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Carlsen Crushes Anand at Tal, Gelfand & Nakamura Lead

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  • on 18/06/13 10:41.

The fifth round of the Tal Memorial was marked by Magnus Carlsen's crushing victory over Viswanathan Anand, the two players who will play a match for the world title later this year. It was over in a mere 29, and it wasn't even clear which was the decisive mistake! Boris Gelfand defeated Alexander Morozevich from the white side of a Benoni to catch Hikaru Nakamura in first place.

The Game of the Day started with the Simagin variation (5.Nge2) of the Rubinstein variation (4.e3) of the Nimzo-Indian. Carlsen explained this choice of opening as follows:

"I thought I'd play a line that he hasn't faced in a long time and I thought that hopefully he wouldn't be too prepared for that."

Carlsen then followed the same plan which Ponomariov had beaten Kramnik ten years ago in Wijk aan Zee: trading the black-squared bishops. The world number one felt that Black should have maneuvered is knight to d6 at some point; in the game Anand's decision to move his bishop from b7 to d5 was positionally sound, but tactically flawed.

The next time Carlsen and Anand will shake hands is in November in Chennai

Carlsen admitted that this win was probably more important than any other game in this tournament.

"I think it's good before the World Championship match to remind him that I can outplay him once in a while! Obviously between us there have been a lot of draws, recently at least. But I'm not going to g around and think that he's going to have such a bad day every day at the World Championship. I'll have to prepare for the worst, definitely. And to clarify, I don't mean to prepare for the worst, that I'm going to lose necessarily, but that he's going to be at his best and not give away anything free like today."

Carlsen also gave a comment about the news that he'll be playing in Saint Louis in September, not long before he has to be heading to India.

"I think it will be useful for me before the World Championship match because obviously the match will be tough and the players in the Saint Louis tournament are not only very strong, but also very tough characters, all of them, at the board, and thus it will be a good test, to have such an atmosphere before the World Championship match. Besides, I think not playing between this tournament till November will be too long a break for me. I'm still used to playing quite a few tournaments, and that's also part of my training."

Carlsen, obviously in a good mood at the press conference

In this round tournament leader Hikaru Nakamura was involved in a very uneventful game. In a Queen's Indian with 4.a3, he played the original 5.Bf4!? but didn't expect his opponent's setup of ...d7-d6 and ...Nbd7. One move 8 there were many interesting possibilities, but White's 8.dxc5 turned out to be just equal.

Another easy draw for Dmitry Andreikin

This allowed Boris Gelfand to catch Nakamura in first place. The Israeli nicely defeated Alexander Morozevich in a Benoni, where Black played a positional exchange sacrifice very early in the game - in fact it was all theory. Morozevich's follow-up wasn't accurate, though, and with the big series of exchanges that started at move 18, White got the upper hand. Gelfand's decisive combination deserves a puzzle:

A nice finishing touch by Boris Gelfand

Kramnik-Karjakin was for most of the game a quiet, positional ending that started as an English Four Knights. The players followed the game Kramnik-Anand, Zurich 2013 for a while, and when Karjakin deviated, very soon the queens were traded. White tried to create weaknesses on the kingside, but Karjakin's active defense was enough to draw the game comfortably.

The games Kramnik-Karjakin and Mamedyarov-Caruana

Mamedyarov and Caruana split the point in a 4.e3 Grünfeld where Black typically exchanged his white-squared bishop for the knight on f3 because he puts all his pawns on white squares - a bit like Carlsen did against Anand today! Caruana called his setup "solid", but felt that after White forced him to play ...b6, he was slightly worse. Mamedyarov could have hoped for an advantage with 41.Re3 Qf8 42.Qe1. In the game Caruana managed to close the h3-c8 diagonal after which the d-pawn would drop.



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 1-0 Morozevich   Morozevich ½-½ Kramnik
Gelfand ½-½ Andreikin   Karjakin ½-½ Mamedyarov
Carlsen 0-1 Caruana   Caruana 0-1 Nakamura
Nakamura 1-0 Karjakin   Andreikin ½-½ Carlsen
Mamedyarov ½-½ Kramnik   Anand ½-½ Gelfand
Round 5 15:00 MSK 18.06.13   Round 6 15:00 MSK 19.06.13
Gelfand 1-0 Morozevich   Morozevich - Karjakin
Carlsen 1-0 Anand   Caruana - Kramnik
Nakamura ½-½ Andreikin   Andreikin - Mamedyarov
Mamedyarov ½-½ Caruana   Anand - Nakamura
Kramnik ½-½ 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 5 standings

# Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Points SB
1 Nakamura,H 2784 * 0 ½ 1 1 1 3.5/5 7.25
2 Gelfand,B 2755 * ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 3.5/5 7.25
3 Mamedyarov,S 2753 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 3.0/5 7.25
4 Carlsen,M 2864 * ½ 0 ½ 1 1 3.0/5 5.75
5 Andreikin,D 2713 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 2.5/5 6.75
6 Caruana,F 2774 0 0 ½ 1 * 1 2.5/5 6.50
7 Karjakin,S 2782 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 2.0/5 5.50
8 Anand,V 2786 ½ 0 ½ 0 * 1 2.0/5 4.50
9 Morozevich,A 2760 0 ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1.5/5 3.50
10 Kramnik,V 2803 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * 1.5/5 3.25


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 13:00 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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  • hace 13 meses

    ErwinSachs

    Seems it will be ' Carlsen this...Carlsen that ' for many years to come...lol

  • hace 13 meses

    SchuBomb

    Even if there is bias.... Seriously, why assume that bias is based on racism? Calling racism with no provocation is like the boy who cried wolf: when the real racism comes and you complain, people won't believe you.

  • hace 13 meses

    ShylaSerina

    Bolan_Yongshi: My brain is leased out to you, as it appears you need it more than anything else. Seeing how your deepest comments are all about smileys and nothing else.:D:D:D

  • hace 13 meses

    drumdaddy

    If the colors were switched and Anand had won with the white pieces with the same moves as seen in the game, it's likely that webmaster would have headlined "Anand Crushes Carlsen". It was simply that kind of a game. I admire both players greatly and I detect journalistic fairness in these columns. The upcoming WC is still a toss up in my mind since both gentlemen are geniuses of the game. Great reporting, webmaster.

  • hace 13 meses

    conanbarbarian

    I totally agree Chess.com being subjective. It's always Carlsen this and Carlsen that and it's getting on my nerves (and I usually prefer Carlsen over Anand but this is annoying). Last shred of decency on this site has gone away with Sonofpearl...so pretty please with sugar on top BUGGER OFF!

  • hace 13 meses

    ShylaSerina

    So Carlsen gets big bold "Crushing" headline but all Naka gets is "Also beats"?

  • hace 13 meses

    SchuBomb

    Would it have been racism if it were Anand crushing Carlsen? No. It's not racism to say that it was a crushing win. It would be just as crushing a win against anyone.

  • hace 13 meses

    cvetlicnivitez

    Ahahahaha, i really doubt this is racism, they probably just prefer Magnus, the same way, you like some football player better than the other, and always talk of him a bit more subjectively :)

  • hace 13 meses

    ShylaSerina

    All said and done  the chess.com report is so objective and impartial isn't it? First we get "Nakamura Also Beats Caruana" but then came "Carlsen Crushes Anand". I Don't want to be the first to accuse chess.com staff of racism and prejudice... please, some one else do the honors. Or is it honours?

  • hace 13 meses

    Twobit

    Wow now Naka beat Anand!

  • hace 13 meses

    ShylaSerina

    Just about anyone crushes Anand these days. Naka just busted Anand's 'nads in Round 6. Time for Anand to retire and take up coaching :)

  • hace 13 meses

    albatrosses

    Anand is the one who wouldn't know what hit him after Carlsen crushes him again in their match.

  • hace 13 meses

    conanbarbarian

    Anand is pretending to be intimidated by Carlsen, very clever strategy one must say. And the youngster has just taken the bait. Now I'm sure Indidan will defend his title, Carlsen won't know what hit him after the match is over. Shame

  • hace 13 meses

    RogerOT

    Gelfand's final move (33.Qd6)was not the best.

    33.Nd6 wins much quicker.Smile

  • hace 13 meses

    goutham32kog

    we cannot say anything yet....the stronger one wins the championship, it's as simple as that

  • hace 13 meses

    ErwinSachs

    Great tactics by Gelfand ......jeezz it was majestic!!

  • hace 13 meses

    bachofchess

    Today Gelfand-Carlsen and Anand-Nakamura. Who will lead after this round will be interesting to see!

  • hace 13 meses

    Miss_Sporty135

    Anand just putting magnus into false sense of security.Tongue Out

  • hace 13 meses

    chessdoggblack

    Comments on Gelfand proves without checking the history of players we often become amazed with their tactics. Gelfand does his homework - which is that he studies chess first everyday and after study entertains other engagements. This old school shark is one of the last three to remain; Ivanchuk follows the same pattern, I am not sure on Anand, but he's methodical and remains in the top ten constantly. Never be surprised by any of these guys. Remember: Gelfand was in the last WCC match with non other than Anand. These chess sharks have a wealth of knowledge and awards and refuse to concede to the young sharks. These guys give a little and take a lot. In the end they all have very large teeth. Beware.Laughing

  • hace 13 meses

    goodhabit

    interesting games,strong moves ,too early to judge both sides

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