Vugar Gashimov Memorial to Start on Sunday
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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.
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.
Gashimov Memorial 2014 | Schedule
|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.