The Tal Memorial saw an attractive first round in Moscow today with four victories in five games. After Mamedyarov and Nakamura drew their game, Aronian was the first winner of the day against Kramnik. Karjakin scored the second point against Gelfand and then Wang Hao beat Shirov. In the longest game of the round Grischuk defeated Eljanov. We have audio clips with comments from all ten players.
The traditional Tal Memorial tournament takes place 4-14 November in the GUM Exhibition Hall on Red Square, Moscow. Aronian (ARM, 2801), Kramnik (RUS, 2791), Alexander Grischuk (RUS 2771), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE, 2763), Sergey Karjakin (RUS, 2760), Pavel Eljanov (UKR, 2742), Boris Gelfand (ISR, 2741), Hikaru Nakamura (USA, 2741), Alexei Shirov (ESP, 2735) and Wang Hao (CHN, 2727) play a single round-robin. More info here.
Audio clips from the opening ceremony
After a somewhat modest (read: nothing special) opening ceremony the tournament started on Friday with a very exciting first round. But before we get to this, first some general remarks and comments from all ten players which Macauley Peterson & yours truly recorded at the reception after the opening ceremony.