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por Nadja Wittmann 27/04/2015 – Wesley So había comenzado el torneo con 3,5 puntos en las primeras 4 rondas. Viswanathan Anand ha tenido una magnífica actuación con un rendimiento teórico cerca de los 2900 puntos Elo y eso le colocará en el segundo puesto del escalofón mundial del próximo mes. Aún así, el campeón nuevamente es Magnus Carlsen. Con un rendimiento de casi 3000 y un punto más que su más cercano perseguidor, se adjudicó la victoria del torneo. La última ronda en Shamkir…
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Ronda 9

Blancas
Elo
Resultado
Negras
Elo
S. Mamedyarov
2754
½-½
Adams Michael
2746
Caruana Fabiano
2802
½-½
Anand V.
2791
Carlsen Magnus
2863
1-0
Mamedov Rauf
2651
M. Vachier-Lagrave
2762
½-½
So Wesley
2788
Giri Anish
2790
½-½
Kramnik Vladimir
2783
Clasificación final tras 9 rondas:
[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.17"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Mamedov, Rau"]
[Black "Vachier Lagrave, M."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B52"]
[WhiteElo "2658"]
[BlackElo "2765"]
[PlyCount "80"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. Bb5+ Bd7 4. Bxd7+ Qxd7 5. c4 Nf6 6. Nc3 g6 7. d4 cxd4 8.
Nxd4 Bg7 9. f3 O-O 10. Be3 Nc6 11. O-O a6 12. Qd3 Rfc8 13. b3 Qd8 14. Rac1 Nd7
15. Rfd1 Bxd4 16. Bxd4 Nxd4 17. Qxd4 b5 18. Nd5 bxc4 19. Rxc4 Rxc4 20. Qxc4 Nb6
21. Qc7 Nxd5 22. Qxd8+ Rxd8 23. Rxd5 Rc8 24. Ra5 Rc6 25. Kf2 Kf8 26. Ke3 Ke8
27. Kd3 Kd7 28. Ra4 h5 29. h4 f5 30. Ra5 Ke6 31. b4 Kf6 32. a4 e5 33. b5 axb5
34. Rxb5 Rc1 35. a5 Ra1 36. Kc3 Ke6 37. Kb2 Ra4 38. Kb3 Ra1 39. Kb2 Ra4 40. Kb3
Ra1 1/2-1/2

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.17"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Kramnik, V."]
[Black "Adams, Mi"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A14"]
[WhiteElo "2783"]
[BlackElo "2745"]
[PlyCount "77"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 e6 4. O-O Be7 5. c4 O-O 6. d4 dxc4 7. Ne5 Nc6 8.
Bxc6 bxc6 9. Nxc6 Qe8 10. Nxe7+ Qxe7 11. Na3 c5 12. dxc5 Qxc5 13. Be3 Qc6 14.
Rc1 Bb7 15. f3 Ba6 16. Nxc4 Bxc4 17. Qd4 Rfc8 18. b3 Qa6 19. bxc4 Qxa2 20. Kf2
a5 21. Bg5 e5 22. Qd6 Rd8 23. Qb6 Rab8 24. Rfd1 Re8 25. Qe3 a4 26. Bxf6 gxf6
27. Qe4 a3 28. Rd7 Rbd8 29. Ra7 Qb2 30. Rb1 f5 31. Rxb2 fxe4 32. Rxa3 Rd4 33.
Rc2 Rc8 34. c5 exf3 35. Rxf3 Rc6 36. Rd3 Rxd3 37. exd3 f5 38. d4 exd4 39. Ke2
1-0

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.17"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Anand, V."]
[Black "Carlsen, M."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C89"]
[WhiteElo "2791"]
[BlackElo "2863"]
[PlyCount "106"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. c3
d5 9. exd5 Nxd5 10. Nxe5 Nxe5 11. Rxe5 c6 12. d3 Bd6 13. Re1 Bf5 14. Qf3 Bg6
15. Bxd5 cxd5 16. Bf4 d4 17. cxd4 Bb4 18. Nc3 Qxd4 19. Be5 Qd7 20. Nd5 f6 21.
Nxb4 fxe5 22. Qd5+ Qxd5 23. Nxd5 Bxd3 24. Rxe5 Rfe8 25. Rxe8+ Rxe8 26. Ne3 Rc8
27. a3 a5 28. h4 Bg6 29. Rd1 b4 30. axb4 axb4 31. g4 b3 32. h5 Bf7 33. Kg2 Kf8
34. Kg3 Ra8 35. Rd2 h6 36. Nf5 Be6 37. Nd4 Bf7 38. f3 Rc8 39. Kf4 Rc1 40. Nf5
Kg8 41. Rd8+ Kh7 42. Rd7 Kg8 43. Rd8+ Kh7 44. Rd7 Kg8 45. Nd6 Be6 46. Re7 Bd5
47. Kf5 Rc6 48. Ke5 Bxf3 49. Nf5 g5 50. Rg7+ Kh8 51. Rg6 Kh7 52. Rg7+ Kh8 53.
Rg6 Kh7 1/2-1/2

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.17"]
[Round "1"]
[White "Mamedyarov, S."]
[Black "Caruana, F."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D92"]
[WhiteElo "2756"]
[BlackElo "2802"]
[PlyCount "179"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. Nf3 Bg7 5. Bf4 c5 6. dxc5 Ne4 7. Nxe4 dxe4 8.
Qxd8+ Kxd8 9. O-O-O+ Ke8 10. Bxb8 Rxb8 11. Nd4 Bd7 12. e3 a5 13. Be2 Rc8 14.
Rd2 f5 15. Rhd1 a4 16. b4 axb3 17. axb3 Rxc5 18. b4 Rc8 19. Ra2 Kf7 20. Ra7 Rc7
21. c5 Be5 22. Kc2 Rhc8 23. Kb3 Kf6 24. Bc4 e6 25. g3 g5 26. f4 exf3 27. Nxf3
Bc6 28. Nxe5 Kxe5 29. Rd6 Re7 30. b5 Bxb5 31. Bxb5 Rxc5 32. Rb6 Rec7 33. Rbxb7
Rc3+ 34. Kb4 Rxb7 35. Rxb7 Rxe3 36. Rxh7 f4 37. g4 f3 38. Rf7 Re4+ 39. Bc4 Rxg4
40. Rxf3 Rh4 41. Rf2 Kd4 42. Rg2 e5 43. Be6 Rh6 44. Bg4 Rb6+ 45. Ka5 Rb8 46.
Rd2+ Ke3 47. Rd5 Ke4 48. Rd7 Kf4 49. h3 e4 50. Rf7+ Kg3 51. Rf5 Re8 52. Rxg5
Kh4 53. Rh5+ Kg3 54. Bd7 Re7 55. Rg5+ Kh2 56. Bg4 e3 57. Be2 Kxh3 58. Kb4 Kh4
59. Rg4+ Kh3 60. Rg8 Kh4 61. Kc3 Rd7 62. Re8 Kg5 63. Rxe3 Rd8 64. Rf3 Rd6 65.
Rf1 Rf6 66. Rg1+ Kf4 67. Kd2 Rh6 68. Rg4+ Ke5 69. Ke3 Rb6 70. Bd3 Rb3 71. Rg5+
Kf6 72. Rd5 Rb4 73. Be4 Ke6 74. Kf4 Rb2 75. Rh5 Rf2+ 76. Bf3 Rf1 77. Rh6+ Ke7
78. Ke4 Kf7 79. Bh5+ Ke7 80. Ke5 Re1+ 81. Kd5 Re3 82. Bg6 Ra3 83. Be4 Ra1 84.
Ke5 Re1 85. Rh7+ Ke8 86. Ra7 Kf8 87. Kf5 Ke8 88. Rh7 Kd8 89. Rh1 Rxh1 90. Bxh1
1/2-1/2

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.17"]
[Round "1"]
[White "So, W."]
[Black "Giri, A."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A10"]
[WhiteElo "2788"]
[BlackElo "2790"]
[PlyCount "63"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. c4 g6 2. e4 e5 3. d4 Nf6 4. dxe5 Nxe4 5. Bd3 Bb4+ 6. Kf1 Nc5 7. Nf3 Ne6 8.
a3 Be7 9. Nc3 d6 10. exd6 Bxd6 11. b4 Bf8 12. Qe2 Bg7 13. Bg5 Bf6 14. Bxf6 Qxf6
15. Qd2 O-O 16. Re1 Qd8 17. Rd1 a5 18. h4 axb4 19. axb4 Nd7 20. h5 Nf6 21. c5
b6 22. hxg6 fxg6 23. Qe3 Qe7 24. Bc4 bxc5 25. b5 Rb8 26. Re1 Rb6 27. Na4 Rd6
28. Nxc5 Ng4 29. Qe4 Nxf2 30. Kxf2 Rd2+ 31. Kg3 Rxf3+ 32. gxf3 1-0

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.18"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Giri, A."]
[Black "Mamedov, Rau"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D11"]
[WhiteElo "2790"]
[BlackElo "2658"]
[PlyCount "111"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Qb3 dxc4 5. Qxc4 Bg4 6. Nbd2 Nbd7 7. g3 e6 8.
Bg2 Be7 9. Qb3 Qb6 10. O-O O-O 11. Nc4 Qa6 12. Bd2 Nb6 13. Rfc1 Ne4 14. Be1
Nxc4 15. Qxc4 Qxc4 16. Rxc4 Nd6 17. Rcc1 Rac8 18. e3 f6 19. a4 Bf5 20. Nh4 Be4
21. f3 Bd3 22. Rc3 Be2 23. f4 g5 24. Nf3 gxf4 25. exf4 Bc4 26. Bh3 Bd5 27. Re3
Kf7 28. Bb4 Nc4 29. Bxe7 Nxe3 30. Bxf8 Rxf8 31. Kf2 Nc4 32. b3 Nd6 33. Nd2 a5
34. Rc1 Rd8 35. Nc4 Ke7 36. Nxa5 Ra8 37. b4 Kd7 38. Bg2 h5 39. Ra1 b6 40. Bxd5
bxa5 41. Bb3 Nf5 42. bxa5 Nxd4 43. Bd1 Rxa5 44. Ke3 Nf5+ 45. Kd3 h4 46. g4 Ne7
47. Bb3 Kd6 48. Ke4 f5+ 49. gxf5 exf5+ 50. Kf3 Rc5 51. Kf2 Rc3 52. Bd1 Kc7 53.
a5 Kb7 54. Be2 Nd5 55. a6+ Ka7 56. Rb1 1/2-1/2

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.18"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Vachier Lagrave, M."]
[Black "Anand, V."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D38"]
[WhiteElo "2765"]
[BlackElo "2791"]
[PlyCount "93"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 h6 7. Bh4 Bf5 8. e3
Nbd7 9. Bd3 Bxd3 10. Qxd3 c6 11. O-O O-O 12. a3 Be7 13. b4 a6 14. Rfb1 b5 15.
a4 Re8 16. Bxf6 Bxf6 17. a5 Be7 18. Qc2 Bd6 19. Ne2 Rc8 20. Nc1 Nf6 21. Nd3 Ne4
22. Rb2 Bf8 23. Nc5 Nxc5 24. bxc5 Qc7 25. Ne1 Re6 26. Nd3 Rce8 27. Nb4 Qc8 28.
Qd3 g6 29. Re2 Be7 30. f3 Bf6 31. Nc2 Qd8 32. Nb4 R8e7 33. g3 Ra7 34. Kg2 Kg7
35. Raa2 h5 36. h4 Ra8 37. e4 dxe4 38. Rxe4 Rxe4 39. Qxe4 Qxd4 40. Qxd4 Bxd4
41. Rc2 Bf6 42. Nxc6 Rc8 43. Nb4 Bd8 44. c6 Bxa5 45. Nxa6 b4 46. c7 b3 47. Rb2
1/2-1/2

