Speelman, Jon, The Independent (London, England)
The Tal Memorial Tournament ended yesterday in Moscow but the players had only a single day of rest - or rather more likely limbering up with blitz sessions - before battle is renewed tomorrow and Thursday, when they will be joined by various qualifiers for the finals of the FIDE-approved World Blitz Championship.
This should be highly entertaining - though judging from past such events only a limited number of games are likely to be published, partly because the automatic boards and attendant software tend to fail under the strain of five-minute chess. But in any case, before the relatively relaxed mania of two days of blitzing, the more serious matter of "proper" chess had to be decided.
After a superb display, with wins in every White game but one and draws in all his Blacks, Vladimir Kramnik had clinched first place with a round to go, striding on to 6/8. However, second place was still very much up for grabs, with Alexei Shirov second on 4.5/8 but four players snapping at his heels on 4: Boris Gelfand, Magnus Carlsen, Dmitri Jakovenko and Peter Leko. Alekseev avoided Kramnik's favourite Catalan (after an early ...d5) with a sharp line, but Kramnik was clearly ready and hit Alekseev in turn with the critical 6.e4!?, popularised by …
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