The third Gashimov Memorial starts May the 26th at 7AM EDT - 13:00 CEST. ICC will relay the games and provide its members with the Game Of the Day service:
Alex Yermolinsky Larry Christiansen, Joel Benjamin, Max Dlugy, John Watson, Christof Sielecki, John Fedorowicz, Voja Milanovic, Ronen Har-Zvi will recap each round in a video.
The first two editions were won by Magnus Carlsen, who will not be in Shamkir this year to defend his title, due to his preparation for the World Championship Match. Nonetheless, the line-up is quite impressive:
Fabiano Caruana USA 2804
Anish Giri Netherlands 2782
Pentala Harikrishna India 2763
Pavel Eljanov Ukraine 2750
Sergey Karjakin Russia 2773
Hou Yifan China 2663
Teimour Radjabov Russia 2726
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov Azerbaijan 2748
Eltaj Safarli Azerbaijan 2674
Rauf Mamedov Azerbaijan 2655
Born on July 24th, 1986 in Baku, Vugar Gashimov was a chess wonder, unfortunately only for too short a time. He achieved great successes in his short career, including victories in Athens in 2005, Cappelle-la-Grande in 2008, the fantastic triumph at the European Team Chess Championship in Novi Sad in 2009, alongside Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, Teimour Radjabov, Rauf Mammadov and Gadir Guseinov, and the Italian oldest chess tournament in Reggio Emilia in 2011. Despite his illness, Vugar peaked at 2761, #6 in the World. Since his premature death, in January 2014, the city of Shamkir has organized an annual super-tournament in memoriam.