, English Attack. In fact, these days it is mostly seen in correspondence games!

Only at move 26 the first new move was played, but it is unlikely that Caruana was aware of that. From that moment it became clear that black's knights were stronger than white's bishops, and Gelfand's king was safer too. Caruana had one chance to trade queens, which he probably should have taken.

An excellent Najdorf by Boris Gelfand

Viswanathan Anand started his tournament with a loss, and in the second round he looked shaky again. Well, at least his king did! The Indian got three pawns in return for some scary moments, but found a way to reach a rook ending where had much less to worry about. Afterwards the players agreed that with 23.Rd1!? White would have had slightly better winning chances.

Vishy Anand & Dmitry Andreikin showing their game

Karjakin-Carlsen, the game between the best players on the planet born in 1990, was a bit of a dull draw. This is usually what happens in the 5.Re1 line of the Berlin Ruy Lopez, but not before Black has suffered a bit. Carlsen himself was one of the first top players to demonstrate that Black has to be careful, in his white game against Anand, in 2010 in Nanjing.

In this game the Norwegian wasn't careful enough, because his plan to run with the a-pawn was "very dubious", as he said after the game. Opening the a-file turned out to be good for White, but still Karjakin didn't find a good way to make progress.

A draw between the two sponsored players from 1990

Alexander Morozevich and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov also split the point, but they played a very interesting game. In this Caro-Kann Advance, White's pawn sacrifice looked quite promising but it seems that Morozevich missed a good follow-up. The endgame was probably about even all the time.

Mamedyarov and Morozevich after the game

This means that  Gelfand,  Mamedyarov and Carlsen are sharing the lead after two rounds, with 1.5 points. Except Anand and Kramnik, all other players have 1 point.

2013 Tal Memorial | Results & pairings

Round 1 15:00 MSK 13.06.13   Round 2 15:00 MSK 14.06.13
Andreikin ½-½ Morozevich   Morozevich ½-½ Mamedyarov
Anand 0-1 Caruana   Kramnik 0-1 Nakamura
Gelfand ½-½ Karjakin   Karjakin ½-½ Carlsen
Carlsen 1-0 Kramnik   Caruana 0-1 Gelfand
Nakamura 0-1 Mamedyarov   Andreikin ½-½ Anand
Round 3 15:00 MSK 15.06.13   Round 4 15:00 MSK 17.06.13
Anand - Morozevich   Morozevich - Kramnik
Gelfand - Andreikin   Karjakin - Mamedyarov
Carlsen - Caruana   Caruana - Nakamura
Nakamura - Karjakin   Andreikin - Carlsen
Mamedyarov - Kramnik   Anand - Gelfand
Round 5 15:00 MSK 18.06.13   Round 6 15:00 MSK 19.06.13
Gelfand - Morozevich   Morozevich - Karjakin
Carlsen - Anand   Caruana - Kramnik
Nakamura - Andreikin   Andreikin - Mamedyarov
Mamedyarov - Caruana   Anand - Nakamura
Kramnik - Karjakin   Gelfand - Carlsen
Round 7 15:00 MSK 21.06.13   Round 8 15:00 MSK 22.06.13
Carlsen - Morozevich   Morozevich - Caruana
Nakamura - Gelfand   Andreikin - Karjakin
Mamedyarov - Anand   Anand - Kramnik
Kramnik - Andreikin   Gelfand - Mamedyarov
Karjakin - Caruana   Carlsen - Nakamura
Round 9 13:00 MSK 23.06.13        
Nakamura - Morozevich        
Mamedyarov - Carlsen        
Kramnik - Gelfand        
Karjakin - Anand        
Caruana - Andreikin        

2013 Tal Memorial | Round 2 standings

# Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Points SB
1 Gelfand,B 2755 * ½ 1 1.5/2 1.50
2 Mamedyarov,S 2753 * ½ 1 1.5/2 1.50
3 Carlsen,M 2864 * ½ 1 1.5/2 0.50
4 Karjakin,S 2782 ½ ½ * 1.0/2 1.50
5 Morozevich,A 2760 ½ * ½ 1.0/2 1.25
6 Andreikin,D 2713 ½ * ½ 1.0/2 0.75
7 Caruana,F 2774 0 * 1 1.0/2 0.50
8 Nakamura,H 2784 0 * 1 1.0/2 0.00
9 Anand,V 2786 ½ 0 * 0.5/2
10 Kramnik,V 2803 0 0 * 0.0/2

