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🏆 Baku Open (2010)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Gata Kamsky, Rauf Mamedov, Emil Davidovich Sutovsky, Ilya Yulyevich Smirin, Evgenij Miroshnichenko, Davit Maghalashvili, Eltaj Safarli, Anar Allahverdiyev, Aleksej Gennadyevich Aleksandrov, Gadir Guseinov, Nijat Abasov, Boris Savchenko, Mustafa Yilmaz, Vasif Durarbayli, Ayaz Mammadov, Davit Jojua, Baris Esen, Konstantine Shanava, Bahruz Rzayev, Namig Guliyev, Luka Paichadze, Farid Abbasov, Rasul Ibrahimov, Gaioz Nigalidze, Vugar Rasulov, Giga Quparadze, Ulvi Bajarani, Misratdin Iskandarov, Asghar Golizadeh, Zaur Mammadov, Djakhangir Agaragimov, Ulvi Sadikhov, Lela Javakhishvili, Malkhaz Sulashvili, Natalia Zhukova, Shota Azaladze, Sarasadat Khademalsharieh, Sayed Javad Alavi Moghaddam, Tamijani Homayoon Toufighi, Logman Guliev, Kamal Aghasiyev, Sanan Dovliatov, Orkhan Abdulov, Faik Aleskerov, Agil Pirverdiyev, Nijat Aghayev, Gulnar Mammadova, Iveri Chighladze, Anar Aliakbarov, Araz Alakhverdiev, Narmin Kazimova, Farid Zeynalov, Mitra Hejazipour, Shahriyar Rahmanov, Amir Kowsarinia, Mohammad Miran Khademi, Tebriz Idrisov, Turkan Mamedjarova, Elvin Bayramov, Khayala Abdulla, Elshad Orujov, Narmin Khalafova, Vusal Abbasov, Mushfig Asgarov, Nargiz Umudova, Ghazal Hakimifard, Shakhriyar Hasanov, Sabina Ibrahimova, Shujaat Orujov, Khayala Isgandarova, Amil Abbasov, Eldar Musayev, Elshad Abdullayev, Elnur Fakhraddin Aliyev, Nariman Joussifov, Fidan Aghasiyeva, Erkin Gurbanzade, Akif Valibayov, Rashad Hasanov, Farid Namazov, Shahin Hajiyev, Jiri Sedlacek, Giorgi Khelaia, Turkan Hasanova, Orkhan Talishzada, Dargah Rustamzada, Javidan Babazade, Sabina Guliyeva, Rashad Zeynalov, Aysel Bakhtiyarli, Sirus Hasanli, Fuad Akhmadzade, T Rzayev, Gennadiy Chubenko, Maryam Eyyubzada, Adnan Orujov

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 151  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Sutovsky vs J Sedlacek 1-0292010Baku OpenB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
2. S Guliyeva vs T H Toufighi 0-1262010Baku OpenC18 French, Winawer
3. F Abbasov vs A Abbasov 1-0552010Baku OpenA56 Benoni Defense
4. A Alakhverdiev vs F Akhmadzade 1-0282010Baku OpenD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. D Jojua vs T Hasanova ½-½312010Baku OpenE90 King's Indian
6. A Bakhtiyarli vs R Ibrahimov 0-1292010Baku OpenB53 Sicilian
7. E Bayramov vs A Allahverdiyev 0-1262010Baku OpenC71 Ruy Lopez
8. U Bajarani vs Gennadiy Chubenko 1-0162010Baku OpenB06 Robatsch
9. A Orujov vs V Rasulov 0-1362010Baku OpenB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
10. L Paichadze vs T Rzayev 1-0332010Baku OpenB20 Sicilian
11. E Safarli vs N Khalafova 1-0362010Baku OpenB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
12. J Babazade vs Miroshnichenko 0-1532010Baku OpenB50 Sicilian
13. Kamsky vs E Abdullayev 1-0392010Baku OpenB01 Scandinavian
14. B Savchenko vs F Aghasiyeva 1-0372010Baku OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
15. S Ibrahimova vs K Shanava 0-1362010Baku OpenB75 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
16. S Orujov vs A G Aleksandrov 0-1732010Baku OpenC48 Four Knights
17. O Talishzada vs G Guseinov 0-1462010Baku OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. A Aliakbarov vs R Mamedov 0-1392010Baku OpenE95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1
19. Smirin vs S Hajiyev 1-0282010Baku OpenB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
20. B Rzayev vs E Safarli 0-1252010Baku OpenC26 Vienna
21. T H Toufighi vs N Joussifov ½-½532010Baku OpenC01 French, Exchange
22. R Ibrahimov vs M Hejazipour 1-0462010Baku OpenA17 English
23. R Zeynalov vs D Jojua 0-1342010Baku OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
24. F Namazov vs S Alavi ½-½272010Baku OpenE15 Queen's Indian
25. V Rasulov vs E Aliyev ½-½302010Baku OpenC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
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  TheFocus: About time this was put up. Four rounds of betting done already.

