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Kevin Bonham
18-04-2015, 09:02 PM
Carlsen, Caruana, Anand, Giri, So, Kramnik, Vachier-Lagrave, Mamedyarov, Adams, Mamedov

Kramnik beat Adams in round 1 and So bounced back from his US champs disasters with a crushing win over some womble opening attempted by Giri.

MichaelBaron
19-04-2015, 12:48 PM
Amazing how Carlsen survived that endgame against Vishi in round 1

MichaelBaron
19-04-2015, 12:49 PM
And apparently So did write some notes on his scoresheet AGAIN (this time against Giri). Luckily for him, nobody complained.

Kaitlin
19-04-2015, 01:04 PM
And apparently So did write some notes on his scoresheet AGAIN (this time against Giri). Luckily for him, nobody complained.

Stupid book learnt chess players.... can't adjust to change ... they are doomed to extinction :(

Kevin Bonham
20-04-2015, 12:14 PM
Carlsen beats Caruana with black in a Dutch Stonewall, retaining a share of the lead with So who beat Adams.

Agent Smith
20-04-2015, 01:45 PM
Maybe Caruana could have fought on ??
Giri has good nerve, to hold out Anand like that. (match drawn)

I think the 10th World Teams is playing too. On FICS Gelfand and Aronian, and Ivanchuk and Karjakin played out draws.

Agent Smith
20-04-2015, 02:52 PM
Big win for Magnus in round 2. ... Looking forward to him meeting So.

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.18"]
[Round "2.3"]
[White "Carlsen, Magnus"]
[Black "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2863"]
[BlackElo "2756"]
[ECO "D11"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[WhiteTitle "GM"]
[BlackTitle "GM"]
[Opening "QGD Slav"]
[Variation "4.e3"]
[WhiteFideId "1503014"]
[BlackFideId "13401319"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 g6 5. Nc3 Bg7 6. Be2 O-O 7. O-O b6 8. a4 a5 9. cxd5 cxd5 10. b3 Ne4 11. Nxe4 dxe4 12. Nd2 Bb7 13. Ba3 f5 14. Rc1 Kh8 15. Nc4 Nd7 16. d5 Rc8 17. d6 e6 18. b4 axb4 19. Bxb4 Bd5 20. a5 bxa5 21. Bxa5 Qe8 22. Qa4 Bc6 23. Qb4 Rb8 24. Nb6 Ne5 25. Qc5 Ba8 26. Bc3 Nd7 27. Bxg7+ Kxg7 28. Nxd7 Qxd7 29. Qe5+
( 29. Qe5+ Kg8 30. Rc7 Bc6 31. Rxd7 Bxd7 )
1-0


1: Carlsen, Magnus 2863 25 NOR 2.5 / 3 X . . = . . . 1 1 . 3056 +7 (+2 -0 =1)
2: So, Wesley 2788 22 PHI 2.5 / 3 . X = . . . 1 . . 1 3045 +9 (+2 -0 =1)
3: Kramnik, Vladimir 2783 40 RUS 2.0 / 3 . = X . = . . . . 1 2855 +3 (+1 -0 =2)
4: Anand, Viswanathan 2791 46 IND 1.5 / 3 = . . X . = = . . . 2806 +1 (+0 -0 =3)
5: Mamedov, Rauf 2658 27 AZE 1.5 / 3 . . = . X = = . . . 2779 +5 (+0 -0 =3)
6: Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2765 25 FRA 1.5 / 3 . . . = = X . = . . 2735 -2 (+0 -0 =3)
7: Giri, Anish 2790 21 NED 1.0 / 3 . 0 . = = . X . . . 2620 -7 (+0 -1 =2)
8: Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2756 30 AZE 1.0 / 3 0 . . . . = . X = . 2685 -3 (+0 -1 =2)
9: Caruana, Fabiano 2802 23 ITA 1.0 / 3 0 . . . . . . = X = 2663 -6 (+0 -1 =2)
10: Adams, Michael 2745 44 ENG 0.5 / 3 . 0 0 . . . . . = X 2518 -8 (+0 -2 =1)

Agent Smith
22-04-2015, 07:33 AM
Exciting round 5 :) Vishy beat the in form Wesley So. Kramnik (like So) accepted a piece sack , then returned it and lost in a great R+piece+pawn endgame ahainst Mamedyarov. Magnus was conceding a queened pawn, but mating Vachier-L with Rook+Bishop, and now leads.


