Carlsen Beats Nakamura in Shamkir, Clear First Again

  • PeterDoggers
  • on 27-04-14 08:53.

Magnus Carsen is the sole leader again at the Shamkir Chess tournament in Azerbaijan. The World Champion was worse against Hikaru Nakamura but won anyway to set his personal score with the American to 10 wins and 0 losses in classical games. The games Radjabov-Mamedyaro and Karjakin-Caruana ended in draws. In the B group Pavel Eljanov caught Etienne Bacrot in first place by winning their individual encounter.

The seventh round of the Shamkir Chess tournament started with two rather quick draws. The game between Teimour Radjabov and Shakhriyar Mamedyarov was a rather friendly affair, like so many encounters between the two Azeri top players have been. In fact, of their eight previous classical games that can be found in the database, only one did not end in a draw - the one at the 2010 Astrakhan Grand Prix, when Mamedyarov mysteriously lost on time.

Today the two played an English/Catalan hybrid where White enjoys a tiny edge. Radjabov played it safe with 15.Qe2, and soon after almost all the pieces were traded.

Mamedyarov & Radjabov after their game | Photo: Ahmed Mukhtar

Sergey Karjakin and Fabiano Caruana reached move 51, but the game really lasted only 23 moves. From a 8.Rb1 Gruenfeld, in no time an ending was reached that looked familiar to experts: it was from Giri-Caruana, Zug 2013.

“I went for this ending Anish Giri also played. I thought it was a pleasant endgame, winning chances. If Black knows what he's doing it's probably objectively a draw,” said Karjakin. “Chess is a draw. I thought the line was not simple, but perhaps I was wrong.”

“After the game I realized it's a very tricky ending and I analyzed it very deeply, but I couldn't remember everything. It's a little bit worse for Black but objectively it should be defendable,” said Caruana.

Karjakin, who has drawn all of his games, said about the final three rounds: “Anything can happen. Maybe I will be first, maybe I will be last. I'm in a philosophical mood today.”

Karjakin & Caruana discussing the ending | Photo: Ahmed Mukhtar

Every round in the A group there has been at least one decisive game, and it wasn't different on Sunday. Magnus Carlsen also won his second game in Shamkir against Hikaru Nakamura, and so it's the World Champion again who tops the standings alone, with three rounds to go.

Yet again Nakamura managed to get a promising position (during their press conference Caruana and Karjakin agreed that it was dangerous for Carlsen), only to spoil the advantage and even lose. It reminded of course of the dramatic game he played against the same opponent in February in Zurich, but there it was different: Nakamura was clearly winning.

Nakamura wearing a New York Red Bulls shirt...
...with his own name printed on it

Today the American GM had a big advantage and felt he was winning, but he couldn't point out after the game where exactly. It's probably move 26.

After missing his chance, Nakamura was still better. “To lose this position is pathetic basically. Can't find any other words to describe,” Nakamura said himself. “To lose this position takes a lot of talent.”

Carlsen: back in the lead

The B group is suddenly all open as tournament leader Etienne Bacrot lost his first game, to Pavel Eljanov. The two are now in shared first place with two rounds to go. Eljanov has White against Guseinov and Black against Abasov, while Bacrot has Black against Motylev and White against Safarli.

Bacrot-Eljanov, the key game in group B today

Shamkir Chess 2014 | A | Pairings & results

Round 1 20.04.14 15:00 AZST   Round 6 26.04.14 15:00 AZST
Carlsen 1-0 Mamedyarov   Mamedyarov 0-1 Carlsen
Nakamura ½-½ Caruana   Caruana ½-½ Nakamura
Karjakin ½-½ Radjabov   Radjabov ½-½ Karjakin
Round 2 21.04.14 15:00 AZST   Round 7 27.04.14 15:00 AZST
Mamedyarov ½-½ Radjabov   Radjabov ½-½ Mamedyarov
Caruana ½-½ Karjakin   Karjakin ½-½ Caruana
Carlsen 1-0 Nakamura   Nakamura 0-1 Carlsen
Round 3 22.04.14 15:00 AZST   Round 8 28.04.14 15:00 AZST
Nakamura 1-0 Mamedyarov   Mamedyarov - Nakamura
Karjakin ½-½ Carlsen   Carlsen - Karjakin
Radjabov ½-½ Caruana   Caruana - Radjabov
Round 4 23.04.14 15:00 AZST   Round 9 29.04.14 15:00 AZST
Karjakin ½-½ Mamedyarov   Caruana - Mamedyarov
Radjabov ½-½ Nakamura   Radjabov - Carlsen
Caruana 1-0 Carlsen   Karjakin - Nakamura
Round 5 24.04.14 15:00 AZST   Round 10 30.04.14 13:00 AZST
Mamedyarov 1-0 Caruana   Mamedyarov - Karjakin
Carlsen 0-1 Radjabov   Nakamura - Radjabov
Nakamura ½-½ Karjakin   Carlsen - Caruana

