Shamkir Chess 4: Mamedyarov escapes

David Navara missing mate-in-27 on move 70 of his clash with Shakhriyar Mamedyarov was the closest we came to a decisive game in Round 4 of the Gashimov Memorial in Shamkir, though Vishy Anand had Ding Liren on the ropes after the Chinese no. 1’s aggressive opening backfired. Elsewhere the main curiosity was that Karjakin-Grischuk and Topalov-Carlsen were only a move away from ending in exactly the same position, with Magnus describing himself as “a little disappointed” it didn’t happen.

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