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.18"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Carlsen, M."]
[Black "Mamedyarov, S."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D11"]
[WhiteElo "2863"]
[BlackElo "2756"]
[PlyCount "57"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. e3 g6 5. Nc3 Bg7 6. Be2 O-O 7. O-O b6 8. a4 a5
9. cxd5 cxd5 10. b3 Ne4 11. Nxe4 dxe4 12. Nd2 Bb7 13. Ba3 f5 14. Rc1 Kh8 15.
Nc4 Nd7 16. d5 Rc8 17. d6 e6 18. b4 axb4 19. Bxb4 Bd5 20. a5 bxa5 21. Bxa5 Qe8
22. Qa4 Bc6 23. Qb4 Rb8 24. Nb6 Ne5 25. Qc5 Ba8 26. Bc3 Nd7 27. Bxg7+ Kxg7 28.
Nxd7 Qxd7 29. Qe5+ 1-0

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.18"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Kramnik, V."]
[Black "So, W."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A07"]
[WhiteElo "2783"]
[BlackElo "2788"]
[PlyCount "80"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 g6 3. Bg2 Bg7 4. d4 Nf6 5. O-O O-O 6. Nbd2 Ne4 7. Nxe4 dxe4 8.
Ng5 Qxd4 9. Qxd4 Bxd4 10. Rd1 Nc6 11. Bxe4 Bg7 12. c3 Ne5 13. f4 Nc4 14. Bd5
Nd6 15. Be3 h6 16. Nf3 e6 17. Bb3 b6 18. a4 Bb7 19. Ne5 Rfd8 20. a5 h5 21. Bc2
Bf6 22. b3 c5 23. axb6 axb6 24. Rxa8 Bxa8 25. b4 Nb5 26. Nd7 Bxc3 27. Nxb6 Bd4
28. Bxd4 cxd4 29. Nxa8 Rxa8 30. Bd3 Nc3 31. Rd2 Kf8 32. b5 Ke7 33. Rb2 Kd7 34.
b6 Rb8 35. Rb4 Nd5 36. Rxd4 Ke7 37. Be4 Nxb6 38. Rb4 Nd7 39. Rxb8 Nxb8 40. Kf2
Nd7 1/2-1/2

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.18"]
[Round "2"]
[White "Adams, Mi"]
[Black "Caruana, F."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C65"]
[WhiteElo "2745"]
[BlackElo "2802"]
[PlyCount "51"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. Bxc6 dxc6 6. Nc3 O-O 7. h3 Nd7 8.
Be3 Bd6 9. Qd2 c5 10. O-O Nb8 11. Nh2 Nc6 12. Ne2 Nd4 13. Rae1 Be6 14. b3 a5
15. f4 exf4 16. Bxf4 Bxf4 17. Rxf4 a4 18. Rf2 Nxe2+ 19. Qxe2 Qd4 20. Qe3 Qxe3
21. Rxe3 axb3 22. axb3 Ra1+ 23. Rf1 Ra2 24. Rf2 Ra1+ 25. Rf1 Ra2 26. Rf2
1/2-1/2

[Event "superturnir"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2015.04.19"]
[Round "3.1"]
[White "So, Wesley"]
[Black "Adams, Michael"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D35"]
[WhiteElo "2788"]
[BlackElo "2746"]
[PlyCount "89"]
[EventDate "2015.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]
[WhiteClock "0:59:09"]
[BlackClock "0:54:32"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 exd5 5. Bg5 {This move-order is a
relatively rare guest at the top level, but it is still very solid.} c6 6. e3
h6 7. Bh4 Be7 8. Bd3 Nbd7 9. f3 {It's very rare to start with this move, but
it cleverly avoids the Nh5 ideas. Here the bishop would simply retreat to f2.
The minus side is that White has committed to playing the f3-e4 type plans.}
O-O 10. Qc2 b5 11. Nge2 Nb6 12. a3 a5 13. O-O Bd7 14. Nc1 Nc4 15. Re1 Be6 16.
Nb3 Nd7 17. Bf2 Rc8 18. Rad1 Qc7 19. h3 Rfd8 20. f4 a4 21. f5 $5 {Ignoring the
threat since the bishop on e6 is trapped anyway.} axb3 22. Qxb3 Bxf5 23. Bxf5 {
It's hard to evaluate the position. White has some obvious structural problems,
but he does have the pair of bishops and good activity whereas Black's pieces
are a little awkward.} Rb8 24. Qc2 b4 25. axb4 Bxb4 26. Re2 Qa5 $2 {This seems
to be the real start of Black's problems. Adams underestimates the weaknesses
that will be left after Bh4.} (26... Bd6 27. Bh4 $2 (27. Rb1 $11) 27... g5 $17)
27. Bh4 f6 28. Na4 (28. Ne4 $5) 28... Nf8 29. Bd3 Nb6 30. Nc3 c5 31. dxc5 Bxc5
32. Kh1 Rbc8 33. Bf5 Rc6 34. e4 $1 {With the liquidation of the central pawns
the bishops gain tremendous power. Not only that, Black doesn't have light
square bishop to cover his weaknesses.} Bb4 35. e5 Be7 36. Qb3 Qc5 $2 (36...
Kh8 $16) 37. exf6 Bxf6 38. Ne4 {Now Black simply loses.} Qc4 39. Nxf6+ gxf6 40.
Qg3+ Kf7 41. Rde1 {Re7# is kind of annoying.} Qb4 42. Re7+ (42. Bg4 {
immediately was also good enough, as were most moves.}) 42... Qxe7 43. Rxe7+
Kxe7 44. Qg7+ Ke8 45. Bg4 1-0

[Event "superturnir"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2015.04.19"]
[Round "3.2"]
[White "Mamedov, Rauf"]
[Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C67"]
[WhiteElo "2651"]
[BlackElo "2783"]
[PlyCount "89"]
[EventDate "2015.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]
[WhiteClock "0:59:57"]
[BlackClock "0:50:16"]

{The symmetrical treament of the anti-Berlin is a very surefooted way to not
get into trouble. Neither side had a remote hope of winning this game.} 1. e4
e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. Re1 Nd6 6. Nxe5 Be7 7. Bf1 Nf5 8. c3
Nxe5 9. Rxe5 d6 10. Re1 O-O 11. d4 d5 12. Nd2 Bd6 13. Nf3 c6 14. Bd3 Nh4 15. g3
Nxf3+ 16. Qxf3 Bd7 17. Bd2 Qb6 18. Rab1 Rae8 19. b4 Qd8 20. Qh5 g6 21. Qf3 h5
22. Rxe8 Rxe8 23. Re1 Rxe1+ 24. Bxe1 a5 25. a3 axb4 26. axb4 Bg4 27. Qe3 Qa8
28. Kg2 Qc8 29. Kg1 Bh3 30. Bd2 Qa8 31. f3 b6 32. Kf2 Bf8 33. Qg5 Qe8 34. Bf4
Qe7 35. Qxe7 Bxe7 36. b5 Bd7 37. bxc6 Bxc6 38. Bc7 b5 39. Ba5 h4 40. f4 Bd7 41.
Kf3 hxg3 42. hxg3 Bd6 43. g4 f5 44. gxf5 gxf5 45. Bb4 1/2-1/2

[Event "superturnir"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2015.04.19"]
[Round "3.3"]
[White "Caruana, Fabiano"]
[Black "Carlsen, Magnus"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A81"]
[WhiteElo "2802"]
[BlackElo "2863"]
[PlyCount "104"]
[EventDate "2015.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]
[WhiteClock "0:43:20"]
[BlackClock "1:02:50"]

1. d4 f5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 e6 4. c4 c6 5. Nf3 d5 {Well, since the normal Dutch
lines didn't work, the Stonewall is given a go.} 6. O-O Bd6 7. b3 Qe7 {A small
details, preventing the immediate Ba3. Here White can still exchange bishops
by playing a4 but it is not as useful as Qe7.} 8. Bb2 b6 9. Ne5 Bb7 10. Nd2 O-O
11. Rc1 a5 12. e3 Na6 {This position had been reached many times before, with
Qe2 being by far the most common move.} 13. Nb1 {This move surely can't be bad,
but to me it is slightly baffling. I am not sure where the knight is intended
to go. a4?} Bxe5 14. dxe5 Ne4 15. Qe2 a4 $5 16. Nc3 $6 (16. Ba3 c5 17. cxd5
exd5 18. f3 Ng5 19. bxa4 {with a complex position. It won't be trivial to win
the a4 pawn.}) 16... axb3 17. axb3 Qb4 18. Nxe4 dxe4 {Black's obviously happy
now. He has pressure against b3 and White's bishops are mediocre. White should
still somehow be fine though.} 19. Qc2 Nc5 20. Bc3 Qxb3 21. Qxb3 Nxb3 22. Rb1
Nc5 23. Rxb6 Na4 24. Rxb7 Nxc3 {White's bishop on g2 is pretty bad, but he for
now has a powerful rook on b7.} 25. Re7 (25. f3 {was the logical choice,
opening the diagonal for the bishop. After...} Ra2 26. fxe4 fxe4 27. Rxf8+ Kxf8
28. Bh3 {the game will probably end in a draw.}) 25... Rfe8 26. Rxe8+ Rxe8 27.
Ra1 Rd8 28. Bf1 c5 29. Ra3 $6 {Inviting problems.  The knight is forced to
relocate to a better square.} Nb1 30. Ra1 $6 (30. Ra5 Rd1 31. Ra8+ Kf7 32. Ra7+
Kg6 33. Kg2 $1 Nd2 34. Rd7 $11) 30... Nd2 31. Be2 Nf3+ $1 32. Bxf3 exf3 $17 {
Because of the persistent mating threats and the eventual weakess of the f2
pawn, this is a very unpleasant endgame for White.} 33. h3 h5 34. g4 {A little
desperate, but suffering slowly didn't seem like fun either.} (34. Ra5 Rd1+ 35.
Kh2 Rf1 36. Rxc5 Rxf2+ 37. Kg1 Rg2+ 38. Kf1 Rxg3 {should be winning for Black.}
) 34... fxg4 35. hxg4 h4 $1 {Passing another pawn that will soon be defended.}
36. Kh2 (36. g5 Kh7 $19) 36... Rd2 37. Kh3 g5 38. e4 Rd4 {Clearly White is
lost. His king still has to worry about checkmates and White can't attack g5,
which is holding Black's position together.} 39. Ra8+ Kf7 40. Ra3 Rxc4 41.
Rxf3+ Ke7 42. Re3 Rd4 43. f3 c4 {The pawn is too far for the king on h3.} 44.
Ra3 Rd3 45. Ra7+ Kd8 46. Kg2 c3 47. Ra4 c2 48. Rc4 Rd2+ 49. Kh3 Kd7 50. Rc5 Rf2
51. f4 (51. Rc4 Rxf3+ 52. Kg2 Rg3+ 53. Kf2 Rxg4 $19) 51... Rf3+ 52. Kh2 Rxf4
0-1

[Event "superturnir"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2015.04.19"]
[Round "3.4"]
[White "Anand, Viswanathan"]
[Black "Giri, Anish"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B12"]
[WhiteElo "2791"]
[BlackElo "2790"]
[PlyCount "80"]
[EventDate "2015.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]
[WhiteClock "1:04:59"]
[BlackClock "1:10:03"]

