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Gashimov Memorial (Group B) Tournament

Pavel Eljanov6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Alexander Motylev5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Wang Hao5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Etienne Bacrot5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Radoslaw Wojtaszek4.5/9(+2 -2 =5)[games]
Nijat Abasov4/9(+0 -1 =8)[games]
Rauf Mamedov4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Vasif Durarbayli4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Gadir Guseinov4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Eltaj Safarli3/9(+0 -3 =6)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Gashimov Memorial (Group B) (2014)

Played in Shamkir, Azerbaijan 20-29 April 2014, in memory of Vugar Gashimov. TWIC:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Eljanov * ˝ 0 1 1 ˝ ˝ ˝ 1 1 6 2 Motylev ˝ * 0 1 0 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 1 5˝ 3 Wang Hao 1 1 * ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ 5 23.75 4 Bacrot 0 0 ˝ * ˝ ˝ 1 1 1 ˝ 5 20.25 5 Wojtaszek 0 1 ˝ ˝ * ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 1 4˝ 6 Abasov ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ * ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ 4 18.50 7 Mamedov ˝ 0 1 0 1 ˝ * 0 ˝ ˝ 4 18.00 8 Durarbayli ˝ ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ 1 * 0 ˝ 4 18.00 9 Guseinov 0 0 ˝ 0 ˝ 1 ˝ 1 * ˝ 4 16.26 10 Safarli 0 0 ˝ ˝ 0 ˝ ˝ ˝ ˝ * 3

Group A: Gashimov Memorial (2014)

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Wojtaszek vs V Durarbayli ½-½432014Gashimov Memorial (Group B)D97 Grunfeld, Russian
2. Eljanov vs R Mamedov ½-½372014Gashimov Memorial (Group B)A52 Budapest Gambit
3. Motylev vs N Abasov  ½-½752014Gashimov Memorial (Group B)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
4. E Safarli vs G Guseinov ½-½412014Gashimov Memorial (Group B)B36 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto
5. Wang Hao vs Bacrot  ½-½342014Gashimov Memorial (Group B)E90 King's Indian
6. R Wojtaszek vs Eljanov 0-1582014Gashimov Memorial (Group B)D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. V Durarbayli vs Bacrot 0-1392014Gashimov Memorial (Group B)C65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
8. N Abasov vs E Safarli  ½-½332014Gashimov Memorial (Group B)E04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
9. G Guseinov vs Wang Hao  ½-½352014Gashimov Memorial (Group B)B47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
10. R Mamedov vs Motylev  0-1372014Gashimov Memorial (Group B)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. Wang Hao vs N Abasov  ½-½462014Gashimov Memorial (Group B)E34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
12. Bacrot vs G Guseinov 1-0312014Gashimov Memorial (Group B)E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
13. E Safarli vs R Mamedov ½-½332014Gashimov Memorial (Group B)B33 Sicilian
14. Motylev vs R Wojtaszek 0-1342014Gashimov Memorial (Group B)B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
15. Eljanov vs V Durarbayli  ½-½472014Gashimov Memorial (Group B)D85 Grunfeld
16. V Durarbayli vs G Guseinov  0-1392014Gashimov Memorial (Group B)E60 King's Indian Defense
17. N Abasov vs Bacrot  ½-½342014Gashimov Memorial (Group B)C67 Ruy Lopez
18. R Mamedov vs Wang Hao 1-0752014Gashimov Memorial (Group B)C05 French, Tarrasch
19. R Wojtaszek vs E Safarli 1-0362014Gashimov Memorial (Group B)D70 Neo-Grunfeld Defense
20. Eljanov vs Motylev ½-½522014Gashimov Memorial (Group B)D11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. E Safarli vs Eljanov 0-1852014Gashimov Memorial (Group B)C78 Ruy Lopez
22. Wang Hao vs R Wojtaszek  ½-½662014Gashimov Memorial (Group B)B51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
23. G Guseinov vs N Abasov  1-0632014Gashimov Memorial (Group B)C69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
24. Motylev vs V Durarbayli  ½-½332014Gashimov Memorial (Group B)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
25. Bacrot vs R Mamedov 1-0262014Gashimov Memorial (Group B)A89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
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Apr-22-14  Calar: Round 3 on the way:

Safarli - Mamedov looks crazy and double-edged.

