Ivanchuk Wins; Gata Finishes with Four
August 27, 2008
talmempic.jpgThe final round of the Tal Memorial (Moscow, August 18-27), where Vassily Ivanchuk came out on top, featured five draws, although not all were short. American World Championship Gata Kamsky fought for 74 moves to earn a draw against Ruslan Ponomariov in a tough endgame. Kamsky finished with 4/9. Considering his last round save and his penultimate win against Morozevich, Gata ended Moscow on a positive note.


Speaking of fighting chess, you will see a lot of it at the Dresden Olympiad (November 12-25), as for the first time-ever the Olympiad will enforce an anti-short draw rule.

Tal Memorial

Final Standings

1.GM Vassily Ivanchuk  UKR 2781- 6
2-5 -GM Vladimir Kramnik  RUS 2788, GM Alexander Morozevich  RUS 2788, GM Ruslan Ponomariov UKR 2718 and GM Boris Gelfand ISR 2720-5
6.-  GM Peter Leko HUN 2741-4.5
7-8. GM Evgeny Alekseev RUS 2708 and Gata Kamsky USA 2723 -4
9. GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov AZE 2742-3.5
10- GM Alexei Shirov ESP 2741-3