Vintage Carlsen wins Shamkir by 2 full points, near 3000 performance

Congratulations to Magnus Carlsen on winning a 4th Shamkir Chess title on his 4th attempt!

Vintage Carlsen wins Shamkir by 2 full points, near 3000 performance

Carlsen Beats Grischuk In Final Round Gashimov Memorial

The ultimate ninth round of the sixth tournament in memory of Vugar Gashimov was played in Shamkir on April 9. The symbolic first move in the game Carlsen – Grischuk was made by FIDE Vice-President, Vice-President of the Azerbaijan Chess Federation Mahir Mammedov.

Magnus Carlsen: “It’s one of the best tournaments I’ve ever played, both in terms of performance and also the quality of the games!”

Photo: Eteri Kublashvili

Photo: Eteri Kublashvili

Magnus Carlsen defeated Alexander Grischuk to finish the tournament with an incredible result – 7 points out of 9.

The games Anand – Topalov, Navara – Radjabov, Mamedyarov – Karjakin, and Ding Liren – Giri were drawn.

Ding Liren and Sergey Karjakin shared 2-3 places with 5 points, but the Chinese grandmaster took the second place thanks to his better tie-break.

Final standings:

1. Magnus Carlsen – 7 2-3. Ding Liren, Sergey Karjakin – 5 4-6. Alexander Grischuk, Viswanathan Anand, Teimour Radjabov – 4.5 8-9. Veselin Topalov, David Navara – 4 9. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov – 3.5 10. Anish Giri – 3.

Carlsen beats Grischuk and finishes ShamkirChess on 7 out of 9, that’s 2 full points ahead of the rest of the field. What an absolutely incredible performance by the World Champion!

Carlsen’s top career rating performances: (5 & 6 round events excuded) 3002: Nanjing ’09 (8 out of 10) 2994: London ’12 (6,5/8) 2988: Shamkir ’19 (7/9) 2981: Shamkir ’15 (7/9) 2930: Wijk aan Zee ’13 (10/13) 2918: Bazna ’10 (7,5/10)#ShamkirChess

 

Végeredménnyel – Yugar Gashimov Memorial 2019-03-31 – 04-09 – A verseny győztese: Magnus Carlsen 9/7! , 2.-3. Ding és Karjakin 9/5

Shamkir Chess 2019: 9. forduló

Magnus Carlsen, aki már tegnap a nyolcadik fordulóban megnyerte a Gashimov emlékversenyt-szupertornát,a zárófordulóban még rátett egy lapáttal..
Két teljes pontot rávert a második helyezettre, teljesítményét joggal nevezhetjük
sztratoszférikusnak a 7/9-es pontszámmal , de ami még brutálisabb.Carlsen’s 2019 performance after 21 games: 2915. (+9 =12 -0) Carlsen’s rating performance after 8 games in Shamkir Chess: 2962. A 100.000 eurós nyereményalapból, Magnus 30 000 eurót latiroz be. Ráadásnak a négszeres norvég világbajnok simán vezeti a viláágranglitát is.Ez Volt Carlsen harminkettedik szuoertorna győzeleme !

ANALYSIS AND INTERVIEW with GM Magnus Carlsen | Winner of Shamkir Chess 2019

09 April 2019, 14:55 GMT

Statistics and Details: CARLSEN

# Name Rating Change Tournament Date
1 Radjabov 2756 ½ b −1.2 Gashimov Memorial (1) 31.03.2019
2 Anand 2779 1 w +4.1 Gashimov Memorial (2) 01.04.2019
3 Navara 2739 1 b +3.6 Gashimov Memorial (3) 02.04.2019
4 Topalov 2740 ½ b −1.4 Gashimov Memorial (4) 03.04.2019
5 Mamedyarov 2790 ½ w −0.8 Gashimov Memorial (5) 04.04.2019
6 Ding Liren 2812 ½ b −0.5 Gashimov Memorial (6) 06.04.2019
7 Giri 2797 1 w +4.3 Gashimov Memorial (7) 07.04.2019
8 Karjakin 2753 1 b +3.7 Gashimov Memorial (8) 08.04.2019
9 Grischuk 2771 1 w +4.0 Gashimov Memorial (9) 09.04.2019
# 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)
6 2019  Magnus Carlsen (Norway)

Klasszikukus sakk világbajnok

  • World Chess Championship 2018 (London ENG)
  • World Chess Championship 2016 (New York USA)
  • World Chess Championship 2014 (Sochi RUS)
  • World Chess Championship 2013 (Chennai IND)
  • FISCHER SAKK világbajnok 2018
  • rapid világbajnok: 2014, 2015
  • villám világbajnok: 2009, 2014

Carlsen so far in his career:

  • – 4 classical WC titles
  • – 5 WC titles in Blitz & Rapid
  • – 32 victories in super tournaments

– World #1 in Classical, Blitz & Rapid

  • – Highest rated player ever (2882)

 

Carlsen was just a few points ahead of Caruana as World 1 in January. Less than 3 months later his lead is 44 points.