{A pretty darn cool game. The Caro-Kann, Advance variation, seems to be more
and more in vogue. Anand came up with a brilliant exchange sacrifice that gave
him a nice initiative on the kingsid. Even though Giri's rooks gave him
counterplay, the one on f3 was a target as it came very close to being trapped.
Anand missed a couple of chances to increase the pressure, and let Giri barely
escape after the Dutch player found excellent resources.} 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3.
e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 Ne7 6. Nbd2 h6 7. O-O Nd7 8. Nb3 g5 9. Ne1 Qc7 10. Bh5
c5 11. c3 Bg7 12. f4 c4 13. Nd2 gxf4 14. Ndf3 Ng6 15. Bxg6 fxg6 16. Nh4 O-O 17.
Rxf4 g5 18. Nxf5 gxf4 19. Nxg7 Kxg7 20. Qg4+ Kh7 21. Qxe6 Nb6 22. Qh3 Qf7 23.
g3 Qg6 24. Ng2 fxg3 25. hxg3 Rf3 26. Bf4 Rf8 27. Qh4 Nc8 28. Re1 Qe6 29. Qh5
Rd3 30. Be3 Ne7 31. Nf4 Qg8 32. Nxd3 Qxg3+ 33. Kh1 Nf5 34. Bf4 Qxd3 35. e6 Ng7
36. Qxh6+ Kg8 37. Kg2 Qc2+ 38. Kg1 Qf5 39. e7 Qg4+ 40. Kh1 Qf3+ 1/2-1/2

[Event "superturnir"]
[Site "?"]
[Date "2015.04.19"]
[Round "3.5"]
[White "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"]
[Black "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A50"]
[WhiteElo "2754"]
[BlackElo "2762"]
[PlyCount "72"]
[EventDate "2015.??.??"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]
[WhiteClock "0:21:35"]
[BlackClock "0:17:05"]

{Even though this wasn't exactly a Grunfeld, MVL still managed to sacrifice a
pawn, get compensation for it, regain it with full equality and end the game
in a draw.} 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Bg5 Bg7 4. Nc3 d5 5. Bxf6 Bxf6 6. cxd5 c5 7.
Nf3 cxd4 8. Nxd4 Qb6 9. Nb3 O-O 10. e3 Rd8 11. Rc1 e6 12. Be2 Nc6 13. O-O Bxc3
14. Rxc3 exd5 15. Rc5 a6 16. Qc1 Be6 17. Nd4 Nxd4 18. exd4 Rac8 19. Rd1 Qb4 20.
a3 Qa4 21. h3 Re8 22. Rd2 b6 23. Rc3 Rxc3 24. Qxc3 Rc8 25. Qg3 Qc6 26. Kh2 Qc1
27. Qe3 a5 28. Bg4 Rc6 29. Bf3 Rc2 30. Rxc2 Qxc2 31. b3 b5 32. Qe5 Qxf2 33.
Qb8+ Kg7 34. Qe5+ Kg8 35. Qb8+ Kg7 36. Qe5+ Kg8 1/2-1/2

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.20"]
[Round "4.1"]
[White "Giri, Anish"]
[Black "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D10"]
[WhiteElo "2790"]
[BlackElo "2756"]
[PlyCount "81"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. e3 Bf5 5. Nf3 a6 6. Be2 h6 7. Bd3 Bxd3 8. Qxd3
e6 9. O-O Bb4 10. Bd2 O-O 11. a3 Bxc3 12. Bxc3 dxc4 13. Qxc4 Qd5 14. Qb4 b5 15.
Qa5 Rc8 16. a4 Ne4 17. Nd2 Nd6 18. Rfe1 f5 19. f3 c5 20. e4 fxe4 21. fxe4 Qb7
22. axb5 Nxb5 23. d5 exd5 24. exd5 Qxd5 25. Re5 Qd7 26. Qa2+ Qf7 27. Qxf7+ Kxf7
28. Nc4 Ra7 29. Rae1 Kf8 30. Ba5 Nd7 31. Nb6 Nxb6 32. Bxb6 Rd7 33. Bxc5+ Kg8
34. b4 Kh7 35. Re7 Rxe7 36. Rxe7 a5 37. Rb7 Nc3 38. Ra7 axb4 39. Bxb4 Nd5 40.
Bd6 Nf6 41. Ra1 1/2-1/2

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.20"]
[Round "4.2"]
[White "Kramnik, Vladimir"]
[Black "Anand, Viswanathan"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D43"]
[WhiteElo "2783"]
[BlackElo "2791"]
[PlyCount "75"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. g3 {Kramnik had used this with
success against Giri last year in Qatar.} dxc4 6. Bg2 Nbd7 7. O-O b5 8. e4 Bb7
9. e5 Nd5 10. Ng5 {If White doesn't play actively he runs the risk of simply
being down a pawn.} h6 11. Nxe6 fxe6 12. Qh5+ Ke7 13. Ne4 Qe8 14. Bg5+ N5f6 {
this is the first time this move has been since in GM-level play.} (14... hxg5
15. Qxh8 Kd8 16. Qg8 Qg6 {was Lalith-Ding Liren from the India-China Summit,
2015.}) 15. exf6+ gxf6 16. Bxf6+ (16. Qxe8+ Rxe8 17. Bf4 {keeps some pressure,
but with the queens off one has to wonder how dangerous this is for Black.})
16... Nxf6 17. Nxf6 Qxh5 18. Nxh5 Kf7 {White has some pressure on the diagonal,
against the e-pawn and it seems like he is clearly better. However, upong a
deeper inspection it is not so easy to play for either side. Black's pair of
bishops and counterplay is also quite real.} 19. a4 a6 20. axb5 axb5 21. Rxa8
Bxa8 22. Ra1 Be7 23. Nf4 Bb7 24. Ra7 Rb8 25. Be4 Kf6 26. Ng6 c5 $1 {Black
can't sit back and wait until White gets in f4 and Ne5 and every move he wants
to make.} 27. Rxb7 (27. Bxb7 Kxg6 $15) 27... Rxb7 28. Bxb7 Kxg6 29. dxc5 Bxc5 {
oposite colored bishops, the rest is dead drawn.} 30. Ba6 Bd4 31. Bxb5 Bxb2 32.
Bxc4 e5 33. f3 Kf6 34. Kg2 Bc1 35. Bd3 Bb2 36. Bc4 Bc1 37. Bd3 Bb2 38. Bc4
1/2-1/2

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.20"]
[Round "4.3"]
[White "Adams, Michael"]
[Black "Carlsen, Magnus"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C76"]
[WhiteElo "2745"]
[BlackElo "2863"]
[PlyCount "76"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 g6 4. c3 a6 5. Ba4 d6 6. d4 Bd7 7. O-O Bg7 8. d5
Nce7 9. Bxd7+ Qxd7 10. c4 h6 11. Nc3 f5 12. exf5 gxf5 13. Nh4 Nf6 14. f4 e4 15.
Be3 O-O 16. Ne2 c6 17. dxc6 bxc6 18. Bd4 c5 19. Bc3 Qe6 20. Rc1 Rf7 21. Ng3 Kh7
22. Qe2 Rg8 23. Rfd1 Ne8 24. Nh5 Bxc3 25. bxc3 Rg4 26. g3 Rxh4 27. gxh4 Ng6 28.
Kh1 Nxh4 29. Rg1 Nf3 30. Rg3 Re7 31. Rd1 Qf7 32. Rh3 Re6 33. Rb1 Rg6 34. Rg3
Re6 35. Rh3 Re7 36. Rd1 Re6 37. Rb1 Re7 38. Rd1 Re6 1/2-1/2

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.20"]
[Round "4.4"]
[White "So, Wesley"]
[Black "Mamedov, Rauf"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B38"]
[WhiteElo "2788"]
[BlackElo "2658"]
[PlyCount "81"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. c4 Nf6 6. Nc3 d6 {The Maroczy
isn't seen at the top level very often. Mainly because most of the time Black
ends up suffering for no real reason.} 7. f3 {Not the most common move order,
but it makes sense. It avoids some of the quick Nxd4 ideas.} Bg7 8. Be3 O-O 9.
Be2 Nh5 $5 {A typical idea in these structures, though not in this specific
move. f4 is a little lose and changing pieces is almost always good.} 10. g3
Nxd4 11. Bxd4 Be6 12. f4 {I have the feeling taking on d4 would have given
better rpactical chances, but the computer disagrees with me.} Nf6 13. O-O Rc8
14. b3 {White has a nice space advantage everywhere.} Qa5 15. f5 Bd7 16. a3 e6
17. b4 Qd8 18. fxg6 $1 (18. fxe6 Bxe6 $1 {does not have the same effect.})
18... fxg6 (18... hxg6 19. e5 dxe5 20. Bxe5 $16 {and there are problems with
the knight on f6 lacking defense.}) 19. e5 $1 (19. Bxa7 {seems to be possible,
but it hands the initiative over to Black after} Bc6 {and even though it
shouldn't compensate a full pawn, it is, from a practical point of view,
better to keep material even and a strong position.}) 19... dxe5 20. Bxe5 Bc6
21. b5 Ne4 22. Qxd8 $1 Rcxd8 (22... Rfxd8 {was a better choice. The endgame
looks bad, but it might be holdable.} 23. bxc6 Nxc3 24. cxb7 Nxe2+ 25. Kg2 Rb8
26. Bxb8 Rxb8 27. Rad1 $16) 23. Rxf8+ Rxf8 24. Bxg7 Kxg7 25. Rc1 Nxc3 26. Rxc3
Bd7 {Material is even, but Black's position is horrible. White's pawns on the
queenside are fast and Black's e-pawn is more of a weakness than anything.} 27.
c5 Rc8 28. a4 Kf6 29. Kf2 Ke5 30. Ke3 Be8 31. Bf3 $16 Rc7 32. Kd3 g5 33. Kc4 h5
34. a5 g4 35. b6 $1 axb6 36. axb6 Rd7 37. Re3+ Kf6 38. c6 {The b ishop has
been attacked for a few moves, but Black has no time to take it. White's pawns
simply march forward.} bxc6 39. Bxc6 Rd8 40. Bxe8 Rxe8 41. b7 (41. b7 Rb8 42.
Rb3 Ke7 43. Kc5 Kd7 44. Kb6 {is very obviously lost.}) 1-0

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.20"]
[Round "4.5"]
[White "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"]
[Black "Caruana, Fabiano"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D85"]
[WhiteElo "2765"]
[BlackElo "2802"]
[PlyCount "78"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 g6 3. Nc3 d5 4. cxd5 Nxd5 5. Na4 e5 6. dxe5 Nc6 7. a3 Nxe5 8.
e4 Nb6 9. Qxd8+ Kxd8 10. Bg5+ Be7 11. O-O-O+ Ke8 12. Bxe7 Kxe7 13. Nc5 Nbd7 14.
Nxd7 Nxd7 15. Bd3 Ne5 16. Ne2 Ng4 17. Rdf1 Rd8 18. Nf4 c6 19. Be2 Rd4 20. Bxg4
Bxg4 21. f3 Be6 22. Rd1 Rxd1+ 23. Rxd1 Bc4 24. Kc2 Rd8 25. Rxd8 Kxd8 26. Nd3
Ke7 27. b3 Bxd3+ 28. Kxd3 Kd6 29. f4 h5 30. g3 b5 31. Kd4 c5+ 32. Kc3 f5 33.
e5+ Kd5 34. b4 c4 35. h4 a6 36. Kc2 Ke6 37. Kc3 Kd5 38. Kc2 Ke6 39. Kc3 Kd5
1/2-1/2

