Shamkir Chess 8: Carlsen beats Giri to close on title

Magnus Carlsen beat Anish Giri in the penultimate round of the 2018 edition of the Gashimov Memorial and now needs only to draw with White against Ding Liren in the final round to win a 3rd title. The Chinese no. 1 benefitted from a late blunder by Rauf Mamedov, while Veselin Topalov’s hopes were ended by a defeat to Radek Wojtaszek. The violence continued as Shakhriyar Mamedyarov condemned David Navara to a 4th consecutive loss, while only Radjabov-Karjakin was nothing to write home about. Read more...