April 23, 2014 18:06

Carlsen Goes Down Against Caruana in Shamkir | Update: VIDEO

The Shamkir Chess 2014 tournament is all open again as Fabiano Caruana defeated tournament leader Magnus Carlsen from the white side of a Berlin Ending. The Italian grandmaster was pressing from the start and was then helped by his opponent, who blundered a pawn. The position remained complicated but Caruana managed to win with his passed pawns without getting checkmated. Both Karjakin-Mamedyarov and Radjabov-Nakamura were drawn. In group B Guseinov beat Durarbaily as Black, Mamedov won against Wang Hao and Wojtaszek beat Safarli.

The fourth round of the Shamkir Chess tournament in memory of Vugar Gashimov started with a draw between Sergey Karjakin and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov which took slightly less than two hours. That was a bit of a pity, since the players certainly reached the most interesting position out of the opening from the three A group games.

Update: video report on Caruana-Carlsen

Despite his loss in that opening the other day, Mamedyarov played the Caro-Kann again. Karjakin: “I didn't expect him to go for this line again after his game with Hikaru. I didn't really prepare for this as I had a very long game yesterday but I just remembered that I had an old idea to play this g4,f4, f5, then Be3 and then I remembered it's not easy for Black to find all the correct moves. So I wasn't “empty” for this game but my idea wasn't enough to get any advantage so a draw was a reasonable result.”

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Karjakin also had some nice words for his opponent at the press conference: “I think Shakh started in the Candidates with two losses in the first three games. I was and I am still completely sure that Shakh will show his best in this tournament so that's why he is very dangerous!” he smiled.


But again most chess fans were looking at one game in particular: that of Magnus Carlsen. As the tournament leader and fresh world champion he simply plays the “key game” of the round almost every day. And today, for the first time, things didn't go so well, right from the start.

Thanks to good preparation in the Berlin Ending (which Caruana rarely answers with 4.d3) White had a small edge, and it was clear that he was going to keep it for a while. And then suddenly Carlsen missed a not that difficult tactic that dropped a pawn, and Caruana managed to convert it.


Carlsen described his mood as “indifferent all day”.

“Today I felt from the morning that it's a bad day, I'm not feeling well. Then it's tough against such a good opponent. Maybe I should have played something different in the opening because it's not such a good idea to play like this when you're not in such an inspired mood,“ said Carlsen.

To the typical sports question “how do you feel”, Caruana replied: “In general I like to win and it's also nice to win against Magnus. I don't mind it, you know!”

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Caruana also revealed that both he and Hikaru Nakamura are going to play for Padova at the European Club Cup. Quite an interesting bit of news, but unfortunately the journalists were then summoned to "only ask questions about the tournament".

Caruana's new team member played a long and tough draw with Teimour Radjabov. It was all pretty balanced until around move 35, but soon after he traded one pair of rooks Nakamura realized that the rook ending was actually rather difficult for Black. He eventually managed to reach the famous Vancura position… without knowing it or at least all the details.

The writer of this report learnt about this ending thanks to the wonderful little book Secrets of Practical Chess by John Nunn, but obviously it's also treated in standard works such as Dvoretsky's Endgame Manual and even Wikipedia has a decent entry on it! But knowledge of one famouse game and excellent calculating qualities can be good enough as well, as Nakamura played the ending flawlessly.

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Etienne Bacrot still leads the B group after drawing his black game with Nijat Abasov. Wojtaszek won his second game in row in a 3.f3 Grünfeld (did he use some world Championship preparation there?).

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Shamkir Chess 2014 | A | Pairings & results

Round 1 20.04.14 15:00 AZST   Round 6 26.04.14 15:00 AZST
Carlsen 1-0 Mamedyarov   Mamedyarov - Carlsen
Nakamura ½-½ Caruana   Caruana - Nakamura
Karjakin ½-½ Radjabov   Radjabov - Karjakin
Round 2 21.04.14 15:00 AZST   Round 7 27.04.14 15:00 AZST
Mamedyarov ½-½ Radjabov   Radjabov - Mamedyarov
Caruana ½-½ Karjakin   Karjakin - Caruana
Carlsen 1-0 Nakamura   Nakamura - Carlsen
Round 3 22.04.14 15:00 AZST   Round 8 28.04.14 15:00 AZST
Nakamura 1-0 Mamedyarov   Mamedyarov - Nakamura
Karjakin ½-½ Carlsen   Carlsen - Karjakin
Radjabov ½-½ Caruana   Caruana - Radjabov
Round 4 23.04.14 15:00 AZST   Round 9 29.04.14 15:00 AZST
Karjakin ½-½ Mamedyarov   Caruana - Mamedyarov
Radjabov ½-½ Nakamura   Radjabov - Carlsen
Caruana 1-0 Carlsen   Karjakin - Nakamura
Round 5 24.04.14 15:00 AZST   Round 10 30.04.14 13:00 AZST
Mamedyarov - Caruana   Mamedyarov - Karjakin
Carlsen - Radjabov   Nakamura - Radjabov
Nakamura - Karjakin   Carlsen - Caruana

