Vugar Gashimov memorial 2017 round 5

Karjakin wins a brilliancy, So returns to 50 percent, Mamedyarov misses a chance to increase his lead

In the Vugar Gashimov memorial 2017 round 5, a couple of tournament trends continue.

So far, every single round, except round 4, saw exactly two decisive games, and round 5 was not an exception.

Also, almost every round so far has witnessed either a brilliant attacking game, or a game with dramatic mistakes.

Round five saw both.

Let's start with the Mamedyarov's game against the out-of-form Harikrishna. After losing yesterday while being a rook up (see round 4 report once again), the Indian played a very uninspiring opening and already after 14 moves found himself in serious trouble.

However, in the complicated middle game position, Mamedyarov, quite uncharacteristically, missed a very strong tactical continuation and let the Indian escape:

Wesley So made Vladimir Kramnik fight against his own weapons as he played the Catalan opening against it's main proponent.

Vladdy chose a solid but passive approach in which he gave up his bishop pair.

He suffered slightly but came close into equalizing, but then made a big missjudgement after which So never let him back in the game:

However, the play of the day award goes to Sergey Karjakin for his sacrifical crush of Topalov.

If we haven't praised him a couple of days ago, maybe it would have never happened, but this is probably going to far.

It could be said that for Topalov the Caro Cann't.

Karjakin - Topalov, game analysis


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2 Responses

  1. Igor Ezhelev

    Two comments about your words “A devastating win against the former world champion by the Ukrainian”:
    1) Topalov was never world champion.
    2) Karyakin is Russian, not Ukrainian.

    • Mistreaver

      Hi Igor, thanks for bringing that to my attention.
      I corrected that in the article, although I wasn’t entirely wrong:
      1) Topalov was FIDE World Champion.
      2) Karjakin was Ukrainian before.


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