Mamedyarov Repeats; Wins Shamkir 2nd Year In A Row

Mamedyarov Repeats; Wins Shamkir 2nd Year In A Row

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IM hellokostya
Apr 30, 2017, 11:19 AM |
24 | Chess Event Coverage

Despite yesterday's slip, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov successfully defended his title in the 2017 Vugar Gashimov Memorial today after a last round draw with Veselin Topalov; a draw by his only other rival, Wesley So, clinched first place for the top Azeri grandmaster. Last year Mamedyarov needed to defeat Fabiano Caruana in a playoff to win the the title, but this year will have won clear first with 5.5/9.

A confident Mamedyarov walking to his game. | Photo courtesy Shamkir Chess.

Going into today's round Topalov trailed Mamedyarov by half-point, but with the Black pieces it is always difficult to create winning chances without taking on extreme risk. The two players played it safe and drew without much intrigue:

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The age-old question, how to play for a win with Black? | Photo courtesy Shamkir Chess.

Wesley So also had a chance to tie for first, but would need to overcome Pentala Harikrishna, also with Black. A Catalan took place on the board but So could not create any chances and the players eventually drew as well:


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After a first round loss, Wesley So played solidly to finish with 5/9. | Photo courtesy Shamkir Chess.

In the only decisive round of the day, Vladimir Kramnik managed to outplay Pavel Eljanov in another Catalan, ending with an interesting king hunt, this is our game of the day!

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nullKramnik finished his roller coaster event with a win.| Photo courtesy Shamkir Chess.

The final two games of the day ended peacefully, but not without some interest. First Radoslaw Wojtaszek demonstrated some nice strategic concepts to hold against Michael Adams:

Meanwhile, Sergey Karjakin chose the ultra-solid Semi-Tarrasch defense against Teimour Radjabov, who found a way to put some pressure on the 2016 Candidate:

2017 Vugar Gashimov Memorial | Final Standings

# Fed Name Rating Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Pts SB
1 Mamedyarov,Shakhriyar 2772 2842 1 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 5.5/9
2 So,Wesley 2822 2798 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 5.0/9 22
3 Topalov,Veselin 2741 2806 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 5.0/9 21.75
4 Kramnik,Vladimir 2811 2799 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 5.0/9 20.5
5 Wojtaszek,Radoslaw 2745 2767 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 4.5/9 20.5
6 Adams,Michael 2761 2765 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ 4.5/9 20
7 Karjakin,Sergey 2783 2764 ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 4.5/9 19.75
8 Radjabov,Teimour 2710 2732 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 4.0/9
9 Harikrishna,P 2755 2688 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 3.5/9 16.5
10 Eljanov,Pavel 2751 2689 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 1 1 3.5/9 14.5

 

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