Brilliant Wojtaszek Surging In Shamkir

Brilliant Wojtaszek Surging In Shamkir

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov played with fire and lost today to an excellently prepared Radoslaw Wojtaszek in Round 8 of the Vugar Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir, Azerbaijan. This cut his full point lead to just half a point, as both Wesley So and Veselin Topalov drew their games.

Wojtaszek vs. Mamedyarov. | Photo courtesy Shamkir Chess.

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An easy pick for the game of the day, featuring comments by the winner on his fantastic preparation in the Anti-Grunfeld:

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Radoslaw Wojtaszek spent quite some effort to remember his prep! | Photo courtesy Shamkir Chess.

Meanwhile, Vladimir Kramnik essayed 1.e4 today to confidently defeat Michael Adams:

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Vladmir Kramnik won today in one of his most volatile performances in recent memory.  | Photo courtesy Shamkir Chess.

Sergey Karjakin also won, converting an endgame against Pavel Eljanov with two bishops vs. rook and two pawns:


nullKarjakin pressed and pressed to finally crack Eljanov's defenses.  | Photo courtesy Shamkir Chess.

Wesley So also pushed for a while against Teimour Radjabov and even managed to win a pawn, but it wasn't enough to win in a same-color bishop endgame:



Lastly, Veselin Topalov could not make much progress against Pentala Harikrishna, but a draw does bring him to 4.5/8, within striking distance going into the last round:


2017 Vugar Gashimov Memorial | Round 8 Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pts SB
1 Mamedyarov,Shakhriyar 2772 2855 1 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ 5.0/8
2 So,Wesley 2822 2803 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 4.5/8 17.75
3 Topalov,Veselin 2741 2810 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 4.5/8 17
4 Wojtaszek,Radoslaw 2745 2768 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 4.0/8 16.25
5 Karjakin,Sergey 2783 2770 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 4.0/8 16
6 Adams,Michael 2761 2768 ½ ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 4.0/8 16
7 Kramnik,Vladimir 2811 2762 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 4.0/8 15
8 Radjabov,Teimour 2710 2726 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 3.5/8 14.5
9 Eljanov,Pavel 2751 2718 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 3.5/8 12.75
10 Harikrishna,P 2755 2671 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 3.0/8


In the final round Mamedyarov will have White against Topalov, while So will be Black against Harikrishna. Should make for a very exciting finish in Shamkir!

 

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Games from TWIC.


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