Tal Memorial Rapid 01-03: Anand stopped by Mamedyarov

Photo: Amruta Mokal/ ChessBase India

The Tal Memorial Rapid is a 10-player single round-robin taking place in the Museum of Russian Impressionism in Moscow from 2-4 March 2018. Ten top players are competing for a $130,000 prize fund, with $25,000 for 1st place. Players have 25 minutes for all moves, with a 10-second increment from move 1.

The players are GMs Viswanathan Anand (India), Hikaru Nakamura (USA), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan),  and Boris Gelfand (Israel). Rest are all from Russia, Vladimir Kramnik, Alexander Grischuk, Peter Svidler, Sergey Karjakin, Ian Nepomniachtchi, and Daniil Dubov.

Four of these players are also in the Candidates’ which is scheduled to start next week: Kramnik, Grischuk, Karjakin and Mamedyarov.

Rank after Round 3

Rk. SNo Name FED Rtg Pts.  TB1  TB2  TB3
1 1 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar AZE 2755 2,5 0,0 3,25 1,5
2 6 GM Grischuk Alexander RUS 2792 2,0 0,0 2,75 1,5
3 3 GM Anand Viswanathan IND 2805 2,0 0,0 2,00 1,0
4 4 GM Nakamura Hikaru USA 2820 2,0 0,0 1,50 0,0
5 8 GM Dubov Daniil RUS 2663 1,5 0,0 2,75 1,5
6 5 GM Karjakin Sergey RUS 2724 1,5 0,0 2,25 1,0
7 10 GM Kramnik Vladimir RUS 2795 1,5 0,0 1,75 0,5
8 7 GM Gelfand Boris ISR 2644 1,0 0,0 1,75 1,0
9 2 GM Svidler Peter RUS 2770 0,5 0,5 0,25 0,0
9 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian RUS 2803 0,5 0,5 0,25 0,0

GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov [Photo: Amruta Mokal/ ChessBase India]

Reigning World Rapid Champion Viswanathan Anand is back in action at the 13th edition of Tal Memorial. He started his campaign with two wins against GM Dubov Daniil and GM Ian Nepomniachtchi but couldn’t continue the streak after losing with white pieces to Azerbaijani Grandmaster Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. After this loss, Anand is sharing a joint second place with Alexander Grischuk and Hikaru Nakamura.

Anand registered his first win against GM Dubov Daniil in a crushing manner. Dubov resigned on move 35.

In the second round, GM Ian Nepomniachtchi chose to castle on the Queenside in English Opening. He sacrificed his g2-pawn for typical attack on Black’s kingside. Anand outwitted him with counterattack and eventually gained an upperhand in the resulting rook endgame.

Anand suffered his first loss to GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. The Azerbaijani Grandmaster employed French Defence with black. In the middle game, Mamedyarov’s knight dominated the center and soon gained a advantage. Anand resigned on move 46.

The fourth round starts today at 5.30 p.m IST

Round 4 on 2018/03/03 at 15:00
Bo. No. Rtg Name Result Name Rtg No.
1 10 2795 GM Kramnik Vladimir GM Gelfand Boris 2644 7
2 8 2663 GM Dubov Daniil GM Grischuk Alexander 2792 6
3 9 2803 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian GM Karjakin Sergey 2724 5
4 1 2755 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar GM Nakamura Hikaru 2820 4
5 2 2770 GM Svidler Peter GM Anand Viswanathan 2805 3