Reports | April 15, 2014 15:53

Vugar Gashimov Memorial to Start on Sunday

On Saturday it will be officially opened and on Sunday the first round of the Gashimov Memorial will be played. Earlier this week the official website of the tournament was put up, as well as the Facebook page and Twitter and Instagram accounts. The tournament, which has Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Sergey Karjakin, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Teimour Radjabov in the top group, promises to be both hard-fought and well organized.

The first Shamkir Chess 2014 tournament will be held 19-30 April in the Heydar Aliyev Center in Shamkir, Azerbaijan. The tournament, sponsored by “Synergy Group”, will be a memorial for Vugar Gashimov, who sadly passed away on the 10th of January this year, at the age of 27.

Shamkir, the 8th largest city in Azerbaijan and the capital of the Shamkir Rayon. It is located in the northern foothills of the Lesser Caucasus, on the coast of the Chagirchay River on Tbilisi-Yevlakh highway.

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There will be two groups. The participants of the A group are Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Sergey Karjakin, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Teimour Radjabov. The participants of the B group are Eltaj Safarli, Nijat Abbasov, Gadir Huseynov, Rauf Mammadov and Vasif Durabeyli (all Azerbaijan) and Wang Hao (China), Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine), Etienne Bacrot (France), Radoslaw Wojtaszek (Poland) and Alexander Motylev (Russia).

The time control will be 2 hours for 40 moves, then 1 hour for 20 moves, followed by 15 minutes to end the game with 30 seconds increment from move 61. Besides, the tournament will apply the Sofia rule: “normal” draws before move 40 won't be allowed. The A group has a prize fund of €100,000, the B group €30,000.

Earlier this week the tournament opened its multiple media channels: a website, a Facebook page, a Twitter account and an Instagram account. On the website the playing schedule can be found:

Gashimov Memorial 2014 | Schedule

Day Time Event
Saturday, April 19th 18.30 Opening Ceremony and Drawing of Lots
Sunday, April 20th 15.00 Round 1
Monday, April 21st 15.00 Round 2
Tuesday, April 22nd 15.00 Round 3
Wednesday, April 23rd 15.00 Round 4
Thursday, April 24th 15.00 Round 5
Friday, April 25th Free day  
Saturday, April 26th 15.00 Round 6
Sunday, April 27th 15.00 Round 7
Monday, April 28th 15.00 Round 8
Tuesday, April 29th 15.00 Round 9
Wednesday, April 30th 13.30 Round 10
Wednesday, April 30th 20.00 Closing Ceremony

The venue is the Heydar Aliyev Center in Shamkir. The four-storied building, which is surrounded by a large park, is dedicated to the former President and national leader Heydar Aliyev (1923-2003). The building, which was opened in September 2013, includes a museum, a 3D cinema, a rich library (15,000 books), a VIP cafe, conference rooms, a lecture hall and translation cabinets.

Naturally the games can be followed live on the website. There will be video coverage with live commentary in three languages: Azerbaijani (Anar Allahverdiyev & Farid Abbasov), English (Genna Sosonko & Viorel Iordachescu) and Russian (Sergey Shipov).

Chess.com will have live commentary each round on Chess.com/TV! We'll also be transmitting the games in Live Chess. The author of these lines will be in Shamkir throughout the tournament to provide on-the-spot coverage of the tournament.

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Author: Peter Doggers

Founder and editor-in-chief of ChessVibes.com, Peter is responsible for most of the chess news and tournament reports. Often visiting top events, he also provides photos and videos for the site. He's a 1.e4 player himself, likes Thai food and the Stones.

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D's picture

Enough rounds for Fabiano to cross 2800 :D

Anonymous's picture

Let's hope Putin doesn't interrupt by invading the country

Anonymous's picture

You must mean stopping the criminal fascists from continuing persecuting and murdering Russians and Jews, it is only called "invasion" by fascist elements supporting the information war against the Russian heroes of democracy.

Vitecasse's picture

I like your irony.

D's picture

and Magnus to cross 2900 :D

Anonymous's picture

And for naka to say goodbye to the top 10 :D

Anonymous's picture

In your deepest fantasies that will happen. Assuming he loses both game to carlsen which is statistically unlikely, who is going to crush him? No Gelfand, No Aronian, No Svidler, He just could win the thing without the presence of his tormentors.

Thomas Richter's picture

"who is going to crush him?"

