Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2018 LIVE

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4/28/2018 – World Champion Magnus Carlsen heads the 5th Shamkir Chess tournament in memory of Vugar Gashimov, being played in Azerbaijan from April 19th to 28th. Live games and commentary from 13:00 CEST (7:00 AM EDT)

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Round 9

For the 5th time since 2014, a tournament is held in Shamkir, Azerbaijan in memory of Vugar Gashimov (July 24, 1986 - January 11, 2014). Gashimov belonged to the absolute elite in chess. At his best, in November 2009, he was sixth in the world rankings. He battled brain cancer throughout his adulthood, which ultimately forced his retirement from competitive chess in 2012. With his friendly character, Gashimov won many friends during his career.

Live games and commentary


Commentary by GM Ljubomir Ljubojević and GM Igor Khenkin

Tournament details

The Gashimov Memorial is organized by the Azerbaijan state oil company SOCAR together with the Azerbaijani Chess Federation. The venue is the Haidar Aliev Centre in Shamkir.

World Champion Magnus Carlsen leads the field, along with three players from the Berlin Candidates Tournament: Sergey Karjakin, Shakriyar Mamedyarov and Ding Liren. Radoslaw Wojtaszek was a late replacement for Vladimir Kramnik who withdrew.


Magnus Carlsen
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
Radoslaw Wojtaszek
Anish Giri
Ding Liren
Sergey Karjakin
Veselin Topalov
Teimour Radjabov
Rauf Mamedov
David Navara

Prize fund

The prize fund is 100.000 Euro, divided as follows:

1st Place 30,000
2nd Place 20,000
3rd Place 15,000
4th Place 10,000
5th Place 8,000
6th Place 6,000
7th Place 4,000
8th Place 3,000
9th Place 2,500
10th Place 1,500
Total 100,000


Date Time  
18. April 18.30 Opening ceremony
19. April 15.00 Round 1
20. April 15.00 Round 2
21. April 15.00 Round 3
22. April 15.00 Round 4
23. April 15.00 Round 5
24. April    
25. April 15.00 Round 6
26. April 15.00 Round 7
27. April 15.00 Round 8
28. April 14.00 Round 9
28 April   Closing ceremony

All local times (UTC + 4) 15.00 = 13:00 CEST / 7:00 AM EDT

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