[Event “6th Shamkir Chess 2019”]
[Site “Shamkir”]
[Date “2019.04.09”]
[Round “9.3”]
[White “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Black “Grischuk, Alexander”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “C65”]
[WhiteElo “2845”]
[BlackElo “2771”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “77”]
[EventDate “2019.03.31”]
[EventType “tourn”]
[EventCountry “AZE”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3.
Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 O-O 6. O-O d6 7. Ba4 {LiveBook: 4 Games. C65: Ruy
Lopez: Berlin Defence (3…Nf6), unusual lines and 4 0-0 Bc5} Ne7 8. Bc2 $146 (
{Predecessor:} 8. Nbd2 Ng6 9. d4 Bb6 10. Bc2 Re8 11. Re1 c6 12. h3 h6 {1-0 (22)
Karjakin,S (2753)-Jakovenko,D (2735) St Petersburg 2018}) 8… Ng6 9. d4 {
The position is equal.} Bb6 10. a4 {[%cal Ba2a4,Ba4a5][%mdl 32] a5 is the
strong threat.} c6 11. dxe5 Nxe5 12. Nxe5 (12. Bf4 {with more complications.}
Bc7 13. h3 Re8 14. Nbd2 Ng6 15. Bh2) 12… dxe5 13. Qxd8 Rxd8 14. a5 Bc5 15.
Nd2 Be6 16. Re1 b5 17. Nb3 Bxb3 18. Bxb3 Ng4 19. Re2 Rd6 20. Bg5 {aiming for
Be7.} Kf8 21. Rf1 Nf6 22. g3 a6 23. Kg2 {Hoping for f4.} Nd7 24. Bc1 Ba7 25. f4
f6 26. h4 Re8 27. h5 h6 28. Ba2 c5 29. Be3 exf4 30. gxf4 {Black must now
prevent e5.} Rxe4 {[#] And now …c4 would win.} 31. Bb1 (31. Rfe1 $1 $16)
31… Re7 $11 32. Rfe1 f5 $2 (32… Nb8 $1 $11 {and Black is okay.}) 33. Bxf5
$18 Nf6 {[#]} 34. Kf3 $1 Nd5 $2 (34… Rd5 {is tougher.} 35. Bg6 Rdd7) 35. Rd2
{White is clearly winning.} Rd8 36. Be4 Red7 37. Red1 Nf6 38. Rxd7 Nxd7 39. Rd6
{Precision: White = 75%, Black = 44%.} 1-0


[Event “6th Shamkir Chess 2019”]
[Site “Shamkir”]
[Date “2019.04.08”]
[Round “8.3”]
[White “Karjakin, Sergey”]
[Black “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “B34”]
[WhiteElo “2753”]
[BlackElo “2845”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “78”]
[EventDate “2019.03.31”]
[EventType “tourn”]
[EventCountry “AZE”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

