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Carlsen Wins Shamkir Chess After Quick Draw With Ding Magnus Carlsen only needed 20 minutes to draw with Ding Liren and clinch his third Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir. When 4...Nd4 5.Nxd4 appeared, in a Rubinstein Four Knights, it was clear that there wouldn't be a real game today. 2018-04-29 More...
Everybody Plays, and at the End Magnus Wins The Vugar Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir is now over. It feels sad writing these lines, because, frankly speaking, I would rather stay in Shamkir for a few more days. 2018-04-29 More...
Magnus Carlsen wins Shamkir Chess 2018 Norwegian grand master Magnus Carlsen has become the champion of the Shamkir Chess 2018 International chess tournament commemorating Azerbaijani international grandmaster Vugar Hashimov. 2018-04-28 More...
Shamkir Chess 8: Carlsen beats Giri to close on title Magnus Carlsen beat Anish Giri in the penultimate round of the 2018 edition of the Gashimov Memorial and now needs only to draw with White against Ding Liren in the final round to win a 3rd title. 2018-04-28 More...
Carlsen, Ding To Play For Shamkir Chess Title Just two players can still win the Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir: Ding Liren and Magnus Carlsen. Both won in the penultimate round, and will face each other in Saturday's final round with Carlsen behind the white pieces. 2018-04-27 More...
Crack in the Armor With four decisive games out of five, the penultimate round has turned into the most violent one in Shamkir so far.   2018-04-27 More...
Shamkir Chess 6-7: Carlsen hits the front "I like number 1!" was Magnus Carlsen's short answer to a long question about numbers from Ljubomir Ljubojević, and Magnus is no. 2018-04-27 More...
Carlsen Beats Topalov, Leads Shamkir Chess Magnus Carlsen defeated tournament leader Veselin Topalov today, and taking the lead at the Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir. Ding Liren moved to plus-one after beating a suffering David Navara. 2018-04-27 More...
Zero Tolerance from the King Round seven has given us the sole leader as Magnus Carlsen, playing the white pieces, defeated Veselin Topalov. 2018-04-27 More...
Big Little Trap The rest day saw grandmasters head for the youth center Zeka to give simuls to children. A master class for youngsters was carried out by Magnus Carlsen, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Sergey Karjakin, David Navara and Rauf Mamedov.   2018-04-25 More...
Giri, Carlsen Trying To Catch Topalov At Shamkir Chess David Navara blundered heavily today and quickly lost to Anish Giri, who joined Magnus Carlsenin second place in Shamkir. Veselin Topalov continues to lead the Gashimov Memorial after drawing with Rauf Mamedov. 2018-04-25 More...
Shamkir Chess 4-5: Topalov and Carlsen strike Veselin Topalov is the sole leader of the Gashimov Memorial on the first rest day after he brought an end to the draw curse by scoring consecutive wins over Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and David Navara. He now has to look over his shoulder, though, since Magnus Carlsen is also off the mark. 2018-04-24 More...
The Champion Keeping his Word Carlsen – Wojtaszek was a decisive game indeed. The champion has delivered an exciting battle, just as he promised beforehand. Magnus got an opening edge in the 4.Qxd4 Sicilian, but refrained from a typical strike Nd5 as not seeing any clear-cut winning path over the board.   2018-04-24 More...
Carlsen Gets 1st Win In Shamkir Chess; Topalov Leads Veselin Topalov maintained his lead at the Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir as he won (again from a worse position) vs David Navara. Magnus Carlsen scored his first win in round five vs Radoslaw Wojtaszek in an offbeat Sicilian. 2018-04-23 More...
At the Third Attempt The Vugar Gashimov Memorial is in full swing in the sunny Azerbaijan. A quick grandmaster draw in round four was made by Teimour Radjabov and Magnus Carlsen. 2018-04-23 More...