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

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WinnersEdit

# Year Winner
1 2014   Magnus Carlsen (Norway)
2 2015   Magnus Carlsen (Norway)
3 2016   Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan)
4 2017   Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan)
5 2018   Magnus Carlsen (Norway)

2014Edit

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.

1st Shamkir Chess, Group A, 20–30 April 2014, Şəmkir, Azerbaijan, Category XXII (2780)
Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 Points Wins TPR
1   Magnus Carlsen (Norway) 2881 0 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 2868
2   Fabiano Caruana (Italy) 2783 1 0 Does not appear ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 2814
3   Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan) 2713 1 ½ ½ 0 Does not appear ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 5 1 2793
4   Sergey Karjakin (Russia) 2772 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ Does not appear ½ ½ ½ ½ 5 0 2781
5   Hikaru Nakamura (United States) 2772 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ Does not appear 1 1 5 2 2781
6   Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) 2760 0 0 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 Does not appear 3 1 2638
1st Shamkir Chess, Group B, 20–30 April 2014, Şəmkir, Azerbaijan, Category XVII (2663)
Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Points Wins TPR
1   Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine) 2732 ½ 0 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 6 2775
2   Alexander Motylev (Russia) 2685 ½ Does not appear 0 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 2738
3   Wang Hao (China) 2734 1 1 Does not appear ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 5 2 2694
4   Étienne Bacrot (France) 2722 0 0 ½ Does not appear ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 5 2 2695
5   Radosław Wojtaszek (Poland) 2716 0 1 ½ ½ Does not appear ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 2657
6   Nijat Abasov (Azerbaijan) 2516 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ Does not appear ½ ½ 0 ½ 4 0 2640
7   Rauf Mamedov (Azerbaijan) 2660 ½ 0 1 0 1 ½ Does not appear 0 ½ ½ 4 2 2625
8   Vasif Durarbayli (Azerbaijan) 2584 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 Does not appear 0 ½ 4 1 2632
9   Gadir Guseinov (Azerbaijan) 2621 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 Does not appear ½ 4 2 2628
10   Eltaj Safarli (Azerbaijan) 2656 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ Does not appear 3 2543

2015Edit

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

2nd Shamkir Chess, 17–26 April 2015, Şəmkir, Azerbaijan, Category XXI (2773)
Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Points Wins TPR
1   Magnus Carlsen (Norway) 2863 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 7 2981
2   Viswanathan Anand (India) 2791 ½ Does not appear 1 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 6 2892
3   Wesley So (United States) 2788 ½ 0 Does not appear 0 ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 5 3 2809
4   Fabiano Caruana (Italy) 2802 0 ½ 1 Does not appear 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 5 2 2811
5   Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) 2783 0 ½ ½ 0 Does not appear 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 4 2 2735
6   Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) 2754 0 0 ½ ½ 1 Does not appear ½ ½ ½ ½ 4 1 2738
7   Michael Adams (England) 2746 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 ½ Does not appear 1 ½ ½ 1 2694
8   Anish Giri (Netherlands) 2790 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 Does not appear ½ ½ 0 2697
9   Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France) 2762 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ Does not appear ½ 0 2699
10   Rauf Mamedov (Azerbaijan) 2651 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ Does not appear 0 2708

2016Edit

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.

3rd Shamkir Chess, 26 May – 4 June 2016, Şəmkir, Azerbaijan, Category XX (2736)
Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Points Wins TPR
1   Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) 2748 1 1 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 6 4 2854
2   Fabiano Caruana (United States) 2804 0 Does not appear ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 6 4 2848
3   Anish Giri (Netherlands) 2790 0 ½ Does not appear 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 2808
4   Sergey Karjakin (Russia) 2779 ½ ½ 0 Does not appear ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 5 2770
5   Rauf Mamedov (Azerbaijan) 2655 ½ 0 ½ ½ Does not appear ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 2744
6   Pentala Harikrishna (India) 2763 1 ½ 0 0 ½ Does not appear 0 ½ 1 ½ 4 2 2694
7   Eltaj Safarli (Azerbaijan) 2664 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 Does not appear ½ ½ ½ 4 1 2704
8   Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan) 2726 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ Does not appear ½ ½ 4 0 2699
9   Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine) 2765 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ Does not appear 1 2654
10   Hou Yifan (China) 2663 ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 Does not appear 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 Rapid rating Blitz rating 1 2 3 4 Points Place
  Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) 2791 2714 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1
  Fabiano Caruana (United States) 2829i 2665 ½ ½ 0 ½ 2