1. e4
c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Nd5 Nxd5 8. exd5
Ne7 9. c4 Ng6 10. Qa4 Bd7 11. Qb4 Bf5 12. Qa4 Bd7 13. Qb4 Bf5 {B33: Sicilian:
Pelikan and Sveshnikov Variations} 14. h4 h5 {[#]} 15. Bg5 $146 ({Predecessor:
} 15. Be3 a6 16. Nc3 Qc7 17. g3 Be7 18. f3 Nf8 19. Ne4 {1/2-1/2 (31) Caruana,F
(2832)-Carlsen,M (2835) London 2018}) 15… Qb8 {White is slightly better.} 16.
Be2 a6 17. Nc3 Qc7 18. g3 Be7 19. Be3 e4 20. O-O O-O 21. Bxh5 Ne5 22. Be2 Qd7
23. Qa4 Qc8 24. c5 dxc5 25. Nxe4 c4 26. Nc3 b5 {[%cal Bb7b5,Bb5b4][%mdl 1056]
Black has compensation.} 27. Qd1 b4 28. Na4 Be4 $1 {[#] Hoping for …Qh3.} 29.
Qd4 Qf5 30. f4 Qg6 {[%cal Rg6g3]} 31. Bf2 Nd3 32. h5 {[#]} Qf5 $1 $40 {[%mdl
128] Black attacks with force.} 33. Bg4 $2 (33. Bxd3 $17 {might work better.}
cxd3 34. Qe5 Qxe5 35. fxe5 Bxd5 36. Be3) 33… Qxg4 $19 ({Not} 33… Qxd5 34.
Qxd5 Bxd5 35. Nb6 $15) 34. Qxe4 Bd6 {[%cal Rd3f4] …Nxf4 is the strong threat.
} 35. Qg2 Rae8 36. Bd4 Qxh5 {Black is clearly winning.} 37. Qf3 Qg6 38. Kh1 (
38. Be3 $142 Re4 39. f5 Qxg3+ 40. Qxg3 Bxg3 41. Bb6) 38… Re4 39. Bf2 Rfe8 {
Accuracy: White = 43%, Black = 89%.} 0-1


[Event “6th Shamkir Chess 2019”]
[Site “Shamkir”]
[Date “2019.04.07”]
[Round “7.3”]
[White “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Black “Giri, Anish”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “A29”]
[WhiteElo “2845”]
[BlackElo “2797”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “76”]
[EventDate “2019.03.31”]
[EventType “tourn”]
[EventCountry “AZE”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 d5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. Bg2 Bc5 7. O-O
O-O 8. d3 h6 9. Nxd5 {A29: English Opening: Four Knights Variation with 4 g3} (
9. Bd2 Be6 10. Na4 Bb6 11. a3 f5 12. Qc2 Qd6 13. Rac1 Rad8 14. Nxb6 axb6 15. e3
f4 16. gxf4 exf4 {0-1 (24) Zupe,M (2260)-Fenil,S (2346) Skopje 2018}) 9… Qxd5
10. a3 a5 $146 ({Predecessor:} 10… Bg4 11. b4 Be7 12. Be3 Qe6 13. Qc2 a6 14.
Rfd1 Rad8 15. Qc4 Qxc4 16. dxc4 Bf6 17. Rxd8 Rxd8 {0-1 (52) Bordes Guasch,J
(1774)-Mari Copa,A (2016) Eivissa 2015}) 11. Bd2 {The position is equal.} Qe6
12. Rc1 Qe7 13. Bc3 Nd4 14. e3 Nxf3+ 15. Qxf3 Bd6 16. Qh5 c6 17. f4 exf4 18.
gxf4 Qxe3+ (18… Kh7 $11) 19. Kh1 $16 {aiming for Be4.} Rd8 $2 {[%mdl 8192]} (
19… f6 $1 $14) 20. Rce1 $18 Qc5 {[#]} (20… Qxd3 21. f5 $18) 21. f5 $1 Bf8
22. Be4 Rd5 23. Rf3 b5 24. Rg1 Ra7 25. Bf6 g6 (25… Rd6 $142 26. d4 Rxd4) 26.
Qh3 Rd6 27. Qh4 (27. d4 $18 Rxd4 28. fxg6 Rxe4 29. Qxc8 fxg6 30. Bc3) 27…
Rxf6 $16 28. Qxf6 $40 {[%mdl 192] [#] Double Attack. White has strong attack.}
Be7 29. Qxc6 Qxc6 30. Bxc6 Kg7 31. fxg6 fxg6 32. d4 a4 (32… Bd6 $16 33. Bd5
Re7) 33. d5 $18 b4 (33… Bd6 $142 34. Bxb5 Re7) 34. Be8 Bg5 35. h4 ({But not}
35. axb4 Re7 $18) 35… Bxh4 (35… Re7 {might work better.} 36. hxg5 Rxe8 37.
gxh6+ Kxh6) 36. Rxg6+ {White is clearly winning.} Kh7 37. Rc6 Bg4 38. Rf4 Rg7 {
Accuracy: White = 70%, Black = 44%.} 1-0