Shamkir Chess 2014 | A | Round 4 Standings

# Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts SB
1 Caruana,Fabiano 2783 2873 phpfCo1l0.png 1 ½ ½ ½   2.5/4 5.50
2 Carlsen,Magnus 2881 2861 0 phpfCo1l0.png ½   1 1 2.5/4 4.00
3 Karjakin,Sergey 2772 2784 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½   ½ 2.0/4 4.00
4 Radjabov,Teimour 2713 2771 ½   ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 2.0/4 3.75
5 Nakamura,Hikaru 2772 2784 ½ 0   ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1 2.0/4 3.25
6 Mamedyarov,Shakhriyar 2760 2594   0 ½ ½ 0 phpfCo1l0.png 1.0/4  

Shamkir Chess 2014 | B | Pairings & results

Round 1 20.04.14 15:00 AZST   Round 2 21.04.14 15:00 AZST
Wojtaszek ½-½ Durarbayli   Durarbayli 0-1 Bacrot
Eljanov ½-½ Mamedov   Guseinov ½-½ Wang Hao
Motylev ½-½ Abasov   Abasov ½-½ Safarli
Safarli ½-½ Guseinov   Mamedov 0-1 Motylev
Wang Hao ½-½ Bacrot   Wojtaszek 0-1 Eljanov
Round 3 22.04.14 15:00 AZST   Round 4 23.04.14 15:00 AZST
Eljanov ½-½ Durarbayli   Durarbayli 0-1 Guseinov
Motylev 0-1 Wojtaszek   Abasov ½-½ Bacrot
Safarli ½-½ Mamedov   Mamedov 1-0 Wang Hao
Wang Hao ½-½ Abasov   Wojtaszek 1-0 Safarli
Bacrot 1-0 Guseinov   Eljanov ½-½ Motylev
Round 5 24.04.14 15:00 CET   Round 6 26.04.14 15:00 AZST
Motylev - Durarbayli   Durarbayli - Abasov
Safarli - Eljanov   Mamedov - Guseinov
Wang Hao - Wojtaszek   Wojtaszek - Bacrot
Bacrot - Mamedov   Eljanov - Wang Hao
Guseinov   Abasov   Motylev - Safarli
Round 7 27.04.14 15:00 CET   Round 8 28.04.14 15:00 AZST
Safarli - Durarbayli   Durarbayli - Mamedov
Wang Hao - Motylev   Wojtaszek - Abasov
Bacrot - Eljanov   Eljanov - Guseinov
Guseinov - Wojtaszek   Motylev - Bacrot
Abasov - Mamedov   Safarli - Wang Hao
Round 9 29.04.14 15:00 AZST        
Wang Hao - Durarbayli        
Bacrot - Safarli        
Guseinov - Motylev        
Abasov - Eljanov        
Mamedov - Wojtaszek        

Shamkir Chess 2014 | B | Round 4 Standings

1 Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts SB
1 Bacrot,Etienne 2722 2804 phpfCo1l0.png       ½   1 ½   1 3.0/4  
2 Eljanov,Pavel 2732 2749   phpfCo1l0.png 1 ½   ½       ½ 2.5/4 5.00
3 Wojtaszek,Radoslaw 2716 2752   0 phpfCo1l0.png 1         1 ½ 2.5/4 4.00
4 Motylev,Alexander 2685 2656   ½ 0 phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1         2.0/4 4.25
5 Abasov,Nijat 2516 2699 ½     ½ phpfCo1l0.png     ½ ½   2.0/4 4.00
6 Mamedov,Rauf 2660 2701   ½   0   phpfCo1l0.png   1 ½   2.0/4 3.50
7 Guseinov,Gadir 2621 2674 0           phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 1 2.0/4 2.50
8 Wang,Hao 2734 2542 ½       ½ 0 ½ phpfCo1l0.png     1.5/4 3.50
9 Safarli,Eltaj 2656 2540     0   ½ ½ ½   phpfCo1l0.png   1.5/4 3.00
10 Durarbayli,Vasif 2584 2507 0 ½ ½       0     phpfCo1l0.png 1.0/4  

The rounds start at 12:00 Amsterdam, 6am New York and 3am Los Angeles time. The official website is www.shamkirchess.az. Chess.com offers daily live commentary at www.chess.com/tv. Games via TWICphpfCo1l0.png



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Author: Peter Doggers


Endgame tricks's picture

After his weak performance yesterday, the "World Champion" collapsed again, showing his "class" in endgames. Time for retirement.