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.21"]
[Round "5.1"]
[White "Mamedov, Rauf"]
[Black "Adams, Michael"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C91"]
[WhiteElo "2658"]
[BlackElo "2745"]
[PlyCount "100"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3
O-O 9. d4 Bg4 10. Be3 exd4 11. cxd4 Na5 12. Bc2 Nc4 13. Bc1 c5 14. b3 Nb6 15.
Nbd2 cxd4 16. h3 Bh5 17. g4 d3 18. Bxd3 Bg6 19. Nd4 d5 20. Bb2 Rc8 21. Rc1 dxe4
22. Nxe4 Nxe4 23. Bxe4 Bxe4 24. Rxe4 Bf6 25. Rxc8 Nxc8 26. Qc2 Nd6 27. Re1 Qd7
28. Rd1 Rc8 29. Qd3 Rd8 30. Qf3 Nc8 31. Rd2 Ne7 32. Bc3 Qc8 33. Ne2 Bxc3 34.
Qxc3 Rxd2 35. Qxd2 h6 36. Ng3 Qe6 37. Qd8+ Kh7 38. Qd3+ g6 39. Ne4 Qe5 40. Qf3
Kg7 41. b4 Nd5 42. a3 Nf4 43. h4 Ne6 44. Qe3 Nd4 45. Qd3 Ne6 46. Qe3 Nd4 47.
Qd3 f5 48. gxf5 gxf5 49. Nc5 Kf7 50. Qe3 Qxe3 1/2-1/2

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.21"]
[Round "5.2"]
[White "Anand, Viswanathan"]
[Black "So, Wesley"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C84"]
[WhiteElo "2791"]
[BlackElo "2788"]
[PlyCount "89"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. d3 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. Nc3
d6 9. a3 Nb8 10. Ng5 Nc6 11. Ba2 Nd4 12. Ne2 Nxe2+ 13. Qxe2 h6 14. f4 hxg5 15.
fxg5 Ng4 16. g6 Bg5 17. h3 Bxc1 18. Raxc1 Nh6 19. Qh5 Be6 20. Bxe6 fxe6 21. g4
c6 22. Rxf8+ Qxf8 23. Rf1 Qe7 24. g5 Rf8 25. gxh6 Rxf1+ 26. Kxf1 Qf8+ 27. Ke2
gxh6 28. Qg4 Qf6 29. h4 d5 30. h5 d4 31. b4 Kg7 32. Qf3 Qe7 33. Kd1 Kg8 34. Qf2
Kg7 35. c3 dxc3 36. Kc2 Qc7 37. Qc5 Kg8 38. Qe3 a5 39. Qh3 axb4 40. Qxe6+ Kf8
41. axb4 Qa7 42. Kxc3 Qa3+ 43. Kc2 Qa4+ 44. Qb3 Qa7 45. d4 1-0

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.21"]
[Round "5.3"]
[White "Carlsen, Magnus"]
[Black "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A05"]
[WhiteElo "2863"]
[BlackElo "2765"]
[PlyCount "107"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 b5 3. Bg2 Bb7 4. Na3 a6 5. c4 b4 6. Nc2 e6 7. d4 a5 8. O-O Be7
9. d5 Na6 10. Nfd4 Nc5 11. Re1 O-O 12. e4 e5 13. Nf5 d6 14. Bg5 Nxd5 15. Bh6
gxh6 16. Qg4+ Bg5 17. cxd5 Kh8 18. h4 Bf6 19. Nce3 Bc8 20. Qf3 Bg7 21. Bh3 Rg8
22. Bg4 Qf6 23. Bh5 Bxf5 24. Nxf5 c6 25. dxc6 Rac8 26. Qd1 Rxc6 27. Qd5 Rgc8
28. Rad1 Bf8 29. Qxf7 Qxf7 30. Bxf7 Na4 31. Re2 Rc1 32. Rxc1 Rxc1+ 33. Kg2 Nc5
34. b3 Rc3 35. Kh3 Nd7 36. Be6 Nc5 37. Bd5 Nd7 38. Ne3 Nf6 39. Be6 Rc5 40. Nc4
Kg7 41. f3 Ne8 42. Rd2 Nc7 43. Bg4 a4 44. Nxd6 Bxd6 45. Rxd6 a3 46. Bd7 Rc2 47.
Bc6 Rxa2 48. Rd7+ Kf6 49. Rxc7 Rc2 50. Rxh7 Kg6 51. Rc7 Kf6 52. h5 Rc1 53. Rh7
a2 54. Bd5 1-0

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.21"]
[Round "5.4"]
[White "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"]
[Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D41"]
[WhiteElo "2756"]
[BlackElo "2783"]
[PlyCount "151"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 c5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. e4 Nxc3 7. bxc3 cxd4 8.
cxd4 Bb4+ 9. Bd2 Bxd2+ 10. Qxd2 O-O 11. Rc1 b6 12. Bd3 Bb7 13. O-O h6 14. Qe3
Nc6 15. Rfd1 Rc8 16. h4 Ne7 17. h5 Qd6 18. d5 Rxc1 19. Rxc1 Rc8 20. Re1 Rc3 21.
Qd2 Rc5 22. Bb1 Kf8 23. Qd3 Rc8 24. a3 e5 25. Qb3 Rc5 26. Qb2 f6 27. Ba2 Bc8
28. Nd2 Bg4 29. Nc4 Qd7 30. d6 Nc6 31. Nxb6 axb6 32. Qb3 Be6 33. Qxe6 Qxe6 34.
Bxe6 Nd4 35. Bg4 Rc6 36. d7 Ke7 37. Rb1 Rd6 38. Kh2 b5 39. a4 bxa4 40. Rb8 f5
41. exf5 Nc6 42. Ra8 a3 43. Rxa3 Nb8 44. f6+ gxf6 45. Ra7 Nxd7 46. Bf5 Ke8 47.
g3 Rd2 48. Kg2 Nc5 49. Bg6+ Kd8 50. Ra5 Ne6 51. Ra8+ Ke7 52. Re8+ Kd6 53. Rh8
Nc5 54. Rd8+ Nd7 55. Kf3 Ke7 56. Re8+ Kd6 57. Bf5 e4+ 58. Ke3 Rd3+ 59. Kxe4
Nc5+ 60. Kf4 Rd4+ 61. Kf3 Rb4 62. Rh8 Ke5 63. Bg6 Ne6 64. Rxh6 f5 65. Rh8 Kf6
66. Ra8 Rb3+ 67. Kg2 f4 68. g4 Kg5 69. Bf7 Kh4 70. Bxe6 f3+ 71. Kh2 Rb2 72. Ra3
Rxf2+ 73. Kg1 Re2 74. Bd5 f2+ 75. Kf1 Rd2 76. Bf3 1-0

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.21"]
[Round "5.5"]
[White "Caruana, Fabiano"]
[Black "Giri, Anish"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D02"]
[WhiteElo "2802"]
[BlackElo "2790"]
[PlyCount "88"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. g3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Be7 6. Bg2 O-O 7. O-O c6 8. Qc2
Nbd7 9. Rd1 b6 10. b3 Ba6 11. a4 c5 12. a5 Rc8 13. Qa2 Nb8 14. axb6 axb6 15.
Nc3 dxc4 16. Bf4 cxb3 17. Qxb3 Bb7 18. dxc5 Nbd7 19. Ra7 Bxf3 20. Bxf3 Nxc5 21.
Qb1 Ncd7 22. Nb5 Rc5 23. Bc7 Qc8 24. Bd6 Bxd6 25. Nxd6 Qd8 26. Ne4 Rc7 27.
Nxf6+ gxf6 28. Qa1 Re8 29. Bc6 Re7 30. Ra8 Rc8 31. Rxc8 Qxc8 32. Qa3 Nc5 33.
Qf3 Kg7 34. Rd4 f5 35. Rh4 Ra7 36. h3 Ne4 37. Bxe4 Qc1+ 38. Kh2 Ra1 39. Qh1
fxe4 40. Qxc1 Rxc1 41. Rxe4 b5 42. Re5 b4 43. Rb5 Rc2 44. Rxb4 Rxe2 1/2-1/2

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.21"]
[Round "5.1"]
[White "Mamedov, Rauf"]
[Black "Adams, Michael"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C91"]
[WhiteElo "2658"]
[BlackElo "2745"]
[PlyCount "100"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3
O-O 9. d4 Bg4 10. Be3 exd4 11. cxd4 Na5 12. Bc2 Nc4 13. Bc1 c5 14. b3 Nb6 15.
Nbd2 cxd4 16. h3 Bh5 17. g4 d3 18. Bxd3 Bg6 19. Nd4 d5 20. Bb2 Rc8 21. Rc1 dxe4
22. Nxe4 Nxe4 23. Bxe4 Bxe4 24. Rxe4 Bf6 25. Rxc8 Nxc8 26. Qc2 Nd6 27. Re1 Qd7
28. Rd1 Rc8 29. Qd3 Rd8 30. Qf3 Nc8 31. Rd2 Ne7 32. Bc3 Qc8 33. Ne2 Bxc3 34.
Qxc3 Rxd2 35. Qxd2 h6 36. Ng3 Qe6 37. Qd8+ Kh7 38. Qd3+ g6 39. Ne4 Qe5 40. Qf3
Kg7 41. b4 Nd5 42. a3 Nf4 43. h4 Ne6 44. Qe3 Nd4 45. Qd3 Ne6 46. Qe3 Nd4 47.
Qd3 f5 48. gxf5 gxf5 49. Nc5 Kf7 50. Qe3 Qxe3 1/2-1/2

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.21"]
[Round "5.2"]
[White "Anand, Viswanathan"]
[Black "So, Wesley"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C84"]
[WhiteElo "2791"]
[BlackElo "2788"]
[PlyCount "89"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. d3 b5 7. Bb3 O-O 8. Nc3
d6 9. a3 Nb8 {This Breyer idea is common in most Spanish positions. Even
though the knight here is not going to defend e5, it will be very useful on c5.
} 10. Ng5 $5 {Putting pressure on f7 even seems silly. White might be trying
to provoke h6 weakening g6. So was in no mood to oblige, but one does wonder
how that could be a bad move.} (10. a4 {was Caruana-So from Wijk Aan Zee this
year.} b4 11. Nd5 Nxd5 12. Bxd5 c6 $11) 10... Nc6 {The knight strangely goes
back to c6 - the idea is that now Nd4 is possible since the knight went to g5.}
(10... h6 11. Nf3 (11. f4 $5 {is another matter entirely, and probably Anand's
idea.}) 11... Nbd7 $11) 11. Ba2 Nd4 12. Ne2 {Exchanging the intruder.} Nxe2+
13. Qxe2 h6 {Initiating the fight! This move is very commital, even though it
doesn't appear to be so. White cannot retreat and hope for any kind of
advantage, so Anand goes all in.} 14. f4 $5 hxg5 (14... exf4 {is very
interesting. I wonder what it is that Anand was planning on doing here... The
players did not mention it during the press conference.} 15. Nxf7 (15. Bxf4
hxg5 16. Bxg5 $19) (15. Nh3 $13) 15... Rxf7 16. Bxf7+ Kxf7 17. Bxf4 {doesn't
seem sufficient.}) 15. fxg5 Ng4 (15... c6 16. gxf6 Bxf6 17. Be3 {is very
pleasant for White.}) 16. g6 {White must have enough for the piece, but there
are very important details.} Bg5 $5 (16... d5 $5 17. Bxd5 $1 Bc5+ 18. Kh1 Qh4
19. g3 Qh3 20. gxf7+ $1 {This move is incredibly important.} Kh8 21. Bxa8 {and
White wins, as the move Nxh2 is not possible: Qxh2 and the queen is pinned!}) (
16... Nh6 $5) 17. h3 $1 {Very precise.} (17. Bxf7+ Rxf7 18. gxf7+ Kf8 {is very,
very unclear.}) 17... Bxc1 18. Raxc1 Nh6 19. Qh5 $1 {Putting up even more
pressure. Black is up a piece but cannot defend comfortably.} Be6 (19... Kh8
20. Rxf7 Rxf7 21. gxf7 {is losing as Rf1 next is unstoppable, followed by
simply g4-g5.}) 20. Bxe6 fxe6 21. g4 c6 $6 {Anand thought this was a mistake
during the press conference.} (21... Rf4 $1 22. g5 Qf8 {is not as clear as the
game continuation.}) (21... Qe7 22. g5 Rxf1+ 23. Rxf1 Rf8 24. gxh6 Rxf1+ 25.
Kxf1 Qf8+ 26. Ke2 gxh6 27. Qg4 {is similar to the game.}) 22. Rxf8+ Qxf8 23.
Rf1 Qe7 24. g5 Rf8 25. gxh6 Rxf1+ 26. Kxf1 Qf8+ 27. Ke2 $1 {Very important.
The king is safest in this position as Black cannot organize his checks
properly.} gxh6 {White is obviously better in this position. Black cannot
avoid Qg4, h4-h5, creating a protected passed pawn on g6. The only issue is
how is White going to break through after that.} 28. Qg4 Qf6 29. h4 d5 {It's
hard to suggest a way to hold the position together, and it would take quite a
bit of analysis to determine if Black can somehow hold.} 30. h5 d4 31. b4 $1 {
This position, however, is quite clear. White will penetrate on the queenside
slowly. The pawn structure is such that there are no perpetuals, queen trades
are impossible. Anand wraps up with great technique.} Kg7 32. Qf3 Qe7 33. Kd1
Kg8 34. Qf2 Kg7 35. c3 dxc3 36. Kc2 Qc7 37. Qc5 Kg8 38. Qe3 a5 39. Qh3 axb4 40.
Qxe6+ Kf8 41. axb4 Qa7 42. Kxc3 Qa3+ 43. Kc2 Qa4+ 44. Qb3 Qa7 45. d4 1-0

