Shamkir: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Becomes First Azeri to Beat Kramnik

Время публикации: 21.04.2015 22:00 | Последнее обновление: 22.04.2015 02:38

In Shamkir, the fifth round of the Gashimov Memorial has ended. The main event for the local fans was Mamedyarov's victory over Kramnik. 

The game lasted almost seven hours, although a lot of that time was taken up with the realisation of an already decisive advantage. Even so, White needed to show accuracy, and the Russian tested his opponent right to the very end, even when it became obvious that further resistance was pointless. When the ex-world champion stopped the clocks, the applause rang out round the Heydar Aliyev Centre. 

But at the press conference, it became apparent that no Azeri player had ever beaten Kramnik before in classical chess. All the modern world champions had been beaten, including Carlsen, with the sole exception of Kramnik, who remained an unconquered mountain. Mamedyarov recalled that he could have beaten his powerful opponent several times before, and spoke especially emotionally about their game at Khanty-Mansiysk last year, when, despite having a winning position, he even lost. 

Sadly, we did not hear the loser's comments, as, for the first time in the event, Kramnik did not appear at the press conference. Mamedyarov was sympathetic to his opponent, telling a journalist: "After a loss, especially in such a long game, it is perfectly understandable". 

 [Event "Vugar Gashimov Mem 2015"] [Site "Shamkir AZE"] [Date "2015.04.21"] [Round "5.4"] [White "Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar"] [Black "Kramnik, Vladimir"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2754"] [BlackElo "2783"] [ECO "D41"] [Opening "QGD"] [Variation "Semi-Tarrasch, 5.cd"] [EventDate "2015.04.17"] 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 

We will report later on Magnus Carlsen becoming the leader. 
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