[Event “6th Shamkir Chess 2019”]
[Site “Shamkir”]
[Date “2019.04.06”]
[Round “6.3”]
[White “Ding, Liren”]
[Black “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “D71”]
[WhiteElo “2812”]
[BlackElo “2845”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “78”]
[EventDate “2019.03.31”]
[EventType “tourn”]
[EventCountry “AZE”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. g3 c6 4. Bg2 d5 5. cxd5 cxd5 6. Nf3 Bg7 7.
Ne5 O-O 8. Nc3 Bf5 9. O-O Ne4 10. Bf4 Nxc3 {D79: Fianchetto Grünfeld:
Symmetrical Variation (6 0-0 c6 7 cxd5 cxd5)} 11. bxc3 Nc6 12. Nxc6 bxc6 13.
Qa4 e6 (13… Qd7 14. Rac1 Rac8 15. Rfd1 Rfd8 16. c4 Be4 17. f3 Bf5 18. cxd5
cxd5 19. Qxd7 Bxd7 20. Bc7 Re8 21. e3 Bb5 22. Bf1 a6 {1/2-1/2 (22) Leko,P
(2679)-Mamedyarov,S (2817) Germany 2019}) 14. Qxc6 Rc8 15. Qa4 Rxc3 16. Rfc1
Rxc1+ $146 ({Predecessor:} 16… Rc4 17. Rxc4 dxc4 18. Rc1 Bxd4 19. Qxc4 g5 20.
Bc7 Qd7 21. Qc6 Qxc6 {1/2-1/2 (21) Garau,B (2201)-Fister,B (2293) ICCF email
2013}) 17. Rxc1 Qb6 18. e3 Qb2 19. Qd1 h5 20. a4 Bg4 21. Qe1 $36 {[%mdl 2048]
White is more active.} Be2 22. Bf1 Bxf1 23. Kxf1 Re8 24. Qc3 Qxc3 25. Rxc3 $14
{[%mdl 4096] Endgame KRB-KRB} e5 (25… Ra8 $14) 26. dxe5 Bxe5 27. Rd3 ({
White should play} 27. Bxe5 $16 Rxe5 28. Rc5) 27… Bxf4 28. gxf4 {KR-KR} (28.
exf4 {is more complex.} Rd8 29. Rb3 Rd6 30. Rb5 Kg7 31. Ke2) 28… Rd8 $1 29.
a5 Kf8 {The position is equal.} 30. Ke2 Ke7 31. Rb3 Kd6 32. Kd3 Rd7 33. h4 Rc7
34. Rb8 Rc5 35. Rb7 Rxa5 36. Rxf7 Ra3+ 37. Kd4 {[#] Hoping for Rf6+.} Ra4+ 38.
Kd3 Ra3+ 39. Kd4 {Strongly threatening Rf6+.} Ra4+ {Accuracy: White = 59%,
Black = 55%.} 1/2-1/2


[Event “6th Shamkir Chess 2019”]
[Site “Shamkir”]
[Date “2019.04.04”]
[Round “5.3”]
[White “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Black “Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “D32”]
[WhiteElo “2845”]
[BlackElo “2790”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “74”]
[EventDate “2019.03.31”]
[EventType “tourn”]
[EventCountry “AZE”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

1. c4 e6 2. Nc3 d5 3. d4 c5 4. e3 Nf6 5. Nf3 a6 6. cxd5 exd5 7.
g3 {D40: Queen’s Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch with 5 e3} Nc6 8. Bg2 c4 9. Ne5
Bb4 10. Bd2 O-O 11. O-O Re8 12. Nxc6 bxc6 13. b3 a5 14. Qc2 {[#]} cxb3 $146 ({
Predecessor:} 14… Ba6) 15. axb3 g6 16. Rfc1 Bf5 17. Qd1 Qd6 18. Ra2 h5 19.
Na4 h4 20. Nc5 Kg7 21. Bxb4 axb4 {The position is equal.} 22. Rxa8 Rxa8 23. Ra1
Rh8 24. Qe1 hxg3 25. hxg3 Ne4 26. Nxe4 Bxe4 27. Bxe4 dxe4 $11 {[%mdl 4096]
Endgame KQR-KQR} 28. Ra5 Rh5 29. Rxh5 gxh5 {KQ-KQ} 30. Kg2 c5 31. dxc5 Qxc5 32.
Qd1 Qc3 33. Qd5 Kf6 34. Qd6+ Kg7 35. Qd5 Kf6 36. Qd6+ Kg7 37. Qd5 Kf6 {
Accuracy: White = 91%, Black = 77%.} 1/2-1/2