Pioneer's picture


Anonymous's picture

Poor despicable guy.You and some others vultures
are only showing your moral misery, taking a defeat
of Carlsen as a personal achievement.Was Caruana, a great player, who beat this time Magnus, not you.
I am sure you are celebrating, but perhaps it is a bit earlier for this.Anyway, a miserable happiness.Enjoy it!!

Hernán Ruiz's picture

Poor despicable guy.You and some others vultures
are only showing your moral misery, taking a defeat
of Carlsen as a personal achievement.Was Caruana, a great player, who beat this time Magnus, not you.
I am sure you are celebrating, but perhaps it is a bit earlier for this.Anyway, a miserable happiness.Enjoy it!!

Hernán Ruiz's picture

Having said this, I want to add that I'm happy about Carlsen's loss.

Anonymous's picture

Who isn't happy when Carlsen loses?

Huy's picture

A shot in the dark; those among us with a certain decency? Only people who in one way or another is miswired take pleasure in other's misery.

RG13's picture

Can't Caruana have fans? Of course his fans are happy when his opponents lose. Also a Carlsen loss now and then gives hope to all the other elite grandmasters and their fans. It is also good for Carlsen himself to lose now and then so that he doesn't take tournament victories for granted, thus keeping his fire alive.

Anonymous's picture

"Can't Caruana have fans? Of course his fans are happy when his opponents lose"

You're not alone, I'm also always happy when Carlsen loses!

Anonymous's picture

Make that three. Problem comes when he drops with rating, he will be winning more rating points when beating Caruana. So its good to lose.

Hernán Ruiz's picture

Someone is using my name.I did not wrote this.I am not happy with Carlsen loss.What a bunch of silly people are here!

Leo's picture

Let them celebrate :) It's a great day in their lives, and Lord knows they waited long enough for it.
As the Bard of Avon puts it:

"Therefore are feasts so solemn and so rare/Since, seldom coming in the long year set/
Like stones of worth they thinly placed are/
Or captain jewels in the carcanet."

Saji's picture

Anony, Poor carlsen fan boy. Don't worry, carlsen will win next game.

BB's picture

Not against Radjabov and his King's Indian!

Pioneer's picture

Pathetic troll trying to impersonate me. I am actually a Carlsen fan.

Interesting, though that the only American that can beat him is Caruana, LOL.

Anonymous's picture

Poor poor poor little pine

Vladimir Topalov's picture

Kramnik, Vishy, Aronian, Gelfand, Nakamura, Karjakin, Topalov and of course Caruana - all played the same song in Skype simultaneously and danced in their respective homes. Carlson has reunited the chess fraternity today. Great job, Carlson !!!

KingTal's picture

Don't know what oldman Kaspy taught Carlsen. But Carlsen for sure, skipped the first lesson in Chess and paid the price today. Oh, the lesson says - Carlsen is not bigger than Chess.

KingTal's picture

Looks like even my nick getting impersonated now, haha. Well maybe it´s time to just post as Anonymous. Good job, troll. )

Anonymous's picture

Time for retirement for a 23 years old young man?
The current world champion and the higer rating ever?
You are simply an imbecil.

Hernán Ruiz's picture

Time for retirement for a 23 years old young man?
The current world champion and the higer rating ever?
You are simply an imbecil.

Anonymous's picture

Its pathetic, everyone is impersonating my handle.

The REAL Anonymous's picture

Including you!

Chess Fan's picture

Shows that the World Champion is also human. Refreshing to see him lose once, even if so rarely. Also shows that FC is true world champion material. I consider him and SK as two of the strongest players in the World, with SK being more consistent in strong tournaments and FC having the best record (even enviable record) against the World Champion and former World Champions. The last time MC lost was against FC (Tal Memorial) and against FC in the blitz before that. FC's record against Vishy last couple of years is also incredible.

Sir Schratz's picture

What was that Magnus Carlsen's father said? If Real Madrid loses his boy will crash (was that the verb?) the other players.

As if other players simply had no meaning to them any more - as if it were only a question of his boy's will or boredom. And the others? Bah, only there to be dealt with like toys.

How disrespectful towards other people can you be? It doesn't seem that not only wonderboy lacks good manners and decent behaviour ...

Bronkenstein's picture

Berlin walls aren´t what they used to be back in my days...