The 8th Tal Memorial takes place June 12-23, 2013 at the technology center Digital October in Moscow, Russia. The total prize fund is 100,000 EUR. The official website is providing live games, streaming video and commentary in Russian by GMs Alexander Grischuk, Peter Svidler, Sergey Rublevsky and Sergey Shipov. The games start each day at 15:00 local time which is 16:00 CET, 10:00 EDT and 07:00 PDT. The last round starts two hours earlier. Photos © Eteri Kublashvili courtesy of the Russian Chess Federation. Games via TWIC.

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  • 3 lat temu


    Maybe Kramnik got tired of that annoying epithet "drawnik" that's occasionally applied to him.

  • 3 lat temu


    Could someone find out and post the time control for the tournament?  I couldn't find it anywhere.

  • 3 lat temu


    Gelfand played the niadorf so well...it looked a thing of absolute beauty..although it seemed to me that Caruana played somewhat passively.

  • 3 lat temu


    nakamur a is currently  the best player in the world. Naka only continue to

  • 3 lat temu


    Naka haters - The line forms to the left. No pushing or shoving please.

  • 3 lat temu


    Five decisions, five draws. The Tal is off to a racing start.

  • 3 lat temu


    haha I've noticed there's a lot of vitriol coming Nakamura's way from non-US chess.com members... for example godbobby, what's your problem?

  • 3 lat temu


    Namakura u bloody lucky bastard!!!!!!!!!  come on kramnik show to this world ur world champion and great "Grandmaster"$$$$$$$$$

  • 3 lat temu


    Fabiano Caruana a very young and talented Italian/USA GM. Go man

  • 3 lat temu


    Great games!!

  • 3 lat temu


    Nakamura didn't play a good game. He gave Kramnik a +2 advantage at some point. That's usually too much and should have been a loss for him. So no need to claim he is going to be a future WC after one win.

  • 3 lat temu


    The SB tie-breaker (the Sonneborn-berger tie breaker) is a way of breaking a tie in which the player who won or drawn against stronger opponents wins the tie... example: if Marcokim vs. patzer ends in a draw while Matt vs. Fischer ends in a draw, then the SB tie breaker says that Matt wins.

    In Swiss tournaments it can be used even if you lose. example. Marcokim vs. Capablanca is 0-1, and Matt vs. Patzer is 0-1.... then Marcokim wins the tie since he lost to a stronger player. So there are variations to its application.

    The only criticism is that it relies too much on FIDE ratings which might not be definite... Mamedyarov = 2750, Andreikin = 2714, ratings say Mamedyrov is stronger so if I play and draw him or beat him I get the tie, but Andreikin is equally as strong despite the small rating difference, so its not a perfect system. Better for larger Swiss tournaments than for small round robin tournaments.

  • 3 lat temu


    Kramnik, wtf are you doing? Shift into the seventh gear and show them who you are! Laughing

    And just by the way, you lost your "+1 against both, Kasparov and Carlsen"... Cry

  • 3 lat temu


    Very complicated games! Wow, I love those variations put as well as player's commentary on moves.

    Nakamura has great courage playing KID against a well-known KID killer! He was rewarded with a complicated win!

    Gelfand - I didn't even know he existed until last year's candidates tournament/ world championship match. Maybe his success in the tournament led to him being invited to more super GM events? Anyway its sure surprising that Black can whip up a good attack in the Sicilian Najdorf English Attack.

    Looking at Mame's game I am curious to see many Caro-Kann advanced games (3.e5 variation). In top level grandmasters, do the players believe that advanced variation is the best way to handle the caro? It is interesting to not see the Panov-Botvinnik, or classical mainline that often. 


  • 3 lat temu


    First Radjabov, now Kramnik...What is going on here?

  • 3 lat temu


    thanks webmaster for keeping up-to-date with chess events across the world, and more importantly sharing it with us here :)

  • 3 lat temu


    where is Arnoian

  • 3 lat temu


    Kramnik has to have his chess Improve or he'll not make it to the Candidates

  • 3 lat temu


    If Kramnik continues to play poorly, he might not make it into the next Candidates!

  • 3 lat temu


    You can watch live video at chesstv.com

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