[Event “6th Shamkir Chess 2019”]
[Site “Shamkir”]
[Date “2019.04.03”]
[Round “4.3”]
[White “Topalov, Veselin”]
[Black “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “E21”]
[WhiteElo “2740”]
[BlackElo “2845”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “71”]
[EventDate “2019.03.31”]
[EventType “tourn”]
[EventCountry “AZE”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

1. d4
Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 d5 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 h6 7. Bh4 O-O {D38:
Queen’s Gambit Declined: Ragozin Defence (4 Nf3 Bb4)} 8. e3 Bf5 9. Ne5 (9. Bd3
Bxd3 10. Qxd3 c6 11. O-O Nbd7 12. Ne5 Be7 13. f4 Nb6 14. Bxf6 Bxf6 15. Rf3 Qe7
16. Raf1 Nd7 17. e4 dxe4 18. Nxe4 Rad8 19. Ng4 h5 20. Nexf6+ Nxf6 {1/2-1/2 (37)
Edouard,R (2643)-So,W (2765) chess.com INT 2019}) 9… c5 10. Bd3 cxd4 11. exd4
Bxd3 12. Qxd3 Qd6 $146 ({Predecessor:} 12… Bxc3+ 13. bxc3 Qd6 14. Bxf6 Qxf6
15. O-O Qd6 16. Ng4 Nd7 {1/2-1/2 (16) Williams,S (2437)-Stefansson,H (2514)
Reykjavik 2017}) 13. Bxf6 Qxf6 14. O-O Bxc3 15. Qxc3 {The position is equal.}
Re8 16. Rac1 Nc6 17. Nxc6 Qxc6 18. Qxc6 bxc6 19. Rxc6 $11 {[%mdl 4096] Endgame
KRR-KRR} Re2 20. Ra6 Rxb2 21. g3 Re8 22. Rxa7 Ree2 23. Ra5 Rxa2 24. Rxd5 Red2
25. h4 Ra4 26. Kg2 (26. h5 {feels hotter.} Raxd4 27. Rb5 g6 28. Kg2 Kg7 29.
Rfb1) 26… Raxd4 27. Rxd4 Rxd4 {KR-KR} 28. Kf3 h5 29. Kg2 g6 30. Kf3 Kg7 31.
Kg2 Rd5 32. Kf3 Rf5+ 33. Kg2 Rd5 34. Kf3 Rf5+ 35. Kg2 Rd5 36. Kf3 {Accuracy:
White = 77%, Black = 85%.} 1/2-1/2