On a serious note, nice game by Caru =)

Harish Srinivasan's picture

When was the last time a 2750+ player handling the black side of a berlin ending, lost ?

Thanks to Caruana for giving hope for 1.e4 knowing that black might play the berlin.

Thomas Richter's picture

When was the last time a 2750+ player handling the black side of a berlin ending, lost ?

Might be Karjakin-Kramnik 1-0, Russian Superfinal 2011 or Polgar-Karjakin 1-0, World Cup 2011 (whichever came later). But did anyone do before what Caruana has now achieved within a few months: beating the Marshall (against Aronian in Zurich) _and_ the Berlin?

Harish Srinivasan's picture

Thanks. Yes indeed, handing Aronian his first loss in the Marshall and Carlsen in the Berlin is quite an achievement.

Greco's picture

Quickly Haters now is your chance to go all out...its like a national holiday for you guys hahahha

AY's picture

Carlsen’s record has been phenomenal so far. But he is human after all. This is probably his first loss after his last round loss to Ivanchuk in candidates 2013.

Anonymous's picture

Great to se Carlsen lose, I haven't enjoyed a good thrashing this much since the last time I beat my dog up!

bondegnasker's picture

This clearly demonstrates that Chessvibes is biased against Carlsen: Whenever he loses, they make it their headline story...

Anonymous's picture

Good point.

Saji's picture

bondegnasker , who told you chessvibes against carlsen? in fact, chessvibe is the greates fan of carlsen. They usually support European Chess Players.

Anonymous's picture

Congratulations to Caruana, must have been really tuff to win this one, you could see on the clock how carefull he was at each important moment !

Then, how Radjabov missed the win ??? Incredible at this level

SBU's picture

He explained at the press conference that he did not feel well.

Bauerndiplom's picture

Bad hair day ? ouch

Anonymous's picture

Carlsen should have a Kim Jong Un haircut.

Saji's picture

Ya, like when the runner lose in a marathon he will say that my leg has some problem. It is called lame execuse. You must be brave to say that I lost it because I played badly. Simple. We did not expect this answer from World Champion.

Rob's picture

Naka is a nice guy, showing respect to Radja!

jimknopf's picture

No drama, but once more wow! Caruana outplaying Carlsen in classical Carlsen style!

This must be even more annoying to Carlsen than letting Karjakin slip into the draw yesterday. ;-)

I'm really glad he get's some serious challenges of this kind: it's his only chance to be kicked and annoyed into sufficient form for November, against a self-confident Anand looking forward to him.

Anonymous's picture

If one wanted to, one could argue that Caruana didn't so much win today as Carlsen lost - that Caruana was the "lucky" beneficiary of uncharacteristically weak play by Carlsen.

Let's see if a certain notorious person who frequents this site will agree with me.

Anonymous's picture

Hahaha, his monologues are always a one way road so no such luck :-)

Morley's picture

Very nice job, Fabiano. I'm a bit surprised Carlsen went for the Berlin. I had a feeling Caruana would be ready for it after seeing it so often at the WC match, and he was.

It has been a while since Carlsen lost a game, but back when he did lose more often, he usually bounced back quickly with a win. White against Radjabov seems as good a chance as he is going to get.

reeve's picture

at last, he lost a game!. been waiting for this in a long time. there u go carlsen fanboys. leave if u dont like. dun worry he might come back.

Anonymous's picture


Anonymous's picture

Actually his last loss was against Wang Hao in the Norway Chess tournament in May 2013, still almost one year ago. Magnus sure is human in the sense that he happens to have a bad day at times, quite rarely though - as opposed to the ridiculous guy suggesting the world champion should retire from chess because he loses 2 or 3 games per year. But well, I guess having to read such retarded comments is simply the price for having an open platform for everybody to post their opinion.

Thomas Richter's picture

Actually Carlsen's last classical loss was at Tal Memorial in June - against a certain Fabiano Caruana, who also beat him in the Zurich rapid. Which raises the question: Who is the bigger threat to Carlsen, someone with a big mouth or someone relatively shy who actually does win against Carlsen?

Anonymous's picture

Interesting point you raise but do recall that a certain Caruana lost to a certain loudmouth "non-threat" to carlsen in paris GP preventing him from making candidates this cycle. If Caruana is incapable of defeating a certain bigmouth GM when he needs to then what does that tell us? Caruana has his "bete noires" as well that very well could keep him from even getting a chair at the table. Why do you feel the need to constantly attack certain players as though it was your duty. The loudmouth is right in the thick of things in this field through 4 rounds and isn't really even playing particularly well yet you attack. What is your problem? Did you eat some bad sauerkraut?


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