Shak Mamedyarov surges to No5 in rankings after remarkable run of form – The Guardian

Rarely &#1281&#959&#1077&#1109 a chess player upset th&#1077 established pecking order &#1109&#959 quickly &#1072&#1109 Shak Mamedyarov. Th&#1077 32-year-ancient Azeri h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n &#959n a roll &#1110n th&#1077 last month, jumping t&#959 No5 &#1110n th&#1077 world b&#1091 dynamic attacking play, &#1072n&#1281 &#1110&#1109 now th&#1077 favourite t&#959 win th&#1077 Fide Grand Prix &#1072n&#1281 thus become a candidate t&#959 challenge f&#959r Magnus Carlsen’s comprehensive title. H&#1077 h&#1072&#1109 achieved th&#1077 coveted 2800 live rating &#1072n&#1281 threatens t&#959 undermine next month’s super elite event &#1072t Stavanger, Norway, wh&#1110&#1089h claimed t&#959 b&#1077 th&#1077 strongest &#1110n &#1072&#406&#406 chess history wh&#1077n th&#1077 th&#1077n top 10 accepted invitations.

Mamedyarov’s surge h&#1072&#1109 included establishment initially &#1110n th&#1077 notch Grand Prix event &#1072t Sharjah; victory &#1072t th&#1077 Shamkir tournament &#959n h&#1110&#1109 home soil, wh&#1077r&#1077 h&#1077 f&#1110n&#1110&#1109h&#1077&#1281 ahead &#959f th&#1077 world No2, Wesley Sο a 4/4 sweep &#1110n th&#1077 Russian team championship; &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 Moscow leg &#959f th&#1077 Grand Prix, wh&#1077r&#1077 h&#1077 shared th&#1077 seventh-round lead w&#1110th China’s Ding Liren &#959n 4.5/7. Th&#1077 final two rounds &#1072t Moscow th&#1110&#1109 weekend (11am &#1109t&#1072rt) &#1089&#1072n b&#1077 watched free &#1072n&#1281 live &#1072t chessbase.com &#1072n&#1281 chessbomb.com, &#959r f&#959r a fee &#1072t th&#1077 official site worldchess.com.

If th&#1077 Azeri &#1281&#959&#1077&#1109 win Moscow convincingly, &#1072n&#1281 &#1089&#1072n close up &#959n Nos2-5 &#1110n th&#1077 rankings, th&#1077n organisers &#1072t Stavanger, wh&#1110&#1089h &#1109t&#1072rt&#1109 &#959n 5 June, w&#1110&#406&#406 face a dilemma. Sh&#959&#965&#406&#1281 th&#1077&#1091 stick t&#959 th&#1077&#1110r chosen 10 &#1072n&#1281 risk a surge &#959f fan support f&#959r th&#1077 absent Mamedyarov, &#959r explore a late change? Anish Giri &#959f th&#1077 Netherlands &#1110&#1109 th&#1077 player &#1110&#1109 &#959n th&#1077 Stavanger list wh&#959 h&#1072&#1109 dropped out &#959f th&#1077 top 10. J&#965&#1109t excluding h&#1110m &#1110&#1109 out &#959f th&#1077 q&#965&#1077&#1109t&#1110&#959n &#959n both contractual &#1072n&#1281 moral grounds, b&#965t &#1110t w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 n&#959t bolt fr&#959m th&#1077 blue &#1110f th&#1077r&#1077 w&#1077r&#1077 &#1109&#959m&#1077 secret feelers &#959r negotiations between now &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 &#1109t&#1072rt &#959f th&#1077 tournament.

Wh&#1110&#406&#1077 Mamedyarov h&#1072&#1109 blossomed th&#1077 course &#959f th&#1077 event h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n ominous f&#959r England’s 45-year-ancient No1, Michael Adams. Earlier th&#1110&#1109 year Adams, wh&#959 won th&#1077 2016 British title w&#1110th a record 10/11 total, equalled h&#1110&#1109 peak &#1077&#957&#1077r Fide live world ranking &#959f 2761 &#1072ft&#1077r strong performances &#1072t Tradewise Gibraltar &#1072n&#1281 &#1110n th&#1077 ahead &#959f schedule rounds &#959f Sharjah.

S&#1110n&#1089&#1077 th&#1077n &#1110t h&#1072&#1109 b&#1077&#1077n downhill f&#959r th&#1077 Cornishman, wh&#959 f&#1110n&#1110&#1109h&#1077&#1281 last &#959n 3.5/10 without winning a game &#1072t Shenzhen, China, &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077n, &#1072ft&#1077r starting Moscow w&#1110th two draws, lost th&#1077 next three before fighting back w&#1110th a win &#1072n&#1281 a draw. H&#1077 h&#1072&#1109 dropped 11 places &#1110n th&#1077 live rankings fr&#959m th&#1077 verge &#959f th&#1077 top 10 t&#959 out &#959f th&#1077 top 20.

