Tal Memorial: Back To Super-GM Format?

Время публикации: 31.05.2016 18:29 | Последнее обновление: 31.05.2016 23:51

The Moscow Region is ready to host a super-tournament to mark the 80th birthday of the eighth world chess champion

This year will mark 80 years since Mikhail Tal’s birth. Chess-News has learned that discussions are under way to hold the Tal Memorial in the 2nd half of September, right after the Baku Olympiad.

As readers may be aware the tournament in memory of the Magician from Riga was held every year in Moscow from 2006 to 2013 and became a staple of the super-tournament calendar. However, the new leadership of the Russian Chess Federation decided to break with tradition and the last, much watered down edition of the tournament was held in Sochi in 2014 in blitz format.

The decision makers have now returned to the traditional all-play all format. This is confirmed in an interview (in Russian) with the tournament’s director and acting head of the Moscow Region Chess Federation Sergey Nesterov, given to our website.

The tournament is planned at Crocus City Hall, Russia’s largest exhibition centre (where, incidentally, Elton John gave a concert last night). It is located on the Moscow MKAD ring-road, on the banks of the Moscow River, near Myakinino underground station. Discussions are currently underway with the owners of Crocus and the government of the Moscow Region.

The list of participants has yet to be determined but negotiations are expected to be held with elite grandmasters, beginning with the world champion.

For further details please listen to the interview (in Russian) with Sergey Nesterov on our website.

Translated by Ilan Rubin


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