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Shamkir Chess 2018 Odds

Who wins the Shamkir Chess 2018?

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The fifth edition of the Shamkir Chess tournament will be played on April 18-28 in Shamkir, Azerbaijan, in memory of late Grandmaster Vugar Gashimov, one of the most talented players of his generation, who peaked at sixth in the world, despite the serious health issues that led to his death in 2014, at the age of 27.

Organized by State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR) and the Azerbaijan Chess Federation, the tournament will be a 10-player round-robin with a time control of 120 minutes for the first 40 moves, 60 minutes for the next 20 moves, and then 15 minutes extra plus a 30 seconds per move increment for the rest of the game. A rapid playoff will take place in case of a tie for first place. 

This year's line-up features World Champion and current world number one Magnus Carlsen, the winner of the last two editions of this tournament, Shakhriyar Mamedyarov, ranked second in the world, with 2814 Elo points, and ex-World Champion Vladimir Kramnik, nowadays one of the most dynamic players in the world.

Also to look out for will be the very strong Dutch Anish Giri, tenth in the world Elo-wise, China's Liren Ding, the only undefeated player in last month's Candidates Tournament, and the 2016 World Championship runner-up Sergey Karjakin of Russia.

They will be joined by Bulgarian Veselin Topalov, for many the world-class player with more interesting style, Azerbaijani star Teimour Radjabov, who in 2003 defeated Garry Kasparov, Viswanathan Anand and Ruslan Ponomariov with the black pieces, which made him the first player to have beaten three former and reigning World Chess Champions, with black, in the same year, the Czech David Navara, current world number 19th, and local Grandmaster Rauf Mamedov, 38th in the world, with 2708 Elo points.

The total prize fund is €100.000, with €30.000 for the first, €20.000 for the second, and €15.000 for the third place.