The seventh round at the 7th Tal Memorial saw two upsets – both the joint overnight leaders losing their games! Not only did Alexander Morozevich lost his second game in a row to last seed Evgeny Tomashevsky, but joint leader and former world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik lost to Luke McShane as well. This allowed five players now in joint lead.
1. Radjabov – Caruana draw
2. Aronian – Grischuk draw
3. Nakamura – Carlsen draw
4. Tomashevsky – Morozevich 1-0
5. McShane – Kramnik 1-0
Standings:1-5. Morozevich, Carlsen, Radjabov, Kramnik, Caruana – 4
6. Nakamura – 3.5
7-9. Grischuk, Aronian, McShane – 3
10. Tomashevsky – 2,5
The Tal Chess Memorial is being held at the Pashkov House in Moscow with 10 of the world’s top players from June 8-18. You can watch the games live at the official website from India time 7.30 pm. Rest days were June 11 and 15. The time control is 100 minutes for the first 40 moves, 50 minutes for the next 20 moves, and 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move one. Draw offers are not allowed until after the first time control. The prize fund is 100,000 euros.
Published with permission from Chess Magazine Black and White.