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.21"]
[Round "5.3"]
[White "Carlsen, Magnus"]
[Black "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A05"]
[WhiteElo "2863"]
[BlackElo "2765"]
[Annotator "Ramirez Alvarez,Alejandro"]
[PlyCount "107"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 b5 3. Bg2 Bb7 4. Na3 a6 5. c4 b4 6. Nc2 e6 7. d4 {This
position has, surprisingly, been seen a few times. For example 7...c5 was
Lenderman-Abudmalik from last year.} a5 8. O-O Be7 9. d5 Na6 10. Nfd4 Nc5 11.
Re1 O-O 12. e4 {It's hard to understand what Black really wanted from this
opening. White now has a strong center, more space and no real weaknesses. The
strong knight on c5 does not compensate fully for the b7 bishop.} e5 13. Nf5 d6
14. Bg5 {White's pressure on the kingside is very obvious. Black is simply
trying to be solid.} Nxd5 $6 {But well, there goes that idea, bring on the
fireworks!} (14... Bc8 15. Nxe7+ Qxe7 16. f3 {is unpleasant, but nothing more
than that.}) 15. Bh6 $1 gxh6 16. Qg4+ Bg5 17. cxd5 {Black "won" a pawn, but it
is double and weak and there is the threat of h4. He must give it back
immediately.} Kh8 (17... h5 18. Qxh5 Bc8 $16) 18. h4 Bf6 19. Nce3 (19. Nxh6 {
was also strong.}) 19... Bc8 20. Qf3 Bg7 21. Bh3 Rg8 22. Bg4 $1 {I like this
maneuver very much. The bishop inches closer to a useful square. The "strong"
knight on c5 is not part of the defense! It doesn't have the choice of going
back either as it must keep the c-file closed.} Qf6 23. Bh5 Bxf5 24. Nxf5 c6 {
counterplay, but not really. Black's pieces on the kingside are a mess.} 25.
dxc6 Rac8 26. Qd1 Rxc6 27. Qd5 {It is typical that the side with a space
advantage can easily swing his pieces from one side of the board to another
without a hitch. The side with the space disadvantage is just stuck.} Rgc8 28.
Rad1 Bf8 29. Qxf7 Qxf7 30. Bxf7 {White isn't up material, but his pieces are
much better and heh as pressure everywhere on the board.} Na4 31. Re2 Rc1 32.
Rxc1 Rxc1+ 33. Kg2 Nc5 34. b3 Rc3 35. Kh3 Nd7 36. Be6 Nc5 37. Bd5 Nd7 38. Ne3
Nf6 39. Be6 Rc5 40. Nc4 Kg7 41. f3 Ne8 42. Rd2 Nc7 43. Bg4 a4 (43... d5 44. Nb6
$1 d4 45. Nd7 Rc3 (45... Rb5 46. f4 $18) 46. Nxe5 {is horrible, so MVL tries
desperate measures.}) 44. Nxd6 Bxd6 45. Rxd6 a3 {counterplay against the a2
pawn, maybe?} 46. Bd7 $1 {Extremely precise!} Rc2 47. Bc6 $1 Rxa2 (47... Na6
48. Bd5 Nc5 (48... Nc7 49. Bc4 $18 {Look at the domination over that knight.
For example:} Ne8 50. Rd7+ Kf8 51. Rf7+ Kg8 52. Rb7+ Kf8 53. Rxb4 Rxa2 54. Kg4
$18) 49. Rc6 {does not help Black at all.}) 48. Rd7+ Kf6 49. Rxc7 Rc2 50. Rxh7
{The bishop is still tactically defended. Black could win it for a pawn, but
it's not a pawn he wants to lose.} Kg6 (50... Rxc6 51. Rxh6+ Kg7 52. Rxc6) (
50... a2 51. Ra7 Rxc6 52. Rxa2 {and White is just up two pawns.} Rc3 53. Kg4
Rxb3 54. Ra6+ Kg7 55. Rb6 {with an elementary win for a 2800.}) 51. Rc7 Kf6 52.
h5 Rc1 53. Rh7 a2 54. Bd5 {now MVL doesn't even get the bishop. What a game!} (
54. Bd5 a1=Q 55. Rf7+ Kg5 56. Rf5#) 1-0

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.21"]
[Round "5.4"]
[White "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"]
[Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "D41"]
[WhiteElo "2756"]
[BlackElo "2783"]
[PlyCount "151"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 c5 5. cxd5 Nxd5 6. e4 Nxc3 7. bxc3 cxd4 8.
cxd4 Bb4+ 9. Bd2 Bxd2+ 10. Qxd2 O-O 11. Rc1 b6 12. Bd3 Bb7 13. O-O h6 14. Qe3
Nc6 15. Rfd1 Rc8 16. h4 Ne7 17. h5 Qd6 18. d5 Rxc1 19. Rxc1 Rc8 20. Re1 Rc3 21.
Qd2 Rc5 22. Bb1 Kf8 23. Qd3 Rc8 24. a3 e5 25. Qb3 Rc5 26. Qb2 f6 27. Ba2 Bc8
28. Nd2 Bg4 29. Nc4 Qd7 30. d6 Nc6 31. Nxb6 $1 {A nice move, though it
shouldn't give White any advantage, it is the only move to retain equal
chances.} axb6 $2 {It's not clear to me what Kramnik missed. He gets into the
same variation as Qxd6, but he simply is down a pawn compared to it.} (31...
Qxd6 $1 32. Qb3 Be6 33. Qxe6 Qxe6 34. Bxe6 axb6 $11) 32. Qb3 Be6 33. Qxe6 Qxe6
34. Bxe6 Nd4 35. Bg4 {White has a big advantage and went on to win.} Rc6 36. d7
Ke7 37. Rb1 Rd6 38. Kh2 b5 39. a4 bxa4 40. Rb8 f5 41. exf5 Nc6 42. Ra8 a3 43.
Rxa3 Nb8 44. f6+ gxf6 45. Ra7 Nxd7 46. Bf5 Ke8 47. g3 Rd2 48. Kg2 Nc5 49. Bg6+
Kd8 50. Ra5 Ne6 51. Ra8+ Ke7 52. Re8+ Kd6 53. Rh8 Nc5 54. Rd8+ Nd7 55. Kf3 Ke7
56. Re8+ Kd6 57. Bf5 e4+ 58. Ke3 Rd3+ 59. Kxe4 Nc5+ 60. Kf4 Rd4+ 61. Kf3 Rb4
62. Rh8 Ke5 63. Bg6 Ne6 64. Rxh6 f5 65. Rh8 Kf6 66. Ra8 Rb3+ 67. Kg2 f4 68. g4
Kg5 69. Bf7 Kh4 70. Bxe6 f3+ 71. Kh2 Rb2 72. Ra3 Rxf2+ 73. Kg1 Re2 74. Bd5 f2+
75. Kf1 Rd2 76. Bf3 1-0

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.21"]
[Round "5.5"]
[White "Caruana, Fabiano"]
[Black "Giri, Anish"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D02"]
[WhiteElo "2802"]
[BlackElo "2790"]
[PlyCount "88"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

{What a miss from Fabiano Caruana. He obtained a crushing position against
Anish Giri's passive pieces. Despite being up a pawn, it seemed that the
Dutch's position was holding on by a thread. Caruana had the chance of
destroying his opponent's defenses and gaining material with the move 23.Be3!,
but he missed it and he was unable to get anything. Giri survived by the skin
of his teeth.} 1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. g3 Bb4+ 5. Bd2 Be7 6. Bg2 O-O 7.
O-O c6 8. Qc2 Nbd7 9. Rd1 b6 10. b3 Ba6 11. a4 c5 12. a5 Rc8 13. Qa2 Nb8 14.
axb6 axb6 15. Nc3 dxc4 16. Bf4 cxb3 17. Qxb3 Bb7 18. dxc5 Nbd7 19. Ra7 Bxf3 20.
Bxf3 Nxc5 21. Qb1 Ncd7 22. Nb5 Rc5 23. Bc7 Qc8 24. Bd6 Bxd6 25. Nxd6 Qd8 26.
Ne4 Rc7 27. Nxf6+ gxf6 28. Qa1 Re8 29. Bc6 Re7 30. Ra8 Rc8 31. Rxc8 Qxc8 32.
Qa3 Nc5 33. Qf3 Kg7 34. Rd4 f5 35. Rh4 Ra7 36. h3 Ne4 37. Bxe4 Qc1+ 38. Kh2 Ra1
39. Qh1 fxe4 40. Qxc1 Rxc1 41. Rxe4 b5 42. Re5 b4 43. Rb5 Rc2 44. Rxb4 Rxe2
1/2-1/2

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.23"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Adams, Mi"]
[Black "Vachier Lagrave, M."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A37"]
[WhiteElo "2745"]
[BlackElo "2765"]
[PlyCount "117"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. c4 g6 2. g3 Bg7 3. Bg2 c5 4. Nc3 Nc6 5. Nf3 Nh6 6. h4 d6 7. d3 Bg4 8. Bd2
Qd7 9. Rb1 Ng8 10. Nd5 Nf6 11. Ne3 Bxf3 12. Bxf3 O-O 13. b4 Nxb4 14. Bxb4 cxb4
15. Rxb4 Rab8 16. O-O Bh6 17. Nd5 Nxd5 18. Bxd5 e6 19. Bf3 b5 20. Qb1 a6 21. e3
Qa7 22. cxb5 Rxb5 23. Rxb5 axb5 24. Bc6 d5 25. Bxb5 Qa3 26. Re1 Rc8 27. d4 Bf8
28. Kg2 Kg7 29. Rd1 Bb4 30. Bd3 h5 31. Bc2 Rc3 32. Bb3 Qa6 33. Qb2 Ba5 34. Rd2
Qc6 35. Rd1 Qb5 36. Kh2 Qa6 37. Kg2 Qb5 38. Rc1 Rxc1 39. Qxc1 Qe2 40. Qc2 Qxc2
41. Bxc2 f5 42. Ba4 Kf7 43. Bc6 Bb4 44. a4 Ba5 45. Kf1 Ke7 46. Ke2 Kf6 47. Be8
Bb4 48. f3 Ba5 49. e4 fxe4 50. fxe4 dxe4 51. Ke3 Bc7 52. Kxe4 Bxg3 53. a5 Bb8
54. a6 Ba7 55. Kd3 g5 56. hxg5+ Kxg5 57. Bf7 Kf6 58. Bxh5 Ke7 59. Ke4 1/2-1/2

