2nd Vugar Gashimov Memorial

The 2nd Vugar Gashimov Memorial should take place on 16-25th April in Shamkir, Azerbaijan

The next super tournament of 2015 is around the corner. The second edition of Shamkir Chess, the memorial for GM Vugar Gashimov, will be opened on Thursday and the first round will be played on Friday.

It’s one of the strongest tournaments of the year, and it’s only a few days away. The second Gashimov Memorial, a 10-player round robin, once again has world champion GM Magnus Carlsen as the top seed. World #2 GM Fabiano Caruana will be back as well.

GM Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is the only other player who participated in last year’s top group. New participants are world champions GM Vishy Anand andGM Vladimir Kramnik, and GM Anish Giri, GM Wesley So, GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, GM Michael Adams and GM Rauf Mamedov




2015 Shamkir Chess | Participants

# Name Fed Rtg World # Born
1 Magnus Carlsen NOR 2863 1 1990
2 Fabiano Caruana ITA 2802 2 1992
3 Viswanathan Anand IND 2791 6 1969
4 Anish Giri NED 2790 7 1994
5 Wesley So USA 2788 8 1993
6 Vladimir Kramnik RUS 2783 9 1975
7 Maxime Vachier-Lagrave FRA 2762 11 1990
8 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov AZE 2754 13 1985
9 Michael Adams ENG 2746 16 1971
10 Rauf Mamedov AZE 2651 112 1988


2015 Shamkir Chess | Schedule

Date Time Activity
April 16 18:30 Opening ceremony
April 17 15:00 Round 1
April 18 15:00 Round 2
April 19 15:00 Round 3
Aril 20 15:00 Round 4
April 21 15:00 Round 5
April 22 Free day
April 23 15:00 Round 6
April 24 15:00 Round 7
April 25 15:00 Round 8
April 26 14:00 Round 9
April 26 Closing ceremony





ExtraTime.az reported.


Определены сроки Мемориала Вугара Гашимова, в котором сыграет и Рауф Мамедов
12 февраля 2015 / 20:19.


Определились точные сроки проведения второго шахматного супертурнира памяти Вугара Гашимова, который состоится в Шамкире. Как стало известно ExtraTime.az, второй Мемориал Вугара Гашимова состоится с 16 по 25 апреля в Шамкире.

Напомним, что ранее сообщалось о том, что в предстоящем шамкирском турнире примут участие Магнус Карлсен (Норвегия, 2865), Фабиано Каруана (Италия, 2811), Веселин Топалов (Болгария, 2800), экс-чемпион мира Вишванатан Ананд (Индия, 2797), Аниш Гири (Нидерланды, 2797), Уэcли Со (США, 2788), Владимир Крамник (Россия, 2783), Максим Вашье-Лаграв (Франция, 2775), от Азербайджана сыграют Шахрияр Мамедъяров (2759) и Теймур Раджабов (2731).

Однако, как оказалось, в данном составе наверняка произойдут изменения. Дело в том, что количество азербайджанских шахматистов увеличится до трех. Так, одним из участников шамкирского турнира станет чемпион Азербайджана Рауф Мамедов. Кого именно из иностранных шахматистов в ранее опубликованном шамкирском составе заменит Рауф, пока не известно.

The event will be a 10-player round robin. The list was announced on Chessdom on 9th February as:
World champion Magnus Carlsen (Norway, 2865), Fabiano Caruana (Italy, 2811), Veselin Topalov (Bulgaria, 2800), former world champion Viswanathan Anand (India, 2797), Anish Giri (Netherlands, 2797), Wesley So (USA, 2788), Vladimir Kramnik (Russia, 2783), Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (France, 2775), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2759) and Teimour Radjabov (2731).
According to one of the participants, the 2015 champion of Azerbaijan GM Rauf Mamedov is likely to replace GM Wesley So, who is playing in the US Chess Championship until 14th April.
Teimour Radjabov said it is a great pleasure to have tournaments like Shamkir and World Cup organized in Azerbaijan. He added that Gashimov Memorial will probably be the strongest tournament this year.

Magnus Carlsen was the winner of the first Vugar Gashimov Memorial tournament in April last year.

Magnus Carlsen on Shamkir Chess 2014

Magnus Carlsen gives an in-depth discussion on his experience at Shamkir Chess 2014, Gashimov Memorial in Azerbaijan. Talking about the back-to-back losses, Carlsen said that his head didn’t work well, partly because of the long games and partly because he was watching too much TV – football, NBA, reality shows. The football game on the rest day “helped him to get some aggression out”. Carlsen also repeats what Vladimir Kramnik said – it was important for him to win at something, be it chess, football, or cards. He proceeded to discuss his games from the second half of the tournament. Carlsen talked a bit about decision-making process in his game with Nakamura. He also briefly mentioned the games with Karjakin and Radjabov.

About the last round clash with Caruana, Carlsen said he didn’t want to play for a draw even if it would secure him first place on better tie-break. He added that he came up with 5.c3 during the game and thought that it was very creative.



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