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Gashimov Memorial Tournament

Magnus Carlsen7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Viswanathan Anand6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Wesley So5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Fabiano Caruana5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Vladimir Kramnik4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Michael Adams3.5/9(+1 -3 =5)[games]
Anish Giri3.5/9(+0 -2 =7)[games]
Maxime Vachier-Lagrave3.5/9(+0 -2 =7)[games]
Rauf Mamedov3.5/9(+0 -2 =7)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Gashimov Memorial (2015)

Played in Shamkir, Azerbaijan 17-26 April 2015.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Carlsen * ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 7 2 Anand ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 6 3 So ½ 0 * 0 ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ 5 4 Caruana 0 ½ 1 * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 5 5 Kramnik 0 ½ ½ 0 * 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 4 6 Mamedyarov 0 0 ½ ½ 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 4 7 Adams ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ * 1 ½ ½ 3½ 8 Giri ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ ½ 3½ 9 Vachier-Lagrave 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 3½ 10 Mamedov 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 3½

Previous edition: Gashimov Memorial (2014). Next edition: Gashimov Memorial (2016)

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Anand vs Carlsen ½-½532015Gashimov MemorialC89 Ruy Lopez, Marshall
2. R Mamedov vs Vachier-Lagrave ½-½402015Gashimov MemorialB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
3. Kramnik vs Adams 1-0392015Gashimov MemorialA14 English
4. So vs Giri 1-0322015Gashimov MemorialA10 English
5. Mamedyarov vs Caruana ½-½902015Gashimov MemorialD92 Grunfeld, 5.Bf4
6. Giri vs R Mamedov ½-½562015Gashimov MemorialD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. Kramnik vs So ½-½402015Gashimov MemorialA07 King's Indian Attack
8. Carlsen vs Mamedyarov 1-0292015Gashimov MemorialD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. Adams vs Caruana ½-½262015Gashimov MemorialC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
10. Vachier-Lagrave vs Anand ½-½472015Gashimov MemorialD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
11. Caruana vs Carlsen 0-1522015Gashimov MemorialA90 Dutch
12. R Mamedov vs Kramnik ½-½452015Gashimov MemorialC67 Ruy Lopez
13. Mamedyarov vs Vachier-Lagrave ½-½362015Gashimov MemorialD80 Grunfeld
14. Anand vs Giri ½-½402015Gashimov MemorialB12 Caro-Kann Defense
15. So vs Adams 1-0452015Gashimov MemorialD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. Kramnik vs Anand ½-½382015Gashimov MemorialD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. Vachier-Lagrave vs Caruana ½-½392015Gashimov MemorialD85 Grunfeld
18. Giri vs Mamedyarov ½-½412015Gashimov MemorialD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
19. Adams vs Carlsen ½-½382015Gashimov MemorialC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
20. So vs R Mamedov 1-0412015Gashimov MemorialB32 Sicilian
21. Mamedyarov vs Kramnik 1-0762015Gashimov MemorialD41 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
22. Caruana vs Giri ½-½442015Gashimov MemorialD02 Queen's Pawn Game
23. R Mamedov vs Adams ½-½502015Gashimov MemorialC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. Anand vs So 1-0452015Gashimov MemorialC78 Ruy Lopez
25. Carlsen vs Vachier-Lagrave 1-0542015Gashimov MemorialA05 Reti Opening
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May-22-15  Overgod: Sometimes I feel like the world might be a little 'unfair.'

I mean, look at this handsome, stylish, cheeky little devil:

And then you have this (I don't know if I should laugh or cry, but I usually laugh first, followed by a touch of sadness/pity):

The latter probably sits at home studying chess lines on his computer for 6 hours a day, hoping to relinquish his chair of "highest rated chess tourist," while the former probably doesn't even have a computer, and spends most of his time reading Donald Duck, meeting hot models around the world and earning millions of dollars in prize money and endorsements a year, whilst being stylish and making it look easy in the process.

And who said life was fair?

May-22-15  Absentee: Incidentally, it would be useful if ignoring someone also prevented their comments to be displayed when you hover on a page link. I try to filter out cretinism, but bits and pieces of it still make it through the noise padding.
May-22-15  A.T PhoneHome: Overgod, I hope you take comfort from the fact you're almost like Carlsen.

I mean, Donald Duck isn't as bad as they say.

