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Gashimov Memorial 2015 - Round 1

Opening: C89, A10: Ruy Lopez: Marshall counter-attack, English

Player(s): Carlsen, Anand, So, Giri

GM Max Dlugy recaps Round 1. It's not a thing that happens every day to see two novelties in a round at the top level. Today, at the first round of the 2nd Gashimov Memorial, Wesley So and Magnus Carlsen played novelites. So went for a novelty at move 6 in the English against Giri, to then wipe off the board Anish, with apparent ease. Magnus played a nice novelty in one of the most analyzed openeing, the Ruy Lopez, and forced Anand to think about half an hour to find a way to continue the game. Anand-Carlsen ended in a draw - with Carlsen showing all his immense talent even as defender - but most probably we will see again 14...Bg6 on the board. Mamedyarov and Caruana drew a hard fought game, finishing almost to the bare Kings. Kramnik beat Michael Adams in - somewhat ironically - an English opening. The early leaders are Wesley So and Vladimir Kramnik, with 1 point, followed by Carlsen, Caruana, Anand, Vachier-Lagrave, Mamedyarov and Mamedov. Giri and Adams close the standings with zero points.

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