Shamkir Chess 2014 | A | Round 7 Standings

# Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pts SB
1 Carlsen,M 2881 2864 phpfCo1l0.png 0 0 ½ 11 11 4.5/7
2 Radjabov,T 2713 2835 1 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½½ ½ ½½ 4.0/7
3 Caruana,F 2783 2778 1 ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½½ ½½ 0 3.5/7 13.00
4 Karjakin,Sergey 2772 2772 ½ ½½ ½½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 3.5/7 12.50
5 Nakamura,Hi 2772 2747 00 ½ ½½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png 1 3.0/7
6 Mamedyarov,S 2760 2686 00 ½½ 1 ½ 0 phpfCo1l0.png 2.5/7

Shamkir Chess 2014 | B | Pairings & results

Round 1 20.04.14 15:00 AZST   Round 2 21.04.14 15:00 AZST
Wojtaszek ½-½ Durarbayli   Durarbayli 0-1 Bacrot
Eljanov ½-½ Mamedov   Guseinov ½-½ Wang Hao
Motylev ½-½ Abasov   Abasov ½-½ Safarli
Safarli ½-½ Guseinov   Mamedov 0-1 Motylev
Wang Hao ½-½ Bacrot   Wojtaszek 0-1 Eljanov
Round 3 22.04.14 15:00 AZST   Round 4 23.04.14 15:00 AZST
Eljanov ½-½ Durarbayli   Durarbayli 0-1 Guseinov
Motylev 0-1 Wojtaszek   Abasov ½-½ Bacrot
Safarli ½-½ Mamedov   Mamedov 1-0 Wang Hao
Wang Hao ½-½ Abasov   Wojtaszek 1-0 Safarli
Bacrot 1-0 Guseinov   Eljanov ½-½ Motylev
Round 5 24.04.14 15:00 CET   Round 6 26.04.14 15:00 AZST
Motylev ½-½ Durarbayli   Durarbayli ½-½ Abasov
Safarli 0-1 Eljanov   Mamedov ½-½ Guseinov
Wang Hao ½-½ Wojtaszek   Wojtaszek ½-½ Bacrot
Bacrot 1-0 Mamedov   Eljanov 0-1 Wang Hao
Guseinov 0-1 Abasov   Motylev 1-0 Safarli
Round 7 27.04.14 15:00 CET   Round 8 28.04.14 15:00 AZST
Safarli ½-½ Durarbayli   Durarbayli - Mamedov
Wang Hao 1-0 Motylev   Wojtaszek - Abasov
Bacrot 0-1 Eljanov   Eljanov - Guseinov
Guseinov ½-½ Wojtaszek   Motylev - Bacrot
Abasov ½-½ Mamedov   Safarli - Wang Hao
Round 9 29.04.14 15:00 AZST        
Wang Hao - Durarbayli        
Bacrot - Safarli        
Guseinov - Motylev        
Abasov - Eljanov        
Mamedov - Wojtaszek        

Shamkir Chess 2014 | B | Round 7 Standings

# Name Rtg Perf 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 Pts SB
1 Eljanov,Pavel 2732 2781 phpfCo1l0.png 1 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 4.5/7 15.00
2 Bacrot,Etienne 2722 2753 0 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 1 4.5/7 15.00
3 Wang Hao 2734 2715 1 ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 1 0 ½ 4.0/7 15.75
4 Wojtaszek,Radoslaw 2716 2726 0 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1 ½ 1 4.0/7 13.00
5 Guseinov,Gadir 2621 2705 0 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ 1 1 ½ 4.0/7 12.00
6 Motylev,Alexander 2685 2657 ½ 0 0 phpfCo1l0.png 1 ½ ½ 1 3.5/7
7 Mamedov,Rauf 2660 2617 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 3.0/7 10.75
8 Abasov,Nijat 2516 2616 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ ½ 3.0/7 9.75
9 Durarbayli,Vasif 2584 2562 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png ½ 2.5/7
10 Safarli,Eltaj 2656 2486 0 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ phpfCo1l0.png 2.0/7

The rounds start at 12:00 Amsterdam, 6am New York and 3am Los Angeles time. The official website is offers daily live commentary at Games via TWICphpfCo1l0.png

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  • 3 jaar geleden


    good one indeed.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    I think hiraku has an advantage 29.Qd4

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Hikaru, "the biggest threat to Carlsen", 0-10 record in classical games, nice threat!! :P

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Yet another interesting Nakamura vs Carlsen:

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Carlsen's play is truly impressive. He's managed to ram down Nakamura's psyche with 10-0. But Nakamura is humble and once he beats carlsen it will turn his tables.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    True,Calrsen is a winner but a horrible loser who blames his mood or health for his losses.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    "Carlsen... has accumulated as many wins as the rest of the field combined!"

