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Carlsen beats Nakamura for perfect 2/2 start in the Gashimov Memorial

Carlsen-Nakamura Round 2. Photo ©

Carlsen-Nakamura Round 2. Photo © | http://shamkirchess.az

Magnus Carlsen turned the two white's he started with into two points at the start of the Gashimov Memorial following a win against Hikaru Nakamura. Carlsen played for the tiniest of edges which he used to cause Nakamura some problems and the in subsequent time pressure Nakamura "got it all wrong". 17...Nd6 allowed Carlsen to pin the knight with 18.Ba3 which needed addressing and 18...f5 weakened the kingside, neither necessarily errors but they did give Carlsen something to work with. 21.Qf3 encouraged Nakamura to give up the centre. Nakamura thought 30...e5 was an improvement and highlighted 33...Nb6 as the losing error. Nakamura had hoped that white's rook would get trapped on the kingside but when it didn't and a second pawn fell it was only a matter of time before Carlsen converted. Another fine performance by Carlsen and his nineth win against Nakamura without reply.

The other games were tame affairs leaving the stage open for this game of the day. Much of the post-game press conference centred on some rather inelegant postures Carlsen struck during the fifth hour. The post-game press conference was a rather tense affair but the players conversed in a polite manner. Carlsen was happy with his start but wouldn't entertain discussions of scoring 9/10 to go over 2900 because it pretty much isn't going to happen.

Round 2 Standings: Carlsen 2pts, Karjakin, Caruana, Radjabov 1pt, Nakamura, Mamedyarov 0.5pts.

Round 3 Pairings: 11am BST 12pm CSET Tues 22nd April: Nakamura-Mamedyarov, Karjakin-Carlsen, Radjabov-Caruana.

Carlsen-Nakamura press conference

Carlsen-Nakamura press conference Photo © http://www.shamkirchess.az.

Black should be completely fine but somehow I got it all wrong. Nakamura

When I started losing my mind was when I played this... [Nb6] somehow I hallucinated I thought this rook was getting trapped.

Carlsen-Nakamura

Carlsen and Nakamura discuss the game afterwards. Photo © http://www.shamkirchess.az.

Carlsen-Nakamura

Much of the post-game press was about Carlsen's posture at the board during the fifth hour. Photo © http://www.shamkirchess.az.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov gave up a pawn for queenside pressure against Teimour Radjabov's Meran but when this pawn was returned a draw was always likely.

The Ruy Lopez Berlin caused it's normal problems for the white player. Fabiano Caruana innovated with 15.Rd2 against Sergey Karjakin but his 18.Nd4 simply to encourage c5 showed it was hardly anything and the game was drawn.

Carlsen-Nakamura

Much of the post-game press was about Carlsen's posture at the board during the fifth hour. Photo © http://www.shamkirchess.az.

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 * * . . . . . . 1 . 1 . 2
2. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2772 . . * * ½ . ½ . . . . . 1 2748
3. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2783 . . ½ . * * . . ½ . . . 1 2772
4. Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2713 . . ½ . . . * * . . ½ . 1 2766
5. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2772 0 . . . ½ . . . * * . . ½ 2639
6. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2760 0 . . . . . ½ . . . * * ½ 2604
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
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. Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2722 * . . ½ . . . . . 1 2852
2. Motylev, Alexander g RUS 2685 . * . . ½ . . 1 . . 2781
3. Eljanov, Pavel g UKR 2732 . . * . . . . ½ 1 . 2881
4. Wang, Hao g CHN 2734 ½ . . * . . ½ . . . 1 2671
5. Abasov, Nijat g AZE 2516 . ½ . . * ½ . . . . 1 2670
6. Safarli, Eltaj g AZE 2656 . . . . ½ * ½ . . . 1 2568
7. Guseinov, Gadir g AZE 2621 . . . ½ . ½ * . . . 1 2695
8. Mamedov, Rauf g AZE 2660 . 0 ½ . . . . * . . ½ 2515
9. Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g POL 2716 . . 0 . . . . . * ½ ½ 2465
10. Durarbayli, Vasif g AZE 2584 0 . . . . . . . ½ * ½ 2526
Round 2 (April 21, 2014)
Abasov, Nijat - Safarli, Eltaj ½-½ 33 E04 Catalan
Guseinov, Gadir - Wang, Hao ½-½ 35 B47 Sicilian Paulsen
Mamedov, Rauf - Motylev, Alexander 0-1 37 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Wojtaszek, Radoslaw - Eljanov, Pavel 0-1 58 D15 Slav Defence
Durarbayli, Vasif - Bacrot, Etienne 0-1 39 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin

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