Magnus Carlsen Wins The Tal Memorial
Magnus Carlsen beat Hikaru Nakamura with the black pieces in the final round to claim first place at the Tal Memorial on superior tie-breaks from Lev Aronian, and consign the American to last place.
Lev Aronian had a tough game against Ian Nepomniachtchi, but just held on for a draw to earn second place. Had Nepomniachtchi won, he would have claimed a remarkable tournament victory against a very strong field.
Sergey Karjakin sacrificed a pawn against Vassily Ivanchuk, but after a lively fight a draw was the end result. Vishy Anand completed the tournament with his ninth draw from nine games, this time against his challenger for the world title next year, Boris Gelfand.
We were also treated to another decisive game, when Peter Svidler beat Vladimir Kramnik to jump above him in the standings.
The champion! Carlsen takes first place
Lev Aronian was put on the rack by Nepomniachtchi
Peter Svidler demonstrates his win against Vladimir Kramnik
A preview of next year's World Championship match ended in a draw
The final standings:
|Carlsen, Magnus ||NOR||2826||5½|
|Levon Aronian ||ARM||2802||5½|
|Nepomniachtchi, Ian ||RUS||2730||5|
|Ivanchuk, Vassily ||UKR||2775||5|
|Svidler, Peter ||RUS||2755||4½|
|Anand, Viswanathan ||IND||2811||4½|
|Gelfand, Boris ||ISR||2744||3½|
|Nakamura, Hikaru ||USA ||2758||3|
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