Tal Memorial 2012 – day one

This highly prestigious event started yesterday in Moscow. The first round was an incredible blow to Black pieces as White won 4 games and drew once.
First, Carlsen drew rather quickly against Kramnik (Annotations are taken from the official website of the tournament):

Then the rest of the games was very dramatic:

It is good to see that all players are in a fighting mood in this event :)

So many interesting events… :)

It is always pleasant to see lots of very interesting and strong tournaments happening at the same time as you can watch everything or choose the ones you wish to follow. This week Tal Memorial had started, a match of 6 games (time control is 45 minutes+15 sec per move) is being played in Leon between Topalov and Vallejo Pons and tomorrow Women’s Grand-Prix starts in Kazan’!

As for Tal Memorial, you can follow the comments & suggestions of GMs on Twitter and on if you speak Russian :).

In their match Vallejo drew the first game:

And won the second:

And there are quite a few interesting 1st round pairings in Kazan':

Koneru-Hou
T.Kosintseva-Kosteniuk
Cmilyte-Lahno
N.Kosintseva-Stefanova

Attacking the King – the solution

Here is the solution to the latest quiz!

Well done to those who found it!