Motylev just sacrificed two central pawns for neboulous compensation. Wojtaszek's position seems better in every way.

Bacrot - Guseinov seems interesting. I'm interested will Bacrot be able to make use of Black King's weakened position.

Apr-22-14  Marmot PFL: <White was the higher rated player in every game in the first round and they were all draws.>

Expected better today from Wang Hao and Eljanov but the local players held on.

Apr-23-14  paavoh: In fourth round, Eljanov-Motylev is a nice transition to a heavy pieces endgame, advantage White but little time remaining before time control.
Apr-24-14  haydn20: Apparently Bacrot doesn't want to play any long games!
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: <haydn20>--This one dragged on for a while: R Wojtaszek vs Bacrot, 2014
Apr-26-14  haydn20: < Gregor Samsa Mendel: <haydn20>--This one dragged on for a while: R Wojtaszek vs Bacrot, 2014> No kidding--an 82 move KID grind-em-out.
Apr-26-14  haydn20: They were playing for 1st place. Bacrot is +3-0=3 with four Blacks. He has tough games left with Motylev and Eljanov. This has been a nice tournament, overshadowed by its big brother.
Apr-27-14  paavoh: Great endgame by Eljanov in the 7th round. One slight error by Bacrot and Eljanov grabbed the opportunity and never let go.
Apr-27-14  Illogic: Well, that sure made the standings a lot tighter.
Apr-27-14  haydn20: Eljanov has the easier sched, playing Guseinov and Abasov rated 8th & 10th in this tournament.
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  LucB: Goodness, Etienne, que se passe-t-il?
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  LucB: Étienne*
Apr-28-14  haydn20: Eljanov has only to draw the lowly Abasov to win this thing. Those tied for 2nd-5th are not playing each other, so there could be quite a logjam there. So far, places 1-5 are rated 2685-2734 and places 6-10 are 2516-2656.
Apr-29-14  paavoh: The backward d pawn (16.-c5) seemed to be the only major mistake in Eljanov-Guseinov. The efficiently used better King position + the extra pawn was nicely converted by Eljanov. He does not seem to need much to win games...
Apr-29-14  paavoh: Abasov-Eljanov is going to be a quick draw in Exchange Slav, where they exchanged off almost every piece.

Wang-Durarbayli is an interesting middle game with N vs 3 p mismatch. Black has all his pawns remaining while White's pawn structure is in shambles.

Apr-29-14  paavoh: Finally, congratulations to Eljanov! Great games throughout!
Apr-30-14  haydn20: Well done Eljanov. An exciting tournament too, with 20 decisive games and 25 draws.
Apr-30-14  haydn20: Motylev had a nice tour too--losses only to Wang & Wojtaszek with a win over Bacrot.
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  Mating Net: Wang Hao must be frustrated by his 3rd place finish, especially because he scored the only win over the eventual tourney winner. Perhaps an unfamiliarity with the lower rated participants had an effect as he could not defeat any of them.
Apr-30-14  Shams: I'm shamefully late to the B-group party. What were the best games?
Apr-30-14  haydn20: <Shams: I'm shamefully late to the B-group party. What were the best games?> Bacrot-Eljanov is pretty interesting IMO.
Apr-30-14  csmath: The first four as expected, perhaps in some random permutation. ;-)
May-01-14  ex0duz: How come Wang Hao got third over Bacrot? Isn't tie breaker who had more wins?

And yeah, while not shocking, pretty bad tournament for Wang Hao. Losing to Mamedov and not being able to win against any of the other 2600 players.. could of easily got 2nd or won it without that loss and with another win or two.

May-01-14  jphamlore: Wang Hao will singlehandedly destroy top-level Chinese chess for a decade. He'll be good enough to keep getting invited but not good enough to win anything. And there's no way major tournaments will invite two Chinese players so no other Chinese player including Wei Yi will get traction at the top level. The reason it will be for about a decade is Wang Hao isn't all that old and keep playing for quite some time at a high level.
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  whiteshark: <jphamlore> Hungry Chinese barracudas and a dynamisn in their individual development make your 10-y-outlook imo highly unlikely.
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