[Event “6th Shamkir Chess 2019”]
[Site “Shamkir”]
[Date “2019.04.02”]
[Round “3.3”]
[White “Navara, David”]
[Black “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Result “0-1”]
[ECO “B34”]
[WhiteElo “2739”]
[BlackElo “2845”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “116”]
[EventDate “2019.03.31”]
[EventType “tourn”]
[EventCountry “AZE”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6.
Ndb5 d6 7. Nd5 Nxd5 8. exd5 Nb8 9. a4 Be7 10. Be2 O-O 11. O-O {B33: Sicilian:
Pelikan and Sveshnikov Variations} Nd7 12. Kh1 (12. b4 a6 13. Na3 a5 14. bxa5
Rxa5 15. Nc4 Ra8 16. Be3 f5 17. a5 f4 18. Bb6 Qe8 {1/2-1/2 (54) Caruana,F
(2832)-Carlsen,M (2835) London 2018}) 12… a6 13. Na3 {[#] The position is
equal.} a5 $146 ({Predecessor:} 13… f5 14. f4 Qc7 15. Nc4 b6 16. Ra3 Bf6 17.
Be3 e4 18. a5 b5 19. Nb6 Rb8 20. c4 b4 21. Ra2 Nxb6 22. axb6 Rxb6 {1/2-1/2 (44)
Maerten,T (2502)-Gleichmann,M (2550) GER email 2015}) 14. f4 f5 15. Nc4 b6 16.
Ra3 exf4 17. Bxf4 Nc5 $1 18. Re3 {Threatening Rxe7.} g5 19. Rxe7 (19. Rg3 $1
$11 {remains equal.}) 19… gxf4 $17 20. Re6 Nxe6 21. dxe6 Bxe6 22. Rxf4 Bxc4
23. Bxc4+ Kh8 24. g4 (24. b3 $17) 24… Qf6 (24… Qe7 $19 25. gxf5 Qe5) 25. c3
(25. b3 $17 {might work better.}) 25… Qe5 $19 26. Qf1 Rae8 27. gxf5 Rf6 28.
Qf2 Qc5 29. Kg2 Qc6+ (29… Ref8 $19 {[%cal Rf6f5]} 30. Bd3 Rg8+ 31. Kh1 Qxf2
32. Rxf2 Rg4) 30. Kh3 ({Better is} 30. Kg3 $15) 30… Qc5 ({Much weaker is}
30… Qxa4 $6 31. Qd4 $11) 31. Kg2 $1 Qxf2+ 32. Rxf2 {[%mdl 4096] Endgame
KRR-KRB} Re4 33. Be6 Rxa4 34. Kf3 Kg7 35. Rd2 Kh6 36. Rxd6 Kg5 $1 37. Rd8 Rh6 {
White must now prevent …Rh3+.} 38. Rg8+ Kf6 39. Rb8 Rxh2 40. Rxb6 {And now
Bd7+ would win.} Kg5 41. f6 Rf4+ {[%mdl 64] Double Attack} 42. Kg3 Rhf2 {
[%csl Gf2][%cal Rf4f3]} 43. Rb5+ Kxf6 44. Bg4 a4 45. c4 {[#]} Kg6 $1 ({Don’t do
} 45… Rxc4 46. Rb6+ Kg7 47. Kxf2 $15) 46. c5 $2 (46. Bh5+ Kf6 47. Bg4) 46…
a3 $2 (46… h5 47. Bxh5+ Kxh5 48. c6+ Kh6) 47. bxa3 $2 (47. c6 Rxb2 48. Ra5)
47… h5 48. Rb4 Rf8 49. Bd1 Rd2 50. Bf3 $2 (50. Rb1 $19 Kg5 51. c6) 50… Rd3
$1 {[%csl LRa3,LRf3][%mdl 64] Double Attack. Black mates.} 51. Rf4 {[#]} h4+ $1
{[%mdl 512]} 52. Kg4 (52. Rxh4 Rfxf3+) 52… Rxf4+ 53. Kxf4 Rxa3 {KR-KB} 54. c6
Rc3 55. Bd5 h3 56. Ke5 {[#]} Rc5 $1 57. Kd6 {[#]} Rxd5+ $1 {[%mdl 576]
Promotion} 58. Kxd5 h2 {Accuracy: White = 48%, Black = 64%.} 0-1


[Event “6th Shamkir Chess 2019”]
[Site “Shamkir”]
[Date “2019.04.01”]
[Round “2.3”]
[White “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Black “Anand, Viswanathan”]
[Result “1-0”]
[ECO “D37”]
[WhiteElo “2845”]
[BlackElo “2779”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “85”]
[EventDate “2019.03.31”]
[EventType “tourn”]
[EventCountry “AZE”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bf4 O-O 6. e3 c5 7. dxc5
Bxc5 8. Qc2 Nc6 9. a3 Qa5 10. Rd1 Rd8 {LiveBook: 16 Games. D37: Queen’s Gambit
Declined: 5 Bf4} 11. Be2 Ne4 12. cxd5 $146 ({Predecessor:} 12. O-O Nxc3 13.
bxc3 h6 14. a4 Ne7 15. Ne5 Bd6 16. cxd5 Nxd5 17. Bf3 Nxf4 18. exf4 Bxe5 19.
Rxd8+ Qxd8 20. fxe5 {1/2-1/2 (49) Carlsen,M (2835)-Caruana,F (2832) London 2018
}) 12… Nxc3 {The position is equal.} 13. bxc3 exd5 14. O-O h6 15. a4 Bd6 16.
Bxd6 Rxd6 17. c4 Be6 18. c5 Rdd8 19. Rb1 Qc7 20. Qb2 Rab8 21. Nd4 Nxd4 22. Qxd4
b6 23. cxb6 Rxb6 24. h3 Rc8 25. Rfd1 Qc3 26. Qxc3 Rxc3 27. a5 Rxb1 28. Rxb1 $11
{[%mdl 4096] Endgame KRB-KRB} Rc5 (28… Kf8 $11 {keeps the balance.}) 29. a6 (
{Only move:} 29. Rb8+ $16 Kh7 30. a6) 29… g6 $2 (29… Bc8 $1 $11 {and Black
stays safe.}) 30. Rb7 $18 Rc1+ 31. Kh2 $1 Rc2 {[#]} 32. Bb5 $1 Rb2 {[#]} (32…
Rxf2 $142 33. Rxa7 Kg7) 33. Kg3 $1 Bc8 34. Rb8 ({Not} 34. Rxa7 Rxb5 35. Ra8 Rc5
$14) 34… Kg7 {Threatens to win with …Bxa6!} 35. Rxc8 Rxb5 {KR-KR} 36. Rc7
Ra5 37. Rxa7 Kf6 38. Ra8 Ra3 39. Kh2 h5 (39… Ra2 $142 40. a7 Ra3) 40. a7 {
White is clearly winning.} Ra2 41. h4 Kf5 {intending …Kg4.} 42. f3 Ra1 43. g3
{Precision: White = 75%, Black = 45%.} 1-0


