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Gashimov Memorial Tournament

Magnus Carlsen6.5/10(+5 -2 =3)[games]
Fabiano Caruana5.5/10(+3 -2 =5)[games]
Teimour Radjabov5/10(+1 -1 =8)[games]
Sergey Karjakin5/10(+0 -0 =10)[games]
Hikaru Nakamura5/10(+2 -2 =6)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov3/10(+1 -5 =4)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Gashimov Memorial (2014)

This first Gashimov Memorial was played in Shamkir, Azerbaijan 20-30 April 2014, in memory of Vugar Gashimov. TWIC:

01 02 03 04 05 06 1 Carlsen ** 01 0˝ ˝˝ 11 11 6.5 2 Caruana 10 ** ˝1 ˝˝ ˝˝ 01 5.5 3 Radjabov 1˝ ˝0 ** ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ 5 25.50 4 Karjakin ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ ** ˝˝ ˝˝ 5 25.00 5 Nakamura 00 ˝˝ ˝˝ ˝˝ ** 11 5 21.50 6 Mamedyarov 00 10 ˝˝ ˝˝ 00 ** 3

Next edition: Gashimov Memorial (2015). Group B: Gashimov Memorial (Group B) (2014)

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 30  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Carlsen vs Mamedyarov 1-0472014Gashimov MemorialD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Nakamura vs Caruana ½-½612014Gashimov MemorialA33 English, Symmetrical
3. Karjakin vs Radjabov ½-½542014Gashimov MemorialC07 French, Tarrasch
4. Carlsen vs Nakamura 1-0612014Gashimov MemorialD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. Caruana vs Karjakin ½-½282014Gashimov MemorialC67 Ruy Lopez
6. Mamedyarov vs Radjabov  ½-½402014Gashimov MemorialD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. Nakamura vs Mamedyarov 1-0332014Gashimov MemorialB12 Caro-Kann Defense
8. Radjabov vs Caruana ½-½282014Gashimov MemorialA34 English, Symmetrical
9. Karjakin vs Carlsen ½-½632014Gashimov MemorialE20 Nimzo-Indian
10. Caruana vs Carlsen 1-0532014Gashimov MemorialC67 Ruy Lopez
11. Karjakin vs Mamedyarov ½-½262014Gashimov MemorialB12 Caro-Kann Defense
12. Radjabov vs Nakamura ½-½672014Gashimov MemorialD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
13. Carlsen vs Radjabov 0-1512014Gashimov MemorialE70 King's Indian
14. Nakamura vs Karjakin ½-½492014Gashimov MemorialA15 English
15. Mamedyarov vs Caruana 1-0842014Gashimov MemorialD90 Grunfeld
16. Caruana vs Nakamura ½-½412014Gashimov MemorialC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
17. Mamedyarov vs Carlsen 0-1272014Gashimov MemorialE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
18. Radjabov vs Karjakin ½-½482014Gashimov MemorialC53 Giuoco Piano
19. Nakamura vs Carlsen 0-1522014Gashimov MemorialE20 Nimzo-Indian
20. Radjabov vs Mamedyarov ½-½292014Gashimov MemorialA13 English
21. Karjakin vs Caruana ½-½512014Gashimov MemorialD85 Grunfeld
22. Carlsen vs Karjakin ½-½382014Gashimov MemorialE15 Queen's Indian
23. Mamedyarov vs Nakamura 0-1472014Gashimov MemorialD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
24. Caruana vs Radjabov 1-0522014Gashimov MemorialE92 King's Indian
25. Caruana vs Mamedyarov 1-0562014Gashimov MemorialD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
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May-02-14  Chessinfinite: <jphamlore> < any match took something out of Anand, it was the Topalov match due to the incredible amount of computer opening preparation each side was using and Anand listening not just to his team but to the advice of both Kasparov and Kramnik.>

Yeah, that match was a very hard fought one and is probably the closest fought match at the top level in the last decade or two. Computer preparation, free advice, paid advice - all was ok and needed to beat the other guy :)

<Anand is a consummate professional so when he knew he was being given the very best advice possible he took it>

<Immediately after the end of Candidates 2014 there were wild rumors that Anand's friend Kramnik (but then again isn't almost everyone Anand's friend, very rare in the chess world) would possibly be willing to help Anand prepare>

Oh, i am not sure you know about how it is to work and play with the Russian players around. Imo, working with each other is common with the Soviet era players, even working with your future rivals is very normal, it seems. Anand gets free 'advice' from Kasparov, paid advice from Kramnik, who probably had his own hidden motives in that match. Topalov getting secret advice from 'hidden' GMs and computing beasts. I miss those days :)

