Shakhriyar Mamedyarov has now won his home supertournament for a second year in a row, with his +2 score built on wins with the black pieces over Wesley So, Pavel Eljanov and Vladimir Kramnik.

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov retained his Gashimov Memorial title after an anticlimactic final round in Shamkir. His game against Veselin Topalov raced to a draw, meaning only Wesley So could force a playoff if he beat Harikrishna with the black pieces. Soon, however, there was nothing Wesley could hope for but a draw, which he safely achieved.

The day was saved, however, by Vladimir Kramnik, who emerged victorious from a complicated 6-hour battle with Pavel Eljanov. That second win in a row for Big Vlad took him up to second place on the tiebreak of most wins.

See also:

  • Official website
  • All the games with computer analysis on chess24
  • Shamkir Chess 1-2: So’s streak ends, Eljanov leads
  • Shamkir Chess 3-5: Mamedyarov leads, So back at no. 2
  • Shamkir Chess 6: A bad day for Russia
  • Shamkir Chess 7-8: Mamedyarov rocked by Wojtaszek


Nov 25, 2016

Carlsen-Karjakin, Game 10: Magnus smile is back!

Magnus Carlsen has beaten Sergey Karjakin to level the score in the 2016 World Chess Championship with two games to go. The first half of Game 10 saw both players creaking under the pressure and could have ended abruptly if Sergey had spotted an all but forced draw. Instead, after more adventures, Magnus got the kind of slightly better endgame on which he’s built his chess empire.

Sergey seemed to have constructed a fortress, but one moment’s inattention was all it took to see it all come crashing down. A hugely relieved Magnus Carlsen is now favourite again – but so are tiebreaks!
The players once again went for the Ruy Lopez, and this time Magnus met the Berlin with an offbeat variation of the Anti-Berlin. He was back at his old game of getting his opponent “out of book” at all costs, as Anish Giri explained: Similar concept to game 2 from Sochi match. Worse version of a known position, but still playable. Nice, desperate idea.





Dec 21, 2020

Benoni Defence! ‘One of the most aggressive openings against 1.d4’

In a brand new video series for chess24, GM Romain Edouard, a member of the French Olympic team and a former second of Veselin Topalov, offers you a full repertoire for one of the most dynamic replies to 1.d4: The Benoni Defense!

Romain Edouard, a member of the French Olympic team and a former second of Veselin Topalov, offers you a full repertoire for one of the most dynamic replies to 1.d4: The Benoni Defense!

Master the Benoni Defense and play for a win as Black vs. 1.d4.

Play the Benoni

Jul 04, 2016

Azerbaijan ready for Baku Chess Olympiad 2016

The Baku Chess Olympiad Operating Committee held a meeting on preparation for the upcoming World Chess Olympiad on September 1-14.

Mahir Mammadov, the director of the operations committee for the World Cup and the Chess Olympiad said that Azerbaijani chess players will defend sporting honor of Azerbaijan with dignity, Trend reported.

The meeting focused on training of the first national team in Gabala, the second team in Baku, including the first training camp players. Favorable conditions will be created for all teams, participating in the competition.

“The 42nd World Chess Olympiad is very important for our chess players. A prestigious event will be held in the capital of Azerbaijan – Baku, for the first time. The Ministry of Youth and Sport and Azerbaijan Chess Federation (ACF) have created the necessary conditions for all teams, participating in the Olympics. “Both men’s and women’s teams will continue training.” said Mammadov.

Vice President of ACF Faik Hasanov, as well as the coaches of national teams attended the meeting.

The chess tournament will host about 2,000 chess masters almost from 180 countries. The number of guests is expected to reach up to 3,000.

The budget for the Olympiad is 13.3 million euros. Some 6.8 million euros are set aside for first-class accommodation for the players and delegates. Another 1 will go to the FIDE Commission for World Championships & Olympiads and intellectual rights.

The tournament will take place at the unusual shape building Baku Crystal Hall once hosting Eurovision Song Contest in 2012.