If Nakamura has a bad tournament, many players can beat him: At the London Grand Prix, he lost not only against Gelfand, but also against Wang Hao, Mamedarov, Ivanchuk and Adams. Thessaloniki Grand Prix: losses against Kasimdzhanov, Grischuk and Kamsky. Wijk aan Zee this year: losses against not only Aronian, but also van Wely and Harikrishna.

Anonymous's picture

Of course he could go -5 and lose 25 points or worse. You are right Thomas. Any result is possible but I, for one, will be hoping for the best.

Anonymous's picture

Ah, now after seeing your responses on the carlsen story, I understand your allergic reaction to anything nakamura. You feel he gets undeserved invites and undeserved press and you don't like him or his fans. You sound like a reasonably intelligent guy so let me clue you in on something. Nakamura drives interest, like it or not. I have been unable to get games online vs most of the very elite players in the world but I get to play vs nakamura regularly and that is part of the reason he has a "disproportionately large following". Carlsen definitely deserves all the attention he gets. There is absolutely no questioning that. I think he deserves even more. I think his team is doing a poor job promoting him and he could be a huge star OUTSIDE the chess world.

Thomas Richter's picture

Hmm, pointing out that Nakamura had several bad events and that he can lose to any 2700+ or even 2650+ player wasn't an allergic reaction but a factual statement. In that respect he is similar to Ivanchuk and Morozevich: capable of beating anyone (but Carlsen at least for the time being) but also of losing against anyone strong enough to get supertournament invitations, "extreme" but intermittent rating highs, one of the favorites for first as well as last place in many events.

But on his image, I can quote Emil Sutovsky (I think giving live commentary at the ACP Rapid Cup): Nakamura polarizes, like him or dislike him, not much in between [though my own opinion is relatively neutral] - indeed he "drives interest" and therefore gets (too?) many invitations. Sutovsky thinks that there are more people who don't like Nakamura - hard to tell, and his direct personal sources might include relatively many (ex-)Soviet ones. He is opinionated (I do not always agree with him, but also from a journalistic point of view it's good that he has strong opinions), he certainly has more understanding of chess and the chess scene than most if not all people posting here anonymously or under pseudonyms or giving their real names.

As to playing on the Internet: Yes, Nakamura seems quite active in that respect - but I won't blame others for being less active and/or less willing to play against random amateurs.

Anonymous's picture

The allergy meter is probably correlated with the length of reponses...

Anonymous's picture

Haha, I see our friend T is now also commenting at Chess24 about the unfairness of westerners mentioning Nakamura's top three ranking on the January list more than they mention Grischuk's top three live rating :)

observer's picture

For god's sake, really?

If Grischuk gets to be No3 on the next official list, it's a fair bet that that will be in the header of the article Peter will do on it.
Similarly for Chessbase, another "pro-Carlsen" website Thomas doesn't like.

Thomas "I don't have time to put up a personal site" Richter certainly seems to have plenty of time to push his anti-Carlsen and anti-Nakamura obsessions.

Anonymous's picture

Thomas, at times, could almost be seen as the advocate of a legitimate position -- that is until he, invariably, takes things too far and reveals his true motives as rooted in resentment and disrespect for Carlsen and Nakamura.

Still thought, I would agree with him to the extent that a chess news site should be rooted first and foremost in coverage of (major) chess events. Interest stories, like the Nakamura Red Bull one, should always come second to that. Of course Thomas, in his skewed perspective, probably thinks that just about any chess event is more news worthy than, say, an interview with that hyped up and distasteful Carsen guy, but, like I said, that's just the unfortunate results of his clouded mind at work.

Thomas Richter's picture

@Anonymous: What you say is that my arguments make sense but come from the wrong person having the wrong opinion? IMO no opinion can ever be wrong. Next are insinuations about "resentment and disrespect for Carlsen and Nakamura" - which apparently even play a role when I point out simple and undeniable facts (e.g. Nakamura losing against players ike Kasimdzhanov and van Wely).

As I wrote before: I didn't mind the recent Nakamura and Carlsen stories per se, just the sheer number of such stories (at least about Carlsen).

Thomas Richter's picture

@observer: Maybe Grischuk will be in the header, or maybe the header will be "Carlsen sets new rating record" as he gained one point from the Norwegian league.

