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Gashimov Memorial Tournament

Magnus Carlsen6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Ding Liren5.5/9(+2 -0 =7)[games]
Sergey Karjakin5/9(+1 -0 =8)[games]
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Radoslaw Wojtaszek4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Anish Giri4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Teimour Radjabov4.5/9(+0 -0 =9)[games]
Veselin Topalov4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Rauf Mamedov4/9(+0 -1 =8)[games]
David Navara2.5/9(+0 -4 =5)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Gashimov Memorial (2018)

The 5th Vugar Gashimov Memorial took place in Shamkir, Azerbaijan April 19th to 28th 2018. It was won by Magnus Carlsen with 6/9, ahead of Ding Liren (5.5) and Sergey Karjakin (5).

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Carlsen * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 6 2 Ding Liren ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 5½ 3 Karjakin ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 5 4 Mamedyarov ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 4½ 5 Wojtaszek 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 4½ 6 Giri 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 4½ 7 Radjabov ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 4½ 8 Topalov 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 4 9 Mamedov ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ 4 10 Navara ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ * 2½

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Previous edition: Gashimov Memorial (2017). Next: Gashimov Memorial (2019).

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Navara vs R Mamedov ½-½392018Gashimov MemorialB30 Sicilian
2. Mamedyarov vs Carlsen ½-½412018Gashimov MemorialE61 King's Indian
3. Topalov vs Radjabov ½-½432018Gashimov MemorialC67 Ruy Lopez
4. Ding Liren vs Wojtaszek ½-½672018Gashimov MemorialA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
5. Giri vs Karjakin  ½-½272018Gashimov MemorialE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
6. Carlsen vs Navara ½-½502018Gashimov MemorialB12 Caro-Kann Defense
7. Karjakin vs Ding Liren  ½-½272018Gashimov MemorialC53 Giuoco Piano
8. Radjabov vs R Mamedov  ½-½382018Gashimov MemorialD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
9. Topalov vs Giri ½-½492018Gashimov MemorialA28 English
10. Wojtaszek vs Mamedyarov  ½-½312018Gashimov MemorialE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
11. Mamedyarov vs Karjakin  ½-½392018Gashimov MemorialE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
12. Ding Liren vs Topalov ½-½572018Gashimov MemorialD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Giri vs Radjabov  ½-½402018Gashimov MemorialC01 French, Exchange
14. Navara vs Wojtaszek  ½-½272018Gashimov MemorialB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
15. R Mamedov vs Carlsen ½-½512018Gashimov MemorialB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
16. Topalov vs Mamedyarov 1-0422018Gashimov MemorialC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
17. Radjabov vs Carlsen ½-½192018Gashimov MemorialD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. Karjakin vs Navara ½-½432018Gashimov MemorialB12 Caro-Kann Defense
19. Wojtaszek vs R Mamedov ½-½412018Gashimov MemorialD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Giri vs Ding Liren ½-½692018Gashimov MemorialA15 English
21. Ding Liren vs Radjabov  ½-½402018Gashimov MemorialD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Carlsen vs Wojtaszek 1-0312018Gashimov MemorialB23 Sicilian, Closed
23. R Mamedov vs Karjakin  ½-½352018Gashimov MemorialB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
24. Navara vs Topalov 0-1532018Gashimov MemorialA07 King's Indian Attack
25. Mamedyarov vs Giri  ½-½402018Gashimov MemorialD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
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Apr-28-18  morfishine: FWIW: Karjakin had 8 straight draws before the final win
Apr-28-18  ozu: Really Happy for the Champion!!
Apr-28-18  ozu: november will be epic
Apr-28-18  john barleycorn: <AylerKupp: Clarification: I don't believe that you need to have a premium membership to add a user to your Ignore List as <morfishine> indicated. ...>

yes, it is just another bs claim of Mr. know-it-all. But that's him.

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  FSR: <Pedro Fernandez> Good to see you, my friend! I am an American of partly German ancestry, but according to 23andme my ancestry is a little more English/Irish than French/German (that is how they group them). I also have significant amounts of Ashkenazi Jewish (to my surprise) and Scandinavian heritage. Perhaps more than you wanted to know! As for November, I think the odds are somewhere around 50/50, maybe a slight edge to Carlsen (60/40?). But I expect a very good fight! I just wish it were longer. The 24-game matches of the old days were much better for the fans.
Apr-29-18  Pedro Fernandez: That is <FSR>, an extraordinary person! Let's wait to November and we can discuss better on this matter. Love you friend!
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  Sokrates: Hi Geoff,

LOL to your Polgar-Svidler-Caruana syllogism - love your funny sense of humour. As prediction of the forthcoming WCC I guess any kind of logic would do, since it is, in fact, quite unpredictable.

<BobbieM: Sokrates: Carlsen won Tata Steel 2018> Correct! I was just counting the result before the tiebreaker.