May-22-15  Howard: Sorry, but I'm much more of a Warner Brothers fan than of Disney.

Long live Bugsy !

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  AylerKupp: <<blackdranzer> I don't understand why one should attack a players personality to win a ridiculous argument>

See, for example, Some people, driven by their insecurity, seem to take any disagreement with their opinion as a personal attack. Then, lacking facts to support their position, resort to ad hominem attacks in the perception that (at least in their mind) reducing the person's stature weakens their position.

Which is unfortunate since a person's opinion is, after all, their opinion and they are entitled to have one and post it here, as long as they adhere to the <> posting rules. And sometimes opinions are not necessarily based on facts or objective criteria; e.g. beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I personally think it would be better if opinions were based on facts or objective criteria but sometimes that is just not possible. And it doesn't necessarily make the opinion any less valid, unless it runs counter to facts or other objective criteria. But sometimes an opinion is just ahead of its time; there are no facts or objective criteria to justify it at the time but future events prove the opinion correct. Just look at Einstein and his revolutionary "opinions".

And disagreements are not necessarily a bad thing. Often they result in discussions that improve the idea. Sometimes there is no resolution to a disagreement and that's not necessarily a bad thing either, the parties just agree to disagree and move on.

May-22-15  rogge: <perfidious: <rogge: Pompous idiot.> Which one?>

Overgod, in this case.

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  perfidious: <overwad....Chess tourist for me, is reserved for players who (if as strong as Karjakin) haven't realized their potential and likely never will....>

Dang, is it ever turrble that these players will never make it in the eyes of Great Genius.

<I think Karjakin doesn't have what it takes, when it matters, to achieve anything relevant in chess.>

Karjakin can throw it over now: his life as a GM is but a sham.

May-26-15  morfishine: <Overgod whats 8 x 12 Eduardo?> Your IQ
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  AylerKupp: Karjakin does seem to have reached a plateau. His top rating was 2788 back in Jul-2011and his current (May-2015) is 2759 ( His lowest rating since Jul-2011 was 2756 in both Nov-2013 and Dec-2013. So, even though he was considered a prodigy at the age of 15, his ratings progress seems to have stalled.

In the just-completed Khanty-Mansiysk Grand Prix tournament he scored 5.5 / 11 to finish in the middle of the pack, tied for 6th through 9th place, exactly as his pre-tournament rating projected. And his TPR was 2755, only 2 rating points above his pre-tournament rating of 2753. A pretty average performance, even though his world ranking improved by one place, from 13th to 12th based on the Live Ratings, but that was more due to Vachier-lagrave's very poor performance in this tournament than anything else, a loss of 32 rating points and a drop in the rankings from 12th to 29th (!). That's how close the top players are, ratings-wise. Of course, all of us would be very happy with those kinds of ratings and world rankings!

I don't know what Karjakin's potential was considered to be so I can't judge whether he is considered to have reached it or not. But Karjakin is only 25 so he could still improve. When they were 25 Kasparov (in 1988) was rated 2775 (peak of 2851 in Jan-1999), Anand (in 1994) was rated 2715 (peak of 2817 in Mar-2011), Kramnik in (2005) was rated 2741 (peak of 2811 in <both> Apr-2002 and May-2013, 11 years apart!), and Aronian (in 2007) was rated 2739 (peak of 2830 in Apr-2014). In fact, Kramnik's rating was on a downslide when he was 25, from 2809 in Jan-2003 to eventually 2729 in Apr-2006 before he started to rebound, although he has been very inconsistent ratings-wise. But I don't like Karjakin's chances for substantial rating improvement since he has been at essentially his peak rating for almost 4 years. Then again, unlike Kramnik, he should perhaps be applauded for his consistency!

May-26-15  pinoy king: Carlsen is tactically weaker than most 2700 GMs
May-26-15  Overgod: <morfishine: <Overgod whats 8 x 12 Eduardo?> Your IQ>

Ha. The joke's on you again, half-wit. That conversation ended several days and pages ago.

It took you several days to come up with that 'comeback?'

What kind of IQ would you estimate a person to have, who needs several days to come up with a rather flat and uninteresting 'joke?'

Before political correctness swamped our society with its filthy poison, Psychologists called people like you <imbeciles>.

