Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2018 LIVE

World Champion Magnus Carlsen heads the 5th Shamkir Chess tournament in memory of Vugar Gashimov, being played in Azerbaijan from April 19th to 28th. Live games and commentary from 13:00 CEST (7:00 AM EDT).

Round 1

For the 5th time since 2014, a tournament is held in Shamkir, Azerbaijan in memory of Vugar Gashimov (July 24, 1986 - January 11, 2014). Gashimov belonged to the absolute elite in chess. At his best, in November 2009, he was sixth in the world rankings. He battled brain cancer throughout his adulthood, which ultimately forced his retirement from competitive chess in 2012. With his friendly character, Gashimov won many friends during his career.