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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Vugar Gashimov Chess Memorial 2014 Round 6: Radjabov, Carlsen in Joint Lead

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Round 6 at the Vugar Gashimov Chess Memorial 2014 brought good tiding for World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen on Saturday. The Norwegian Grandmaster picked up a win over Shakhriyar Mamedyarov - after two successive losses before the rest day on Friday - to get back into the lead, albeit jointly, with Teimour Radjabov. Both now have 3.5 points. The other two games of the round were draws. 

To begin with, Mamedyarov's pawn sac for control of the centre only had Carlsen get back into his elements and grind out a win. Caruana lost out on positional control and suffered a structural collapse in efforts to go up material, but the American Grandmaster, Hikaru Nakamura, knew how to force a draw. In the Radjabov - Karjakin game, the Russian steered the game to a theoretical draw and earned half a point. 

Standings Round 6
Teimour Radjabov, Magnus Carlsen 3.5
Fabiano Caruana, Sergey Karjakin, Hikaru Nakamura 3.0
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov 2.0

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