I may be wrong, but I thought the hype about Nakamura being #3 started as soon as he reached that spot on the live rating list, and continued when he was down again (Chessbase referred to him as #3 some time in February, i.e. when - after Wijk aan Zee - he was officially #7). In any case, the distinction between live rating list after any event (during events is another story) and official list is arbitrary: both are snapshots, why would 1st May be more relevant than 13th April? BTW it seems very likely that Grischuk's #3 spot will be official: Gashimov Memorial finishes 30th April, a few hours before the next official list comes out, and thus most likely won't be rated for the May list.

In any case, fact is that Grischuk gets far less western attention and invitations than Nakamura, Caruana and (recently) Karjakin - while all are about in the same Elo league, 10 or 20 points give and take doesn't or shouldn't really matter.

John's picture

wang hao - nakamura 2-0

Anonymous's picture

Who cares? Wang Hao plays B group

Anonymous's picture

Can we have some predictions from the regular site commentators (all loved, by the way), please.

Anonymous's picture

Caruana will show very well and Radjabov will return to form and win the event after a year + in the wilderness. We will see many Benonis.

nakafan's picture

Tough one to predict...I'll go the safe route with Magnus 1st, Karjakin/Fab/Naka 2-4 (no particular order. Karjakin has been playing a lot lately while Fabiano not so much, which means nothing really, anything can happen.

Anonymous's picture

caruana will be the one to watch ! But after all naka silly statements Magnus will do his best in order to prove that red bull is only for saturday night retarded kids

chessman's picture

Carlsen will win it of course!
But there will be tough competition for remaining positions, anyone can come 2nd to last!

uranus's picture

My guess is that Radjabov will continue his rating-destruction-havoc-shrinkage-rampage.

Amos's picture

Well, his kid is 9 months old. Give Radjabov another 3-4 months to get good sleep and he will start climbing back the rating ladder.

observer's picture

Given that the two most likely future Challengers to Carlsen [or at least they would be if we had a sane qualification system] are in the event, the outcome is by no means certain.

However, it is hard to go past Carlsen.
Caruana is the most likely to challenge him, while Naka is also a threat if he can hit and maintain his best form.
Karjakin will not be good for better than third.
The two Azerbaijanis will occupy 2 of the last 3 places.

Sadly, I don't think we will see many Benoni's. For whatever reason, it seems to be anathema at the very top level (apart from Gashimov). Even Topalov won't play it anymore.
The Quality Chess people [re Grandmaster Repertoire 12] Petrov and Nritlis claim it's a fully viable opening, never been in better shape...There must be something that they, and we, do not know but the top guys do.

Anonymous's picture

You predicted karjakin to finish last in the candidates, observer. What's the point of your predictions if you're wrong every time?

observer's picture

I absolutely made no such prediction, S3.
What I said about Karjakin was that he got only into the Candidates because of the permutations of the crazy qualification system (Not his fault by the way, but the system's). You then try and confuse this in people's minds by making a completely false claim as to what I said.

The only prediction I made about the Candidates was that "about the only guy who might have any capability of contesting the Aronian/Kramnik duo would in fact be...Anand".
So I was at least partially right and everybody else was dead wrong. So maybe you'd better take notice of my predictions.

And stop posting complete and utter lies about what I said, troll.

Anonymous's picture

Your obsession with T.O. and S3 is disturbing, observer. You should consider the possibility of other people than them pointing out your mistakes. Or you can continue to spend your otherwise empty days with following them and speaking to imaginary discussion partners.

observer's picture

So, S3, no denial that you posted a deliberate lie about what I said then.

About all my "mistakes", the only one you ever found was that I had overlooked that Karjakin had participated in a tournament not long before Norway Chess. This was relatively unimportant and affected only a minor part of the overall discussion.
From this minor omission, you claim I make all these "mistakes". Please do identify all these other numerous "mistakes" I have made, because I am not aware of any. Should be most interesting to see.

When you pointed out the Karjakin mistake, you made a big hoo-ha then about all my "mistakes". On that occasion, you posted as S3.
Now, above, you again go on about all my "mistakes", which is clearly a reference to the Karjakin thing.
Oh dear, sorry to have blown your cover, S3. I'm afraid you make yourself too obvious.

Oh wow, my "empty days", oh dear, sob, sob, sob. I think rather than worrying about my "empty days" and "imaginary discussion partners" (???), you should examine your own motivations and ask yourself why you get pleasure out of being a troll, and a lying one at that.

Calvin Amari's picture

You all are self obsessed egomaniacs who ruin this site. Quit your whining!

