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Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2014 (Games and Results)

Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2014

The Vugar Gashimov Memorial takes place in Shamkir, Azerbaijan Sunday 20th (round 1) to 30th April. Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Sergey Karjakin, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Teimour Radjabov in the top event. The B-tournament is also very strong: Bacrot, Wojtaszek, Motylev, Wang Hao, Guseinov, Mamedov, Safarli, Durarbayli Abasov and Eljanov.

Round 1 Sun 11am BST: Carlsen-Mamedyarov, Nakamura-Caruana and Karjakin-Radjabov.

Magnus Carlsen wins the Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2014 (10)

Magnus Carlsen beat Fabiano Caruana in the final round of the Vugar Gashimov in Shamkir, Azerbaijan. Carlsen won the event by a point in spite of losing two games in a row and his performance ended up only being 1.2 points below expectations more than made up for by his single win in the Norwegian League last month.

The players all commented afterwards that they wanted for nothing at the event and were greatly encouraged by the knowledgeable spectators. I would say from the outside the only thing I could think to improve the event might be an additional rest day as five rounds in a row seemed slightly too much.

Carlsen actually got a reasonable edge from the opening against Caruana using a quiet Anti-Gruenfeld system. However Carlsen didn't really like his 16.h3 and thought that Caruana might have held with 20...d4 or even 20...Nxd6 as it was 20...f5 was a mistake and after 24...Bf5 his position was close to collapse. After 28. e4 and 29.Rd3! Carlsen was clearly winning and soon brought home the full point.

Carlsen was reasonably happy with the final result but said he lacked energy even after he recovered from the losses. He said he would consider playing the event next year. Caruana was clearly a bit disappointed with the final round loss but second place was a great result for him.

Mamedyarov and Karjakin drew an extremely sharp final round game although at least one of them should have seen the tactics in their preparation (Mamedyarov's 18.g5 novelty was followed by a huge think only a couple of moves later). Perhaps both suffered a bit from their recent Candidates exertions. For Mamedyarov the event was a complete disaster. For Karjakin this is his third tough event in a row and the 10 draws here can be seen in that context but for me a player of his talent and ambition hasn't been winning enough for some time.

Teimour Radjabov was happy with his tournament saying he wasn't worse in any of his games and only over-ambition led to defeat against Fabiano Caruana. For Hikaru Nakamura it was almost the opposite, he was struggling all event long with bad positions and in that context a 50% score is pretty good.

Final Standings: Carlsen 6.5pts/10, Caruana 5.5pts, Rajdabov, Karjakin and Nakamura 5pts and Mamedyarov 3pts.

Magnus Carlsen next appears in the Norway Chess tournament 2nd – 13th June 2014.

Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2014 (10)

Magnus Carlsen receives the trophy. Photo ©

Magnus Carlsen receives the trophy. Photo © | http://shamkirchess.az

Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2014 (Shamkir AZE)
Sat 19th Apr 2014 - Wed 30th Apr 2014 - Official Site

Vugar Gashimov Mem 2014 (6 players 10 Rds DRR Indiv TC:120m:60m:15m+30spm(61)) - Games in PGN: Games A

Vugar Gashimov Mem B 2014 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv ) - Games in PGN: Games B

Vugar Gashimov Mem 2014 (6 players 10 Rds DRR Indiv TC: 120m:60m:15m+30spm(61)) - Games in PGN: Games A

