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Nodirbek Abdusattorov wins 8th Gashimov Memorial 2022 with five rounds to spare

by Shahid Ahmed - 24/12/2022

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).

GM D Gukesh drew with GM Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) in the final round of the Rapid | Photo: Vugar Gashimov Memorial Chess fb

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.

Round 13: D Gukesh - Aydin Suleymanli (AZE): 1-0 | Photo: Gashimov Chess

Round 12: Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE) - Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: Gashimov Chess

Round 13: Richard Rapport (ROU) - Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE): 1-0 | Photo: Gashimov Chess

Players at the closing ceremony | Photo: Vugar Gashimov Memorial fb

8th Vugar Gashimov Memorial Closing Ceremony | Video: Vugar Gashimov Memorial fb
Replay 8th Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2022 Blitz Round 1-9 live stream | Video: Gashimov Chess Memorial
Replay 8th Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2022 Blitz Round 10-18 live stream | Video: Gashimov Chess Memorial

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.

Time Control

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.

Tie-break rules

The final standings will be determined according to sum of points of both Rapid and Blitz events.

Blitz Round 18 results

1102649GMMamedov Rauf1 - 0GMRapport Richard26545
242666GMAbdusattorov Nodirbek0 - 1GMGukesh D26326
332612GMShankland Sam½ - ½GMVallejo Pons Francisco26447
422628GMWang Hao1 - 0GMSuleymanli Aydin24818
512399GMGadimbayli Abdulla0 - 1GMMamedyarov Shakhriyar27339


Final standings after Blitz Round 18

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
19GMMamedyarov ShakhriyarAZE273312,5010100,75
25GMRapport RichardROU26541201299,00
34GMAbdusattorov NodirbekUZB266611,501088,25
43GMShankland SamUSA26121109101,25
52GMWang HaoCHN262890672,00
610GMMamedov RaufAZE26498,50568,00
76GMGukesh DIND263280768,25
87GMVallejo Pons FranciscoESP26447,50659,00
98GMSuleymanli AydinAZE248151441,25
101GMGadimbayli AbdullaAZE239951345,25



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