23 June 2013, Kuala Lumpur – Here is the round 8 game between GM Carlsen of Norway against GM Nakamura of USA of the Tal Memorial 2013 in Moscow, Russia. Carlsen is second with 5.0 points and Boris Gelfand is leading with 5.5 points.
Standings after round 8:
The Week In Chess website reported that Magnus Carlsen moved within half a point of Boris Gelfand with a round to go of the Tal Memorial. Carlsen defeated Hikaru Nakamura in a strange game in the Catalan. Carlsen obtained a huge advantage after the opening, Nakamura was probably feeling uncomfortable but his 13...e5 looks an idea not likely to be repeated, 13....exd5 had been played before. After 22.e5 it was difficult to imagine black surviving for long but Carlsen thought just about anything would win and after 29...Bd3 allowing the bishop to return to the game only Bh3 would do. 30...Rxe5! would have almost equalised for black. A move later it wasn't as good and Carlsen finished things off more cleanly the second time around (37...Bc2?!). Carlsen will win the event if he beats Mamedyarov with black in the final round and Gelfand only draws against Kramnik with black. Other permutations are possible.
8th Tal Mem Blitz (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv TC:3m+2spm) - Games in PGN: Blitz Games