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.23"]
[Round "6"]
[White "So, W."]
[Black "Mamedyarov, S."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D17"]
[WhiteElo "2788"]
[BlackElo "2756"]
[PlyCount "73"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bf5 6. Ne5 Nbd7 7. Nxc4 Qc7 8.
g3 e5 9. dxe5 Nxe5 10. Bf4 Nfd7 11. Bg2 g5 12. Ne3 gxf4 13. Nxf5 O-O-O 14. Qc2
Nc5 15. O-O fxg3 16. hxg3 a5 17. Rfd1 h5 18. Rxd8+ Qxd8 19. Rd1 Qf6 20. Bh3 Kb8
21. Qd2 Be7 22. Qe3 Ng6 23. Rd4 Ne6 24. Ne4 Qe5 25. Rd7 Rd8 26. Qd3 Rxd7 27.
Qxd7 Qxe4 28. Nxe7 Nxe7 29. Qxe7 Qxe2 30. Qxf7 Qd1+ 31. Bf1 Nd4 32. Qf8+ Kc7
33. Qe7+ Kc8 34. Qf8+ Kc7 35. Qe7+ Kc8 36. Qe8+ Kc7 37. Qe7+ 1/2-1/2

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.23"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Giri, A."]
[Black "Carlsen, M."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D38"]
[WhiteElo "2790"]
[BlackElo "2863"]
[PlyCount "74"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. d4 e6 2. c4 Nf6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. e3 O-O 8. Rc1
dxc4 9. Bxc4 c5 10. dxc5 Nd7 11. c6 Ne5 12. Nxe5 Qxe5 13. O-O bxc6 14. Qe2 Rd8
15. Rfd1 Bb7 16. Rxd8+ Rxd8 17. Rd1 Rxd1+ 18. Qxd1 Qc7 19. h3 Bxc3 20. bxc3 c5
21. Qa4 Qc6 22. Qxc6 Bxc6 23. Bd3 e5 24. f4 f6 25. Kf2 Kf7 26. h4 Ke6 27. g3 g5
28. hxg5 hxg5 29. fxg5 fxg5 30. Ke1 Bd5 31. a3 e4 32. Be2 Ke5 33. Kd2 Be6 34.
Ke1 Kd6 35. Kd2 Ke5 36. Ke1 Kd6 37. Kd2 Ke5 1/2-1/2

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.23"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Mamedov, Rau"]
[Black "Anand, V."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B17"]
[WhiteElo "2658"]
[BlackElo "2791"]
[PlyCount "57"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 dxe4 4. Nxe4 Nd7 5. Bc4 Ngf6 6. Nxf6+ Nxf6 7. c3 Qc7
8. Nf3 Bg4 9. h3 Bxf3 10. Qxf3 e6 11. O-O Be7 12. Bf4 Qd7 13. Bb3 O-O 14. Be5
a5 15. a3 Qd8 16. Rfe1 Bd6 17. Rad1 Qe7 18. Bc2 Rfd8 19. Qg3 Bxe5 20. Rxe5 Rd5
21. Qh4 g6 22. Bb3 Rd7 23. Rde1 Kg7 24. Qg3 Qd8 25. Ba2 a4 26. Qg5 Nd5 27. Qg3
Nf6 28. Qg5 Nd5 29. Qg3 1/2-1/2

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.23"]
[Round "6"]
[White "Kramnik, V."]
[Black "Caruana, F."]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A48"]
[WhiteElo "2783"]
[BlackElo "2802"]
[PlyCount "108"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 g6 3. Bg5 Bg7 4. c3 O-O 5. Nbd2 d5 6. e3 Nbd7 7. Be2 c5 8. O-O
b6 9. a4 a6 10. b4 Bb7 11. a5 cxb4 12. cxb4 b5 13. Rc1 Ne8 14. Nb3 Nd6 15. Ne1
Nc4 16. Nd3 Ra7 17. Bh4 Ba8 18. Bf3 Nf6 19. Qe2 Ne8 20. g4 Ned6 21. Bg2 Qc8 22.
Nbc5 Re8 23. Bg3 Qd8 24. Rcd1 e6 25. f3 Qe7 26. Kh1 Bh6 27. Nf4 Nb7 28. Ncd3
Nd8 29. e4 Nc6 30. exd5 Nxb4 31. dxe6 Nxd3 32. Rxd3 fxe6 33. Qe1 Qd8 34. h4 Rf7
35. g5 Bg7 36. Bh3 Rxf4 37. Bxf4 e5 38. Bg3 e4 39. Rd1 Bd5 40. Be5 exf3 41. Qf2
Qxa5 42. Bg4 Rf8 43. Rd3 Qb4 44. Bg3 h5 45. gxh6 Bxh6 46. Kh2 Nd2 47. Ra1 Ne4
48. Qc2 Nxg3 49. Rxa6 Be4 50. Bxf3 Qe1 51. Qb3+ Kh8 52. Bxe4 Rf2+ 53. Kh3 Qf1+
54. Kg4 Rf4+ 0-1

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.24"]
[Round "7.1"]
[White "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"]
[Black "Mamedov, Rauf"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D43"]
[WhiteElo "2756"]
[BlackElo "2658"]
[PlyCount "66"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 e6 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 dxc4 7. e4 g5 8. Bg3 b5
9. Be2 Nbd7 10. d5 cxd5 11. exd5 Nc5 12. Be5 Bg7 13. Qd4 Nd3+ 14. Bxd3 cxd3 15.
O-O O-O 16. Ne4 Nxe4 17. Bxg7 e5 18. Bxe5 Bf5 19. Rae1 Rc8 20. b3 g4 21. Bh8 f6
22. Nh4 d2 23. Rxe4 Bxe4 24. Qxe4 Qd7 25. Qd4 Rc1 26. Qxd2 Rxf1+ 27. Kxf1 Qh7
28. g3 Qb1+ 29. Kg2 Qe4+ 30. Kg1 Qb1+ 31. Kg2 Qe4+ 32. Kg1 Qb1+ 33. Kg2 Qe4+
1/2-1/2

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.24"]
[Round "7.2"]
[White "Anand, Viswanathan"]
[Black "Adams, Michael"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A20"]
[WhiteElo "2791"]
[BlackElo "2745"]
[PlyCount "101"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. c4 e5 2. g3 c6 3. Nf3 e4 4. Nd4 d5 5. cxd5 Qxd5 6. Nc2 Nf6 7. Nc3 Qh5 8. Ne3
Bc5 9. Qc2 Bxe3 10. fxe3 Qe5 11. Bg2 Bf5 12. O-O O-O 13. b3 Nbd7 14. Bb2 Qe6
15. Rxf5 Qxf5 16. Nxe4 Qg6 17. Rf1 Rfe8 18. Bxf6 Nxf6 19. Nxf6+ gxf6 20. e4
Rad8 21. Rf4 Qh5 22. d3 Qe5 23. Bh3 Kg7 24. Kg2 h5 25. Rf5 Qd4 26. Rxh5 Qe3 27.
Rh4 Re5 28. Rf4 Rc5 29. Qb2 Rd6 30. Rf1 a5 31. Bf5 b5 32. h4 Rd8 33. a3 b4 34.
axb4 axb4 35. Be6 Rc3 36. Bc4 Ra8 37. Rf5 Ra7 38. Rf3 Qc5 39. Qd2 Qd6 40. Qe3
Ra5 41. Rf2 Rc2 42. g4 Qd7 43. Qg3 Rc5 44. g5 fxg5 45. Rxf7+ Qxf7 46. Bxf7 Kxf7
47. Qf3+ Kg7 48. h5 Ra5 49. Kf2 Rb2 50. h6+ Kg6 51. h7 1-0

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.24"]
[Round "7.3"]
[White "Carlsen, Magnus"]
[Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C65"]
[WhiteElo "2863"]
[BlackElo "2783"]
[Annotator "Ramirez Alvarez,Alejandro"]
[PlyCount "97"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. d3 Bc5 5. c3 O-O 6. O-O d6 7. h3 Ne7 8. d4
Bb6 9. Bd3 d5 10. Nbd2 dxe4 11. Nxe4 Nxe4 12. Bxe4 exd4 13. Qc2 (13. cxd4 Bf5
$6 14. Bxb7 Rb8 15. Ba6 Be4 {was better for White in Duda-Vallejo Pons, but of
course Black doesn't have to give up that pawn on b7.}) 13... h6 14. a4 $5 {
White is in no hurry to regain his pawn. Taking on c3 looks very dangerous.} c6
(14... dxc3 15. Rd1 $1 Qe8 $8 16. Qxc3 {with the idea of a5-a6, with an
initiative. Perhaps with best play Black can survive without issues, but it
looks scary to not be able to develop.}) 15. Rd1 Nd5 16. Nxd4 {Symmetrical
pawn structure, but White's slight lead in development gives him a nice and
dangerous edge. Black needs just a couple of tempi to catch up to White's
position, but it's a valuable couple of tempi.} Re8 17. a5 $1 {What a move!
White sacrifices a pawn simply to discoordinate the Black pieces.} (17. Nf3 Qe7
18. Bxd5 cxd5 19. Rxd5 Be6 $132) 17... Bxa5 18. Nf3 {the point is that now c4
is a hard move  to parry.} b5 (18... Qc7 19. Bxd5 cxd5 20. Qa4 {is a nasty
double attack.}) 19. Nd4 {returning to d4 and regaining the pawn. The rules of
chess say Kramnik can't put his pawn from b5 on b7, with a repetition.} Bc7 $6
{A tactical mistake.} (19... Bb7 $1) 20. Nxc6 Qd6 21. g3 Bb7 22. Bf4 Qxc6 23.
Bxd5 {Black is in very serious problems} Re1+ (23... Qb6 24. Bxb7 Qxb7 25. Rd7
Rec8 (25... Rac8 26. Qf5 Rf8 27. Be3 {isn't much better ,with the dual threat
of Bc5 and Rxa7.}) 26. Qf5 {leaves Black helpless against Qf7.}) 24. Kh2 $1 {
A very important move.} (24. Rxe1 Qxd5 {leaves White nothing better than} 25.
Qe4 Qxe4 26. Rxe4 Bxe4 27. Bxc7 $11) 24... Qxd5 25. Rxd5 Rxa1 26. Rd1 $1 Rxd1
27. Qxd1 Rd8 28. Qe2 {White's queen here will dominate the bishop and rook.
There are too many targets, and White just needs a couple of moves to
safeguard his king against the combined action of Black's pieces.} Bb6 29. Be3
Bxe3 30. Qxe3 Rd1 31. g4 Bc6 (31... Rh1+ 32. Kg3 Rg1+ 33. Kf4 {isn't really
that scary. The king chills on f4.}) 32. Qc5 Bd7 33. Qxa7 Rd2 34. Kg3 Rd3+ 35.
Kf4 Kh7 36. Qb7 Rd2 37. Ke3 Rd6 38. f4 g6 39. Qb8 Rd5 40. Ke4 Be6 41. Qb7 Rc5
42. Kd4 Rc4+ 43. Ke5 b4 44. cxb4 Rc2 45. Kf6 Rxb2 46. Qb8 {The king is an
aggressive piece!} Rf2 47. f5 gxf5 48. Qg3 $1 Rf1 49. g5 {Black cannot escape
checkmate.} 1-0

