Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2014 (8)
Carlsen's closest challenger is now Caruana after Gashimov Memorial Round 8
Mark Crowther - Monday 28th April 2014
Fabiano Caruana won in round 8 against Teimour Radjabov replacing him in second place. Photo © | http://shamkirchess.az
The eighth round of the Gashimov Memorial saw two decisive games, neither of which involved Magnus Carlsen. Carlsen was outprepared by Sergey Karjakin (as acknowledged by his second Peter Heine Nielsen) and his only planned try 16.Nd4 was Carlsen's didn't work when he got there, at least for an advantage and the game fizzled to a draw.
Teimour Radjabov was surprisingly feisty in the press conference for his loss to Fabiano Caruana. He admitted that he'd completely overestimated his chances and he should have shown more care and played 31...Qg7 when a draw was the likely result. As it was a combination of a horribly difficult position and time pressure caused his defeat. Nevertheless I think for the first time since the 2013 Candidates we saw maybe why Radjabov was solid top four, sparky combative variations and some aggression and self confidence, if you ask me, I think he's over the worst and will be back into the top 10 before too long. Caruana played it nicely today and took over from Radjabov as Carlsen's closest challenger half a point back from him.
Hikaru Nakamura beat a struggling Shakhriyar Mamedyarov who got into a mess in the opening. Mamedyarov found the spectacular 24.Rxe6 but in spite of the shock value black was still better and Nakamura quickly achieved a winning advantage.
Round 8 Standings: Carlsen 5pts, Caruana 4.5pts, Karjakin, Radjabov, Nakamura 4pts, Mamedyarov 2.5pts
Round 9 Pairings Tues 29th April 2014: Caruana-Mamedyarov, Radjabov-Carlsen, Karjakin-Nakamura
I will be in commentary on ICC on Tuesday with GM Larry Christiansen 11am BST, free to watch at: http://www.twitch.tv/internetchessclub looking forward to it.
Nakamura beat Mamedyarov in round 8. Photo © http://www.shamkirchess.az.
|Vugar Gashimov Mem 2014 Shamkir AZE (AZE), 19-30 iv 2014||cat. XXII (2780)|
|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|
|Vugar Gashimov Mem B 2014 Shamkir AZE (AZE), 19-30 iv 2014||cat. XVII (2663)|
|Round 8 (April 28, 2014)|
|Eljanov, Pavel||- Guseinov, Gadir||1-0||48||E94||King's Indian Classical|
|Wojtaszek, Radoslaw||- Abasov, Nijat||½-½||28||E21||Nimzo Indian 4.Nf3|
|Motylev, Alexander||- Bacrot, Etienne||1-0||46||C67||Ruy Lopez Berlin|
|Durarbayli, Vasif||- Mamedov, Rauf||1-0||31||B78||Sicilian Modern Dragon|
|Safarli, Eltaj||- Wang, Hao||½-½||41||B90||Sicilian Najdorf Variation|
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