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Gashimov Memorial Tournament

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Fabiano Caruana6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Anish Giri5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Sergey Karjakin5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Rauf Mamedov4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Pentala Harikrishna4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Eltaj Safarli4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Teimour Radjabov4/9(+0 -1 =8)[games]
Pavel Eljanov3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Yifan Hou2.5/9(+0 -4 =5)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Gashimov Memorial (2016)

The third annual Shamkir Chess supertournament, dedicated to the memory of Vugar Gashimov, was held at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Shamkir, Azerbaijan between May 26 and June 4, 2016. The tournament was a ten-player round robin; rounds 1 to 8 started at 15:00 local time (11:00 UTC), while round 9 started at 14:00 local time. The only rest day was on May 31, between rounds 5 and 6.

Although World Champion Magnus Carlsen, winner of the first two Gashimov Memorials, did not return in 2016, the tournament still had a very strong line-up. Five of the players (Caruana, Giri, Karjakin, Eljanov and Harikrishna) were ranked in the world's top 13, with Caruana at #2 and Giri at #4; Karjakin was the World Championship challenger. Women's World Champion Hou Yifan and top Azeri grandmasters Mamedyarov, Radjabov, Safarli and Mamedov completed the list of players. The time control was 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting on move 61. Draw agreements were not allowed before move 41.

The tie-break criteria were: 1. number of wins; 2. head-to-head score; 3. Sonneborn-Berger. In case of a two-player tie for first place, a playoff match would decide the winner.

Results

All five games in the first round were drawn, although Safarli-Eljanov was a wild rollercoaster game in which both sides missed winning lines after Black sacrificed a piece. The second round saw three decisive games; Caruana found a winning zugzwang as Black in a queen and rook endgame against Eljanov, while Harikrishna won against Mamedyarov in 33 moves as White and Giri, also with White, defeated Karjakin in 68 moves after a complicated endgame.

Caruana moved into sole lead after round 3, winning against Hou Yifan as White. Karjakin had excellent winning chances after an early oversight by Harikrishna; he eventually converted his advantage on move 62. Mamedyarov, with an endgame win over Eljanov, also rebounded from his second-round loss.

Caruana scored his third consecutive win in the fourth round, defeating Mamedov as Black; meanwhile, Giri scored the tournament's shortest win in his game against Harikrishna, sacrificing a pawn and a piece and forcing the Indian's resignation on move 27. The fifth round saw four decisive games, with both Caruana (as White against Radjabov) and Giri (as Black against Safarli) winning again; Eljanov's shaky play also continued, as he lost a sharp game against Harikrishna. Karjakin moved into sole third place with an endgame win against Hou, while Mamedyarov-Mamedov was the only drawn game of the round. Before the rest day Caruana was in the lead with +4, with Giri on +3 and Karjakin on +1.

The sixth round didn't change the standings, as all five games were drawn; Caruana won a pawn against Safarli with aggressive play as Black, but drifted into time trouble and failed to convert his advantage. In the seventh round Eljanov scored his first win, as White against Hou Yifan; Mamedyarov also won with White, defeating Safarli after mutual inaccuracies in the only game between two Azeri players to not be drawn. Mamedyarov continued his move in round 8, defeating tournament leader Caruana as Black in a Sveshnikov Sicilian; it was the only decisive game of the round. With one round to play, Caruana and Giri shared the lead with +3, with Mamedyarov on +2 and Karjakin on +1; in the last round, Caruana had Black against Karjakin, while Mamedyarov played Giri with White.

Round 9 saw three decisive games, all won by Azeri players. Safarli, as Black, scored his only win in the tournament after Harikrishna blundered a clear advantage into a loss; Mamedov, also with Black, defeated Hou Yifan for his lone full point. Of the two key games, Karjakin-Caruana was a quick draw, while Mamedyarov won a pawn against Giri and eventually converted his advantage in a rook endgame. Mamedyarov's 3/3 finish had propelled him into a tie for first place; a playoff match was needed to determine the champion.

Mamedyarov 2748 * 1 1 = = 0 1 = 1 = 6.0 Caruana 2804 0 * = = 1 = = 1 1 1 6.0 Giri 2790 0 = * 1 = 1 1 = = = 5.5 Karjakin 2779 = = 0 * = 1 = = = 1 5.0 Mamedov 2655 = 0 = = * = = = = 1 4.5 Harikrishna 2763 1 = 0 0 = * 0 = 1 = 4.0 Safarli 2664 0 = 0 = = 1 * = = = 4.0 Radjabov 2726 = 0 = = = = = * = = 4.0 Eljanov 2765 0 0 = = = 0 = = * 1 3.5 Hou Yifan 2663 = 0 = 0 0 = = = 0 * 2.5

(Ratings as per the May 2016 FIDE standard rating list.)