You can never know who Kasparov and Kramnik might be working with, they sometimes even work together- in that match against Anand for eg. fwiw, i think Anand is too smart for all that 'friendly' image to get to his head- he is a 'shrewd operator' if i can say so, and i think is also playing a subtle psychological game against his former and present rivals. So, i don't think much of his 'friendliness' with his rivals- sure friendly on a personal level, not so much on the board and the results :)

May-02-14  two to the power six: I completely agree. the level of competition is very different today, hence while kasparov was most dominant, he did not face the very large number of young motivated computer-savvy players of the highest calibre that Carlsen faces today....that is also a reason I salute the tenacity of Anand and Kramnik...the question naturally arises - was Kasparov clever enough to run away when he started losing to the likes of Topalov?
May-02-14  jphamlore: By the late 1930s at least the Soviet Union had the then equivalent of the Internet and computer analysis for chess, only it was of course done by people. Soviet rising young players benefited from having translated into Russian some of the all-time classics of chess literature written relatively recently as of the 1930s by giants such as Capablanca, Lasker, Nimzowitsch, and Tarrasch. To see the advantage Soviet players would have had, observe Tarrasch's Die Moderne Schachpartie has still to my knowledge this day not been translated into English. Furthermore the Soviet players had enough support to establish an equivalent of research journals on chess analyzing every single high-level game. And once the Soviet Union absorbed all of the world's knowledge and started writing about new knowledge in Russian, it created a barrier for the rest of the world to catch up. It is no coincidence the player who finally broke through the Soviet wall, Bobby Fischer, learned Russian to be able to read Russian chess publications.
May-02-14  Chessinfinite: <hence while kasparov was most dominant, he did not face the very large number of young motivated computer-savvy players of the highest calibre that Carlsen faces today>

I think, you got it upside down. Kasparov faced the generation of the 90s when they were young and motivated + he faced the generation of the 80s when they were matured and super strong ( read Karpov and others). What Kasparov, Karpov, Anand and Kramnik faced was probably one of the toughest opposition faced by anyone *on average*, imo. I can expect some response stating Fischer's opposition to be the greatest around early 1970s, but i think there are good reasons to claim that the 90s gen of players was one of the best ever. So Carlsen's results against modern opposition, though very impressive may fall a bit short in its present form to Kasparov's results during the pre-computer age, i think. It will be an interesting discussion for sure.

What better proof than to see that one of the 90s generation player is going to Challenge Carlsen for the world title this Nov ?, while being in his forties..

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  plang: <he did not face the very large number of young motivated computer-savvy players>

I am not even sure what that means. I guess computers have affected the way players prepare openings and has led to players avoiding certain theoretical lines. But that doesn't mean the players are better and, of course, they are on their own resources over the Board. I just think the impact of computers on the quality of classical chess is over-rated.

May-03-14  haydn20: <LucB> Here is my favorite math blunder. Sadly, it wasn't one of my students, but one of my graduate advisor's. This young lady had to use the 2nd derivative of sin x in a problem, but in time-trouble she wrote first (d/dx)sinx = sin, and then of course (d/dx)sin = 0. It don't get no better than that.
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  Mating Net: I miss getting up early to watch this tournament. My sleep cycle is all out of synch now, oh well, small price to pay for an exciting 10 rounds.
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  Sokrates: <Check It Out: <Sokrates> You "root" for your favorite players, rather than "route" which is a path to get somewhere.> Thanks. Lesson learnt. Try to improve my foreign languages every day. :-)
May-03-14  1971: <Sokrates> So crazy, you must be a soccer fan.
May-03-14  1971: <Mating Net> Fair shake.
May-03-14  schweigzwang: < It don't get no better than that.>

I dunno ... how about calculating cross-products with the left hand, since the other hand is holding the writing implement? Always popular.

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  LucB: <haydn> I know what you mean!..

Or how about:

arc sin x / arc cos x = tan x

... because the 'arc' cancels!

<schweigzwang> well there you go: some incentive to write with your left hand!

May-03-14  schweigzwang: Well it wasn't ME doing that!
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  LucB: No, no; I know! I just meant in a general sense!


May-04-14  mkrk17: kasparov actually had the advantage of being the first mover on really good software. chessbase was being developed in collaboration with him. He also had the background to hire huge computers to do his analysis. This was in 1994+ when none of the others had a decent computer to help them analyse.
May-06-14  siamesedream: <Magnus Carlsen`s Blog
Shamkir Chess 2014 – great event!

