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Gashimov Memorial 2016 - GOTD Round 9

Opening: A49: King's Indian: fianchetto without c4

Player(s): Giri, Mamedyarov

IM John Watson recaps Round 9. All what was unlikely to happen, happened today in Shamkir. Local hero Shakhriyar Mamedyarov won the 3rd Gashimov Memorial. After beating Caruana in round 8, today Mamedyarov beat Giri, and with Caruana drawing his game vs. Karjakin, the American and the Azeri went on to play the tiebreaks. The first two games were rapid, with time control 10+3, and they drew both games. So, on with the Blitz: 5 minutes plus three second increment. Mamedyarov won the first game, forcing Caruana into a must-win situation. Blitz is not Fabiano's cup of tea, and Mamedyarov drew the second game, winning the title. An almost incredible come-back by Mamedyarov, who started the tournament playing rather badly, to get on form during the event and close his final rush brilliantly. Mamedyarov was a true friend of the late Vugar Gashimov, and the romantic aspect of this year's edition is that for the first time - after Magnus monopolizing the first two editions - has been won by someone who was close to the great Azeri GM so prematurely gone. Also, it's a pleasure to see Mamedyarov triumph in an important event. He's been up there since forever, and it was about time to see Shakhriyar win a super-tournament. Congratulations to Mamedyarov!

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