[Date “2019.03.31”]
[Round “1.3”]
[White “Radjabov, Teimour”]
[Black “Carlsen, Magnus”]
[Result “1/2-1/2”]
[ECO “C55”]
[WhiteElo “2756”]
[BlackElo “2845”]
[Annotator “TA”]
[PlyCount “81”]
[EventDate “2019.03.31”]
[EventType “tourn”]
[EventCountry “AZE”]
[SourceTitle “playchess.com”]
[Source “ChessBase”]
[SourceQuality “1”]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. d3
Be7 5. O-O O-O 6. h3 d6 7. a4 a5 {C55: Two Knights: 4 d3, 4 d4 exd4 5 e5 and
Max Lange Attack} (7… Be6 8. Re1 Qd7 9. Nc3 h6 10. Be3 a6 11. Bxe6 fxe6 12.
d4 exd4 13. Nxd4 Nxd4 14. Qxd4 Nh5 15. e5 {0-1 (71) Miton,K (2584)-Wang,H
(2709) Riadh 2017}) 8. Nbd2 $146 ({Predecessor:} 8. Nc3 Be6 9. Re1 Qc8 10. Bxe6
fxe6 11. d4 exd4 12. Nxd4 Nxd4 13. Qxd4 Nd7 14. f4 d5 15. Kh1 Bc5 16. Qd3 {
1/2-1/2 (16) Shanava,K (2535)-Panchanathan,M (2556) Pardubice 2011}) 8… Nd7
9. Re1 Nb6 10. Bb3 Kh8 11. c3 f5 12. exf5 Bxf5 13. Nf1 Bg6 14. Ng3 Bf6 15. Ne4
d5 16. Nxf6 Qxf6 17. Bg5 Qf5 18. Qd2 Rae8 19. Be3 {Bxb6 is the strong threat.}
Bh5 20. Bd1 {Strongly threatening g4.} Qd7 21. Bxb6 cxb6 22. Qg5 Qf7 23. Qh4 {
[#] Hoping for Ng5.} Bg6 24. Bb3 Qd7 25. Qg3 {[%cal Rf3e5]} d4 26. Nxe5 Nxe5
27. Rxe5 dxc3 28. Rxe8 Rxe8 29. bxc3 Qxd3 30. Qxd3 (30. Qc7 {is interesting.}
h6 31. Rf1 Qd8 32. Qxb7 Qd6 33. Qf3) 30… Bxd3 $14 {[%mdl 4096] Endgame
KRB-KRB. The position is equal.} 31. Rd1 Be4 $1 32. Rd6 Bc6 33. Bd5 Bxd5 34.
Rxd5 $11 {KR-KR} Re1+ 35. Kh2 {[#] Threatening mate with Rd8+.} h6 36. Rd7 Rc1
37. Rxb7 Rxc3 38. Rxb6 {And now Rb5 would win.} Rc4 39. Ra6 Rxa4 40. f4 Rxf4
41. Rxa5 {Accuracy: White = 66%, Black = 60%.} 1/2-1/2


The tournament is once again a 10-player round-robin and sports a total prize fund of €100,000, with €30,000 for first place. The time control is a leisurely 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30 seconds per move increment starting from move 61. If there is a tie, we’ll see a rapid playoff match decide the winner.

