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Shamkir: Caruana Catches Carlsen Before Tomorrow's Clash

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 29.04.2014, 09:28.

Fabiano Caruana caught Magnus Carlsen in first place in the penultimate round of the Shamkir Chess tournament in Azerbaijan. Both scored 5.5/9 and will face each other in tomorrow's final round. Caruana defeated Shakhriyar Mamedyarov today while Carlsen tried for long to beat Teimour Radjabov, but had to settle for a draw. Pavel Eljanov finished half a point ahead of Alexander Motylev in the B group and dedicated his victory to Vugar Gashimov.

The Shamkir Chess tournament will see an exciting last round where the two tournament leaders, Magnus Carlsen and Fabiano Caruana, face each other behind the board. Caruana defeated Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, who lost the thread in a terribly complicated middlegame.

It was quite a fascinating game which started as a Slav. It looked quite similar to Mamedyarov-Nakamura played on Monday. The difficult queenless middlegame mostly required calculation, and so both players got low on time. In the end it was Mamedyarov who started to make mistakes.

Karjakin and Nakamura played some kind of hybrid of the h3 variation and the Petrosian variation of the King's Indian. Black could trade the dark-squared bishops early in the game, and the white king lost the possibility to castle. But there was never any real crisis; both players played accurately and many pieces and pawns were traded until Karjakin's ninth draw was a fact.

Radjabov and Carlsen played a Closed Ruy Lopez and it's not exactly clear which variation it was: the Zaitsev, the Smyslov or the Breyer. In any case, the position was rather closed, and after the queens were traded the game seemed to be heading towards a draw but Carlsen kept on trying. Eventually the draw was agreed on the 101st move!

In case Carlsen and Caruana draw their game tomorrow, tournament victory will go to the world champion. The tournament regulations might have been formulated somewhat ambiguously, but Chief Arbiter Faik Gasanov confirmed to Chess.com that number of wins will decide in this case. 

Caruana said about his and Carlsen's play, and tomorrow's clash: “It's hard to say who's played the best chess. I think every chess has had some good moments and some bad moments. It was a tough tournament. I don't know when Magnus lost two games in any tournament, especially two games in a row. It's quite a rare occasion. Still wide open tomorrow, anything can happen. I'll just try to play a normal game and I don't want to worry about the result. I'll just see what happens.”

There was no doubt that Pavel Eljanov, who was a point clear, would win the B group. With a quick and boring draw with Nijat Abasov (an Exchange Slav where, except for two knights, everything got exchanged, not just the c-pawns) the Ukrainian GM secured the first prize. In the end it was European Champion Alexander Motylev who finished second. In the last round he defeated Gadir Guseinov.

Pavel Eljanov, the winner in “B”

At night, many players of the B group, who are now done in Shamkir, could be found in the hotel bar to watch the Bayern-Real match. However, since this match was decided at such an early stage, they quickly started playing blitz. Sarkhan Gashimov, who won the San Sebastian blitz tournament a few years ago, also joined. The king of the evening was Guseinov, a remarkably strong blitz player!

Shamkir Chess 2014 | A | Pairings & results

Round 1 20.04.14 15:00 AZST   Round 6 26.04.14 15:00 AZST
Carlsen 1-0 Mamedyarov   Mamedyarov 0-1 Carlsen
Nakamura ½-½ Caruana   Caruana ½-½ Nakamura
Karjakin ½-½ Radjabov   Radjabov ½-½ Karjakin
Round 2 21.04.14 15:00 AZST   Round 7 27.04.14 15:00 AZST
Mamedyarov ½-½ Radjabov   Radjabov ½-½ Mamedyarov
Caruana ½-½ Karjakin   Karjakin ½-½ Caruana
Carlsen 1-0 Nakamura   Nakamura 0-1 Carlsen
Round 3 22.04.14 15:00 AZST   Round 8 28.04.14 15:00 AZST
Nakamura 1-0 Mamedyarov   Mamedyarov 0-1 Nakamura
Karjakin ½-½ Carlsen   Carlsen ½-½ Karjakin
Radjabov ½-½ Caruana   Caruana 1-0 Radjabov
Round 4 23.04.14 15:00 AZST   Round 9 29.04.14 15:00 AZST
Karjakin ½-½ Mamedyarov   Caruana 1-0 Mamedyarov
Radjabov ½-½ Nakamura   Radjabov ½-½ Carlsen
Caruana 1-0 Carlsen   Karjakin ½-½ Nakamura
Round 5 24.04.14 15:00 AZST   Round 10 30.04.14 13:00 AZST
Mamedyarov 1-0 Caruana   Mamedyarov - Karjakin
Carlsen 0-1 Radjabov   Nakamura - Radjabov
Nakamura ½-½ Karjakin   Carlsen - Caruana