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Vugar Gashimov Mem 2014 Shamkir AZE (AZE), 19-30 iv 2014 cat. XXII (2780)
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2881 * * 0 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 2870
2. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2783 1 0 * * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 2815
3. Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2713 1 ½ ½ 0 * * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 5 2793
4. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2772 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * * ½ ½ ½ ½ 5 2781
5. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2772 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * * 1 1 5 2781
6. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2760 0 0 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 * * 3 2635
Round 1 (April 20, 2014)
Carlsen, Magnus - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1-0 47 D52 Queens Gambit Cambridge Springs
Karjakin, Sergey - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 54 C07 French Tarrasch
Nakamura, Hikaru - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 61 A33 English Symmetrical
Round 2 (April 21, 2014)
Carlsen, Magnus - Nakamura, Hikaru 1-0 61 D12 Slav Defence
Caruana, Fabiano - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 28 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 40 D47 Queens Gambit Meran
Round 3 (April 22, 2014)
Radjabov, Teimour - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 28 A34 English Symmetrical
Karjakin, Sergey - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 63 E20 Nimzo Indian
Nakamura, Hikaru - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1-0 33 B12 Caro Kann Advanced
Round 4 (April 23, 2014)
Caruana, Fabiano - Carlsen, Magnus 1-0 53 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Radjabov, Teimour - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 67 D11 Slav Defence
Karjakin, Sergey - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½ 26 B12 Caro Kann Advanced
Round 5 (April 24, 2014)
Carlsen, Magnus - Radjabov, Teimour 0-1 51 E70 King's Indian Fianchetto
Nakamura, Hikaru - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 49 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 84 D90 Gruenfeld Flohr
Round 6 (April 26, 2014)
Caruana, Fabiano - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 41 C80 Ruy Lopez Open
Radjabov, Teimour - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 48 C53 Giuoco Piano
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 27 E34 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Round 7 (April 27, 2014)
Radjabov, Teimour - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½ 29 A13 Reti Opening
Karjakin, Sergey - Caruana, Fabiano ½-½ 51 D85 Gruenfeld Defence
Nakamura, Hikaru - Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 52 E20 Nimzo Indian
Round 8 (April 28, 2014)
Carlsen, Magnus - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 38 E15 Queens Indian
Caruana, Fabiano - Radjabov, Teimour 1-0 52 E92 King's Indian Classical
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Nakamura, Hikaru 0-1 47 D11 Slav Defence
Round 9 (April 29, 2014)
Caruana, Fabiano - Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1-0 56 D11 Slav Defence
Radjabov, Teimour - Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 101 C92 Ruy Lopez Chigorin
Karjakin, Sergey - Nakamura, Hikaru ½-½ 40 E90 King's Indian Classical
Round 10 (April 30, 2014)
Carlsen, Magnus - Caruana, Fabiano 1-0 49 A49 King's Indian Defence /c2-c4
Nakamura, Hikaru - Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 77 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar - Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 37 A15 English counter King's Fianchetto

