Shamkir Chess 1: Anand lets Navara escape

Vishy Anand missed a beautiful cheapo that allowed David Navara to escape alive from a game where he looked doomed both on the board and on the clock. All five games of the first round of the 2019 Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir were eventually drawn, though not without a fight. World Champion Magnus Carlsen was in serious danger against Teimour Radjabov, while both players spent time living dangerously in Giri-Topalov. Karjakin-Ding Liren was sharp but brief, while only Grischuk-Mamedyarov was instantly forgettable.

It’s just over five years since the immensely talented and much-loved Azerbaijan Grandmaster Vugar Gashimov passed away, and this is already the 6th tournament held in his honour. Read more...