It will take you another several days to compute what that means, so I'll just spell it out for you: that's a significantly lower IQ than the one you're trying to project on me.

May-26-15  Overgod: @<Ayler>:

Trust you to just look at numbers without looking at context. Makes perfect sense.

Kramnik has been very consistent throughout his career. The period you mention where he plummeted to low 2700s is because he had a long-term illness (which he still has) that wasn't properly managed medically at that point.

You're like 100 years old, right? You should be aware that Kramnik suffered from serious physical ailments until he was properly treated. That illness lasted for years, not months. In fact, he still has it, but it's under control now.

As for Karjakin: No surprises there. That chess tourist will only be remembered as the youngest GM, and possibly for finishing ahead of Carlsen in the latter's home country tournament.

He won't be remembered for anything else, really. He'll just be another Super GM who hangs around like a pair of tits. Except he doesn't look as good as a pair of tits.

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  Check It Out: <Overgod: As for Karjakin: No surprises there. That chess tourist will only be remembered as the youngest GM, and possibly for finishing ahead of Carlsen in the latter's home country tournament.>

You're trying too hard to act like a troll. Anyways, youngest GM and beating Carlsen on his home turf; such lame accomplishments.

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  perfidious: <Absentee....I try to filter out cretinism, but bits and pieces of it still make it through the noise padding.>

So does <ovie>, but that's another story for another day.

May-27-15  fgh: <AylerKupp: When they were 25 Kasparov (in 1988) was rated 2775 (peak of 2851 in Jan-1999), Anand (in 1994) was rated 2715 (peak of 2817 in Mar-2011), Kramnik in (2005) was rated 2741>

Kramnik was born in 1975, so he was 25 in 2000 and 2001.

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  OhioChessFan: <AK> I was pretty shocked to see the ratings gains among those already 25. I know Wesley So had appeared to be stagnating for a long time before a recent climb, although he is on the young side of 25. Anyway, Carlsen is still in the house, one more tournament win here, and he's the measuring stick for everyone else.
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  AylerKupp: <fgh> Thanks for the correction. Some days I can't seem to get anything right, including adding 1975 + 25 and getting 2005. So, for the record, Kramnik was born in June 1975, rated 2770 in the July-2000 FIDE rating list. He reached an early peak (2811) in Jan-2002 before starting a decline from 2809 in Jan-2003 to 2729 in Apr-2006. Fortunately he quickly bounced back to 2799 in Jan-2008, but he's had a few ups and downs since. See for his FIDE rating from Jan-2000 until today.
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  AylerKupp: <OhioChessFan> Yes, So seemed to stagnate from Jul-2009 (2646) to Jul-2012 (2650) but has been steadily improving since then, reaching a peak of 2788 in Feb-2015 and is only slightly down since then (2778 in May 2015). See

And I'm sure that all of us would love to "stagnate" at the mid-2600 rating level!

May-27-15  Absentee: < perfidious: <Absentee....I try to filter out cretinism, but bits and pieces of it still make it through the noise padding.>

So does <ovie>, but that's another story for another day.>

In this case, they're one and the same.

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  perfidious: <pinhead king: Carlsen is tactically weaker than most 2700 GMs>

And you <are not> smarter than the average bear, to put it mildly.

May-30-15  Rolfo: Do not insult the bears, please
May-30-15  parmetd: Rolfo, what is your email? I am thinking of going to ok stavanger.
May-30-15  Rolfo: Parmetd, that would be fine. I guess you've never been in Norway before. Time to come. Stavanger and the region is a beautiful scenary, mountains, fjords and islands, though the northern part of the country where I live is even more beautiful IMO. I think you owe me a cup of coffee since London :)
Nevermind, you can mail me at rolfo1952 at
Aug-19-15  1850Patzer: I really hope that this tournament doesn't get bought up by Grand Chess Tour...
Apr-24-18  morfishine: <Overgod: ...Why should I bother correctly spelling an already misspelled username? It's Morphy, not morfishine, you <idiot>. You have Morphy's picture as your avatar. The least you could do is try to get his name right> Sorry for the slow response <Overbogus>, but you are obviously handicapped by a severe case of the slows, you slow wit. FYI: my username, 'morfishine' combines parts of the names of 3 chess players: Morphy, Fischer & Alekhine

Get it, you slow-witted moron?

Good, class dismissed


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