On December 20, two more rounds of rapid competitions of the 7th international super tournament dedicated to the memory of prominent Azerbaijani chess player Vugar Gashimov were held.
On the third day of the competition, General Secretary of the Writers' Union of Azerbaijan, Writer, member of the Organizing Committee of the tournament Chingiz Abdullayev, Deputy Shahin Huseynzade and General Director of Khazar TV, Artist Murad Dadashov made their first moves on various chess boards.
In the fourth round of rapid competitions, the Azerbaijani representatives Shakhriyar Mammadyarov and Rauf Mammadov faced each other. The first game ended in a draw. Another Azerbaijani chess player Vugar Asadli shared the score with Hungarian Richard Rapport. . Czech David Navara lost to US athlete Fabiano Caruana. The match between Russian chess player Sergei Karjakin and former world champion India Viswanathan Anand also ended in a draw.
In the return matches of the tournament, Rauf Mammadov shared the score with Shakhriyar Mammadyarov. Vugar Asadli lost to Richard Rapporta, Fabiano Caruana to David Navara, and Viswanathan Anand to Sergei Karjakin.
As a result of the two games, in the Armageddon, Shakhriyar Mammadyarov faced Rauf Mammadov and Fabiano Caruana faced David Navara. Shakhriyar Mammadyarov and Fabiano Caruana won the games.
In the first match of the fifth round, Shakhriyar Mammadyarov drew with Viswanathan Anand. Vugar Asadli lost to David Navara and Rauf Mammadov lost to Richard Rapport. The points in the round between Sergei Karjakin and Fabiano Caruana were shared.
In the second match of the tournament, Shakhriyar Mammadyarov drew with Viswanathan Anand and Sergei Karjakin with Fabiano Caruana. David Navara defeated Vugar Asadli and Richard Rapport defeated Rauf Mammadov.
In “Armageddon”, Viswanathan Anand defeated Shakhriyar Mammadyarov. Fabiano Caruana drew with Sergei Karjakin. By this,Sergei Karjakin scored 2 points. According to the rules of Armageddon, in case of a draw, the chess player playing with black pieces is announced the winner.
According to the rules of the tournament, one round of rapid competitions consists of two games.
After five rounds, Richard Rapport took the first place with 13 points and Fabiano Caruana took the second place with 11 points. Sergei Karjakin shares the third place with 10 points, Shakhriyar Mammadyarov, David Navara share the 4th-5th places with 8 points. Rauf Mammadov is the sixth with 6 points, Viswanathan Anand is the seventh with 3 points, and Vugar Asadli is the last with 1 point.
It should be noted that at the Vugar Gashimov Memorial, which is being held for the seventh time,all chess players compete in rapid and blitz.
Rapid competitions in the tournament will consist of 7 rounds and will last until December 21. Blitz competitions will be held on December 22-23.
The rapid competition will be held with a time control of 15 minutes + 10 seconds, and the blitz with a time control of 5 minutes + 3 seconds.
The tournament is organized by the Vugar Gashimov Chess Foundation, supported by the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Azerbaijan Chess Federation and sponsored by SOCAR. The competition is hosted by Fairmont Baku Hotel.