Vugar Gashimov Mem B 2014 (10 players 9 Rds SRR Indiv ) - Games in PGN: Games B

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Vugar Gashimov Mem B 2014 Shamkir AZE (AZE), 19-30 iv 2014 cat. XVII (2663)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2732 * ½ 0 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 6 2779
2. Motylev, Alexander g RUS 2685 ½ * 0 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 2740
3. Wang, Hao g CHN 2734 1 1 * ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 5 2697
4. Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2722 0 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 5 2699
5. Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g POL 2716 0 1 ½ ½ * ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 2656
6. Abasov, Nijat g AZE 2516 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 0 ½ 4 2635
7. Mamedov, Rauf g AZE 2660 ½ 0 1 0 1 ½ * 0 ½ ½ 4 2619
8. Durarbayli, Vasif g AZE 2584 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 * 0 ½ 4 2628
9. Guseinov, Gadir g AZE 2621 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 * ½ 4 2624
10. Safarli, Eltaj g AZE 2656 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * 3 2538
Round 1 (April 20, 2014)
Eljanov, Pavel - Mamedov, Rauf ½-½ 37 A52 Budapest Defence Main Line
Motylev, Alexander - Abasov, Nijat ½-½ 75 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Wang, Hao - Bacrot, Etienne ½-½ 34 E90 King's Indian Classical
Wojtaszek, Radoslaw - Durarbayli, Vasif ½-½ 43 D97 Gruenfeld Russian
Safarli, Eltaj - Guseinov, Gadir ½-½ 41 B36 Sicilian Maroczy Bind
Round 2 (April 21, 2014)
Wojtaszek, Radoslaw - Eljanov, Pavel 0-1 58 D15 Slav Defence
Abasov, Nijat - Safarli, Eltaj ½-½ 33 E04 Catalan
Mamedov, Rauf - Motylev, Alexander 0-1 37 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Durarbayli, Vasif - Bacrot, Etienne 0-1 39 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Guseinov, Gadir - Wang, Hao ½-½ 35 B47 Sicilian Paulsen
Round 3 (April 22, 2014)
Eljanov, Pavel - Durarbayli, Vasif ½-½ 47 D85 Gruenfeld Defence
Motylev, Alexander - Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 0-1 34 B51 Sicilian Rossolimo
Wang, Hao - Abasov, Nijat ½-½ 46 E34 Nimzo Indian 4.Qc2
Bacrot, Etienne - Guseinov, Gadir 1-0 31 E94 King's Indian Classical
Safarli, Eltaj - Mamedov, Rauf ½-½ 33 B33 Sicilian Sveshnikov
Round 4 (April 23, 2014)
Eljanov, Pavel - Motylev, Alexander ½-½ 52 D11 Slav Defence
Wojtaszek, Radoslaw - Safarli, Eltaj 1-0 36 D70 Gruenfeld Defence
Abasov, Nijat - Bacrot, Etienne ½-½ 34 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Mamedov, Rauf - Wang, Hao 1-0 75 C05 French Tarrasch
Durarbayli, Vasif - Guseinov, Gadir 0-1 39 E60 King's Indian without Nc3
Round 5 (April 24, 2014)
Motylev, Alexander - Durarbayli, Vasif ½-½ 33 C88 Ruy Lopez Closed
Wang, Hao - Wojtaszek, Radoslaw ½-½ 66 B51 Sicilian Rossolimo
Bacrot, Etienne - Mamedov, Rauf 1-0 26 A89 Dutch Leningrad
Guseinov, Gadir - Abasov, Nijat 1-0 63 C69 Ruy Lopez Exchange
Safarli, Eltaj - Eljanov, Pavel 0-1 85 C84 Ruy Lopez Centre Attack
Round 6 (April 26, 2014)
Eljanov, Pavel - Wang, Hao 0-1 42 E21 Nimzo Indian 4.Nf3
Motylev, Alexander - Safarli, Eltaj 1-0 73 B48 Sicilian Paulsen
Wojtaszek, Radoslaw - Bacrot, Etienne ½-½ 82 E97 King's Indian Classical
Mamedov, Rauf - Guseinov, Gadir ½-½ 40 B35 Sicilian Defence
Durarbayli, Vasif - Abasov, Nijat ½-½ 58 C44 Scotch Gambit
Round 7 (April 27, 2014)
Wang, Hao - Motylev, Alexander 1-0 40 C45 Scotch Game
Bacrot, Etienne - Eljanov, Pavel 0-1 57 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
Abasov, Nijat - Mamedov, Rauf ½-½ 42 E91 King's Indian Classical
Guseinov, Gadir - Wojtaszek, Radoslaw ½-½ 40 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Safarli, Eltaj - Durarbayli, Vasif ½-½ 67 B52 Sicilian Rossolimo
Round 8 (April 28, 2014)
Eljanov, Pavel - Guseinov, Gadir 1-0 48 E94 King's Indian Classical
Motylev, Alexander - Bacrot, Etienne 1-0 46 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Wojtaszek, Radoslaw - Abasov, Nijat ½-½ 28 E21 Nimzo Indian 4.Nf3
Durarbayli, Vasif - Mamedov, Rauf 1-0 31 B78 Sicilian Modern Dragon
Safarli, Eltaj - Wang, Hao ½-½ 41 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Round 9 (April 29, 2014)
Wang, Hao - Durarbayli, Vasif ½-½ 60 D78 Gruenfeld 3.g3
Bacrot, Etienne - Safarli, Eltaj ½-½ 36 A20 English Opening
Abasov, Nijat - Eljanov, Pavel ½-½ 29 D14 Slav Exchange
Mamedov, Rauf - Wojtaszek, Radoslaw 1-0 54 B22 Sicilian Alapin
Guseinov, Gadir - Motylev, Alexander 0-1 39 B80 Sicilian Scheveningen

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