    Yes! Four wins for Carlsen, and one each for Radjabov, Caruana, Nakamura, and Mamedyarov. Whether he wins or loses in the end, it's clear that Carlsen has been the main driving force of this tournament so far.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    "worst writing ever...headline is carlsen beats nakamura...what game do i see first?"

    This is an awful troll complaint.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    "Carlsen probably got a 80 points+ rating thanks to Naka, 10 victories 0 losses over a top 10 chess player, that's amazing"

    Well, he gets 3.5 ELO for beating him at current rating levels. Slightly more when his rating was lower and/or Hikaru's was higher. But as a back of the envelope calculation, 3.5 * 10 = 35 is maybe not too far off. Of course Magnus loses ELO when he draws with Hikaru, but I guess yeah, the wins taken alone are responsible for something like 30 of Magnus's 2881?

  • 3 jaar geleden


    "it takes a lot of talent to loose this" - I will remember this next time I loose a good position Wink

  • 3 jaar geleden


    "Nakamura is the most aggressive chess player that is not interested in the result"

    False, those kind of players are not in the top 10. Sure Nakamura was extremely agressive as a junior, but as a junior even Carlsen was aggresive. Now Naka's game is solid, and less tactic that for example Mamedyarov

    But for today standarts we may still consider him "agressive"

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Nakamura is the most aggressive chess player that is not interested in the result but chess game these are the values that real chess player. Nakamura for me is the best player in the world. his time is yet to comeLaughing

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Don't know if this is fair, but perhaps Naka, might be compared to Frank Marshall.  Both play a dynamic, uncompromising style, Marshall did very well, except against the very best.  Marshall played 100 years ago, and still his games are examples of how to attack.  He contributed to chess theory. So while it would be nice maybe for an American to do better, for now maybe Carlsen has Naka's number.  I also think, that Anand has rebounded and shown that he still has some fire in his belly.  The next WC match will be interesting.  Anand won't have anything to lose, and I think we will see more of the uncomprising style from earlier in his career.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    I suspect that Nakamura talks 'trash' about Carlsen, in an effort to try and convince himself that he should be able to beat him.  Unfortuneately, the number of 'lost oportunities' is mounting; and this can not be good for Naka's psyche ....

    One day, Nakamura WILL win; and when that happens, you will see a new Nakamura when he faces off with Carlsen ... hoping so anyways.  :)

  • 3 jaar geleden


    After missing his chance, Nakamura was still better. “To lose this position is pathetic basically. Can't find any other words to describe,” Nakamura said himself. “To lose this position takes a lot of talent.”

    He's very humble, but has to put the loss aside.


    Many thanks to the author for the article and for including links to past reports.

  • 3 jaar geleden



    Radjabov and Caruana both had decisive games against Carlsen, who has accumulated as many wins as the rest of the field combined!

  • 3 jaar geleden


    All the decisive games have involved either Carlsen or Mamedyarov. The other games have all been draws.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    Would have sympathize with Nakamura but his antics and arrogance turns off his potential fans. Let your victories do the talking.

  • 3 jaar geleden


    @Mr Marz I think they show the games based onthe order they finish.. so the game that finishes first gets showed first and so on. Nice tournament so far and great coverage!

    for those of u who say Carlsen is boring and bad for chess are horribly mistaken. Out of 7 of his games 6 are decisive. If anything thats good for chess. besides his game always attracts the most attention so yea. Besides he is having a bad tournament and is still on top of the standings so far. Its nice to see the WC being dominant imo.

    Also Nakamura is a top 10 player.. sure he has lost to Carlsen 10 times now but he keeps trying to go for a win and for the last 2 games he came close to the win. We might start see Nakamura and Carlsen having closer matches later on.

    Glad to see Radjabov climbing back up. he is one of my favorate players besides Carlsen. Although I prefer Carlsen I was glad he won Carlsen. was good for his confidence and I hope he makes it back into the top 10.


    I will say this is a wierd tournament. 5 rounds before the first rest day. not sure if that was a good decision. It must be hard on Magnus especially since he usually has the longest games every round. wonder how the tournament will turn out.


  • 3 jaar geleden


    Half the games Magnus wins are because of opponent's time pressure and Magnus' technique, the other half are against Nakamura...

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