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  lostemperor: Winners of the Gashimov Memorial Final Standings Prediction Contest at my forum:

<chancho>♔♕, <WinKing>♔♕ <whiteshark>♔, <alfamikewhiskey>♕, <wordfunph>♖, <Keyser Soze><OhioChessFan>

Next prediction event open: NORWAY CHESS May 27

Participants: Carlsen, Mamedyarov, So, Aronian, Vachier-Lagrave, Nakamura, Caruana, Anand, Ding Liren, Karjakin

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  HeMateMe: The Magster has a way of starting slow but punishing the field at the end and getting first place.
Apr-29-18  JimNorCal: "you have to have premium membership to enjoy this (block/ignore) feature"

As AK notes later, we all have this capability, whether dues are paid or not.

The CG ratio of signal to noise has, IMO, gone in the wrong direction. I encourage all: make use of the ignore feature! Enhance your CG experience!

Apr-29-18  LameJokes55:

For quite some time, Giri has been trying to get his mojo back. Without success.

Perhaps, he could take a leaf out of Radyabov's book.

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  AylerKupp: <john barleycorn> Oh, we're all know-it-alls, myself particularly. If you don't believe me, just ask me anything. :-)

As a matter of fact, on more than one occasion, all of them funny, I've been introduced to someone as "the man who knows everything". This funniest one was during my career when the assistant program manager introduced me to a US Army colonel as "the man who knows everything".

So the army colonel, naturally, decided to put me to the test and asked me a technical question, :What's an Ada (computer language) pragma suppress?" to which I had no idea what the answer was. Now, <that> could have been embarrassing! But I immediately came up with a reasonable answer which I told him with confidence in an authoritative-sounding voice. And, to drive the point home, I told him how that feature was very useful in the context of a simulation that they had asked us to develop for a new project proposal that we were working on.

And I swear, the colonel turns to the assistant program manager and says "You're right, he does know everything." It was all I could do to prevent myself from bursting out laughing.

Of course, after the colonel left I immediately went to my office to find the answer and be prepared with a story in case my answer was completely wrong. But, you know what? I had guessed correctly!

Moral: If you expect to be successful as a know-it-all, you must also be lucky, very lucky.

Now, to prevent this post from being completely off-topic, I predict that Caruana will defeat Onishuk and Awonder will defeat Shankland. Just remember the credentials of the person who said it! ;-)

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  AylerKupp: <<JimNorCal> I encourage all: make use of the ignore feature! Enhance your CG experience!>

Just to curb your enthusiasm, I think that there's a limit to the number of posters that you can have on your Ignore List. I don't know for sure and, if so, I don't know how many since I don't have anyone on my Ignore List so I've never gotten the error message that I've exceeded my limit. Quite a difference from the error messages I get that my posts are too long or that I'm posting too often! Does anyone know what the Ignore Limit is?

If there is a limit and if it is relatively small, you might have to prioritize who you include in it and who you don't. Life can be full of difficult choices among a sea of possibilities.

Which reminds me of another funny story, but I think that I might have reached my daily quota limit (or not, depending on whether you think that the story on my previous post was funny or not, and whether or not I'm already on your Ignore List) and I don't want to get yet another error message from <>.

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  thegoodanarchist: <AylerKupp: <john barleycorn> Oh, we're all know-it-alls, myself particularly. If you don't believe me, just ask me anything. :-)>

Will you please shut up??

;) (You said to ask <anything>)

Apr-29-18  john barleycorn: I do not know-it-all but no worries because I am married.
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  whiteshark: <AylerKupp: <If there is a limit and if it is relatively small...>> As indicator, I have caught 280 [...] on my iggy-list. ;)
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  AylerKupp: <thegoodanarchist> LOL! That's a good one. But you missed an important distinction; it's one thing to ask me to <tell> you something in response to a question and it's another thing to ask me to <do> something. As far as the latter, I'm not good at following direction. Just ask my wife.

With respect to your actual question, I'm just like the scorpion who stings the frog carrying him across the river. "I can't help it", the scorpion said, "It's just my nature."

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  Check It Out: This tournament has been rightfully criticized for its drawish start, but there was plenty of fight at the tail end.
Apr-30-18  morfishine: My mistake, only premium members can 'search kbitz'; Non-premium members cannot. All members can use the 'ignore' function
May-14-18  Tal1949: Magnus Carlsen did not beat anybody of note here. He will struggle in the early stages come November- but still prevail.
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  AylerKupp: <<Tal1949> Magnus Carlsen did not beat anybody of note here.>

I take it that you don't consider Giri, Topalov, and Wojtaszek (ranked # 10, # 17, and # 20 in the world at the time the tournament started) to be worthy "of note". That's a pretty high bar for considering which players are worthy "of note".

So, in your opinion, what do you expect a player to do in order to be considered "of note"?

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  WorstPlayerEver: <AylerKupp>

Nothing; you just swallowed the bait ^^

May-14-18  john barleycorn: <morfishine: My mistake, only premium members can 'search kbitz'; Non-premium members cannot. All members can use the 'ignore' function>

Next time before you post your crap try to think. try hard, boy

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  AylerKupp: <WorstPlayerEver> You're right. I must have subconsciously been hungrier than I thought. So I think I'll lunch now.
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  OhioChessFan: Now someone's widdle feelings got hurt and he ran to the admins.
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