Taking a look at an emerging superstar
Mikhail Tal was probably the most aggressive, and for that matter the most colorful world champion in the history of chess. His approach to the game apparently was first to look for attacking moves and take substantial risks whenever there was a prospect of an open game. The Tal Memorial held in Moscow celebrates his memory. In the process, it has become slowly apparent that we are witnessing the emergence of a new immortal, 21 year old Magnus Carlsen of Norway. In this year’s Tal Memorial he caught Levon Aronian in the last round and scored his first victory in this great tournament in a tiebreak over Aronian. 3rd place went to Vassily Ivanchuk. Carlsen finished ahead of World Champion Viswanathan Anand of India (7th) and Anand’s current challenger, Boris Gelfand, Israel (9th). In the last round, Aronian, who was co-winner last year with the Hungarian, Peter Leko and the Russian Ruslan Ponomariov, withstood an intense attack by Ian Nepomniachtchi of Russia to draw and tie for 1st.