Shamkir Chess 2-3: Why all the draws?

Magnus Carlsen played on to bare kings against David Navara and Rauf Mamedov but couldn’t stop all 15 games so far in Shamkir ending in draws, with the World Champion’s frustration shown by his failure to attend the Round 3 post-game interview. It was Veselin Topalov who came closest to ending the deadlock, but he missed great chances in Rounds 2 and 3. What’s up at the Gashimov Memorial? Is classical chess dead? We take a look at some of the reasons for all the draws.

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