Vugar Gashimov Memorial to Start on Sunday

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 15.04.2014, 21:45.

On Saturday it will be officially opened and on Sunday the first round of the Gashimov Memorial will be played. Earlier this week the official website of the tournament was put up, as well as the Facebook page and Twitter and Instagram accounts. The tournament, which has Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Sergey Karjakin, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Teimour Radjabov in the top group, promises to be both hard-fought and well organized.

The first Shamkir Chess 2014 tournament will be held 19-30 April in the Heydar Aliyev Center in Shamkir, Azerbaijan. The tournament, sponsored by “Synergy Group”, will be a memorial for Vugar Gashimov, who sadly passed away on the 10th of January this year, at the age of 27.

Vugar Gashimov.

Shamkir, the 8th largest city in Azerbaijan and the capital of the Shamkir Rayon. It is located in the northern foothills of the Lesser Caucasus, on the coast of the Chagirchay River on Tbilisi-Yevlakh highway.

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There will be two groups. The participants of the A group are Magnus Carlsen, Fabiano Caruana, Hikaru Nakamura, Sergey Karjakin, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Teimour Radjabov. The participants of the B group are Eltaj Safarli, Nijat Abbasov, Gadir Huseynov, Rauf Mammadov and Vasif Durabeyli (all Azerbaijan) and Wang Hao (China), Pavel Eljanov (Ukraine), Etienne Bacrot (France), Radoslaw Wojtaszek (Poland) and Alexander Motylev (Russia).

The time control will be 2 hours for 40 moves, then 1 hour for 20 moves, followed by 15 minutes to end the game with 30 seconds increment from move 61. Besides, the tournament will apply the Sofia rule: “normal” draws before move 40 won't be allowed. The A group has a prize fund of €100,000, the B group €30,000.

Earlier this week the tournament opened its multiple media channels: a website, a Facebook page, a Twitter account and an Instagram account. On the website the playing schedule can be found:

Gashimov Memorial 2014 | Schedule

Day Time Event
Saturday, April 19th 18.30 Opening Ceremony and Drawing of Lots
Sunday, April 20th 15.00 Round 1
Monday, April 21st 15.00 Round 2
Tuesday, April 22nd 15.00 Round 3
Wednesday, April 23rd 15.00 Round 4
Thursday, April 24th 15.00 Round 5
Friday, April 25th Free day
Saturday, April 26th 15.00 Round 6
Sunday, April 27th 15.00 Round 7
Monday, April 28th 15.00 Round 8
Tuesday, April 29th 15.00 Round 9
Wednesday, April 30th 13.30 Round 10
Wednesday, April 30th 20.00 Closing Ceremony

The venue is the Heydar Aliyev Center in Shamkir. The four-storied building, which is surrounded by a large park, is dedicated to the former President and national leader Heydar Aliyev (1923-2003). The building, which was opened in September 2013, includes a museum, a 3D cinema, a rich library (15,000 books), a VIP cafe, conference rooms, a lecture hall and translation cabinets.

Naturally the games can be followed live on the website. There will be video coverage with live commentary in three languages: Azerbaijani (Anar Allahverdiyev & Farid Abbasov), English (Genna Sosonko & Viorel Iordachescu) and Russian (Sergey Shipov). will have live commentary each round on! We'll also be transmitting the games in Live Chess. The author of these lines will be in Shamkir throughout the tournament to provide on-the-spot coverage of the tournament.

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  • 3 lat temu


    What if Carlsen came in last? is it possible?

  • 3 lat temu


    RIP Gashimov. You were always one of my favourite players and I enjoyed going through your games :(

  • 3 lat temu


    8 and half out of ten against these guys? No way.

  • 3 lat temu


    @fabelhaft, Carlsen will need to score 8.5/10 to reach 2900 after this tournament:

    I'd love to see that happen, though I can't imagine it will.

  • 3 lat temu


    are other "candidates" joining?

  • 3 lat temu


    Aronian as an Armenian not joining ?

    I remember he threatened not to ply the candidates if they would take place in Azrbeidjan

  • 3 lat temu


    "my predicition is carlsen will win and be 2900 by  the end of it"

    Then he would have to score at least 7 wins in ten games and be undefeated. Not particularly probable in an event at this level.

  • 3 lat temu


    wow! will be looking forward to this tournament!!
    first question: anyone know if any youtube live link?
    second question: ANY PREDICITION? :D
    my predicition is carlsen will win and be 2900 by  the end of it.
    :D :D  

  • 3 lat temu


    goo nakamura  except WinLaughing

  • 3 lat temu


    nobody can beat Nigel Short when it comes to chess live coverage, seriously.

  • 3 lat temu


    Can't wait! A great tourney coming!

  • 3 lat temu


    LaughingCoffin: who do you want for English commentary? Only Danny King comes to my mind for good commentary in English (if we are talking about USA/UK commentators).

    As for non-native English speakers, I liked R.B. Ramesh and Tania Sachdev at the 2013 FWCM, Peter Svidler is excellent, Peter Leko is very insightful as well. I also thought the team of Konstantin Landa and Anna Sharevich did a really good job at the 2011 World Cup and Alexander Khalifman was really good at the 2012 Women's WC KO.

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  • 3 lat temu


    jaaaaaake: Yes. Read the article. The last two paragraphs seem particularly relevant to your interests.

  • 3 lat temu


    Is there a place where we can watch a stream of this?

  • 3 lat temu


    Both Groups look great....shame Anand turned down the invite.

    Hopefully this tourney will be held every year now to remember a great GM.

  • 3 lat temu


    Everything is pretty awesome about this tournament, except the english casters.. I mean.. C'MOOOOOON !!! ;/ Hire some top notch dudes for this kind of top tournament, pleeease!

    edit: Well.. on the second thought, Genna Sosonko is pretty sweet, but that other guy.. Meh.

  • 3 lat temu


    awesome venue, awesome players, everything awesome .:D

  • 3 lat temu


    Looking forward to his tournament. Gashimov deserves nothing less.

  • 3 lat temu


    The A group is outstanding!

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