Who’s the Favourite In the Absence Of Carlsen?

Время публикации: 27.05.2016 14:35 | Последнее обновление: 27.05.2016 14:35

The Third Vugar Gashimov Memorial tournament opened in Shamkir in western Azerbaijan on Wednesday

Shamkir is playing host to elite GMs for the third tournament held in the memory of Vugar Gashimov, who tragically died at the age of just 27 in January 2014.

Fabiano Caruana, Anish Giri, Sergei Karjakin, Pavel Eljanov, Pentala Harikrishna, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Teimour Radjabov, Eltaj Safarli, Hou Yifan and Rauf Mamedov will battle it out.

The main events are traditionally held in the Heydar Aliev Centre and the opening ceremony was also held here.

The players are staying at the Excelsior Hotel, ten minutes walk to the tournament venue.

The four ‘local’ warriors.

The players draw took place in order of FIDE rating, starting with Fabiano, who has the highest.

Number one was drawn by the player to join the stage last – Rauf Mamedov. Of course he had no say in the matter.

The players were welcomed by Vugar’s father, Gasym Gashimov

Shamkir is Sergei Karjakin’s first serious test since he won the Candidates tournament.

The players were joined at the opening ceremony by Azerbaijan’s Minister for Sport Azad Rahimov, as well as Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. They were both wearing purple ties – the colors of the Olympiad decorations or a tribute to Prince?

None of the participants was prepared to say at the press-conference whom they considered the favourite in the absence of Magnus Carlsen, who had won the previous two tournaments here. According to Giri, Magnus has very good reasons for not playing at Shamkir this time around, but none of the participants are pleased at his absence.

Hou Yifan brought her mother to the tournament. She feels confident that she will give a good account of herself here.

Translated by Ilan Rubin


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