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Shamkir Chess 2014, Vugar Gashimov Memorial. Results and Games with Commentary

Vugar Gashimov Memorial, Shamkir 2014. Round 10: Chess Games
Round 10: Mamedyarov-Karjakin 1/2. The English Opening. Like Nakamura-Karjakin in Round 5.
Nakamura-Radjabov 1/2. The Spanish Game, Berlin Variation.
Carlsen-Caruana 1-0. Fabiano sacrificed a pawn, seized the centre with ...d5 and ...e5 pawns. 20...f5? was a mistake, correct was 20...Nxd6, with equality. Magnus had a huge advantage.
Before: The winner will take all! But Carlsen can draw, because in tie-break rules we see "1. A greater number of wins", Carlsen has 4 wins, Caruana has 3 wins.
Vugar Gashimov Memorial, Shamkir 2014. Round 9: Chess Games
Round 9: Caruana-Mamedyarov 1-0. The Slav Defence. Fabiano grabbed a pawn.
Radjabov-Carlsen 1/2. The Spanish Game, the Zaitsev Variation. A theoretical duel. Teimour seized the open a-file and obtained a small advantage.
Karjakin-Nakamura 1/2. The King's Indian Defence.
Vugar Gashimov Memorial, Shamkir 2014. Round 8: Chess Games
Round 8: Mamedyarov-Nakamura 0-1. The Slav Defence. Shakhriyar seized the centre with 11.e4, but Hikaru counterattacked on the queenside with the strong 20...b6! and got the better chances.
Carlsen-Karjakin 1/2. The Queen's Indian Defence. Magnus had a slight edge, with equality in the endgame.
Caruana-Radjabov 1-0. The King's Indian Defence. A sharp fight, Fabiano sacrificed the exchange.
Vugar Gashimov Memorial, Shamkir 2014. Round 7: Chess Games
Round 7: Radjabov-Mamedyarov 1/2. The Reti Opening. A quick draw by perpetual check.
Karjakin-Caruana 1/2. The Gruenfeld Defence. A theoretical duel, the endgame: a knight + 2 pawns vs a rook.
Nakamura-Carlsen 0-1. The Nimzo-Indian Defence, a sharp line 4.f3. Here Magnus preferred 4...c5, in Zurich he played 4...d5. 21...f6= was better, then 32.Rfb1 or 32.b4. Magnus could have won with 42...b3, but then he grabbed the exchange and beat Hikaru.
Vugar Gashimov Memorial, Shamkir 2014. Round 6: Chess Games
Round 6: Mamedyarov-Carlsen 0-1. The Nimzo-Indian Defence. Shakhriyar sacrificed a pawn, with compensation, but made a mistake, 22.f5?, so Magnus seized the open d-file with 24...Rd7 and got an advantage.
Caruana-Nakamura 1/2. The Spanish Game. Fabiano had a small edge. A draw by repetition.
Radjabov-Karjakin 1/2. The Italian Game. Teimour won a pawn in the rook endgame. Stalemate.
Vugar Gashimov Memorial, Shamkir 2014. Round 5: Chess Games
Round 5: Mamedyarov-Caruana 1-0. The Gruenfeld Defence. Shakhriyar grabbed a pawn.
Carlsen-Radjabov 0-1. The King's Indian Defence. Interesting. Magnus sacrificed the exchange, but Teimour counterattacked on the queenside with the strong 28...b5! and obtained an advantage.
Nakamura-Karjakin 1/2. The English Opening.
Vugar Gashimov Memorial, Shamkir 2014. Round 4: Chess Games
Round 4: Karjakin-Mamedyarov 1/2. The Caro-Kann Defence. Sergey attacked on the kingside with pawns, Shakhriyar sacrificed a rook. Perpetual check.
Radjabov-Nakamura 1/2. The Slav Defence. With equality.
Caruana-Carlsen 1-0. The Spanish Game, Berlin Variation. A theoretical duel as usual. Fabiano outplayed Magnus and obtained a big advantage in the endgame.
Vugar Gashimov Memorial, Shamkir 2014. Round 3: Chess Games
Round 3: Nakamura-Mamedyarov 1-0. The Caro-Kann Defence. Hikaru had the better chances due to the more harmonic position and less weaknesses.
Karjakin-Carlsen 1/2. The Nimzo-Indian Defence, a sharp line 4.f3. Magnus had a small advantage, but in the endgame Sergey gave the knight for 3 pawns and equalized.
Radjabov-Caruana 1/2. The Gruenfeld Defence. Fabiano grabbed the a2 pawn.
Vugar Gashimov Memorial, Shamkir 2014. Round 2: Chess Games
Round 2: Mamedyarov-Radjabov 1/2. The Semi-Slav Defence. A draw.
Caruana-Karjakin 1/2. The Spanish Game. With equality. A draw.
Carlsen-Nakamura 1-0. The Slav Defence. Magnus had a tiny advantage, tried to use the dark squares with the bishop, then grabbed two pawns.
Vugar Gashimov Memorial, Shamkir 2014. Round 1: Chess Games
Round 1: Carlsen-Mamedyarov 1-0. The Queen's Gambit Declined. Since Black's bishop was bad White was better.
Nakamura-Caruana 1/2. The English Opening. Hikaru seized space on the queenside, a lot of manoeuvres. Fabiano could have won with 54...Bh5+.
Karjakin-Radjabov 1/2. The French Defence. White had a slight advantage.

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