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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Vugar Gashimov Memorial Chess 2014: Carlsen Loses to both Caruana, Radjabov (Updated)

Hello everyone,

The Vugar Gashimov Memorial Chess 2014 in Shamkir has hit the chess headlines like a bomb explosion. Not only did World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen lose to Fabiano Caruana but he set a sort of record by suffering his second straight loss the very next round to Teimour Radjabov.

Round 1 and 2 began "normally" enough with the World Chess Champion beating Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Hikaru Nakamura. All other games were drawn in both the rounds. In Round 3, Sergey Karjakin worked hard to hold Magnus Carlsen to a draw and the latter was unable to convert a win. Nakamura, meanwhile, beat Mamedyarov. 

Round 4 and 5 - Fabiano Caruana and Teimour Radjabov delight fans by beating World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen in successive rounds. That's how tough chess can be at the top level. Photos: Official website.

Disaster struck for Carlsen in Round 4. Playing Black against Caruana, he was at the receiving end with a slight fumble allowing Caruana to grind out a win. Carlsen blundered a pawn and then couldn't prevent a collapse. The other games were drawn. This is Magnus Carlsen's first loss in classical chess after winning the world champion title in November, 2013.

Today, in Round 5, the World Chess Champion was to face the horror of his second successive loss against Teimour Radjabov. Nakamura and Karjakin settled for a draw while Mamedyarov beat Caruana!

The standings after Round 5 have Radjabov in lead with 3 points followed by Carlsen, Nakamura, Caruana, Karjakin all at 2.5 points and Mamedyarov at 2 points. *Games via Chess King soon

The Vugar Gashimov Chess Memorial is being held in Shamkir, Azerbaijan, from April 20-30 and is divided into two groups. The A Group features six players: World Champion Magnus Carlsen (2881), Fabiano Caruana (2783), Sergey Karjakin (2772), Hikaru Nakamura (2772), and the two Azeri players Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (2760) and Teimour Radjabov (2713). The B group includes ten players - top five from various countries and five from Azerbaijan.

Follow all the action live at the official website

Tomorrow is a rest day at Shamkir Chess 2014 tournament. There will be held an opening ceremony of a chess school in Shamkir. Synergy Group officials, media representatives and Shamkir Chess 2014 tournament participants will attend the ceremony. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov rapid world champion and blitz world champion Sergey Karjakin will show 10 sessions on the board at Zeka Youth Center. At 16:00 football tournament will be held with the participation of 4 teams. Competition with foreign players for team of World and national Grandmasters will play for the Azerbaijan national team. In addition, the organizers of the tournament consisting of the members of organizing committee Synergy Group, and journalists will compete as well.
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