Shamkir Chess is a chess super tournament played in Shamkir, in memory of Vugar Gashimov (1986-2014).
The Gashimov Memorial 2014 took place in the Haydar Aliev Centre in Shamkir City from 16 April to 30 April 2014, consisting of two tournaments, with invited players Magnus Carlsen, Hikaru Nakamura, Sergey Karjakin, Fabiano Caruana, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, and Teimour Radjabov making up the A Tournament. The Elo average for the tournament was 2780, making it a Category 22 event and one of the highest rated tournaments of all time.
The A Tournament was held as a double round robin, with each player facing the other with both colours, while the B Tournament was held as a single round robin.
The total prize fund for the A tournament was €100,000 euros, while the prize fund for the B tournament was €30,000 euros.
In the B Tournament, Pavel Eljanov won two and drew one of his last three games to take first place.
|1||2014||A||2780||Magnus Carlsen (NOR)||10||6.5|
|1||2014||B||2663||Pavel Eljanov (UKR)||9||6|
|1||Magnus Carlsen (NOR)||2881||6½|
|2||Fabiano Caruana (ITA)||2783||5½|
|3||Hikaru Nakamura (USA)||2772||5||2|
|4||Teimour Radjabov (AZE)||2713||5||1|
|5||Sergey Karjakin (RUS)||2772||5||0|
|6||Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE)||2760||3|
|1||Pavel Eljanov (UKR)||2732||6|
|2||Alexander Motylev (RUS)||2685||5½|
|3||Étienne Bacrot (FRA)||2722||5||3|
|4||Wang Hao (CHN)||2734||5||2|
|5||Radosław Wojtaszek (POL)||2716||4½|
|6||Rauf Mamedov (AZE)||2660||4||2||18,00|
|7||Qadir Huseynov (AZE)||2621||4||2||16,25|
|8||Vasif Durarbayli (AZE)||2584||4||1|
|9||Nijat Abasov (AZE)||2516||4||0|
|10||Eltaj Safarli (AZE)||2656||3|
The second edition of Shamkir Chess is scheduled for April 16-26, 2015.
For the first time, three world champions - the current world champion Magnus Carlsen, former world champion Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik will compete in the tournament in Azerbaijan, as well as Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri, Wesley So, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Michael Adams, and the Azerbaijan Champion Rauf Mamedov will take part in the tournament.
The tournament’s total prize fund is €100,000.
Magnus Carlsen won the event with a score of 7/9 (+5-0=4).
|1||2015||A||2773||Magnus Carlsen (NOR)||9||7|
|1||Magnus Carlsen (NOR)||2863||7||5|
|2||Viswanathan Anand (IND)||2791||6||3|
|3||Wesley So (USA)||2788||5||3|
|4||Fabiano Caruana (ITA)||2802||5||2|
|5||Vladimir Kramnik (RUS)||2783||4||2|
|6||Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE)||2754||4||1|
|3||Michael Adams (ENG)||2746||3.5||1|
|4||Anish Giri (NED)||2790||3.5||0|
|5||Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (FRA)||2762||3.5||0|
|6||Rauf Mamedov (AZE)||2651||3.5||0|