The first edition of the FIDE Grand Prix series 2014-2015 has begun in Baku at the the Cultural Event Center. The tournament’s opening ceremony was attended by chess officials, sponsors, national and international chess media. From 2nd till 14 of October over eleven rounds, the strongest players in the world will compete in the round robin tournament. The opening ceremony started with a one-minute of silence to honor the memory of one of the leading chess players of Azerbaijan Vugar Hashimov. The ceremony proceeded with a short documentary, showing the development of chess in Azerbaijan. Speakers at the event included the Minister of Youth and Sports of Azerbaijan Republic Azad Rahimov, President of Azerbaijan Chess Federation Elman Rustamov and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. Read a summary report at Chess Blog. Below are all the games of Round 1.


Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar – Radjabov, Teimour

Result: 1/2-1/2
Site: Baku
Date: 2014.10.02
[…] 1.c4 e5 2.g3 ♘f6 3.♗g2 c6 4.d4 ♗b4+ 5.♗d2 ♗xd2+ 6.♕xd2 d6 7.♘c3 O-O 8.e3 ♗e6 9.♖d1 ♘a6 10.b3 exd4 11.♕xd4 ♘b4 12.♕d2 ♗f5 13.e4 ♖e8 14.♘ge2 ♘xe4 15.♘xe4 ♗xe4 16.♗xe4 ♖xe4 17.♕xb4 ♕e7 18.♖d2 ♖e8 19.O-O c5 20.♕b5 ♖xe2 21.♖xe2 ♕xe2 22.♕xb7 ♕xa2 23.♕d7 ♖f8 24.♕xd6 ♕xb3 25.♕xc5 g6 26.♕xa7 ♕xc4 27.♕e3 ♕e6 28.♕xe6 fxe6 29.♖e1 ♔f7 30.♔g2 ♖d8 31.♖e3