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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

7th Tal Chess Memorial: Magnus Carlsen Comments, Tweet and Last-Round Game Against McShane

The one and only Magnus Carlsen
Magnus Carlsen, right after winning the 7th Mikhail Tal Chess Memorial, in Moscow, on Sunday had these comments to make:

"I think it has been a very interesting tournament. There have been twists and turns that noone could foresee. As for myself, I thing I played, well I stared slowly. My first three games were not impressive to say the least.

I think after that my play was good. I mean, the game with Grischuk, although I didn't win, it was an energizer to play such an interesting game. I thought after that I was in the driving seat in most of my games.
Obviously if it turns out that Aronian wins [looks to one of the screens], which in fact he did, I'm actually the winner of the tournament. That is nice but, I mean, like last year there were a lot of fortunate circumstances for me in the last round to be able to win it but that's the way it goes sometimes. Today I had to win myself and I did. That's all I can do."

Carlsen was asked about the best and worst moment of his tournament.

"Yesterday I was very happy that Ronaldo scored two goals and Portugal went through! The worst for me was the start of the tournament. I was suffering." 
Later, Magnus Carlsen tweeted:
"Won my last game vs. McShane, and as Caruana lost to Aronian I came in sole first place. Nice how everything falls into place at the end :)"
For those interested in statistics, Magnus Carlsen has won 11 tournaments in two years and nine months: Nanjing 2009, London 2009, Wijk 2010, Bazna 2010, Nanjing 2010, London 2010, Bazna 2011, Biel 2011, Grand Slam final 2011, Tal Memorial 2011, Tal Memorial 2012
Here is the Round 9 game that gave Magnus Carlsen his second victory of the Mikhail Tal Chess Memorial title second year in a row!

McShane, Luke J (2706) - Carlsen, Magnus (2835)

Result: 0-1
Site: Moscow RUS
Date: 2012.06.18

[...] 1.e4 e5 2.¤f3 ¤c6 3.¥b5 a6 4.¥a4 ¤f6 5.O-O ¥e7 6.¥xc6 dxc6 7.d3 ¤d7 8.b3 O-O 9.¥b2 f6 10.¤c3 ¦e8 11.¢h1 ¤f8 12.¤e2 c5 13.¤h4 ¤e6 14.¤f5 ¥f8 15.¤e3 ¤d4 16.f4 ¥e6 17.fxe5 fxe5 18.¤g1 g6 19.c3 ¤c6 20.¤f3 ¥g7 21.£e1 a5 22.¦d1 a4 23.bxa4 ¦xa4 24.a3 ¦f8 25.¥c1 ¦a8 26.£g3 ¥b3 27.¦de1 £xd3 28.¤g4 ¥e6 29.¤h6+ ¢h8 30.£h4 ¥f6 31.¥g5 ¥xg5 32.£xg5 ¢g7 33.£c1 ¦f4 34.¦d1 £c4 35.¦fe1 ¦af8 36.¤g5 ¥c8 37.g3 ¦f2 38.¤f5+ gxf5 39.¤h3 ¦e2 40.£g5+ ¢h8



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