Best World Blitz Players Arrive in Moscow

Best World Blitz Players Arrive in Moscow

Tal Memorial (rapid) 2018,
2 - 4 Mar 2018, Moscow (Russia)

Nakamura, Hikaru
Anand, Viswanathan
Nepomniachtchi, Ian
Kramnik, Vladimir
Grischuk, Alexander
Svidler, Peter
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar
Karjakin, Serge
Gelfand, Boris
Dubov, Daniil
10 players
Average rating: 2753

Tal Memorial (blitz) 2018,
5 Mar 2018, Moscow (Russia)

Many stars of blitz such as Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura, Vladislav Artemiev, Dmitry Andreikin, Ian Nepomniatchci, Tigran L. Petrosian, Boris Gelfand, Anton Korobov, Zaven Andriasian, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Santosh Vidit, Gata Kamsky, Sanan Sjugirov, Boris Savchenko, Maxim Matlakov, Rauf Mamedov, Vladimir Fedoseev, Andrey Esipenko, Sergei Zhigalko and many other well-known chess players will play a 9 double-round robin event.

Photo by Eteri Kublashvili


Regulations.pdf PDF (693.25 Kb)

The tournament continues the international programme implemented by Russian Chess Federation (RCF) together with the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko since 2012. The super tournament is organized with support of the Avtodor Group of Companies, the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko, JSC Russian Railways, PhosAgro, Art Russe, and Building and Construction Group of Companies «Don».

The event will take place in Moscow, from March 1 (arrival) till March 6 (departure) 2018.


1. Hikaru Nakamura (USA, rapid rating 2823/blitz rating 2853) 2. Viswanathan Anand (India, 2805/2801) 3. Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia, 2803/2768) 4. Vladimir Kramnik (Russia, 2795/2784) 5. Alexander Grischuk (Russia, 2792/2846) 6. Peter Svidler (Russia, 2770 /2793) 7. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan, 2755/2714) 8. Sergey Karjakin (Russia, 2724/2868) 9. Boris Gelfand (Israel, 2644/2745) 10. Daniil Dubov (Russia, 2617/2767).

Four more participants, whose names will be announced later, will join the blitz tournament.


March 1. Arrival. Opening Ceremony (entrance by invitation cards).

March 2–4. Rapid. Museum of the Russian Impressionism Leningradsky Prospect, 15, bld. 11; Belorusskaya metro station). The first rapid games start at 3 p.m. Moscow time. 

March 2 (rounds 1-3)

March 3 (rounds 4-6)

March 4 (rounds 7-9)

Entrance by the RCF's and Museum tickets

March 5. Blitz. Central Chess Club (Gogolevsky Boulevard, 14, bld. 1). The games begin at 2 p.m. Moscow time. Free entrance.

System of play.

Rapid. Round-robin tournament with 9 rounds. Time control: 25 minutes for the whole game with an increment of 10 seconds for each move starting from the first one. The score is one point for a win, half a point for a draw and zero for a loss.

Blitz. Round-robin tournament with 9 rounds. Time control: 5 minutes and 3 seconds increment for each move. The score is one point for a win, half a point for a draw and zero for a loss. 

In case of a tie, the following tie-break criteria will be used (in descending order of priority), apart from a tie for the 1st place: direct encounter, Sonneborn–Berger, Koya system. If two or more participants share the 1st place, there will be an additional competition. 

Prize fund is $150,000. 

Chief arbiter is IA Anatoly Bykhovsky (Russia). 

A broadcast with live commentary by grandmasters will be organized. 

Please contact the RCF Press Officer Eteri Kublashvili for press credentials

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