I am betting the house on Gata Kamsky! He has won me some Chess Bucks. Course that draw I lost on.

Aug-27-10  Marmot PFL: When does he play the other big boys?
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  Tabanus: Kamsky will win of course ;) (results) (live games)

Aug-28-10  kurtrichards: <When does he play the other big boys?> He is the only big boy in the tourney just like Mickey at the British Championships. Lol... :)
Aug-28-10  malthrope: Speaking of the Big boys and Kamsky winning this tourney... o_O

Today GM Rauf Mamedov (2660) AZE defeated GM Gata Kamsky (2713) USA in a Sicilian Defense: Kan Variation [B42] which eventually lead to a winning R + P's ending for Rauf.

[Event "Baku Open"]
[White "Rauf Mamedov"]
[Black "Gata Kamsky"]
[WhiteElo "2660"]
[BlackElo "2713"]
[Result "1-0"]
[Opening "Sicilian Defense: Kan Variation: 5. Bd3"]
[ECO "B42"]
[Date "2010.08.28"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 g6 6.0-0 Bg7 7.Nb3 d6 8.a4 Ne7 9.Nc3 Nbc6 10.a5 d5 11.Bd2 0-0 12.Na4 Rb8 13.Be3 Be5 14.Bb6 Bc7 15.Qd2 Bd7 16.f4 e5 17.f5 dxe4 18.f6 Bxb6+ 19.Nxb6 Nf5 20.Bxe4 Be6 21.Qxd8 Rfxd8 22.Nc5 Rd6 23.Rfd1 Rxd1+ 24.Rxd1 Nxa5 25.b4 Ne3 26.Rd7 Nac4 27.Nxc4 Bxc4 28.Bxb7 Nxc2 29.Bxa6 Be6 30.Nxe6 fxe6 31.Bc4 Nd4 32.b5 Nxb5 33.Bxe6+ Kh8 34.g4 Nd4 35.Bd5 Ne2+ 36.Kf2 Nf4 37.h4 Nxd5 38.Rxd5 Kg8 39.Rxe5 Kf7 40.g5 Rb7 41.Kf3 Ra7 42.Kf4 Rb7 43.Re4 Ra7 44.Rc4 h6 45.Re4 hxg5+ 46.hxg5 Kf8 47.Rd4 Kf7 48.Ke5 Rb7 49.Rd5 Ra7 50.Rc5 Rd7 51.Rc6 Ra7 52.Kd6 Ra5 53.Rc7+ Kf8 54.Rc5 Ra6+ 55.Rc6 Ra8 56.Rc5 Ra6+ 57.Ke5 Ra7 58.Rb5 Kf7 59.Kd6 Ra6+ 60.Kd5 Ra8 61.Rb7+ Kf8 62.Rg7 Ra5+ 63.Ke6 Ra6+ 64.Ke5 Ra5+ 65.Kf4 Ra4+ 66.Ke3 Ra3+ 67.Kd4 Ra4+ 68.Kc3 Ra3+ 69.Kb4 Rh3 70.Rxg6 Rh7 71.Rh6 1-0

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The final position after 71. Rh6 1-0

A first-class Chess game by the young GM. :)

Also interesting is the position that I showed to <twinlark> the other day... :) From Rauf's game against IM Ulvi Bajarani (2409) AZE played in Rd #4 (Aug 26, 2010).

Here is the position reached...


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Mamedov vs Bajarani

Black has just played 31... Rfh8 -- White to play.

As, I was telling <twinlark> in his chessforum, <"Find the killer shot that Rauf had waiting a real life <"Bolt from the Blue!"> :XD">

It's a humdinger! ~lol~ ;)


Tomorrow at the Baku Open the top pairings for Round #7 (of 9) are:

Bd #1 // Miroshnichenko (5) vs Mamedov (5)

Bd #2 // Sutovsky (5) vs Safarli (5)

Bd #3 // Abbasov (5) vs Aleksandrov (5)

Bd #4 // Alavi (5) vs Savchenko (5)

Bd #5 // Kamsky (4) vs Essen (5)

So far, it has been a very enjoyable tourney with some fantastic games and positions! :^)

My Best, - Mal

PS: If you have any trouble finding the <'killer shot'> above you can always check out the game score here:

R Mamedov vs U Bajarani, 2010

Baku Open 2010 Sicilian Defense: Chekhover Variation (B53) 1-0

Or, you could take a quick 'peek' in my chessforum (my post back to <twinlark> as he very much enjoyed it!). ;)

Aug-30-10  Chessforeva: 3D games:
Aug-30-10  Gryz: Kamsky (and Golizadah) win their games in round 8. The rest plays a draw. Kamsky gets back at the top. We now have 5 players in the lead, with 6.5/8.

