Shamkir Chess

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Shamkir Chess 2014, playing hall

Shamkir Chess is a chess supertournament played in Shamkir, Azerbaijan in memory of Vugar Gashimov (1986–2014).[1]

Winners[edit]

# Year Winner
1 2014  Magnus Carlsen (Norway)
2 2015  Magnus Carlsen (Norway)
3 2016  Shakriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan)
4 2017  Shakriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan)

Shamkir Chess 2014[edit]

The Gashimov Memorial 2014 took place in the Haydar Aliev Centre in Shamkir City from 16 April to 30 April 2014, consisting of two tournaments, with invited players Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, Sergey Karjakin, Fabiano Caruana, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, and Teimour Radjabov making up the A Tournament. The Elo average for the tournament was 2780, making it a Category 22 event and one of the highest rated tournaments of all time.

The A Tournament was held as a double round robin, with each player facing the other with both colours, while the B Tournament was held as a single round robin.

The total prize fund for the A tournament was €100,000,[2] while the prize fund for the B tournament was €30,000.[3]

In the A Tournament, in spite of losing consecutive games early on,[4] Magnus Carlsen won after a last round White win over Fabiano Caruana who finished second.

In the B Tournament, Pavel Eljanov won two and drew one of his last three games to take first place.

Results[edit]

Group A, cat. XXII (2780)
Player FIDE Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 Points Wins TPR
1  Magnus Carlsen (NOR) 2881 X 0 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 6.5 5 2868
2  Fabiano Caruana (ITA) 2783 1 0 X ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 5.5 3 2814
3  Teimour Radjabov (AZE) 2713 1 ½ ½ 0 X ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 5.0 1 2793
4  Sergey Karjakin (RUS) 2772 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ X ½ ½ ½ ½ 5.0 0 2781
5  Hikaru Nakamura (USA) 2772 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ X 1 1 5.0 2 2781
6  Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE) 2760 0 0 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 X 3.0 1 2638
Group B, cat. XVII (2663)
Player FIDE Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Points Wins TPR
1  Pavel Eljanov (UKR) 2732 X ½ 0 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 6.0 4 2775
2  Alexander Motylev (RUS) 2685 ½ X 0 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 5.5 4 2738
3  Wang Hao (CHN) 2734 1 1 X ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 5.0 2 2694
4  Étienne Bacrot (FRA) 2722 0 0 ½ X ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 5.0 2 2695
5  Radosław Wojtaszek (POL) 2716 0 1 ½ ½ X ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 4.5 2 2657
6  Nijat Abasov (AZE) 2516 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ X ½ ½ 0 ½ 4.0 0 2640
7  Rauf Mamedov (AZE) 2660 ½ 0 1 0 1 ½ X 0 ½ ½ 4.0 2 2625
8  Vasif Durarbayli (AZE) 2584 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 X 0 ½ 4.0 1 2632
9  Gadir Guseinov (AZE) 2621 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 X ½ 4.0 2 2628
10  Eltaj Safarli (AZE) 2656 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ X 3.0 0 2543

Shamkir Chess 2015[edit]

The second edition of Shamkir Chess took place 16-25 April 2015.

World champion Magnus Carlsen, former world champion Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik competed in the tournament in Azerbaijan, as well as Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Michael Adams, and the Azerbaijan Champion Rauf Mamedov.

The tournament’s total prize fund was €100,000.

Magnus Carlsen won the event with 7 points out of 9

Player FIDE Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Points Wins TPR
1  Magnus Carlsen (NOR) 2863 * ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 7 5 2981
2  Viswanathan Anand (IND) 2791 ½ * 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 6 3 2892
3  Wesley So (USA) 2788 ½ 0 * 0 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 5 3 2809
4  Fabiano Caruana (ITA) 2802 0 ½ 1 * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 5 2 2811
5  Vladimir Kramnik (RUS) 2783 0 ½ ½ 0 * 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 4 2 2735
6  Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE) 2754 0 0 ½ ½ 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ 4 1 2738
7  Michael Adams (ENG) 2746 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ * 1 ½ ½ 1 2694
8  Anish Giri (NED) 2790 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ ½ 0 2697
9  Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA) 2762 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 0 2699
10  Rauf Mamedov (AZE) 2651 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 0 2708

Shamkir Chess 2016[edit]

The 3rd Shamkir Chess Tournament took place from May 26th to June 4th, 2016. All ratings below are from the May 2016 FIDE Rating Lists.

Player FIDE Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Points Wins TPR
1  Shakriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) 2748 * 1 1 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 6 4 2854
2  Fabiano Caruana (United States) 2804 0 * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 6 4 2848
3  Anish Giri (Netherlands) 2790 0 ½ * 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 3 2808
4  Sergey Karjakin (Russia) 2779 ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 5 2 2770
5  Rauf Mamedov (Azerbaijan) 2655 ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 2744
6  Pentala Harikrishna (India) 2763 1 ½ 0 0 ½ * 0 ½ 1 ½ 4 2 2694
7  Eltaj Safarli (Azerbaijan) 2664 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 * ½ ½ ½ 4 1 2704
8  Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan) 2726 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 4 0 2699
9  Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine) 2765 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * 1 1 2654
10  Hou Yifan (China) 2663 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * 0 2578

Both Mamedyarov and Caruana were equal after nine rounds. Mamedyarov won the ensuing tiebreak rounds.[5] The first two games were 10+3, and the second two games were 5+3.[6]

Tiebreak
Player FIDE Rating 1 2 3 4 Points
1  Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) 2748 ½ ½ 1 ½
2  Fabiano Caruana (United States) 2804 ½ ½ 0 ½

Shamkir Chess 2017[edit]

Cat. XXI (2765)
Player FIDE Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Points Wins H2H SB TPR
1  Shakriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) 2772 * 1 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 3 24.25 2844
2  Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) 2811 0 * 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 5 3 20.50 2803
3  Wesley So (United States) 2822 0 1 * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 5 2 ½ 22.00 2802
4  Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) 2741 ½ ½ ½ * 0 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 5 2 ½ 21.75 2811
5  Sergey Karjakin (Russia) 2783 ½ ½ 0 1 * ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 2 19.75 2763
6  Radosław Wojtaszek (Poland) 2745 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 20.50 2767
7  Michael Adams (England) 2761 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 20.00 2766
8  Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan) 2710 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * 0 ½ 4 0 18.75 2728
9  Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine) 2781 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 * 1 2 14.50 2687
10  Pentala Harikrishna (India) 2758 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 * 0 16.50 2686

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vugar Gashimov Memorial – Press Release". www.chessdom.com. Retrieved 24 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Tournament A regulations Accessed 20 July 2014
  3. ^ Tournament B regulations. Accessed 20 July 2014
  4. ^ Radjabov Also Beats Carlsen, Grabs Sole Lead In Shamkir Chess.com Retrieved 20 July 2014
  5. ^ "Shamkir Rd9: Mamedyarov beats Caruana in playoff". Chessbase. 4 June 2016. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Doggers, Pete (4 June 2016). "Mamedyarov wins 3rd Gashimov Memorial, Beats Caruana in Playoff". Chess.com. Retrieved 4 June 2016. 

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