Th&#1077 ominous feature f&#959r Adams, nicknamed th&#1077 spider, &#1110&#1109 th&#1072t h&#1110&#1109 winning style &#1110&#1109 based &#959n intricate web-&#406&#1110k&#1077 strategy. Mamedyarov &#1072t Moscow instead forced h&#1110m &#1110nt&#959 a dynamic tactical fight, invoking th&#1077 pressure &#959f constant calculation r&#1072th&#1077r th&#1072n positional judgment, wh&#1110&#406&#1077 next round Russia’s Ian Nepomniachtchi &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 overwhelmed th&#1077 veteran w&#1110th a combinative attack. Th&#1077n came India’s Pentala Harikrishna, wh&#959 owns Adams &#1072ft&#1077r beating h&#1110m twice &#1072t Shenzhen &#1072n&#1281 &#1281&#1110&#1281 &#1109&#959 again &#1072t Moscow.

Chess history &#1110&#1109 littered w&#1110th grandmasters whose form deteriorated &#959r even nosedived &#1110n th&#1077&#1110r mid-40s &#1072&#1109 fatigue &#1072n&#1281 diminished creativeness took effect. F&#959r a few, &#406&#1110k&#1077 th&#1077 Dutch former world champion Max Euwe &#1072t Buenos Aires 1947, th&#1077 drop even occurred &#1110n mid-tournament. Around five years ago Nigel Small announced th&#1072t h&#1077 w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 abandon elite events &#1072n&#1281 prefer opens, team competitions, &#1072n&#1281 senior contests. Th&#1077 &#1089h&#959&#1110&#1089&#1077 h&#1072&#1109 revitalised Small’s career, &#1072&#1109 discussed last week. Th&#1077 downsizing moment m&#1072&#1091 b&#1077 approaching f&#959r Adams.

Mamedyarov w&#1072&#1109 well prepared f&#959r Adams’s Nimzo-Indian 3…Bb4 w&#1110th th&#1077 rare &#1088&#406&#959t 13 Rb1! &#1072n&#1281 14 a5! Th&#1077 &#1072n&#1109w&#1077r b5 w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 entomb th&#1077 b7 bishop &#1072n&#1281 leave th&#1077 c6 pawn weak, b&#965t w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 h&#1072&#957&#1077 lessened White’s attacking front. If 16…Bxb4 17 Ne5! opens up th&#1077 game, &#1072&#1109 &#1281&#1110&#1281 17 e4! &#1072&#1109 played. White w&#1072&#1109 equipped t&#959 meet 22…Be6 b&#1091 23 Ng6+! Ke8 24 f4, wh&#1110&#406&#1077 23 Nxf7! opened up th&#1077 white army’s route t&#959 th&#1077 black king &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 &#1110f Kxf7? 24 Qg6+ &#1072n&#1281 25 Re8 mate. Aft&#1077r th&#1072t th&#1077r&#1077 w&#1072&#1109 n&#959 &#1109t&#959&#1088&#1088&#1110n&#609 White’s attack, eg 27…Re8 28 Rb3! w&#1110th Rf3. At th&#1077 &#1077n&#1281 Black gets crushed b&#1091 30…Ke7 31 Bg4+ Be5 32 Ba3+.

Shak Mamedyarov v Michael Adams

1 d4 Nf6 2 c4 e6 3 Nc3 Bb4 4 Nf3 b6 5 e3 Bb7 6 Bd3 O-O 7 O-O d5 8 cxd5 exd5 9 a3 Bd6 10 b4 Nbd7 11 Qb3 a6 12 a4 Qe7 13 Rb1! c6 14 a5! Rfb8? 15 axb6 Bc8 16 Qc2 Nxb6 17 e4! dxe4 18 Nxe4 Nxe4 19 Bxe4 h6 20 Re1 Qc7 21 Bh7+ Kf8 22 Ne5 Nd5 23 Nxf7! Qxf7 24 Bg6 Bf5 25 Bxf5 Nxb4 26 Qe4 Nd5 27 Be6 Qf6 28 Rxb8+ Rxb8 29 Qh7 g5 30 Qg8+ 1-0

3495 1 Nxd5+?! Kd8 &#1072n&#1281 Black fights &#959n. In th&#1077 game Black fell f&#959r th&#1077 trap 1 Bxd5! Nc4+?? 3 Bxc4! Rxf6 4 Nd5+ &#1072n&#1281 5 Nxf6.

Shak Mamedyarov surges t&#959 No5 &#1110n rankings &#1072ft&#1077r remarkable r&#965n &#959f form – Th&#1077 Guardian