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Mikhail Tal Memorial 2008

10 players in round-robin, August 18-28th, pairings added

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The Ex-World Champion Vladimir Kramnik will participate in the traditional super-tournament Mikhail Tal Memorial, which will be held in Moscow from 18th to 28th August, Sports.ru reported. Kramnik is back to defend the last year’s trophy, when he confidently took the first place, full point ahead of Alexei Shirov.

Apart from Vladimir Kramnik, also confirmed is the participation of the winner of the Mtel Masters 2008 – Vassily Ivanchuk, the World Chess Championship semi-finalist Gata Kamsky, the 2007 World Championship participant Boris Gelfand and the 2007 World Cup finalist Alexei Shirov. There will be 10 players, but the rest of the field is to be announced later.

Update, 10th August: The field is now completed, with Alexander Morozevich, Ruslan Ponomariov, Peter Leko, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Evgeny Alekseev to play. Tal’s Cup, the world’s “largest” blitz tournament will take place on 29-30 August. Total prize fund is 100.000 USD.

Sources – e3e5.com and Sportbox.ru.

This tournament will probably serve as the last practical test for Kramnik and Kamsky prior to important matches in the World Championship cycle.

Playing Schedule

Round 1 – 18.08.2008

Kramnik, Vladimir – Shirov, Alexei

Leko, Peter – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar

Morozevich, Alexander – Alekseev, Evgeny

Ponomariov, Ruslan – Gelfand, Boris

Ivanchuk, Vassily – Kamsky, Gata

Round 2 – 19.08.2008

Shirov, Alexei – Kamsky, Gata

Gelfand, Boris – Ivanchuk, Vassily

Alekseev, Evgeny – Ponomariov, Ruslan

Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar – Morozevich, Alexander

Kramnik, Vladimir – Leko, Peter

Round 3 – 20.08.2008

Leko, Peter – Shirov, Alexei

Morozevich, Alexander – Kramnik, Vladimir

Ponomariov, Ruslan – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar

Ivanchuk, Vassily – Alekseev, Evgeny

Kamsky, Gata – Gelfand, Boris

Round 4 – 21.08.2008

Shirov, Alexei – Gelfand, Boris

Alekseev, Evgeny – Kamsky, Gata

Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar – Ivanchuk, Vassily

Kramnik, Vladimir – Ponomariov, Ruslan

Leko, Peter – Morozevich, Alexander

Round 5 – 22.08.2008

Morozevich, Alexander – Shirov, Alexei

Ponomariov, Ruslan – Leko, Peter

Ivanchuk, Vassily – Kramnik, Vladimir

Kamsky, Gata – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar

Gelfand, Boris – Alekseev, Evgeny

Round 6 – 24.08.2008

Shirov, Alexei – Alekseev, Evgeny

Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar – Gelfand, Boris

Kramnik, Vladimir – Kamsky, Gata

Leko, Peter – Ivanchuk, Vassily

Morozevich, Alexander – Ponomariov, Ruslan

Round 7 – 25.08.2008

Ponomariov, Ruslan – Shirov, Alexei

Ivanchuk, Vassily – Morozevich, Alexander

Kamsky, Gata – Leko, Peter

Gelfand, Boris – Kramnik, Vladimir

Alekseev, Evgeny – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar

Round 8 – 26.08.2008

Shirov, Alexei – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar

Kramnik, Vladimir – Alekseev, Evgeny

Leko, Peter – Gelfand, Boris

Morozevich, Alexander – Kamsky, Gata

Ponomariov, Ruslan – Ivanchuk, Vassily

Round 9 – 27.08.2008

Ivanchuk, Vassily – Shirov, Alexei

Kamsky, Gata – Ponomariov, Ruslan

Gelfand, Boris – Morozevich, Alexander

Alekseev, Evgeny – Leko, Peter

Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar – Kramnik, Vladimir

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