Shamkir Chess 2014 | A | Round 9 Standings

# Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts SB
1 Caruana,Fabiano 2783 2846 phpfCo1l0.png 1 ½½ ½1 ½½ 01 5.5/9 23.75
2 Carlsen,Magnus 2881 2836 0 phpfCo1l0.png ½½ 11 11 5.5/9 20.75
3 Karjakin,Sergey 2772 2784 ½½ ½½ phpfCo1l0.png ½½ ½½ ½ 4.5/9 21.25
4 Radjabov,Teimour 2713 2796 ½0 ½½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½½ 4.5/9 20.25
5 Nakamura,Hikaru 2772 2789 ½½ 00 ½½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png 11 4.5/9 17.25
6 Mamedyarov,Shakhriyar 2760 2620 10 00 ½ ½½ 00 phpfCo1l0.png 2.5/9

Shamkir Chess 2014 | B | Pairings & results

Round 1 20.04.14 15:00 AZST   Round 2 21.04.14 15:00 AZST
Wojtaszek ½-½ Durarbayli   Durarbayli 0-1 Bacrot
Eljanov ½-½ Mamedov   Guseinov ½-½ Wang Hao
Motylev ½-½ Abasov   Abasov ½-½ Safarli
Safarli ½-½ Guseinov   Mamedov 0-1 Motylev
Wang Hao ½-½ Bacrot   Wojtaszek 0-1 Eljanov
Round 3 22.04.14 15:00 AZST   Round 4 23.04.14 15:00 AZST
Eljanov ½-½ Durarbayli   Durarbayli 0-1 Guseinov
Motylev 0-1 Wojtaszek   Abasov ½-½ Bacrot
Safarli ½-½ Mamedov   Mamedov 1-0 Wang Hao
Wang Hao ½-½ Abasov   Wojtaszek 1-0 Safarli
Bacrot 1-0 Guseinov   Eljanov ½-½ Motylev
Round 5 24.04.14 15:00 CET   Round 6 26.04.14 15:00 AZST
Motylev ½-½ Durarbayli   Durarbayli ½-½ Abasov
Safarli 0-1 Eljanov   Mamedov ½-½ Guseinov
Wang Hao ½-½ Wojtaszek   Wojtaszek ½-½ Bacrot
Bacrot 1-0 Mamedov   Eljanov 0-1 Wang Hao
Guseinov 0-1 Abasov   Motylev 1-0 Safarli
Round 7 27.04.14 15:00 CET   Round 8 28.04.14 15:00 AZST
Safarli ½-½ Durarbayli   Durarbayli 1-0 Mamedov
Wang Hao 1-0 Motylev   Wojtaszek ½-½ Abasov
Bacrot 0-1 Eljanov   Eljanov 1-0 Guseinov
Guseinov ½-½ Wojtaszek   Motylev 1-0 Bacrot
Abasov ½-½ Mamedov   Safarli ½-½ Wang Hao
Round 9 29.04.14 15:00 AZST        
Wang Hao ½-½ Durarbayli        
Bacrot ½-½ Safarli        
Guseinov 0-1 Motylev        
Abasov ½-½ Eljanov        
Mamedov 1-0 Wojtaszek        

Shamkir Chess 2014 | B | Final Standings

# Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts SB
1 Eljanov,Pavel 2732 2775 phpfCo1l0.png ½ 0 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 6.0/9
2 Motylev,Alexander 2685 2738 ½ phpfCo1l0.png 0 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 5.5/9
3 Wang Hao 2734 2694 1 1 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 5.0/9 23.75
4 Bacrot,Etienne 2722 2695 0 0 ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 5.0/9 20.25
5 Wojtaszek,Radoslaw 2716 2657 0 1 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 4.5/9
6 Abasov,Nijat 2516 2640 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 0 ½ 4.0/9 18.50
7 Mamedov,Rauf 2660 2625 ½ 0 1 0 1 ½ phpfCo1l0.png 0 ½ ½ 4.0/9 18.00
8 Durarbayli,Vasif 2584 2632 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 phpfCo1l0.png 0 ½ 4.0/9 18.00
9 Guseinov,Gadir 2621 2628 0 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 phpfCo1l0.png ½ 4.0/9 16.25
10 Safarli,Eltaj 2656 2543 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png 3.0/9

The rounds start at 12:00 Amsterdam, 6am New York and 3am Los Angeles time. The official website is www.shamkirchess.az. Chess.com offers daily live commentary at www.chess.com/tv. Games via TWICphpfCo1l0.png


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  • 6 miesięcy temu

    jpr1

    no, Carlsen held the tiebreak, because the regulations of this tournament held that number of wins was the first tiebreaking criteria

  • 6 miesięcy temu

    mottsauce

    Wouldn't Caruana have won with a draw since he held the superior tiebreak?

