Sergey Karjakin warmed up for the Candidates Tournament in style with a supreme performance in the Tal Memorial blitz, winning seven games and losing just one on the way to taking first place ahead of Hikaru Nakamura. No-one else could match that consistency, with fast starters Vishy Anand, Dmitry Andreikin and Vladimir Kramnik fading badly, while Candidates top seed Shakhriyar Mamedyarov finished second last after managing to win just two games out of 13.
The Tal Memorial Blitz was a 14-player 5+3 blitz tournament that took place in the Botvinnik Central Chess Club in Moscow on 5th March. You can replay all the games using the selector below – click a result to open the game with computer analysis or hover over a player’s name to see all his results:
- Official website
- All the rapid games with computer analysis on chess24
- Tal Memorial, Day 1: Mamedyarov snatches lead
- Tal Memorial, Day 2: Anand catches Mamedyarov
- Tal Memorial, Day 3: Anand is rapid king, again!