With a busy schedule this week and next, I’ve enjoyed a few days off after returning from Shamkir last Thursday. After the up’s and down’s in both quality of play and results, the last round victory made all the difference. Outright victory with 6.5/10 after sharing the lead (with Fabiano Caruana) before the last round, was just what I needed: Finishing on an upbeat note with a decent result overall. Looking back at ‘Shamkir Chess 2014 – in memory of Vugar Gashimov’, there are several reasons to be uplifted. The tournament was flawlessly organized at the highest level in an amicable atmosphere. Many of the strongest players in the world under age 30 participated and in addition there was a very strong B-group. The event took place in the homeland of Vugar, and the uncompromising fighting chess in his style seen throughout the event was a worthy way of honoring him. During the tournament I was frustrated with making too many blunders. In retrospect my overall level of play was probably okay. Five wins, and some very good games compensate significantly for the weaker days, and in my two losses my opponents Caruana and Radjabov after all played more or less flawlessly. Apart from Mamedyarov, who seemed to lack the level of energy needed for his uncompromising style as displayed more successfully in the Candidates, most players are probably reasonably happy with their result. Importantly for Azerbaijan, Radjabov seems to have done a lot of good work recently and has definitely reversed the downward trend and rating loss experienced in 2013. In addition to thanking the organizer Synergy Group, all the individuals involved one way or another, and the family of Vugar, I’m grateful to my coach Peter Heine as well as my father Henrik and the ‘security’ man Bjorn for their support. I hope the Shamkir Chess tournament will become a tradition. Tuesday 6th there is a media day, followed by an event in Trondheim for Nordic Semiconductor on Wednesday and an internet match against ‘Norway’ on Thursday 8th, organized by VG. Later on the 8th I’m playing a simul at a Simonsen Vogt Wiig event. My next tournament is Norway Chess in Stavanger early June! Magnus Carlsen, Oslo, May 5th, 2014>

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  thegoodanarchist: <Sokrates: ...I have often wondered why there are so many hostile and vicious posts here....

Each to his own, but why the intolerance? .... I don't mind sharp discussions arguing to the point, but why get personal?>

Some people are extremely sensitive and overreact when they shouldn't. They feel attacked and respond with hostility, which triggers a hostile response from the original poster who did not think his post was offensive.

Others carry over hostility from the politics page <Kenneth Rogoff> and that hostility originates from a lack of tolerance for differing political views.

Still other posters are just mean drunks.

May-07-14  SugarDom: <SetNoEscapeOn: < SugarDom: Did I say Sauron is turning to Smeagol? DUHHh. I said the biggest threat to Sauron is turning into Smeagol.

If you even understood the movie, desiring the ring or the power that comes with it corrupts a man. Smeagol was once a man.

The analogy is NAka's desire for chess supremacy might turned him into a Smeagol, as twitted by Giri. duh>

Actually, Gollum was once a hobbit (named Smeagol). But the extension of the analogy is quite clever>. OK I'm clever thanks. But is there any hobbit here wants to protest that statement that he's not s man?

May-08-14  Kanatahodets: <SugarDom: But is there any hobbit here wants to protest that statement that he's not s man?> I don't think Hobbits would agree to be included in the shaky realm of men. They probably will fight to death for the right not to be men. It's like my fellows natives fought against white people.
May-08-14  Kanatahodets: <thegoodanarchist: Others carry over hostility from the politics page <Kenneth Rogoff> and that hostility originates from a lack of tolerance for differing political views.> Nice; this is how Harvard people live. You cannot be there unless you are VERY bright or VERY hostile, or both (Summers is an example:)
May-08-14  Kanatahodets: <LucB: <haydn> I know what you mean!.. Or how about:

arc sin x / arc cos x = tan x

... because the 'arc' cancels!

<schweigzwang> well there you go: some incentive to write with your left hand!> WRONG:) Correct is arc sin x / arc cos x = tan because x also cancels:) Then it is very easy to take the derivative - it is zero because the function is constant:)

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  thegoodanarchist: <Kanatahodets: Nice; this is how Harvard people live. You cannot be there unless you are VERY bright or VERY hostile, or both (Summers is an example:)>

Hmm, I am two for two. I should have applied :)

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  LucB: <Correct is arc sin x / arc cos x = tan because x also cancels>


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  offramp: < JASAHA: I think the all-seeing eye is actually Masonic and kabbalistic. Used by Tolkien as evil from his Roman Catholic perspective. :) >

Was Tolkien a catholic?

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  offramp: I get it now. He was Faber & Faber's tolken catholic.
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