4/30/2017 – These were the words that accompanied the present article, and it is no surprise. What a difference a day makes! After a snoozefest in the previous round, today the players unleashed their warrior spirit, and in no small way either. Three decisive games were the result, and in all of them the player with a lower score came on top. Of course, it caused a big upheaval in the tournament standings department. Report and predictions by Alex Yermolinsky.
By Alex Yermolinsky
Now in its 4th edition, the Gashimov Memorial brings an attractive lineup of top players such as Wesley So, winner of pretty much anything he entered in the last many months, then Vladimir Kramnik who has been sitting pretty with his 2811 Elo since the London Classic, Sergey Karjakin, and of course last year’s winner, local hero Shakhriyar Mamedyarov.
I begin with a game that won't have any impact on who wins the event, but I liked it because it had some fortress motifs. read more...