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Mamedyarov Maintains Firm Lead In Shamkir

Mamedyarov Maintains Firm Lead In Shamkir

PeterDoggers
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Shakhriyar Mamedyarov is getting closer and closer to tournament victory at the Vugar Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir, Azerbaijan. All games ended in draws on Friday, so the Azerbaijani grandmaster still has his full-point lead with three rounds to go.

Adams & Mamedyarov start their game. | Photo courtesy Shamkir Chess.

Last year he won a tiebreak vs Fabiano Caruana to emerge as the winner of the third edition. This year, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov seems to be cruising to sole victory, although many things can happen in the final three rounds.

In today's game Mamedyarov tried an interesting pawn sacrifice in a Queen's Gambit Declined, but Michael Adams did not take the pawn, played it safe and equalized quickly. 

Earlier in the tournament his 67-game unbeaten streak came to an end, and the tournament continues to see ups and downs for Wesley So. Today he drew with Pavel Eljanov, but barely. 

The Ukrainian seemed better prepared, and continued to keep pressure on his opponent throughout the game. As our GM commentator shows, only some unfortunate rook maneuvers in time trouble prevented Eljanov from winning this game.

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So and Eljanov at the post-mortem. | Photo courtesy Shamkir Chess.

The most spectacular of the five draws was played between Teimour Radjabov and Veselin Topalov. However, most of the game was theory (including a game by the late Vugar Gashimov himself), and so it was mostly a test for the players: until where did they remember?

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Radjabov and Topalov, ready for a sharp, theoretical Najdorf. | Photo courtesy Shamkir Chess.

2017 Vugar Gashimov Memorial | Round 7 Standings

# Fed Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts SB
1 Mamedyarov,Shakhriyar 2772 2929 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 5.0/7
2 Adams,Michael 2761 2811 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 4.0/7 14.00
3 Topalov,Veselin 2741 2818 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 4.0/7 13.50
4 So,Wesley 2822 2817 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 4.0/7 13.25
5 Eljanov,Pavel 2751 2758 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 3.5/7
6 Karjakin,Sergey 2783 2723 ½ 0 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 3.0/7 10.75
7 Radjabov,Teimour 2710 2712 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 3.0/7 10.75
8 Wojtaszek,Radoslaw 2745 2718 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 3.0/7 9.50
9 Kramnik,Vladimir 2811 2712 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 3.0/7 9.00
10 Harikrishna,Pentala 2755 2660 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 2.5/7

 

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Games from TWIC.


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