Gashimov Memorial Starts With 5 Draws As Anand Misses Brilliant Defense

The Gashimov Memorial started on Sunday in Shamkir, Azerbaijan with all games ending in draws. Viswanathan Anand seemed on his way to win until he missed a brilliant defense from David Navara.

We shouldn't get ahead of ourselves, but it seems inevitable these days that tournaments full of top players are also tournaments full of draws. It's important to emphasize that there's nothing wrong in itself with fighting draws, and the no-draw-offer-before-move-41 rule in Shamkir might help with that. Four of the five games in the first round were very interesting. Read more...