Tie-break match

The format for the Gashimov Memorial (Rapid Tiebreaks) (2016) between Caruana and Mamedyarov was: two games with a time control of 10 minutes per player with a 3-second increment from move 1; if the players were still tied, two games at 5 minutes per player with a 3-second increment from move 1; if the players were still tied, an Armageddon game (6 minutes for White and 5 minutes for Black, with Black having draw odds) to decide the winner.

In the first playoff game Mamedyarov had White; he drifted into a clearly worse position in the middlegame, but in time trouble Caruana failed to convert. In game two Caruana had White; again, he got a clear advantage out of the early middlegame but only drew. The third game was a double-edged fight, eventually won by Mamedyarov as Black in a rook endgame. With a draw in the fourth and final playoff game, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov won the 2016 Gashimov Memorial.

Mamedyarov = = 1 = 2.5 Caruana = = 0 = 1.5

Prizes: 15,000 EUR (~17,000 USD) for the winner; 12,000 EUR for the runner-up; 73,000 EUR in total.

Tie-break games: Gashimov Memorial (Rapid Tiebreaks) (2016)

Official site: http://www.shamkirchess.az/

Previous edition: Gashimov Memorial (2015)
Next edition: Gashimov Memorial (2017)

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Radjabov vs Yifan Hou ½-½322016Gashimov MemorialA46 Queen's Pawn Game
2. E Safarli vs Eljanov ½-½432016Gashimov MemorialA13 English
3. Caruana vs Harikrishna ½-½432016Gashimov MemorialB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
4. Mamedyarov vs Karjakin ½-½292016Gashimov MemorialE15 Queen's Indian
5. R Mamedov vs A Giri  ½-½422016Gashimov MemorialB22 Sicilian, Alapin
6. Eljanov vs Caruana 0-1452016Gashimov MemorialD91 Grunfeld, 5.Bg5
7. Yifan Hou vs E Safarli ½-½392016Gashimov MemorialC18 French, Winawer
8. Harikrishna vs Mamedyarov 1-0332016Gashimov MemorialB07 Pirc
9. A Giri vs Karjakin 1-0682016Gashimov MemorialA36 English
10. R Mamedov vs Radjabov ½-½202016Gashimov MemorialB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
11. Radjabov vs A Giri  ½-½402016Gashimov MemorialD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
12. Caruana vs Yifan Hou 1-0352016Gashimov MemorialC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
13. Karjakin vs Harikrishna 1-0622016Gashimov MemorialC42 Petrov Defense
14. Mamedyarov vs Eljanov 1-0592016Gashimov MemorialE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
15. E Safarli vs R Mamedov  ½-½282016Gashimov MemorialE97 King's Indian
16. A Giri vs Harikrishna 1-0272016Gashimov MemorialD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
17. Yifan Hou vs Mamedyarov  ½-½562016Gashimov MemorialB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
18. R Mamedov vs Caruana 0-1512016Gashimov MemorialC53 Giuoco Piano
19. Eljanov vs Karjakin  ½-½412016Gashimov MemorialD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Radjabov vs E Safarli  ½-½332016Gashimov MemorialD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
21. Mamedyarov vs R Mamedov ½-½302016Gashimov MemorialD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. Karjakin vs Yifan Hou 1-0532016Gashimov MemorialC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
23. Caruana vs Radjabov 1-0362016Gashimov MemorialB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
24. E Safarli vs A Giri 0-1432016Gashimov MemorialB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
25. Harikrishna vs Eljanov 1-0412016Gashimov MemorialC49 Four Knights
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jun-04-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jambow: Giri is young and still rising, if he continues to play for a win instead of draws who knows...?
Jun-04-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tiggler: <Jambow: Giri is young and still rising, if he continues to play for a win instead of draws who knows...?>

Just what he did not do today. He avoided complications, and .... lost.

Third place was what he deserved.

Jun-04-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tiggler: <AylerKupp: <<suenteus po 147> actually own the book since it was under consideration for a first year reading project at my institution, but haven't taken the time to read it yet.>

I understand perfectly. My first year in an institution I had high hopes, but I never accomplished any of my goals, one of which was to escape. :-)>

Still there, huh? Keep taking the tablets and maybe you'll get to a half-way house.