1: Carlsen, Magnus 2863 25 NOR 4.0 / 5 X . = . 1 1 . . 1 = 3011 +9 (+3 -0 =2)
2: So, Wesley 2788 22 PHI 3.5 / 5 . X 0 = . . 1 1 . 1 2902 +8 (+3 -1 =1)
3: Anand, Viswanathan 2791 46 IND 3.0 / 5 = 1 X = . = = . . . 2869 +6 (+1 -0 =4)
4: Kramnik, Vladimir 2783 40 RUS 2.5 / 5 . = = X 0 . . = . 1 2747 -3 (+1 -1 =3)
5: Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2756 30 AZE 2.5 / 5 0 . . 1 X = = . = . 2800 +4 (+1 -1 =3)
6: Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2765 25 FRA 2.0 / 5 0 . = . = X . = = . 2702 -4 (+0 -1 =4)
7: Giri, Anish 2790 21 NED 2.0 / 5 . 0 = . = . X = = . 2687 -8 (+0 -1 =4)
8: Mamedov, Rauf 2658 27 AZE 2.0 / 5 . 0 . = . = = X . = 2702 +3 (+0 -1 =4)
9: Caruana, Fabiano 2802 23 ITA 2.0 / 5 0 . . . = = = . X = 2711 -7 (+0 -1 =4)
10: Adams, Michael 2745 44 ENG 1.5 / 5 = 0 . 0 . . . = = X 2629 -8 (+0 -2 =3)

In the Womens World teams, A.K won as top board for Russia, who beat China

[Event "Women's World Teams 2015"]
[Site "Chengdu CHN"]
[Date "2015.04.21"]
[Round "3.1"]
[White "Ju, Wenjun"]
[Black "Kosteniuk, Alexandra"]
[Result "0-1"]
[WhiteElo "2557"]
[BlackElo "2529"]

1. c4 Nf6 2. Nc3 e5 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. e4 Bc5 5. Nxe5 Nxe5 6. d4 Bb4 7. dxe5 Nxe4 8. Qf3 Nxc3 9. bxc3 Ba5 10. Be2 d6 11. O-O dxe5 12. Ba3 Qf6 13. Qe3 c6 14. Bf3 Bb6 15. Qe2 Be6 16. Rab1 Qf4 17. g3 Qxc4 18. Qxe5 O-O-O 19. Qxg7 Qxa2 20. Ra1 Bxf2+ 21. Kh1 Qc2 22. Qf6 Bb6 23. Be7 Rde8 24. Bd6 h5 25. Rae1 Qf5 26. Qxf5 Bxf5 27. Rxe8+ Rxe8 28. Bxc6 Bd3 29. Rf3 Re1+ 30. Kg2 Bc4 31. Rf4 Rg1+ 32. Kh3 Be6+ 33. Kh4 bxc6 34. Kxh5 Rd1 35. Be7 Rd5+ 36. Kh4 Rd2 37. h3 Rh2 0-1

Kevin Bonham
22-04-2015, 01:28 PM
Exciting round 5 :) Vishy beat the in form Wesley So. Kramnik (like So) accepted a piece sack , then returned it and lost in a great R+piece+pawn endgame ahainst Mamedyarov. Magnus was conceding a queened pawn, but mating Vachier-L with Rook+Bishop, and now leads.


Great games there, link to CB coverage: http://en.chessbase.com/post/shamkir-r5-a-day-of-beauty

Kevin Bonham
25-04-2015, 12:08 AM
Carlsen knocked over Kramnik who is not having a good tournament and is likely to lead by a point.

Agent Smith
25-04-2015, 06:25 AM
Magnus made it look easy.

Anand beat Adams... geez, i didn't like 35. ... Rc3 36. Bc4


1: Carlsen, Magnus 2863 25 NOR 5.5 / 7 X = 1 . 1 = 1 . 1 = 3006 +12 (+4 -0 =3)
2: Anand, Viswanathan 2791 46 IND 4.5 / 7 = X . 1 . = = = = 1 2872 +8 (+2 -0 =5)
3: Caruana, Fabiano 2802 23 ITA 4.0 / 7 0 . X 1 = = = . 1 = 2834 +3 (+2 -1 =4)
4: So, Wesley 2788 22 PHI 4.0 / 7 . 0 0 X = 1 . 1 = 1 2810 +2 (+3 -2 =2)
5: Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2756 30 AZE 3.5 / 7 0 . = = X = = = 1 . 2778 +3 (+1 -1 =5)
6: Giri, Anish 2790 21 NED 3.0 / 7 = = = 0 = X = = . . 2724 -7 (+0 -1 =6)
7: Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2765 25 FRA 3.0 / 7 0 = = . = = X = . = 2722 -4 (+0 -1 =6)
8: Mamedov, Rauf 2658 27 AZE 3.0 / 7 . = . 0 = = = X = = 2724 +6 (+0 -1 =6)
9: Kramnik, Vladimir 2783 40 RUS 2.5 / 7 0 = 0 = 0 . . = X 1 2669 -11 (+1 -3 =3)
10: Adams, Michael 2745 44 ENG 2.0 / 7 = 0 = 0 . . = = 0 X 2620 -11 (+0 -3 =4)