2017Edit

4th Shamkir Chess, 21–30 April 2017, Şəmkir, Azerbaijan, Category XXI (2765)
Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Points Wins H2H SB TPR
1   Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) 2772 1 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 3 2844
2   Vladimir Kramnik (Russia) 2811 0 Does not appear 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 5 3 2803
3   Wesley So (United States) 2822 0 1 Does not appear ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 5 2 ½ 22.00 2802
4   Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) 2741 ½ ½ ½ Does not appear 0 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 5 2 ½ 21.75 2811
5   Sergey Karjakin (Russia) 2783 ½ ½ 0 1 Does not appear ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 2 2763
6   Radosław Wojtaszek (Poland) 2745 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ Does not appear ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 20.50 2767
7   Michael Adams (England) 2761 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ Does not appear ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 20.00 2766
8   Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan) 2710 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ Does not appear 0 ½ 4 0 2728
9   Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine) 2751 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 Does not appear 1 2 2687
10   Pentala Harikrishna (India) 2755 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 Does not appear 0 2686

2018Edit

The total prize fund of the fifth edition of Shamkir Chess tournament was again set to €100,000, with the winner receiving €30,000.[7] With an average rating of 2768, it was a category XXI tournament.[8]

One week before the beginning of the tournament, former world champion Vladimir Kramnik sent a letter to the organization committee stating he would not participate as planned, as he desired a rest after the Candidates Tournament held in March. The organizers replaced Kramnik with the No. 1 Polish player Radosław Wojtaszek (2744).[9]

In the last round of the tournament, Magnus Carlsen and Ding Liren faced each other. They were in first and second place, respectively, and Carlsen as white needed only a draw to reclaim the title after two years of absence from the tournament. The game was a theoretical Four Knights Game.[10] It was clear that Ding did not want to risk his runner-up position by attempting to defeat Carlsen as black, and the game was drawn within 20 minutes. As a result, Carlsen won the tournament for the third time.[11]

5th Shamkir Chess, 18–28 April 2018, Şəmkir, Azerbaijan, Category XXI (2768)[12]
Player Rating 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Points Wins SB TPR
1   Magnus Carlsen (Norway) 2843 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 6 3
2   Ding Liren (China) 2778 ½ Does not appear ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 2
3   Sergey Karjakin (Russia) 2778 ½ ½ Does not appear ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 5 1
4   Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan) 2814 ½ ½ ½ Does not appear ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 1 19.50
5   Radosław Wojtaszek (Poland) 2744 0 ½ ½ ½ Does not appear ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 19.25
6   Anish Giri (Netherlands) 2777 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ Does not appear ½ ½ ½ 1 1 18.50
7   Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan) 2748 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ Does not appear ½ ½ ½ 0
8   Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria) 2749 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ ½ Does not appear ½ 1 4 2
9   Rauf Mamedov (Azerbaijan) 2704 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ Does not appear ½ 4 0
10   David Navara (Czech Republic) 2745 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ Does not appear 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Vugar Gashimov Memorial – Press Release". www.chessdom.com. Retrieved 24 April 2014.
  2. ^ Tournament A regulations Archived 2014-05-13 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 20 July 2014
  3. ^ Tournament B regulations Archived 2014-05-13 at the Wayback Machine.. 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.
  7. ^ "Regulations of "SHAMKIR CHESS 2018" Dedicated to the memory of Vugar Gashimov". shamkirchess.com. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  8. ^ "ShamkirChess2018: Leaders of the world chess come together in Shamkir". shamkirchess.com. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  9. ^ "Vladimir Kramnik will not participate at the ShamkirChess2018 Super Tournament". shamkirchess.com. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Carlsen Wins Shamkir Chess After Quick Draw With Ding". chess.com. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  11. ^ "Shamkir Chess 9: Carlsen completes his hat-trick". chess24.com. Retrieved 30 April 2018.
  12. ^ Staff writer(s) (28 April 2018). "Results: Cross Table". Shamkir Chess.

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