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Shamkir Chess 2-3: Why all the draws? Magnus Carlsen played on to bare kings against David Navara and Rauf Mamedov but couldn’t stop all 15 games so far in Shamkir ending in draws, with the World Champion’s frustration shown by his failure to attend the Round 3 post-game interview. 2018-04-22 More...
No Leaders or Tailenders Round three of the Vugar Gashimov Memorial has also failed to have anyone scoring the first goal, giving us a total of 15 draws all in all.  2018-04-22 More...
Topalov Breaks Draw Spell In Shamkir The fourth round of the Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir, Azerbaijan saw the first decisive game of the tournament. With his win over Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, it's Veselin Topalov who grabbed the lead today.  2018-04-22 More...
Shamkir Round 2: Again five draws The first round of the Vugar Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir ended with five draws, and the second round also brought five draws. 2018-04-21 More...
Deficit of Ones and Zeros The round two day in Shamkir started with an educational tour. The driving force of any tournament in Shamkir is Hojjat Asadullayev, who kindly agreed to accompany Nona Gaprindashvili, the film crew of Match TV Elmira Mirzoeva and Anton Skrypnik, as well as your correspondent, to the History Ethnography Museum and Lutheran Church. 2018-04-21 More...
Shamkir: Five draws to start The Vugar Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir, Azerbaijan began with five draws. The top game between Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Magnus Carlsen was rather unspectacular. 2018-04-20 More...
Maitres Warming Up for Fight As we have mentioned in our previous report, round one in Shamkir has had some favorites pitted against each other. With photo and video cameras trained on them, the first symbolic moves for Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Magnus Carlsen were made by the fifth world champion Nona Gaprindashvili and Chief Executive of the Shamkir region Alimpasha Mamedov.  2018-04-20 More...
Shamkir Round 1: Carlsen and Mamedyarov draw The big showdown between two-time winners Magnus Carlsen and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov ended in anti-climax on Thursday as the 2018 Gashimov Memorial began in Shamkir with five draws. 2018-04-20 More...
Edition No.5 in Shamkir The fifth jubilee tournament, dedicated to the memory of the talented grandmaster Vugar Gashimov, who passed away prematurely, was opened in Shamkir on April 18. 2018-04-19 More...
5th Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2018 LIVE! The dates of the Shamkir Chess 2018 international tournament dedicated to the memory of late Azerbaijani GM Vugar Gashimov have been revealed. The chess tournament will be held in Shamkir on April 18-29. 2018-04-18 More...
Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2018 LIVE World Champion Magnus Carlsen heads the 5th Shamkir Chess tournament in memory of Vugar Gashimov, being played in Azerbaijan from April 19th to 28th. Live games and commentary from 13:00 CEST (7:00 AM EDT). 2018-04-18 More...
Mamedyarov on the Candidates and Shamkir Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who finished second in the Berlin Candidates and is second on the April FIDE rating list, will be looking to win his third Gashimov Memorial title when the tournament starts in Shamkir on Thursday. 2018-04-18 More...
Carlsen, Mamedyarov Top Seeds In Shamkir If you experienced some chess withdrawal symptoms in the days after Grenke, we have good news. This week two top events start: the Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir, Azerbaijan and the U.S. Championships in St. Louis. 2018-04-16 More...