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.24"]
[Round "7.2"]
[White "Anand, Viswanathan"]
[Black "Adams, Michael"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2791"]
[BlackElo "2745"]
[ECO "A20"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[PlyCount "101"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. c4 e5 2. g3 c6 3. Nf3 e4 4. Nd4 d5 5. cxd5 Qxd5 6. Nc2 Nf6 7. Nc3 Qh5 8. Ne3 Bc5 9. Qc2 Bxe3 10. fxe3 Qe5 11. Bg2 Bf5 12. O-O O-O 13. b3 Nbd7 14. Bb2 Qe6 15. Rxf5 Qxf5 16. Nxe4 Qg6 17. Rf1 Rfe8 18. Bxf6 Nxf6 19. Nxf6+ gxf6 20. e4 Rad8 21. Rf4 Qh5 22. d3 Qe5 23. Bh3 Kg7 24. Kg2 h5 25. Rf5 Qd4 26. Rxh5 Qe3 27. Rh4 Re5 28. Rf4 Rc5 29. Qb2 Rd6 30. Rf1 a5 31. Bf5 b5 32. h4 Rd8 33. a3 b4 34. axb4 axb4 35. Be6 Rc3 36. Bc4 Ra8 37. Rf5 Ra7 38. Rf3 Qc5 39. Qd2 Qd6 40. Qe3 Ra5 41. Rf2 Rc2 42. g4 Qd7 43. Qg3 Rc5 44. g5 fxg5 45. Rxf7+ Qxf7 46. Bxf7 Kxf7 47. Qf3+ Kg7 48. h5 Ra5 49. Kf2 Rb2 50. h6+ Kg6 51. h7 1-0

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.24"]
[Round "7.3"]
[White "Carlsen, Magnus"]
[Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2863"]
[BlackElo "2783"]
[ECO "C65"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[Annotator "Ramirez Alvarez,Alejandro"]
[PlyCount "97"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 O-O 6. O-O d6 7. h3 Ne7 8. d4 Bb6 9. Bd3 d5 10. Nbd2 dxe4 11. Nxe4 Nxe4 12. Bxe4 exd4 13. Qc2
( 13. cxd4 Bf5 $6 14. Bxb7 Rb8 15. Ba6 Be4 {was better for White in Duda-Vallejo Pons, but of course Black doesn't have to give up that pawn on b7.} )
13. ... h6 14. a4 $5 {White is in no hurry to regain his pawn. Taking on c3 looks very dangerous.} 14. ... c6
( 14. ... dxc3 15. Rd1 $1 Qe8 $8 16. Qxc3 {with the idea of a5-a6, with an initiative. Perhaps with best play Black can survive without issues, but it looks scary to not be able to develop.} )
15. Rd1 Nd5 16. Nxd4 {Symmetrical pawn structure, but White's slight lead in development gives him a nice and dangerous edge. Black needs just a couple of tempi to catch up to White's position, but it's a valuable couple of tempi.} 16. ... Re8 17. a5 $1 {What a move! White sacrifices a pawn simply to discoordinate the Black pieces.}
( 17. Nf3 Qe7 18. Bxd5 cxd5 19. Rxd5 Be6 $132 )
17. ... Bxa5 18. Nf3 {the point is that now c4 is a hard move to parry.} 18. ... b5
( 18. ... Qc7 19. Bxd5 cxd5 20. Qa4 {is a nasty double attack.} )
19. Nd4 {returning to d4 and regaining the pawn. The rules of chess say Kramnik can't put his pawn from b5 on b7, with a repetition.} 19. ... Bc7 $6 {A tactical mistake.}
( 19. ... Bb7 $1 )
20. Nxc6 Qd6 21. g3 Bb7 22. Bf4 Qxc6 23. Bxd5 {Black is in very serious problems} 23. ... Re1+
( 23. ... Qb6 24. Bxb7 Qxb7 25. Rd7 Rec8
( 25. ... Rac8 26. Qf5 Rf8 27. Be3 {isn't much better ,with the dual threat of Bc5 and Rxa7.} )
26. Qf5 {leaves Black helpless against Qf7.} )
24. Kh2 $1 {A very important move.}
( 24. Rxe1 Qxd5 {leaves White nothing better than} 25. Qe4 Qxe4 26. Rxe4 Bxe4 27. Bxc7 $11 )
24. ... Qxd5 25. Rxd5 Rxa1 26. Rd1 $1 Rxd1 27. Qxd1 Rd8 28. Qe2 {White's queen here will dominate the bishop and rook. There are too many targets, and White just needs a couple of moves to safeguard his king against the combined action of Black's pieces.} 28. ... Bb6 29. Be3 Bxe3 30. Qxe3 Rd1 31. g4 Bc6
( 31. ... Rh1+ 32. Kg3 Rg1+ 33. Kf4 {isn't really that scary. The king chills on f4.} )
32. Qc5 Bd7 33. Qxa7 Rd2 34. Kg3 Rd3+ 35. Kf4 Kh7 36. Qb7 Rd2 37. Ke3 Rd6 38. f4 g6 39. Qb8 Rd5 40. Ke4 Be6 41. Qb7 Rc5 42. Kd4 Rc4+ 43. Ke5 b4 44. cxb4 Rc2 45. Kf6 Rxb2 46. Qb8 {The king is an aggressive piece!} 46. ... Rf2 47. f5 gxf5 48. Qg3 $1 Rf1 49. g5 {Black cannot escape checkmate.} 1-0