Rauf Mamedov, Aleksej Aleksandrov, Boris Savchenko, Gata Kamsky and Ashghar Golizadeh.

The tournament ends tomorrow (31/8). So tomorrow one more round ? Go, Gata, go !

Aug-31-10  notyetagm: Go Gata!
Aug-31-10  kurtrichards: <Kamsky gets back at the top.> Gata Kamsky USA 2713 will play black against Boris Savchenko RUS 2623 and they both have identical score of 6.5. Gata is out to prove that he is the big boy in this tourney but Boris is hungry like a wolf. May the best man win. Good luck!
Aug-31-10  hungry hippo: Gata won!
Aug-31-10  dahtah: kamsky sole winner baku open 2010


Aug-31-10  Gryz: I watched a large number of games live. Pretty impressive ! I was particularly amused how Gata always got into equal positions in midgame. And then, out of nowhere, somewhere in the late endgame, Gata got an advantage. Which he used to bring home the victory.

Even though he had the highest rating of all players in Baku, it's still an achievement to win +7=1-1. Too bad he got unlucky against Mamedov. Even when you are favorite, it isn't easy to live up to expectations.

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  wordfunph: <Gryz: And then, out of nowhere, somewhere in the late endgame, Gata got an advantage. Which he used to bring home the victory.>

just like the game against Esen in the 7th round, fatal 58...Kf6 made it 1-0 for Gata..

Aug-31-10  sugarmom2: agree <Gryz>.
Aug-31-10  kurtrichards: <Ashgar Golizadeh IRI 2481 6.5 pts. vs. Aleksej Aleksandrov BLR 2642 6.5 pts.> Draw in just eight moves? Hmmm.... yellows.... :(
Aug-31-10  mortigi tempo: <kurtrichards> Playing for a win in that situation would involve more risk than reward. And I'm sure they made their decision based on the prize money too. It's very much a "A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush" situation.

Also neither would likely be playing for first. More likely if they played for a win it would be to play for a shared first which means less money for the risk. Or even worse than that, some type of blitz playoff against a 2700. I'm not aware of baku rules but I'm just giving this scenario as an example.

Aug-31-10  Major Dude: Looks like FM Golizadeh had a break through tournament.
Aug-31-10  kurtrichards: <Playing for a win...would involve more risk...> Even playing for a draw involves risk.

<And i'm sure they made their decision based on the prize money too...More likely if they played for a win it would be to play for a shared first which means less money for the risk.> Because of their 8-move draw they now shared second place which means lesser money for the risk.

<or even worse than that, some type of blitz playoff against a 2700.> Why? Are they afraid of blitz playoff? That is why I called them yellows.


Aug-31-10  waustad: <Looks like FM Golizadeh had a break through tournament.> Yes, +2 for a 2211 player in this tourney will help his rating a lot I would suspect.
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  TheFocus: Gata won me quite a few Chess Bucks. Thanks Gata! Beers are on my tab.

Now on to the Shanghai Express.

Sep-01-10  mortigi tempo: <kurtrichards> 6.5 points at final = shared 11th (6th through 11th place) for a total of 11,100 USD. Divided by 6 = $1850 USD per person.

7 points at final = shared 5th (2nd through 5th place) for a total of 19000 USD per person. Divided by 5 = 3800 USD per person.

7.5 points at final = clear first for a total of 10000 USD for Kamsky.

1 person w/ 7.5 = 10000 USD
2 persons w/ 7.5 = 8750 USD per person
3 persons w/ 7.5 = 7500 USD per person

<So the more who play for first and get first actually get less than first. And if they lose they get <much> less than first. Because a shared first 1-3rd place tie pushes down the average money won for those who tie 2nd, and those who tie 3rd.>

Whereas those that take a quick draw or a prearranged draw are in the middle. With little to no risk.

Anyways, there's more to it all than just being yellow. The phrase that comes to mind is Expectation Value. I'd have a hard time explaining that which I honestly don't fully understand. And I'm quickly losing interest in trying to continue this as it is.

<waustad> By the way, Golizadeh was +6 - 1 = 2 for +5 for the tournament. Also he's almost a 2500 FM. So he's probably underrated and a youngster I'd think.

Sep-01-10  kurtrichards: <mortigi tempo> I don't want to have an argument with you or anybody else regarding Golizadeh-Aleksandrov drawn game. When I said ...yellows...I was just showing my disappointment because I wanted an underdog to win the Baku Open and I found the two to have the chance...anyways it was Kamsky who won and there's no use talking about it now. Sorry if I've wasted your time. See you around. :)
Sep-01-10  YouRang: From

<Mark Crowther - Tuesday 31st August 2010

The Baku Open took place 23rd-31st August 2010. Gata Kamsky in spite of a loss to Rauf Mamedov secured victory alone with 7.5/9 half a point clear of the field. Games from the final round are not complete.>

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