Vugar Gashimov Mem 2019 Shamkir AZE (AZE), 30 iii-10 iv 2019 cat. XXII (2778)
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
1. Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2845 * ½ 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 7 2990
2. Ding, Liren g CHN 2812 ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ 5 2817
3. Karjakin, Sergey g RUS 2753 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 5 2824
4. Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2756 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 2780
5. Grischuk, Alexander g RUS 2771 0 0 ½ ½ * ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 2779
6. Anand, Viswanathan g IND 2779 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 1 2778
7. Topalov, Veselin g BUL 2740 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ 1 ½ 4 2739
8. Navara, David g CZE 2739 0 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 4 2739
9. Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2790 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ * ½ 2696
10. Giri, Anish g NED 2797 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ * 3 2651
Round 1 (March 31, 2019)
Karjakin, Sergey – Ding, Liren ½-½ 24 C50 Giuoco Piano
Radjabov, Teimour – Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 41 C55 Two Knights Defence
Grischuk, Alexander – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½ 37 C67 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Anand, Viswanathan – Navara, David ½-½ 41 B90 Sicilian Najdorf Variation
Giri, Anish – Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 50 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Round 2 (April 1, 2019)
Carlsen, Magnus – Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 43 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Ding, Liren – Grischuk, Alexander 1-0 77 E60 King’s Indian without Nc3
Topalov, Veselin – Navara, David ½-½ 55 C02 French Advance
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar – Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 41 D02 Queen’s Pawn Game
Giri, Anish – Karjakin, Sergey 0-1 34 C53 Giuoco Piano
Round 3 (April 2, 2019)
Karjakin, Sergey – Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 32 C53 Giuoco Piano
Radjabov, Teimour – Ding, Liren ½-½ 43 C89 Ruy Lopez Marshall
Grischuk, Alexander – Giri, Anish ½-½ 22 D38 QGD Ragozin
Anand, Viswanathan – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1-0 63 C50 Giuoco Piano
Navara, David – Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 58 B33 Sicilian Sveshnikov
Round 4 (April 3, 2019)
Ding, Liren – Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 34 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Karjakin, Sergey – Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ 32 D73 Gruenfeld 3.g3
Topalov, Veselin – Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 36 D38 QGD Ragozin
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar – Navara, David ½-½ 85 D38 QGD Ragozin
Giri, Anish – Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 40 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Round 5 (April 4, 2019)
Carlsen, Magnus – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½ 37 D32 Tarrasch Defence
Radjabov, Teimour – Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 41 E06 Catalan
Grischuk, Alexander – Topalov, Veselin 1-0 69 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Anand, Viswanathan – Giri, Anish 1-0 39 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Navara, David – Ding, Liren 1-0 45 D49 Queens Gambit Meran
Round 6 (April 6, 2019)
Ding, Liren – Carlsen, Magnus ½-½ 39 E60 King’s Indian without Nc3
Karjakin, Sergey – Anand, Viswanathan 1-0 52 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Grischuk, Alexander – Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 40 D20 QGA
Topalov, Veselin – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 1-0 33 C92 Ruy Lopez Chigorin
Giri, Anish – Navara, David ½-½ 26 D38 QGD Ragozin
Round 7 (April 7, 2019)
Carlsen, Magnus – Giri, Anish 1-0 38 A29 English Four Knights
Radjabov, Teimour – Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 38 C45 Scotch Game
Anand, Viswanathan – Grischuk, Alexander ½-½ 32 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Navara, David – Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 40 A13 Reti Opening
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar – Ding, Liren ½-½ 54 D30 Queen’s Gambit (without Nc3)
Round 8 (April 8, 2019)
Karjakin, Sergey – Carlsen, Magnus 0-1 39 B33 Sicilian Sveshnikov
Radjabov, Teimour – Anand, Viswanathan ½-½ 33 D37 QGD 5.Bf4
Grischuk, Alexander – Navara, David 1-0 40 C02 French Advance
Topalov, Veselin – Ding, Liren 0-1 110 E21 Nimzo Indian 4.Nf3
Giri, Anish – Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar ½-½ 42 C53 Giuoco Piano
Round 9 (April 9, 2019)
Carlsen, Magnus – Grischuk, Alexander 1-0 39 C65 Ruy Lopez Berlin
Ding, Liren – Giri, Anish ½-½ 26 D38 QGD Ragozin
Anand, Viswanathan – Topalov, Veselin ½-½ 31 C50 Giuoco Piano
Navara, David – Radjabov, Teimour ½-½ 40 B12 Caro Kann Advanced
Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar – Karjakin, Sergey ½-½ 27 D37 QGD 5.Bf4

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