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.24"]
[Round "7.4"]
[White "Caruana, Fabiano"]
[Black "So, Wesley"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "E21"]
[WhiteElo "2802"]
[BlackElo "2788"]
[Annotator "Ramirez Alvarez,Alejandro"]
[PlyCount "101"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Nf3 b6 5. e3 {It's always pleasant to see a
Rubinstein Variation.} Ne4 6. Qc2 Bb7 7. Bd3 f5 8. O-O Bxc3 9. bxc3 O-O 10. c5
$5 (10. Nd2 {has been played hundreds of times, and is considered to be the
main line.}) 10... Rf6 {Black isn't kidding around; he weill try to checkmate
White with his rook and bishop and queen. His queenside development will be
stalled, but for now that is ok. White might develop them for him, if for
example he takes on b6.} 11. Ne1 $1 {using hte fact that the knight on e4
doesn't have many retreat options with the rook on f6.} bxc5 (11... Rh6 12. g3
$1 {keeps the queen away. White won in both Leko-Andreikin and Georgiev,
V-Eljanov.}) 12. Rb1 Qc8 13. f3 Ng5 14. Be2 cxd4 15. cxd4 {White's down a pawn,
but Black's develompent is awkward. His bishop on b7 is exposed, the g5 knight
will have to retreat, the f6 rook doesn't do much but be a potential target.
However White does still need to do something concrete.} Nc6 16. Nd3 Ba6 17.
Bb2 Ne7 18. d5 Rh6 19. dxe6 Nxe6 20. Nf4 Nxf4 21. exf4 Bxe2 22. Qxe2 {How the
game has changed. White has a powerful bishop and still has the better
coordination. Black has two passed pawns, but hey are not going to be a factor
yet.} Re6 23. Qd3 Ng6 (23... Rb8 {looked stronger. The knight will be useful
on e7.}) 24. g3 Rb8 25. Qxf5 Reb6 26. Bd4 Rxb1 27. Rxb1 Rxb1+ 28. Qxb1 {With
material equality in the endgame it is time to take stock once agian. White is
clearly better: his bishop dominates the open board and coordinates much
better than the queen and knight.} c5 29. Qb3+ c4 (29... Kh8 30. Qc3 $18) 30.
Qb5 {With little effort White has already blockaded the pawns. Now they are
ripe for the taking.} Ne7 31. Qg5 $5 (31. Bc5 Nd5 32. Qxc4 Qc6 33. Qd4 $16)
31... Qf8 32. Bc5 Kf7 33. Qe5 Qe8 34. Kf2 {Black is paralyzed.} Nc6 {losing a
pawn, but what else to do?} 35. Qh5+ g6 36. Qxh7+ Ke6 37. Qg7 Qf7 38. Qxf7+
Kxf7 39. Ke3 {White has too many pawns on the kingside.} Ke6 40. g4 d6 41. Ba3
d5 42. Bb2 Nb4 43. a4 Nc2+ 44. Kd2 Nb4 45. h4 Nd3 46. Bd4 a6 (46... Nxf4 47.
Bxa7 {leaves Black with too many passed pawns to deal with.}) 47. h5 gxh5 48.
f5+ Kd6 49. gxh5 $18 Ne5 50. Ke3 Nf7 51. Bg7 1-0

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.24"]
[Round "7.5"]
[White "Vachier-Lagrave, Maxime"]
[Black "Giri, Anish"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D38"]
[WhiteElo "2765"]
[BlackElo "2790"]
[PlyCount "91"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. d4 Nf6 3. c4 e6 4. Nc3 Bb4 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 h6 7. Bh4 Nbd7 8.
Qc2 g5 9. Bg3 Ne4 10. Nd2 Nxg3 11. hxg3 Nb6 12. e3 c6 13. a3 Bf8 14. b4 a5 15.
b5 c5 16. dxc5 Bxc5 17. Nb3 Bd6 18. Nd4 a4 19. Be2 Qf6 20. Qd3 O-O 21. O-O Rd8
22. Rfc1 Bf8 23. Qd1 Qe5 24. Bd3 Bd7 25. Bc2 Rdc8 26. Nxa4 Nxa4 27. Bxa4 Rxc1
28. Rxc1 Bxa3 29. Rb1 Bc5 30. Nf3 Qd6 31. Bc2 Ra3 32. Bb3 Bf5 33. Ra1 Be4 34.
Rxa3 Bxa3 35. Bc2 Qc5 36. Bxe4 dxe4 37. Nd2 Qxb5 38. Nxe4 Qe5 39. Qd3 b5 40. f4
Qe7 41. Qd4 Bb2 42. Qxb2 Qxe4 43. Qxb5 Qxe3+ 44. Kh2 gxf4 45. Qb8+ Kg7 46. gxf4
1/2-1/2

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.25"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Kramnik, V."]
[Black "Vachier Lagrave, M."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A07"]
[WhiteElo "2783"]
[BlackElo "2765"]
[PlyCount "75"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 d5 3. Bg2 c6 4. O-O Bg4 5. d3 Nbd7 6. h3 Bh5 7. Qe1 e5 8. e4
dxe4 9. dxe4 Bc5 10. a4 O-O 11. Nh4 Re8 12. Na3 Nf8 13. b4 Be7 14. Nf5 Ne6 15.
Nxe7+ Qxe7 16. Be3 Bg6 17. f3 Nd7 18. Nc4 f5 19. Rd1 f4 20. Rxd7 Qxd7 21. Nxe5
Qc7 22. gxf4 Nxf4 23. Bxf4 Rxe5 24. Qe3 Rd8 25. Qxa7 Qe7 26. Bxe5 Qxe5 27. Qe3
Qb2 28. Qc5 h6 29. b5 cxb5 30. Qb6 Rd2 31. Qxg6 bxa4 32. h4 Qd4+ 33. Kh1 Qd8
34. Bh3 Qxh4 35. Qe6+ Kh8 36. Rg1 g5 37. Qc8+ Kg7 38. Rb1 1-0

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.25"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Mamedov, Rau"]
[Black "Caruana, F."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "C91"]
[WhiteElo "2658"]
[BlackElo "2802"]
[PlyCount "72"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 a6 4. Ba4 Nf6 5. O-O Be7 6. Re1 b5 7. Bb3 d6 8. c3
O-O 9. d4 Bg4 10. Be3 exd4 11. cxd4 d5 12. e5 Ne4 13. h3 Bh5 14. Nbd2 Qd7 15.
Rc1 Nxd2 16. Qxd2 Bxf3 17. gxf3 Bb4 18. Qc2 Ne7 19. Bd2 Bxd2 20. Qxd2 Qxh3 21.
Rxc7 Nf5 22. Qg5 Rad8 23. e6 Nxd4 24. Bxd5 Rxd5 25. exf7+ Kh8 26. Qxd5 Nxf3+
27. Qxf3 Qxf3 28. Re8 Qd1+ 29. Kg2 Qd5+ 30. Kg1 Qd6 31. Rce7 Qd1+ 32. Kg2 Qg4+
33. Kf1 Qc4+ 34. Kg1 Qg4+ 35. Kf1 Qc4+ 36. Kg1 Qg4+ 1/2-1/2

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.25"]
[Round "8"]
[White "So, W."]
[Black "Carlsen, M."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A29"]
[WhiteElo "2788"]
[BlackElo "2863"]
[PlyCount "81"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. c4 e5 2. Nc3 Nf6 3. Nf3 Nc6 4. g3 Bb4 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O Re8 7. Nd5 Nxd5 8.
cxd5 Nd4 9. Nxd4 exd4 10. Qa4 a5 11. e3 b5 12. Qc2 Bb7 13. b3 Qg5 14. a3 Bf8
15. Bb2 Bxd5 16. e4 Bb7 17. Bxd4 c5 18. Be3 Qg6 19. d3 a4 20. Rab1 axb3 21.
Rxb3 b4 22. axb4 cxb4 23. Bd2 Bc6 24. Rb2 Ba4 25. Qc4 Rec8 26. Qd4 Bc5 27. Qd5
b3 28. d4 Bb6 29. Be3 h6 30. e5 Bc6 31. Qxb3 Bxg2 32. Kxg2 Bxd4 33. Bxd4 Qe4+
34. Qf3 Qxd4 35. Rb5 Qc3 36. Rd1 Qxf3+ 37. Kxf3 Rc7 38. Rbd5 Raa7 39. Kg4 Ra2
40. R1d2 Rxd2 41. Rxd2 1/2-1/2

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.25"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Adams, Mi"]
[Black "Giri, A."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "B91"]
[WhiteElo "2745"]
[BlackElo "2790"]
[Annotator "Ramirez Alvarez,Alejandro"]
[PlyCount "65"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. g3 {Nowadays the move 6.
h3 is more commonly seen than 6.g3. That's how modern chess works!} e6 7. Bg2
Be7 8. O-O O-O 9. a4 Nc6 10. Be3 Rb8 {A new idea in this position. Normally
Black plays Qc7 first.} (10... Qc7 11. f4 Nxd4 12. Bxd4 Bd7 (12... e5 $1) 13.
Kh1 Bc6 {was Zherebukh-Giri, 2012. The Ukrainian player won that game.}) 11. f4
Qc7 12. Kh1 Bd7 13. Nb3 {This is the typical reply to Bd7. The point is that
Nxd4 followed by Bc6 is not an idea for Black.} b6 14. g4 h6 {I always felt
something went wrong if Black had to play h6 to prevent g5. Also this looks
like Giri is playing a standard line but down a couple of tempi as White went
g3-g4, true, but he did not waste time with Be2-f3-g2 as is common. Normally
Black's rook is already on e8.} 15. Qe2 Nb4 16. Nd4 Rbc8 17. Rad1 Qc4 18. Qf3
e5 19. Nf5 {White's plan of attacking on the kingside is going slowly, but
with h6 in play it is more powerful. Black has to be very careful, he has
pressure on c2 but taking that pawn will not be a big deal for a long time:
material doesn't matter if you are getting mated. Black's position is
definitely uncomfortable.} Bxf5 20. exf5 exf4 21. Rd4 $1 (21. Bxf4 $1 {is also
possible, but after} d5 $1 22. h4 Ne4 $1 {The position is suddenly far from
clear, but I would take White after} 23. g5 $1 Nxc3 24. bxc3 Qxc3 25. Qh5 $1 {
With a strong initiative.}) 21... Qc7 22. Bxf4 Nxc2 23. Rd2 Nb4 24. h4 {
Black's up a pawn, but White is simply crashing through.} Nh7 25. g5 $1 Qc4 (
25... hxg5 26. hxg5 Bxg5 (26... Nxg5 27. Qh5 Nh7 28. Be4 $1 {other moves are
also possible.} Nf6 29. Qh3 {and Black's position is hopeless. Rh2 is coming
with deadly effect.}) 27. Bxg5 Nxg5 28. Qg4 {hits both knights, so Black loses
a piece.}) 26. f6 $1 {Just crashing on through!} gxf6 27. gxf6 Bxf6 (27... Nxf6
28. Bh3 {clearing the g2 square for the rook. Black can basically resign.}) 28.
Ne4 Be5 29. Rxd6 $1 {What a nice finishing touch. Other moves won too, but
this one has a peculiar aesthetic value.} Bg7 (29... Bxd6 30. Nxd6 Qe6 31. Bh3
$1 f5 32. Qg3+ {And Black is toast.} Kh8 33. Be5+ $18) 30. Bxh6 $1 Bxh6 31.
Rxh6 {White has the attack, and now its free on top of everything.} Rc6 32.
Qg4+ Kh8 33. Rxh7+ (33. Rxh7+ Kxh7 34. Nf6+ Rxf6 35. Qxc4 {is just down a
queen. Oh and Black will also get mated soon.}) 1-0

