Nodirbek Abdusattorov wins 8th Gashimov Memorial 2022 with five rounds to spare
What is the true sign of a champion? How you get back up from a forgettable event. The reigning World Rapid champion, Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) did just that. After a disappointing performance at the Tata Steel Chess India 2022 Rapid and Blitz, the 18-year-old regrouped himself and delivered a strong performance with an exact same format at the 8th Gashimov Memorial 2022. He scored 25.5/36 and won the tournament with five rounds to spare. That is undoubtedly a remarkable performance and a much needed one for him, just two days before he starts his World title defense. He has already had a fantastic year by winning Gold at the 44th Chess Olympiad 2022. Will he successfully defend his World Rapid title? We will know on 28th December 2022. Photo: Vugar Gashimov Memorial Chess fb
Gukesh finishes with a win over Abdusattorov
Gukesh had a difficult start at the Blitz event. He scored only one victory over Sam Shankland (USA), drew two games against Rauf Mamedov (AZE) and Hao Wang, lost the remaining six games. On the final day, he made a strong comeback scoring six wins against Rauf, Francisco Vallejo Pons (ESP), Aydin Suleymanli (AZE), Abdulla Gadimbayli (AZE), Shankland and finished the event with a victory over the tournament champion, Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB).
Gukesh (2632) lost the first Blitz game against the eventual winner, Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB, 2666). However, he finished the day with a win convincing win over him.
Final standings (Rapid + Blitz)
1st Abdusattorov - 25.5/36
2nd Mamedyarov - 20.5/36
3rd Mamedov - 20.5/36
4th Rapport - 20/36
5th Vallejo Pons - 19.5/36
6th Hao - 19/36
7th Shankland 17/36
8th Gukesh - 15/36
9th Gadimbayli - 12/36
10th Suleymanli - 11/36
Replay Blitz Round 1-18 games
The Rapid tournament will be held in a Round-Robin system and the Blitz tournament will be played in a Double Round-Robin system with ten players. Only first day on 18th December, the first round starts at 2 p.m. local time (3:30 p.m. IST). The remaining four days - 19th, 20th, 22nd and 23rd December, the game starts at 3 p.m. local time (4:30 p.m. IST). 21st December is a rest day.
The Rapid tournament will be played in 15 minutes + 10 seconds increment. The Blitz event will have 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment.
Rapid: Win 2 points, Draw 1 point and Loss 0.
Blitz: Win 1 point, Draw 0.5 point and Loss 0.
The final standings will be determined according to sum of points of both Rapid and Blitz events.
Blitz Round 18 results
|1||10||2649||GM||Mamedov Rauf||1 - 0||GM||Rapport Richard||2654||5|
|2||4||2666||GM||Abdusattorov Nodirbek||0 - 1||GM||Gukesh D||2632||6|
|3||3||2612||GM||Shankland Sam||½ - ½||GM||Vallejo Pons Francisco||2644||7|
|4||2||2628||GM||Wang Hao||1 - 0||GM||Suleymanli Aydin||2481||8|
|5||1||2399||GM||Gadimbayli Abdulla||0 - 1||GM||Mamedyarov Shakhriyar||2733||9|
Final standings after Blitz Round 18
|8||7||GM||Vallejo Pons Francisco||ESP||2644||7,5||0||6||59,00|