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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Tal Memorial 2009

The 2009 edition of the Tal  Memorial Chess Tournament begins tommorrow in Moscow. This event runs from
November 5-14th. It will probably be the strongest tournament ever held in chess history!. Here is a list of players in the event (8 of  the top 10 players in the world are participating in this tournament!):


Viswanathan Anand, Levon Aronian, Magnus Carlsen, Vladimir Kramnik, Peter Leko, Boris Gelfand, Vassily Ivanchuk, Alexander Morozevich, Peter Svidler and Ruslan Ponomariov.

The tournament will be a category 21 event,(average Elo 2764) one of the strongest of all time. It is a ten-player round robin with classical time controls. The first four games take place in the National Hotel (Mokhovaya Street D15), the last five in the mall GUM (Red Square 3).

Here is a schedule for all the games in the tournament:

Round 1: Thursday, November 5, 2009
Magnus Carlsen
-
 Vladimir Kramnik
Alex. Morozevich
-
 Peter Leko
Boris Gelfand
-
 Ruslan Ponomariov
Levon Aronian
-
 Peter Svidler
Vassily Ivanchuk
-
 Vishy Anand


Round 2: Friday, November 6, 2009
Vladimir Kramnik
-
 Vishy Anand
Peter Svidler
-
 Vassily Ivanchuk
Ruslan Ponomariov
-
 Levon Aronian
Peter Leko
-
 Boris Gelfand
Magnus Carlsen
-
 Alex. Morozevich


Round 3: Saturday, November 7, 2009
Alex. Morozevich
-
 Vladimir Kramnik
Boris Gelfand
-
 Magnus Carlsen
Levon Aronian
-
 Peter Leko
Vassily Ivanchuk
-
 Ruslan Ponomariov
Vishy Anand
-
 Peter Svidler


Round 4: Sunday, November 8, 2009
Vladimir Kramnik
-
 Peter Svidler
Ruslan Ponomariov
-
 Vishy Anand
Peter Leko
-
 Vassily Ivanchuk
Magnus Carlsen
-
 Levon Aronian
Alex. Morozevich
-
 Boris Gelfand


Monday, November 9, 2009
Free day

Round 5: Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Boris Gelfand
-
 Vladimir Kramnik
Levon Aronian
-
 Alex. Morozevich
Vassily Ivanchuk
-
 Magnus Carlsen
Vishy Anand
-
 Peter Leko
Peter Svidler
-
 Ruslan Ponomariov




Round 6: Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Vladimir Kramnik
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 Ruslan Ponomariov
Peter Leko
-
 Peter Svidler
Magnus Carlsen
-
 Vishy Anand
Alex. Morozevich
-
 Vassily Ivanchuk
Boris Gelfand
-
 Levon Aronian

Round 7: Thursday, November 12, 2009
Levon Aronian
-
 Vladimir Kramnik
Vassily Ivanchuk
-
 Boris Gelfand
Vishy Anand
-
 Alex. Morozevich
Peter Svidler
-
 Magnus Carlsen
Ruslan Ponomariov
-
 Peter Leko


Round 8: Friday, November 13, 2009
Vladimir Kramnik
-
 Peter Leko
Magnus Carlsen
-
 Ruslan Ponomariov
Alex. Morozevich
-
 Peter Svidler
Boris Gelfand
-
 Vishy Anand
Levon Aronian
-
 Vassily Ivanchuk


Round 9: Saturday, November 14, 2009
Vassily Ivanchuk
-
 Vladimir Kramnik
Vishy Anand
-
 Levon Aronian
Peter Svidler
-
 Boris Gelfand
Ruslan Ponomariov
-
 Alex. Morozevich
Peter Leko
-
 Magnus Carlsen



source:http://www.chessbase.com/newsdetail.asp?newsid=5890

Good luck to all the players it should be a fantastic tournament to play in and watch!

The official tournament website is at: http://russiachess.org/ (in Russian) There should be lots of online coverage, at Chessbase.com,. Live coverage will occur at http://www.chessvibes.com/reports/tal-memorial-starts-tomorrow-live-imgm-commentary-at-chessvibes/ (with IM and GM analysis).

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