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8th Gashimov Memorial 2022 Rapid R4-6: Gukesh does a 116-move draw against Shakh

by Shahid Ahmed - 20/12/2022

D Gukesh started the second day with a victory over Aydin Suleymanli (AZE) at 8th Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2022 Rapid. The latter's unfettered attack did not pay off. In the following round, Gukesh provided stiff resistance against the World Rapid 2013 champion, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. The game ended in a draw after 116-move long grueling battle. It certainly drained both players. The 16-year-old lost his third game of the day against the new World Junior champion, Abdulla Gadimbayli which also went for 82 moves. The teenager is now at 5/12 along with Abdulla, Rapport and Shakh. The reigning World Rapid champion, Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) maintains his sole lead 10/12. Round 7 starts from 3:30 p.m. IST. Photo: Gashimov Chess Memorial live stream

Abdusattorov maintains his unbeaten sole lead

The World Rapid champion, Nodirbek Abdusattorov (UZB) remains at the top of the points table after the conclusion of sixth round. He drew with Abdulla Gadimbayli (AZE) and Hao Wang (CHN), before finishing the day with a victory over Sam Shankland (USA). He is now a full point ahead 10/12 of Rauf Mamedov (AZE) 9/12, followed by Hao 8/12 and Francisco Vallejo Pons (ESP) 7/12.

GM D Gukesh started second consecutive day with a win | Photo: Gashimov Chess Memorial live stream

Suleymanli - Gukesh, Round 4

Position after 21.Qc3

Aydin Suleymanli's (AZE,2448) aggressive attack by sacrificing two pawns did not work out in his favor. 20...dxc4 21.Qc3 Rxg5 22.Bb2 Rxc6 23.Rxg5 Qxg5+ 24.Kh1 f6 and Black went on to win the game using the extra pawns to his advantage.

Gukesh provided staunch defence in a difficult queen vs queen and knight-pawn endgame against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE, 2746).

Gukesh had a 116-move long draw against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov | Photo: Vugar Gashimov Chess Memorial fb

The marathon draw certainly drained Gukesh. He defended a worse position against the new World Junior champion, GM Abdulla Gadimbayli (AZE, 2399). He fought for 82-moves before checkmate became inevitable and he resigned.

Both Abdulla Gadimbayli and D Gukesh are at 2.5/6 each | Photo: Vugar Gashimov Chess Memorial fb

The tournament hall at Fairmont Baku Hotel in Baku, Azerbaijan | Photo: Vugar Gashimov Chess Memorial fb
Replay 8th Vugar Gashimov Memorial 2022 Rapid Round 4-6 live stream | Video: Gashimov Chess Memorial

Replay Round 4-6 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.

Round 4-6 results

Round 4 on 2022/12/19 at 15-00
1102578GMMamedov Rauf½ - ½GMVallejo Pons Francisco26827
282448GMSuleymanli Aydin0 - 1GMGukesh D26326
392746GMMamedyarov Shakhriyar½ - ½GMRapport Richard28025
412399GMGadimbayli Abdulla½ - ½GMAbdusattorov Nodirbek26764
522721GMWang Hao1 - 0GMShankland Sam26573
Round 5 on 2022/12/19 at 16-15
132657GMShankland Sam0 - 1GMMamedov Rauf257810
242676GMAbdusattorov Nodirbek½ - ½GMWang Hao27212
352802GMRapport Richard½ - ½GMGadimbayli Abdulla23991
462632GMGukesh D½ - ½GMMamedyarov Shakhriyar27469
572682GMVallejo Pons Francisco½ - ½GMSuleymanli Aydin24488
Round 6 on 2022/12/19 at 17-30
1102578GMMamedov Rauf½ - ½GMSuleymanli Aydin24488
292746GMMamedyarov Shakhriyar½ - ½GMVallejo Pons Francisco26827
312399GMGadimbayli Abdulla1 - 0GMGukesh D26326
422721GMWang Hao½ - ½GMRapport Richard28025
532657GMShankland Sam0 - 1GMAbdusattorov Nodirbek26764


Round 7-9 pairings

Round 7 on 2022/12/20 at 15-00
142676GMAbdusattorov NodirbekGMMamedov Rauf257810
252802GMRapport RichardGMShankland Sam26573
362632GMGukesh DGMWang Hao27212
472682GMVallejo Pons FranciscoGMGadimbayli Abdulla23991
582448GMSuleymanli AydinGMMamedyarov Shakhriyar27469
Round 8 on 2022/12/20 at 16-15
1102578GMMamedov RaufGMMamedyarov Shakhriyar27469
212399GMGadimbayli AbdullaGMSuleymanli Aydin24488
322721GMWang HaoGMVallejo Pons Francisco26827
432657GMShankland SamGMGukesh D26326
542676GMAbdusattorov NodirbekGMRapport Richard28025
Round 9 on 2022/12/20 at 17-30
152802GMRapport RichardGMMamedov Rauf257810
262632GMGukesh DGMAbdusattorov Nodirbek26764
372682GMVallejo Pons FranciscoGMShankland Sam26573
482448GMSuleymanli AydinGMWang Hao27212
592746GMMamedyarov ShakhriyarGMGadimbayli Abdulla23991


Standings after Round 6

Rk.SNoNameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
14GMAbdusattorov NodirbekUZB267650412,25
210GMMamedov RaufAZE25784,50311,25
32GMWang HaoCHN272140211,75
47GMVallejo Pons FranciscoESP26823,5029,00
56GMGukesh DIND26322,5024,75
61GMGadimbayli AbdullaAZE23992,5017,25
75GMRapport RichardROU28022,5015,50
89GMMamedyarov ShakhriyarAZE27462,5007,25
93GMShankland SamUSA26572013,50
108GMSuleymanli AydinAZE24481004,00



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