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Shamkir Chess 2015, Vugar Gashimov Memorial

The Shamkir Chess 2015, Vugar Gashimov Memorial took place in Azerbaijan 17th-26th April. Free Day - 22nd April.
1. Magnus Carlsen - 7 out of 9 scores, 2. Viswanathan Anand - 6, 3-4. Wesley So, Fabiano Caruana - 5, 5-6. Vladimir Kramnik, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov - 4, 7-10. Michael Adams, Anish Giri, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Rauf Mamedov - 3.5.
Shamkir Chess 2015, Vugar Gashimov Memorial. Round 9: Games
Round 9: Carlsen-Mamedov 1-0. The Slav Defence. Magnus attacked on the queen's wing with 13.b4 and won.
Shamkir Chess 2015, Vugar Gashimov Memorial. Round 8: Games
Round 8: So-Carlsen 1/2. The English Opening. Magnus had counterplay on the queenside with 11...b5. Adams beat Giri. Kramnik-Vachier 1-0. Anand-Mamedyarov 1-0.
Shamkir Chess 2015, Vugar Gashimov Memorial. Round 7: Games
Round 7: Carlsen-Kramnik 1-0. The Spanish Game. Magnus obtained a small advantage and won in 49 moves, 19...Bb7 was better. Caruana beat So. Anand-Adams 1-0.
Shamkir Chess 2015, Vugar Gashimov Memorial. Round 6: Games
Round 6: Giri-Carlsen 1/2. Magnus produced a novelty, a pawn sacrifice 11...Ne5, but Anish preferred the humble 13.0-0 with equality (13.Qb3!?, 13.a3), a draw. So-Mamedyarov 1/2, Wesley had a small advantage in the Slav, a draw by perpetual check. Kramnik-Caruana 0-1, Vladimir seized space on the kingside with the aggressive 20.g4, a very complicated game, but Fabiano took the initiative with 29...Nc6 and won in 54 moves.
Shamkir Chess 2015, Vugar Gashimov Memorial. Round 5: Games
Round 5: Carlsen-Vachier 1-0. An original opening 1.Nf3 Nf6 2.g3 b5 3.Bg2 Bb7 4.Na3, Magnus seized the centre and had a small edge. Anand-So 1-0, Vishy sacrificed a knight, planned to win and won in the queen endgame, 14...exf4 was better. A sharp fight! Caruana-Giri 1/2, Fabiano had an advantage after the ugly 13...Nb8, could have won with 23.Be3, a draw.
Shamkir Chess 2015, Vugar Gashimov Memorial. Round 4: Games
Round 4: Kramnik-Anand 1/2. Vladimir sacrificed a knight with 11.Nxe6! to attack, but Vishy defended well, a draw. Adams-Carlsen 1/2. Magnus played the rare 3...g6 in the Spanish, with counterplay on the kingside after 11...f5. So beat Mamedov in the endgame.
Shamkir Chess 2015, Vugar Gashimov Memorial. Round 3: Games
Round 3: Caruana-Carlsen 0-1. Magnus played the Dutch Defence, the Modern Stonewall, obtained a big advantage in the rook endgame and won. Anand-Giri 1/2, with an edge to White, a draw. So-Adams 1-0.
Shamkir Chess 2015, Vugar Gashimov Memorial. Round 2: Games
Round 2: Carlsen-Mamedyarov 1-0. Magnus obtained a small advantage in the Slav, outplayed the rival in the middlegame. Kramnik-So 1/2, a draw.
Shamkir Chess 2015, Vugar Gashimov Memorial. Round 1: Games
Round 1: Anand-Carlsen 1/2, Magnus produced a novelty, 14...Bg6, in the Marshall Spanish, and after the mistake 19...Qd7? Vishy had a clear advantage in the endgame with an extra pawn, a draw. So-Giri 1-0, was a very original game, Wesley had better development, and won. Kramnik beat Adams.
Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Viswanathan Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, Anish Giri, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Michael Adams, Rauf Mamedov.
Games SCVGM 2015 (45, pgn)

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