Magnus Carlsen wins Vugar Gashimov Chess Memorial with Last Round Win over Fabiano Caruana
World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen has won the Vugar Gashimov Chess Memorial 2014 with a rating performance of 2868 which is actually less than his current rating of 2882. Carlsen topped the event with 5 wins, 2 losses and 3 draws!
Fabiano Caruana, who took on Carlsen, in the last round with an equal score was playing for the title as well. However, he had to settle for the second place with 5.5 points. Hikaru Nakamura, Teimour Radjabov and Sergey Karjakin all scored 5 points. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov scored 3.
Yesterday, in the 9th round, Caruana came up with a solid performance to beat Mamedyarov and draw level at 5.5 with Carlsen who could only draw with Radjabov. Karjakin and Nakamura also drew their games.
It all came down to the last round today in Shamkir. Magnus Carlsen was back with precise chess and steadily ground out Caruana to earn the win and the title. The others, Nakamura - Radjabov, Mamedyarov - Karjakin, drew their Round 10 games.
Meanwhile, Pavel Eljanov convincingly won the B Group at the tournament.
Born on July 24th, 1986 in Baku, Vugar Gashimov achieved his peak ranking-world#6 in November, 2009. He has been the winner of Baku Grand Prix. Representing Azerbaijani team, he became the European champion in 2009. He played a crucial role in the historical victory of the national team at the European Championship held in Serbia. In 2011 he became the winner of Reggio Emilia chess tournament held in Italy since 1958. Playing on behalf of several chess clubs, he became the champion of Croatia, Turkey, Romania, Iran, Spain and Moldova. A silver-medalist, Gashimov was known as a particularly strong blitz chess player. Owner of more than 72 titles, Vugar Gashimov is the winner of Kasparov Cup. For his individual indicators, he became silver medalist of the Chess Olympiad held in 2008. He is also a silver and bronze-medalist of the World Intellectual Games.
Vugar Gashimov passed away on January 10th, 2014 in Heidelberg, Germany at the age of 27 due to illness.
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