  • 6 miesięcy temu

    vijaykulkarni

    Crushing win by Carlsen against Caruana in final round. Wow what a game

    @ChocolateTeapot Yes he, Karjakin did it

  • 6 miesięcy temu

    ChocolateTeapot

    I am rooting for Karjakin too. He is now just one draw away from a perfect 50% score. I hope he makes it.

  • 6 miesięcy temu

    jpr1

    never mind-- just found the answer :-)

  • 6 miesięcy temu

    vegma

    "i don't understand his play."

    Well, he is the world champion.

  • 6 miesięcy temu

    vegma

    savantz wrote:

    SB = Sonneborn-Berger tie-breaking point system credited to these 2 dudes; william and johann.

    it scores by computing and awarding points based on the pt total of opponents you have won and drawn against (remarkably it doesn't factor in losses).

    I believe it adds the pt score of the people you defeated + half the pt score of the opponents you drew.

    as you see from the score table: caruana is ahead under SB • 23.75 vs 20.75

     

  • 6 miesięcy temu

    cheston_blitz

    i couldn't see exciting games from carlsen. maybe miraculous games will do. winning with pieces down but queen!!?? i don't understand his play.

  • 6 miesięcy temu

    jpr1

    this may be a naive question, but what is "SB" in the table above?  thanks--

  • 6 miesięcy temu

    vegma

    Number of wins is a strange tie-break-rule because (as somone said here) it does not count losses. But it makes for more exciting chess: Carlsen has two losses, four wins, but all these games were exciting.

    The most fair tie-break rules are imo: 1) result between those who have the same number of points, and 2) SB. 

  • 6 miesięcy temu

    vegma

    Last round in Zurich, Carlsen played a boring draw against Anand in order to secure the win in the tournament. The same will probably happen here.

  • 6 miesięcy temu

    ErwinSachs

    Couldn't ask for a better Finale to a great tournament..2 strongest players in the competition head to head to decide 1st place.

    Hope Magnus Carlsen goes for the win and we see a great game.

  • 6 miesięcy temu

    fabelhaft

    It's the same thing on all chess message boards as far as I can see, lots of people convincing themselves that there will be a tiebreak match :-) Even the Arbiter of the tournament confirming that there will be no tiebreak match doesn't sway many from their belief this far.

  • 6 miesięcy temu

    huhabu

    carlsen has to win the next game

  • 6 miesięcy temu

    bigbikefan

    @nemo100: Either way 1 [insert your favourite label here] would be less to hang around chess.

  • 6 miesięcy temu

    nemo100

    If Carlsen loses I kill myself

    If Carlsen draws I give up on chess

  • 6 miesięcy temu

    jocelasi

    Wang Hao had just beaten the best players in Group B.

  • 6 miesięcy temu

    castleslong

    All the players know what the rules are from the start, if they don't like them they don't have to play, it's very simple.  Didn't Carlsen miss an entire World Championship cycle because he disagreed with the rules?  In St. Louis, Carlsen needed a draw to clinch first and a big payday.  I was watching it live on the net.  Yasser Seirawan (he was really good in his time and well he still is) was commenting on the game.  I can't remember who Carlsen's opponent was, but I believe it was Aronian.  Anyway, Seirawan nearly lost his mind, when Carlsen REFUSED a draw offer, and went to win.  Afterwards, when asked, Magnus just said, there was no real danger of losing, and that he thought he could win. Whatever, happens between Carlsen and Caruana, it won't be some easy draw, almost certainly.

  • 6 miesięcy temu

    Paulzzz

    Congrats to Pavel Eljanov with the first place in the B group. That is quite a nice result.

  • 6 miesięcy temu

    savantz

    @Brian_Urizar

    SB = Sonneborn-Berger tie-breaking point system credited to these 2 dudes; william and johann.

    it scores by computing and awarding points based on the pt total of opponents you have won and drawn against (remarkably it doesn't factor in losses).

    I believe it adds the pt score of the people you defeated + half the pt score of the opponents you drew.

    as you see from the score table: caruana is ahead under SB • 23.75 vs 20.75

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