Anonymous's picture

You talk a lot observer but many words can't stop everyone from seeing how you predicted Karjakin to finish last in the comments to the preview of the candidates.

igor's picture

pfft...

observer's picture

Ok, S3, I have checked the thread "Candidates Tournament: Preview & Predictions by Top GM's".
I did not post on that thread AT ALL. So much for your lying claim.

I also did not post on the thread "Pairings Candidates Tournament Published".

However, I did post on the thread "Deadline Set For Participants Candidates Tournament".
There I stated my feeling that Aronian and Kramnik has the best chances of taking first place and that the only other one with a significant chance was Anand. In relation to this, I said: "Who of Topalov, Mamedyarov, Karjakin, Svidler and Andreikin has much of a chance of winning this?", and then a bit below, talking about Karjakin: "I do think he has the best chance of these bottom five".
In other words, I was saying Karjakin had the fourth best chance of the eight of taking first place.
So that's what I really said, S3, not your lie.

You are an outright LIAR, S3, pure and simple.

observer's picture

Ok, S3, I have checked the thread "Candidates Tournament: Preview & Predictions by Top GM's".
I did not post on that thread AT ALL. So much for your lying claim.

I also did not post on the thread "Pairings Candidates Tournament Published".

However, I did post on the thread "Deadline Set For Participants Candidates Tournament".
There I stated my feeling that Aronian and Kramnik has the best chances of taking first place and that the only other one with a significant chance was Anand. In relation to this, I said: "Who of Topalov, Mamedyarov, Karjakin, Svidler and Andreikin has much of a chance of winning this?", and then a bit below, talking about Karjakin: "I do think he has the best chance of these bottom five".
In other words, I was saying Karjakin had the fourth best chance of the eight of taking first place.
So that's what I really said, S3, not your lie.

You are an outright LIAR, S3, pure and simple.

observer's picture

Ok, S3, I have checked the thread "Candidates Tournament: Preview & Predictions by Top GM's".
I did not post on that thread AT ALL. So much for your lying claim.

I also did not post on the thread "Pairings Candidates Tournament Published".

However, I did post on the thread "Deadline Set For Participants Candidates Tournament".
There I stated my feeling that Aronian and Kramnik has the best chances of taking first place and that the only other one with a significant chance was Anand. In relation to this, I said: "Who of Topalov, Mamedyarov, Karjakin, Svidler and Andreikin has much of a chance of winning this?", and then a bit below, talking about Karjakin: "I do think he has the best chance of these bottom five".
In other words, I was saying Karjakin had the fourth best chance of the eight of taking first place.
So that's what I really said, S3, not your lie.

You are an outright LIAR, S3, pure and simple.

observer's picture

Ok, S3, I have checked the thread "Candidates Tournament: Preview & Predictions by Top GM's".
I did not post on that thread AT ALL. So much for your lying claim.

I also did not post on the thread "Pairings Candidates Tournament Published".

However, I did post on the thread "Deadline Set For Participants Candidates Tournament".
There I stated my feeling that Aronian and Kramnik has the best chances of taking first place and that the only other one with a significant chance was Anand. In relation to this, I said: "Who of Topalov, Mamedyarov, Karjakin, Svidler and Andreikin has much of a chance of winning this?", and then a bit below, talking about Karjakin: "I do think he has the best chance of these bottom five".
In other words, I was saying Karjakin had the fourth best chance of the eight of taking first place.
So that's what I really said, S3, not your lie.

You are an outright LIAR, S3, pure and simple.

Anonymous's picture

Spammer

observer's picture

Ok, S3, I have checked the thread "Candidates Tournament: Preview & Predictions by Top GM's".
I did not post on that thread AT ALL. So much for your lying claim.

I also did not post on the thread "Pairings Candidates Tournament Published".

However, I did post on the thread "Deadline Set For Participants Candidates Tournament".
There I stated my feeling that Aronian and Kramnik has the best chances of taking first place and that the only other one with a significant chance was Anand. In relation to this, I said: "Who of Topalov, Mamedyarov, Karjakin, Svidler and Andreikin has much of a chance of winning this?", and then a bit below, talking about Karjakin: "I do think he has the best chance of these bottom five".
In other words, I was saying Karjakin had the fourth best chance of the eight of taking first place.
So that's what I really said, S3, not your lie.

You are an outright LIAR, S3, pure and simple.

observer's picture

Ok, S3, I have checked the thread "Candidates Tournament: Preview & Predictions by Top GM's".
I did not post on that thread AT ALL. So much for your lying claim.

I also did not post on the thread "Pairings Candidates Tournament Published".

