Vugar Gashimov sadly passed away early this year. The Azeri Grandmaster was only 27. He's remembered by his friends and colleagues as a very dear person, who loved life and beauty. GM Teimour Radjabov said in an interview: "If I say that this is a big loss for us, I won't be saying anything. Vugar was a very dear person to all of us. We all hoped that he would recover and come back to chess. It's very difficult when you lose such a close friend." Vugar's long-time friend GM Mamedyarov said that he "stopped preparing for the Candidates' Tournament, as I can't think about anything else".
Vugar, during the final press conference at the 2009 World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk, after losing to Ponomariov, revealed with few incisive words his way to be: "I won't say I am a fatalist. I just think that nothing accidental happens in life. It seems to me that a person can change a few details of his fate, but can't change anything in the bigger picture. wins and losses are also written in our destiny. you can sometimes prolong this pleasure more, sometimes less, but in the final analysis nothing changes. Life goes on. It's wonderful. So we have to keep living." Moving and somewhat prophetic words, now that we know he's not with us anymore.
In order to honor the memory of Vugar Gashimov, Synergy Group has organized a super-tournament in Shamkir. It is a double round robin, starting April the 20th, which presents a rather impressive line-up: #1 Magnus Carlsen (Norway - 2881), #5 Fabiano Caruana (Italy - 2783), #7 Sergey Karjakin (Russia - 2772), #9 Hikaru Nakamura (USA - 2772), #10 Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan - 2760), #33 Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan - 2713). The average rating is 2780, category XXII.
ICC will follow the event with LIVE commentary, online TRIVIA and the new ICC TV.
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