MichaelBaron
25-04-2015, 12:04 PM
Apparently it is the first time in many years that Kramnik lost 3 in a row.

Kevin Bonham
26-04-2015, 12:14 AM
Kramnik gets a win over Vachier-Lagrave.

Adams hacks Giri:

1. e4 c5
2. Nf3 d6
3. d4 cxd4
4. Nxd4 Nf6
5. Nc3 a6
6. g3 e6
7. Bg2 Be7
8. O-O O-O
9. a4 Nc6
10. Be3 Rb8
11. f4 Qc7
12. Kh1 Bd7
13. Nb3 b6
14. g4 h6
15. Qe2 Nb4
16. Nd4 Rbc8
17. Rad1 Qc4
18. Qf3 e5
19. Nf5 Bxf5
20. exf5 exf4
21. Rd4 Qc7
22. Bxf4 Nxc2
23. Rd2 Nb4
24. h4 Nh7
25. g5 Qc4
26. f6 gxf6
27. gxf6 Bxf6
28. Ne4 Be5
29. Rxd6 Bg7
30. Bxh6 Bxh6
31. Rxh6 Rc6
32. Qg4+ Kh8
33. Rxh7+

pax
26-04-2015, 01:46 AM
Kramnik gets a win over Vachier-Lagrave.

Adams hacks Giri:


Good round for the old fellas. Hard to stop Carlsen now: he has white vs Mamedov in the last.

Kevin Bonham
26-04-2015, 06:01 AM
Excellent win by Anand against Mamedyarov. More hope for Four Knights players everywhere. :lol:


1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. Bb5 Bb4 5. O-O O-O 6. d3 d6 7. Ne2 Ne7 8. c3
Ba5 9. Ng3 Ng6 10. d4 Bb6 11. Re1 c6 12. Bd3 Re8 13. h3 h6 14. Be3 Be6 15. Qc2
Qc7 16. a3 a5 17. c4 a4 18. Red1 exd4 19. Bxd4 Ne5 20. Be2 Bc5 21. Rd2 Nfd7 22.
Rad1 Red8 23. Nh4 Bxd4 24. Rxd4 c5 25. Rxd6 Nc6 26. Nhf5 Nd4 27. Qd2 Ne5 28. Rd5!!
Bxd5 29. cxd5 Qb6 30. f4 Ng6 31. Bc4 Qa5 32. Qf2 b5 33. Nxd4 cxd4 34. Ba2 b4 35.
Nf5 bxa3 36. bxa3 Qc3 37. e5 Rab8 38. Rd2 Qxa3 39. Nxd4 Qc1+ 40. Kh2 Rbc8 41. d6
a3 42. Nf5 Rf8 43. d7 1-0

Agent Smith
27-04-2015, 06:44 AM
Magnus beat Mamedov in the last round to win this tournament.
Their game looked totally drawn, but a careless move by Mamedov allowed Magnus a mini zugzwang and crowd his position to win the pawn on f6, giving him a clear passed pawn and weakened position.