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.25"]
[Round "8"]
[White "Anand, V."]
[Black "Mamedyarov, S."]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "C49"]
[WhiteElo "2791"]
[BlackElo "2756"]
[Annotator "Ramirez Alvarez,Alejandro"]
[PlyCount "85"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nf6 {The Petroff!} 3. Nc3 Nc6 {No wait, the Four Knights...} 4.
Bb5 Bb4 5. O-O O-O 6. d3 d6 7. Ne2 Ne7 8. c3 Ba5 9. Ng3 Ng6 10. d4 Bb6 11. Re1
(11. Be3 {was played last year between two strong Chinese players. The
position is slightly preferable for White, but Black is supposed to be ok. He
can finish his development and be relatively happy.}) 11... c6 12. Bd3 Re8 (
12... Bg4 {at some point playing this move seems to be important.} 13. Be3 d5
$5 {perhaps Black is even playing for an advantage here!}) 13. h3 h6 14. Be3
Be6 15. Qc2 Qc7 16. a3 a5 17. c4 $1 {White grabs more Space. Mamedyarov has to
be a little careful not to fall into an inferior position.} a4 18. Red1 $5 {I
would have played Rad1 without blinking, but that's why I'm not playing in
Shamkir.} exd4 19. Bxd4 Ne5 20. Be2 Bc5 21. Rd2 {Alas there was no big
difference in which rook to put on d1!} Nfd7 22. Rad1 $14 {White still holds a
little edge. He has some pressure on d6 and d5 is not possible to play. He
also has some hope of attacking the kingside. The "binding" pawn on a4 can be
considered a weakness.} Red8 23. Nh4 Bxd4 24. Rxd4 c5 25. Rxd6 (25. R4d2 Nb6
26. Ngf5 Nbxc4 27. Bxc4 Nxc4 28. Rd3 {was alaso worth a try. Black's king
cannot feel safe in this variation.}) 25... Nc6 {Mamedyarov's point. A knight
will be installed on d4 soon.} 26. Nhf5 Nd4 27. Qd2 Ne5 28. Rd5 $3 {What a
fantastic move. Instead of just exchanging the rooks, Anand is more ambitious.
He sacrifices a full exchange in order to create a powerful pawn chain and
destroy Black's control over d4!} Bxd5 (28... Bxf5 29. Nxf5 Nec6 {is perhaps
better, but Black is suffering down material.}) 29. cxd5 Qb6 30. f4 Ng6 31. Bc4
(31. Bh5 $5) 31... Qa5 32. Qf2 {Anand doesn't want to trade queens, but that
was another way to get an advantage. This looks strong enough as it is.} b5 33.
Nxd4 cxd4 34. Ba2 b4 35. Nf5 $2 {Too hasty.} (35. Nh5 $1 bxa3 36. Qxd4 Qa7 37.
bxa3 $16 {in this variation the f4 pawn is defended.}) 35... bxa3 36. bxa3 Qc3
37. e5 Rab8 38. Rd2 Qxa3 $6 {time trouble.} (38... d3 $1 {creates more chances
for counterplay.}) 39. Nxd4 Qc1+ 40. Kh2 Rbc8 $6 {An unfortunate 40th move.} (
40... Rb7 {is still unpleasant, but maybe Black can claw his way back into the
game.}) 41. d6 {now it's simply over. The kingside will be impossible to
defend.} a3 42. Nf5 Rf8 43. d7 (43. d7 Rcd8 44. Qd4 Qc7 45. e6 $18) 1-0

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.26"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Mamedyarov, S."]
[Black "Adams, Mi"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "D58"]
[WhiteElo "2756"]
[BlackElo "2745"]
[PlyCount "54"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Be7 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bh4 O-O 7. e3 b6 8. Bd3
Bb7 9. O-O Nbd7 10. Bg3 c5 11. cxd5 Nxd5 12. Nxd5 Bxd5 13. Rc1 Nf6 14. dxc5
Bxc5 15. a3 a5 16. Qe2 Nh5 17. Be5 Bxf3 18. gxf3 Qg5+ 19. Bg3 g6 20. Rc4 Rfd8
21. Rd1 Rd5 22. Rg4 Nxg3 23. hxg3 Qf6 24. Rf4 Qg5 25. Rg4 Qf6 26. Rf4 Qg5 27.
Rg4 Qf6 1/2-1/2

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.26"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Caruana, F."]
[Black "Anand, V."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A14"]
[WhiteElo "2802"]
[BlackElo "2791"]
[PlyCount "72"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. Nf3 d5 2. g3 Nf6 3. Bg2 e6 4. O-O Be7 5. c4 O-O 6. b3 b6 7. Bb2 Bb7 8. e3 c5
9. Nc3 Nbd7 10. Qe2 Qc7 11. Nh4 dxc4 12. bxc4 Ne8 13. f4 Bxg2 14. Nxg2 Bf6 15.
f5 Qc6 16. fxe6 fxe6 17. Nf4 Nc7 18. d3 Bxc3 19. Bxc3 e5 20. Nh3 Ne6 21. Qg2
Qxg2+ 22. Kxg2 Rxf1 23. Rxf1 Nd8 24. Nf2 Nc6 25. Ne4 Rf8 26. Rxf8+ Kxf8 27. a3
Ke7 28. Kf3 a6 29. a4 a5 30. h4 h5 31. g4 g6 32. g5 Ke6 33. Ng3 Ne7 34. Ke4 Nc8
35. Kf3 Ne7 36. Ke4 Nc8 1/2-1/2

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.26"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Carlsen, M."]
[Black "Mamedov, Rau"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A15"]
[WhiteElo "2863"]
[BlackElo "2658"]
[PlyCount "69"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 d5 4. e3 a6 5. d4 Bf5 6. Be2 h6 7. Bd3 Bxd3 8. Qxd3
e6 9. O-O Bb4 10. Bd2 O-O 11. Rfd1 Ba5 12. a4 Nbd7 13. b4 Bxb4 14. Nxd5 exd5
15. Bxb4 Re8 16. a5 dxc4 17. Qxc4 Nd5 18. h3 Qc7 19. Be1 N7f6 20. Ne5 Ne4 21.
Rac1 Qe7 22. Qd3 Nd6 23. Qa3 f6 24. Nd3 Rad8 25. Bb4 Nxb4 26. Qxb4 Ne4 27. Nc5
Nxc5 28. dxc5 Rxd1+ 29. Rxd1 Qf7 30. Qg4 f5 31. Qb4 Re4 32. Qb6 Qe7 33. Qb3+
Kh7 34. Rd6 Qe5 35. Qf7 1-0

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.26"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Giri, A."]
[Black "Kramnik, V."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "E06"]
[WhiteElo "2790"]
[BlackElo "2783"]
[Annotator "Ramirez Alvarez,Alejandro"]
[PlyCount "160"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. g3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. Qc2 c5 7. O-O cxd4 8. Nxd4
Nc6 9. Nxc6 bxc6 10. Rd1 Ba6 11. b3 Qb6 12. Be3 Bc5 13. Bxc5 Qxc5 14. Nd2 Rfd8
15. e3 Rac8 16. Rac1 Qa5 17. Nf3 c5 18. cxd5 Nxd5 19. Ne5 h6 20. Bf3 Qc7 21.
Qb2 Bb7 22. Rd2 Nf6 23. Bxb7 Rxd2 24. Qxd2 Qxb7 25. Qe2 a5 26. Nc4 Ra8 27. Nb2
Nd7 28. f4 e5 29. Nc4 a4 30. bxa4 Rxa4 31. fxe5 Qa6 32. Qd3 Qe6 33. Qb3 Ra8 34.
Qb2 Ra4 35. Qc2 Ra8 36. Qb2 Qd5 37. a3 Re8 38. Qd2 Qc6 39. Qd6 Nxe5 40. Qxc6
Nxc6 41. Kf2 Kf8 42. Ke2 Ra8 43. Ra1 Ke7 44. a4 Na5 45. Nb6 Ra6 46. Nd5+ Kd6
47. Rd1 Kc6 48. Ne7+ Kc7 49. Rf1 f6 50. Nf5 Nb3 51. Nxg7 c4 52. Ne8+ Kd8 53.
Nxf6 Rxa4 54. Rd1+ Kc8 55. Ne4 Ra2+ 56. Kf3 Rxh2 57. Nd6+ Kd7 58. Nxc4+ Ke7 59.
e4 Nc5 60. Ne3 Ne6 61. Nd5+ Kf7 62. Ra1 Ng5+ 63. Kf4 Rf2+ 64. Ke5 Nf3+ 65. Kd6
Ng5 66. e5 Ne4+ 67. Kd7 Nc5+ 68. Kc6 Rc2 69. Ra7+ Kg6 70. Ne7+ Kg5 71. Kd5 Nd3
72. Ng8 Nb4+ 73. Ke6 Rc6+ 74. Kd7 Rc3 75. e6 Rd3+ 76. Ke8 Kg6 77. Ra4 (77. Rd7
$1 Ra3 (77... Rxd7 78. exd7 Nc6 79. Ne7+ {loses instantly.}) 78. e7 Kg7 {
otherwise Kf8 and e8=Q.} (78... Nc6 79. Rd6+ Kg7 80. Rxc6 $1 Kxg8 81. Kd7 {
wins.}) 79. Rd4 $1 {Hitting the knight and threatening Rg4+.} Ra8+ (79... Kxg8
80. Rg4+ Kh7 81. Rxb4 $18) 80. Kd7 Kxg8 81. e8=Q+ $1 (81. Rxb4 Ra7+ $11 {is a
draw due to checking on the "long side" - Lucena position theory.}) 81... Rxe8
82. Kxe8 Nc6 83. Re4 {and the knight is cut off from the king. The win is not
too difficult.}) 77... Nd5 78. Rg4+ Kf5 79. Nxh6+ Kxe6 80. Re4+ Kf6 1/2-1/2

[Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"]
[Site "Shamkir AZE"]
[Date "2015.04.26"]
[Round "9"]
[White "Vachier Lagrave, M."]
[Black "So, W."]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "B12"]
[WhiteElo "2765"]
[BlackElo "2788"]
[PlyCount "110"]
[EventDate "2015.04.17"]
[SourceDate "2015.02.07"]

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 c5 6. Be3 Qb6 7. Nc3 Nc6 8. Na4
Qa5+ 9. c3 cxd4 10. Nxd4 Nxd4 11. Bxd4 Ne7 12. Nc5 Qc7 13. g4 Bg6 14. f4 Nc6
15. O-O Nxd4 16. cxd4 Bxc5 17. Rc1 O-O 18. Rxc5 Qd7 19. Qb3 Be4 20. Rfc1 Rac8
21. Qb5 Rxc5 22. Qxc5 f6 23. Qd6 Qxd6 24. exd6 Rd8 25. b4 a6 26. b5 Rxd6 27.
Rc8+ Kf7 28. Rc7+ Kf8 29. Rxb7 axb5 30. Bxb5 Rd8 31. a4 Ra8 32. Rc7 Bf3 33. h3
Ra5 34. Rc1 h5 35. gxh5 Bxh5 36. Kf2 Ra8 37. Rc6 Bd1 38. Rc3 Bh5 39. Rc6 Bd1
40. Rc3 Bh5 41. Ke3 Be8 42. Kd3 Ke7 43. Kc2 e5 44. fxe5 fxe5 45. dxe5 Bxb5 46.
axb5 Ke6 47. h4 Kxe5 48. b6 Kd6 49. Kd3 Rb8 50. Rb3 Kc6 51. Kd4 Kb7 52. Kxd5
Rh8 53. Rb4 Rh5+ 54. Ke6 g5 55. hxg5 Rxg5 1/2-1/2


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