Shamkir: All games drawn, Anand misses big chance

Sby Antonio Pereira

3/31/2019 – The 2019 edition of the Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir kicked off with all games drawn in the first round — much like last year, when the first decisive game came in round four. That does not mean there was no fighting in the Azeri town, however, as Teimour Radjabov put pressure on Magnus Carlsen and Vishy Anand had David Navara against the ropes during most of their encounter. 

A half point for everyone

The tournament in memory of Vugar Gashimov has reached its sixth edition. For a fourth time, World Champion Magnus Carlsen is leading an ever increasingly strong line-up. The first version had reached Category XXII, with a 2780 rating average, although it included only six players. This year, the ten-player single round robin is only two points short in average (2778) and includes six players from the top 10. Read more...