Tal Memorial at Museum of Russian Impressionism

Feb 28, 2018 at 10:12 • Sport

The 11th International Tournament in memory of Mikhail Tal, the eighth world chess champion, will take place for a second time in a row at the Moscow Museum of Russian Impressionism – a major private museum in Russia. The Tournament is one of the projects that are part the international Chess at Museums programme, which the Russian Chess Federation has been implementing jointly with the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko since 2012.

The 11th Tal Memorial will have an A-list line-up: the prizes will be contested by famous chess players – Vladimir Kramnik, Aleksandr Grischuk, Pyotr Svidler, Sergey Karyakin, Yan Nepomnyashchy, Daniil Dubov (all from Russia), Shahriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan), Hikaru Nakamura USA), Viswanathan Anand (India) and Boris Gelfand (Israel).

The Grandmasters will play 9 rapid chess rounds and 13 blitz rounds. In the blitz chess tournament, the main players will be joined by four more players, whose names will be announced later. The blitz tournament and the closing of the Tal Memorial will take place at the Central House of Chess Player (No. 14 Gogol Boulevard, stroyeniye [building] 1).

The total prize money is 150,000 US dollars.

The Memorial in the memory of Mikhail Nekhemyevich Tal, one of brilliant Soviet chess players, has always been popular with audiences. And it is very gratifying that the tournament will be hosted for the second time in a row by the Museum of Russian Impressionism in Moscow. We are grateful to our sponsors and Boris Iosifovich Mints, the founder of the museum, for this unique opportunity and for the effective cooperation that has enabled the super tournament, named after Tal, to become a highlight of the international Chess at Museums programme

Andrey Filatov
President of the Russian Chess Federation

A pre-event press conference will take place on 1 March at 19:30; the opening is scheduled for 20:00.

Game days: rapid chess 2-4 March (Museum of Russian Impressionism, three rounds per day, the games start at 15:00); blitz chess 5 March (Central House of Chess Player, games start at 14:00). The closing ceremony will take place at the Central House of Chess Player 5 March at 19:00.

Admission for spectators: with tickets from the RCF and the Museum of Russian Impressionism. Admission to the opening by RCF invitations.

On 4 March, the super tournament at the Central House of Chess Player will include a traditional match of women’s teams called Blonds vs. Brunettes, which has been a highlight of the Moscow chess calendar for many years. The teams will be headed by the nation’s best female chess players Aleksandra Kosteniuk and Valentina Gunina. Guests are expected to arrive starting at 15:00; the tournament starts at 16:00.


Address of the Museum of Russian Impressionism: No. 15 Leningradsky Prospekt [Leningrad Avenue], stroyeniye [building] 11; Belorusskaya metro station.

For media accreditation, please contact Etery Kublashvili, publicist of the Russian Chess Federation, by email at:

The super tournament is sponsored by the corporate group Avtodor, the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko, the Russian Railways, PhosAgro, the Art Russe foundation, and the construction group Don.