SIMPLECHESS

Kramnik coasts home.

Three wins and six draws was enough for Vladimir Kramnik to win the Tal Memorial in Moscow. Ivanchuk and Carlsen were half-a-point behind in equal second.

If you can arrange for ten of the World's top thirteen players to compete in the same tournament, then there is a good chance that it will be the strongest of the year. Kramnik came out on top with 6/9 in this Category 21 (average rating 2763.9) event, yes that's right TWENTY-ONE. I didn't know they could go that high!

Kramnik obtained his wins in rounds 3, 4 and 6 whereas Ivanchuk's were in rounds 6 and 7. Carlsen left it even later after starting sluggishly (a bad cold didn't help) but finished strongly with wins in rounds 8 and 9. Ivanchuk had White against Kramnik in the last round, so could have won the tournament if he was victorious. Indeed he had an interesting sacrificial possibility or two, but held back and winning chances were gone. How close was he to turning the tide? Go to the Notable Games section to find out!

Looks to me like Vassily missed his chance! © Yana Melnikova

Final Standings

PositionNameNationalityRatingPointsPerformance
1.Vladimir KramnikRUS277262888
2.Vassily IvanchukUKR27395.52846
3.Magnus CarlsenNOR28015.52839
4.Levon AronianARM278652804
5.Viswanathan AnandIND278852804
6.Boris GelfandISR27584.52764
7.Ruslan PonomariovUKR273942723
8.Peter SvidlerRUS27543.52685
9.Peter LekoHUN275232640
10.Alexander MorozevichRUS275032640

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