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Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2014 (7)

Carlsen beats Nakamura for the tenth time in Gashimov Memorial Round 7

Magnus Carlsen turned things around against Nakamura in round 7. Photo ©

Magnus Carlsen turned things around against Nakamura in round 7. Photo © | http://www.shamkirchess.az

Magnus Carlsen went back into the lead alone after the seventh round of the Gashimov Memorial Carlsen secured his second win of the event against Hikaru Nakamura, their classical score now stands at 10 wins for Carlsen with 15 draws. Nakamura put a brave face on the loss from a position where the only discussion was about how he would go about winning. Nakamura's position gradually deteriorated in time trouble after he missed 28...Qh6. Carlsen was relieved the worst was over but with a big time advantage he found 37...Rdc8 when Nakamura's position was then close to collapse and by move 40 it had gone. 42...b3! was an opportunistic blow that would have speeded the end but Carlsen's 42...Rd2 just won the ending. This was again a 4.f3 Nimzo-Indian and I guess Carlsen will keep getting this played against him until he starts to be more convincing. His Benoni like setup was either bad or at the very least he didn't feel very at home with the problems.

The other games were less thrilling. Teimour Radjabov and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov didn't seem very interested in anything but a draw and played a drawish variation of the Catalan. Sergey Karjakin and Fabiano Caruana blasted out 28 moves of Giri-Caruana Gruenfeld from Zug 2013. Karjakin wanted another go at the unbalanced ending and although the game went on a bit it was almost like an adjournment session where both had researched this position in detail and there were no surprises.

Round 7 standings: Carlsen 4.5pts, Radjabov 4pts, Caruana, Karjakin 3.5pts. Nakamura 3pts, Mamedyarov 2.5pts

Round 8 Pairings: Mamedyarov-Nakamura, Carlsen-Karjakin, Caruana-Radjabov.

Nakamura

Hikaru Nakamura during round 7. Photo © http://www.shamkirchess.az.

Nakamura-Carlsen

Nakamura-Carlsen during round 7. 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 * * 0 . 0 . ½ . 1 1 1 1 2863
2. Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2713 1 . * * ½ . ½ ½ ½ . ½ ½ 4 2835
3. Caruana, Fabiano g ITA 2783 1 . ½ . * * ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 . 2777
4. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2772 ½ . ½ ½ ½ ½ * * ½ . ½ . 2772
5. Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2772 0 0 ½ . ½ ½ ½ . * * 1 . 3 2746
6. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2760 0 0 ½ ½ 1 . ½ . 0 . * * 2685
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
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 * 1 0 1 . ½ ½ . ½ 1 2781
2. Bacrot, Etienne g FRA 2722 0 * ½ ½ 1 . 1 ½ 1 . 2753
3. Wang, Hao g CHN 2734 1 ½ * ½ ½ 1 0 ½ . . 4 2714
4. Wojtaszek, Radoslaw g POL 2716 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 . . ½ 1 4 2726
5. Guseinov, Gadir g AZE 2621 . 0 ½ ½ * . ½ 1 1 ½ 4 2705
6. Motylev, Alexander g RUS 2685 ½ . 0 0 . * 1 ½ ½ 1 2656
7. Mamedov, Rauf g AZE 2660 ½ 0 1 . ½ 0 * ½ . ½ 3 2616
8. Abasov, Nijat g AZE 2516 . ½ ½ . 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 3 2616
9. Durarbayli, Vasif g AZE 2584 ½ 0 . ½ 0 ½ . ½ * ½ 2562
10. Safarli, Eltaj g AZE 2656 0 . . 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * 2 2486
Round 7 (April 27, 2014)
Bacrot, Etienne - Eljanov, Pavel 0-1 57 D43 Anti-Meran Gambit
Wang, Hao - Motylev, Alexander 1-0 40 C45 Scotch Game
Guseinov, Gadir - Wojtaszek, Radoslaw ½-½ 40 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Abasov, Nijat - Mamedov, Rauf ½-½ 42 E91 King's Indian Classical
Safarli, Eltaj - Durarbayli, Vasif ½-½ 67 B52 Sicilian Rossolimo

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