Jun-04-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: < AylerKupp: <keypusher> Come on, I think that you must admit that, given what has been posted before, to respond to "and when your boy ends up in hell?" with "he'll challenge po<so>o ..." was inspired.>

The drooling Pinoy tard sticks <so> in every English word in which <o> follows <s> (which is quite a few) and you think that's inspired? Okay...

Jun-05-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  poulh: Is there a link to the tie break games?
Jun-05-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: <<Tiggler> Still there, huh? Keep taking the tablets and maybe you'll get to a half-way house.>

The men in the white coats tell me that I'm doing better so I continue to have high hopes.

Jun-05-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: <<keypusher> ...and you think that's inspired>?

Remember, most things in life are relative. And he sets the bar pretty low. So, yes, I thought it was inspired ... for him.

Jun-05-16  Pulo y Gata: <Jun-04-16 chessalem: let me continue....when wesley goes old and eventually pass away, he will challenge capablanca, morphy and fischer for the unified and undisputed title of champion of heaven and earth.>

<keypusher> I usually don't put much time on such posts, but I really found the above funny. It's so ridiculous you know the poster can't be serious or taken seriously.

Jun-05-16  Absentee: <Pulo y Gata: I usually don't put much time on such posts, but I really found the above funny. It's so ridiculous you know the poster can't be serious or taken seriously.>

This is the only tolengoyism I found funny:

Wesley So (kibitz #149407)

<He could never be a reliable witness...Look his picture. He can't see with his dark spectacles on.. The dog is blind.>

Jun-05-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <AK....most things in life are relative. And (tolengoof) sets the bar pretty low. So, yes, I thought it was inspired ... for him.>

Judged against that hopelessly low standard, you have a point, though <Absentee>'s quote:

<He could never be a reliable witness...Look his picture. He can't see with his dark spectacles on.. The dog is blind.>

is rather droll, ackshly.

Jun-05-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Tiggler: <AylerKupp> Good that they retired the jacket with long sleeves that buckle at the back.
Jun-05-16  1300patzer: My ignore list is getting crowded with "second generation" ignorees: people who may post on-topic some of the time but who insist on replying to or talking at length about trolls. I'm probably best advised to just play over the games and leave it at that.
Jun-05-16  Everett: <I'm probably best advised to just play over the games and leave it at that.>

You got it! Yet, what do I know, since a still fail to always walk that walk.

Jun-06-16
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  perfidious: < 1300patzer: My ignore list is getting crowded with "second generation" ignores....>

My first thought, had you not defined the term, might have been that it stood for posters such as the innumerable reincarnations of <tolengoof> or <WMD>.

Jun-06-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: <<Tiggler> Good that they retired the jacket with long sleeves that buckle at the back.>

They had to. All of the other inmates refused to wear it, even after it had been repeatedly washed and sanitized. They were afraid that, in spite of all the precautions, that it might still be contagious. They said: "Hey, we might be crazy, but we're not stupid."

Now that that's hopefully settled, on to chess-related items to keep this post on-topic to at least some extent. I bought Komodo 10 yesterday but I haven't had the chance to try it yet.

Jun-06-16
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  siamesedream: RIP Viktor Korchnoi
Jun-07-16
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  Tiggler: <AylerKupp> That's at least two insults you owe me. You have to catch up or I'll start to think we are not friends anymore.
Jun-07-16
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  AylerKupp: <<Tiggler> <AylerKupp> That's at least two insults you owe me.>

OK, I'll see what I can do. But, in the meantime, I hope that you are not charging interest.

Jun-07-16
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  Tiggler: Nah. I'm just getting crabby waiting for CG to announce the next GM Challenge.
Jun-07-16
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  Sokrates: <1300patzer: My ignore list is getting crowded with "second generation" ignorees: people who may post ...> It also beats me why some, usually common-sensed posters here grant these trolls the benefit of a response. For me it would be like trying to create a sensible discussion with a dead-drunk man at a street corner.
Jun-08-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  dunkenchess: Not in a street corner but in a canal. hehehe...
Jun-09-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: <Tiggler> And I thought that you were always crabby.

One down, one to go. :-)

Jun-09-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Being crabby is not solely the province of we Cancerians, y'know. (laughs)
Jun-09-16
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  Tiggler: I'm a crabby-leo. <Life's greatest challenge for those born on the Cancer-Leo Cusp, then, is to find a comfortable middle ground between these extremes. To do so will take hard work and self-discipline ...>

http://www.dailyhoroscope.com/horos...

I don't need comfortable; still less: hard work and discipline.

Jul-09-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Tiggler: <AylerKupp> That's at least two insults you owe me....>

This is a misfortune.

<....You have to catch up or I'll start to think we are not friends anymore.>

This would be a calamity.

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