Magnus and Anand were the only undefeated players. I think Vishy has moved into world second place now ?


1: Carlsen, Magnus 2863 25 NOR 7.0 / 9 X = 1 = 1 1 = 1 = 1 2984 +13 (+5 -0 =4)
2: Anand, Viswanathan 2791 46 IND 6.0 / 9 = X = 1 = 1 = = 1 = 2897 +13 (+3 -0 =6)
3: Caruana, Fabiano 2802 23 ITA 5.0 / 9 0 = X 1 1 = = = = = 2814 +1 (+2 -1 =6)
4: So, Wesley 2788 22 PHI 5.0 / 9 = 0 0 X = = 1 = 1 1 2815 +3 (+3 -2 =4)
5: Kramnik, Vladimir 2783 40 RUS 4.0 / 9 0 = 0 = X 0 = 1 1 = 2730 -7 (+2 -3 =4)
6: Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar 2756 30 AZE 4.0 / 9 0 0 = = 1 X = = = = 2733 -3 (+1 -2 =6)
7: Giri, Anish 2790 21 NED 3.5 / 9 = = = 0 = = X = 0 = 2692 -13 (+0 -2 =7)
8: Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime 2765 25 FRA 3.5 / 9 0 = = = 0 = = X = = 2695 -8 (+0 -2 =7)
9: Adams, Michael 2745 44 ENG 3.5 / 9 = 0 = 0 0 = 1 = X = 2697 -5 (+1 -3 =5)
10: Mamedov, Rauf 2658 27 AZE 3.5 / 9 0 = = 0 = = = = = X 2707 +6 (+0 -2 =7)
[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.26"]
[Round "9.3"]
[White "Carlsen, Magnus"]
[Black "Mamedov, Rauf"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteElo "2863"]
[BlackElo "2658"]
[ECO "A15"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[WhiteTitle "GM"]
[BlackTitle "GM"]
[Opening "English opening"]
[WhiteFideId "1503014"]
[BlackFideId "13401653"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 d5 4. e3 a6 5. d4 Bf5 6. Be2 h6 7. Bd3 Bxd3 8. Qxd3 e6 9. O-O Bb4 10. Bd2 O-O 11. Rfd1 Ba5 12. a4 Nbd7 13. b4 Bxb4 14. Nxd5 exd5 15. Bxb4 Re8 16. a5 dxc4 17. Qxc4 Nd5 18. h3 Qc7 19. Be1 N7f6 20. Ne5 Ne4 21. Rac1 Qe7 22. Qd3 Nd6 23. Qa3 f6 24. Nd3 Rad8 25. Bb4 Nxb4 26. Qxb4 Ne4 27. Nc5 Nxc5 28. dxc5 Rxd1+ 29. Rxd1 Qf7 30. Qg4 f5 31. Qb4 Re4 32. Qb6 Qe7 33. Qb3+ Kh7 34. Rd6 Qe5
( 34. ... Re5 35. Qc2 Qf7 36. g3 Re4 37. Qd1 Re5 38. Qd4 Re4 39. Qd2 Re5 40. Rd7 Re7 41. Rd4 Re4 42. Kg2 Rxd4 43. Qxd4 Qe7 44. h4 Qe4+ 45. Qxe4 fxe4 46. h5 g5 )
35. Qf7
( 35. Qf7 Qe8
( 35. ... Qb2 36. Qg6+ Kh8 37. Rd8+ Re8 38. Rxe8# )
( 35. ... Kh8 36. Rd8+ Kh7 37. Qg8+ Kg6 38. Rd6+ Qf6 )
36. Qxf5+ g6 37. Qf6 Re7 38. Qd4 Qf7 39. g3 Qg7 40. Qd3 Qa1+ 41. Kg2 Rg7 42. h4 h5 43. Qd2 Qa4 44. Qc3 Rf7 45. f3 Qa2+ 46. Rd2 Qe6 47. e4 Rf6 48. Qd4 Rf7 )
1-0

Capablanca-Fan
27-04-2015, 07:19 AM
Magnus beat Mamedov in the last round to win this tournament.
Their game looked totally drawn, but a careless move by Mamedov allowed Magnus a mini zugzwang and crowd his position to win the pawn on f6, giving him a clear passed pawn and weakened position.
Hardly a Zugzwang: Carlsen had a threat of 36. Qg6+ then 37. Rd8+ mating. Black's only real defence is 35... Qe8 met by 36.Qxf5+ that should be straightforward in the hands of the Champ. By definition, a Zugzwang occurs where one would be fine if there was the option of passing, but must move and worsen his game.