Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Tal Memorial 2012

The 2012 Tal Memorial  is due to start in a few days time from 7th to 19th June, 2012, in Moscow, Russia.

The confirmed participants are:

Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik, Levon Aronian, Radjabov Teimour, Hikaru Nakamura, Fabiano Caruana ,Alexander Morozevich, Alexander Grischuk, Evgeny Tomashevsky and Englishman Luke McShane. Interestingly, Luke McShane got his place through a popularity contest.

The Russian Chess Federation had a voting contest allowing chess fans to select the final 10th player. McShane was the favourite polling 3860 votes beating Alexei Shirov who had 3732 votes.

Vietnam's Le Quang Liem was removed from the voting list. The Russian Federation removed him from the voting list because they detected or suspected (?) that his supporters were unfairly rigging the voting. According to Quang Liem,the organizers should have ensured the voting was fair and not penalise him for something he had no control over.

By the way, both Anand and Gelfand could not play as the tournament is still too close to their recently concluded world title match.

The last edition was won by Carlsen on tie-break. He caught up with Aronian in the last round with a win over last placed Nakamura.


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