However, I did post on the thread "Deadline Set For Participants Candidates Tournament".
There I stated my feeling that Aronian and Kramnik has the best chances of taking first place and that the only other one with a significant chance was Anand. In relation to this, I said: "Who of Topalov, Mamedyarov, Karjakin, Svidler and Andreikin has much of a chance of winning this?", and then a bit below, talking about Karjakin: "I do think he has the best chance of these bottom five".
In other words, I was saying Karjakin had the fourth best chance of the eight of taking first place.
So that's what I really said, S3, not your lie.

You are an outright LIAR, S3, pure and simple.

observer's picture

Ok, S3, I have checked the thread "Candidates Tournament: Preview & Predictions by Top GM's".
I did not post on that thread AT ALL. So much for your lying claim.

I also did not post on the thread "Pairings Candidates Tournament Published".

However, I did post on the thread "Deadline Set For Participants Candidates Tournament".
There I stated my feeling that Aronian and Kramnik has the best chances of taking first place and that the only other one with a significant chance was Anand. In relation to this, I said: "Who of Topalov, Mamedyarov, Karjakin, Svidler and Andreikin has much of a chance of winning this?", and then a bit below, talking about Karjakin: "I do think he has the best chance of these bottom five".
In other words, I was saying Karjakin had the fourth best chance of the eight of taking first place.
So that's what I really said, S3, not your lie.

You are an outright LIAR, S3, pure and simple.

observer's picture

Ok, S3, I have checked the thread "Candidates Tournament: Preview & Predictions by Top GM's".
I did not post on that thread AT ALL. So much for your lying claim.

I also did not post on the thread "Pairings Candidates Tournament Published".

However, I did post on the thread "Deadline Set For Participants Candidates Tournament".
There I stated my feeling that Aronian and Kramnik has the best chances of taking first place and that the only other one with a significant chance was Anand. In relation to this, I said: "Who of Topalov, Mamedyarov, Karjakin, Svidler and Andreikin has much of a chance of winning this?", and then a bit below, talking about Karjakin: "I do think he has the best chance of these bottom five".
In other words, I was saying Karjakin had the fourth best chance of the eight of taking first place.
So that's what I really said, S3, not your lie.

You are an outright LIAR, S3, pure and simple.

Anonymous's picture

Someone has gone mental

observer's picture

Ok, S3, I have checked the thread "Candidates Tournament: Preview & Predictions by Top GM's".
I did not post on that thread AT ALL. So much for your lying claim.

I also did not post on the thread "Pairings Candidates Tournament Published".

However, I did post on the thread "Deadline Set For Participants Candidates Tournament".
There I stated my feeling that Aronian and Kramnik has the best chances of taking first place and that the only other one with a significant chance was Anand. In relation to this, I said: "Who of Topalov, Mamedyarov, Karjakin, Svidler and Andreikin has much of a chance of winning this?", and then a bit below, talking about Karjakin: "I do think he has the best chance of these bottom five".
In other words, I was saying Karjakin had the fourth best chance of the eight of taking first place.
So that's what I really said, S3, not your lie.

You are an outright LIAR, S3, pure and simple.

Anonymous's picture

Sorry, multiple postings entirely unintentional.
Every time I tried to post, the site came up "Chessvibes is temporarily down for maintenance", so I did not think it had posted.

observer's picture

The comments section seems to be malfunctioning. I posted the above under 'observer'.

observer's picture

Ok, S3, I have checked the thread "Candidates Tournament: Preview & Predictions by Top GM's".
I did not post on that thread AT ALL. So much for your lying claim.

I also did not post on the thread "Pairings Candidates Tournament Published".

However, I did post on the thread "Deadline Set For Participants Candidates Tournament".
There I stated my feeling that Aronian and Kramnik has the best chances of taking first place and that the only other one with a significant chance was Anand. In relation to this, I said: "Who of Topalov, Mamedyarov, Karjakin, Svidler and Andreikin has much of a chance of winning this?", and then a bit below, talking about Karjakin: "I do think he has the best chance of these bottom five".
In other words, I was saying Karjakin had the fourth best chance of the eight of taking first place.
So that's what I really said, S3, not your lie.

You are an outright LIAR, S3, pure and simple.

Dirk849312476's picture

Looks like I'll have to wake up at 3am all next week.
It will be a great event.
I predict players who make mistakes will lose.

Vitecasse's picture

Hope that grandma Mozes i.e. Carlsen will win this event...

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