Shamkir Chess

Held in memory of Vugar Gashimov from 16 April to 26 April at the Heydar Aliyev Center, in Shamkir, Azerbaijan. The tournament is a 10-player round-robin, sponsored by Synergy Group, one of the largest local investment holdings in Azerbaijan, and features nine of the world's top twenty players, including World Champion Magnus Carlsen and his two predecessors, Anand and Kramnik. Players receive 2 hours for the first 40 moves, followed by 60 minutes for the next 20 moves and then 15 minutes for the rest of the game, plus a 30 second increment per move starting from move 61. Located in the northern foothills of the Lesser Caucasus, on the coast of the Chagirchay River, Shamkir is the 8th largest city in Azerbaijan. Official site: www.shamkirchess.az

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