Tal Memorial Opened in the Museum of the Russian Impressionism

The 11th edition of the International tournament dedicated to the memory of the 8th world chess champion Mikhail Tal was officially opened in the Museum of the Russian Impressionism in Moscow on March 1. 

Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Arkady Dvorkovich, Chief Executive Officer of the Museum of the Russian Impressionism Yulia Petrova, grandmaster Boris Gelfand, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Group of Construction Companies "Don" Vladimir Kirsanov gave speeches at the ceremony. A pre-start press conference took place as well: the speakers were the founder of the Museum Boris Mints, Chief Executive Officer of the Museum Yulia Petrova, Executive Director of the Russian Chess Federation Mark Glukhovsky, grandmasters Vladimir Kramnik and Sergey Kajakin.  

Chief arbiter Anatoly Bykhovsky carried out the drawing of lots. The participants got the following starting numbers:

  1. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, 2. Peter Svidler, 3. Viswanathan Anand, 4. Hikaru Nakamura, 5. Sergey Karjakin, 6. Alexander Grischuk, 7. Boris Gelfand, 8. Daniil Dubov, 9. Ian Nepomniachtchi, 10. Vladimir Kramnik

Round 1 pairings:

Mamedyarov – Kramnik, Svidler – Nepomniachtchi, Anand – Dubov, Nakamura – Gelfand, Karjakin - Glishuk.
In conclusion, Moscow Soloists Chamber Orchestra with its founder, conductor & soloist Yury Bashmet performed several pieces of classical music.

For more details please see the attached press release
Photos by Vladimir Barsky and Boris Dolmatovsky

Official website of the Russian Chess Federation - 

Tournament page

Photos by Boris Dolmatovsky

Contact information:

Press service of the Russian Chess Federation

Eteri Kublashvili