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Gashimov was a specialist in the Benoni and Ruy Lopez, winning many dynamic games. Among his notable results: shared-first at the 2008 Capelle La Grande and the 2010-11 Reggio Emilia tournaments, and a gold medal as part of the Azerbaijan team that won the 2009 European Team Championships.

Smith-Kekelidze, 40th Eastern Open, Bethesda, December 2013

1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. d4 g6 5. Nc3 Qd8 6. Bf4 c6 7. Qd2 Bg4 8. Ne5 Be6 9. O-O-O Bg7 10. Bh6 Kf8 11. Bc4 Bxc4 12. Nxc4 Nbd7 13. Rhe1 Nb6 14. Ne5 a5 15. Kb1 a4 16. a3 Qc8 17. Ne4 Nxe4 18. Rxe4 Nd5 19. Rde1 b5 20. Qg5 f6 21. Nxg6+ hxg6 22. Bxg7+ Kf7 23. Rxe7+ Nxe7 24. Qxf6+ Kg8 25. Rxe7 Qf5 26. Bxh8 Black resigns.

Samuelson-Kekelidze, 40th Eastern Open, Bethesda, December 2013

1. e4 g6 2. d4 Bg7 3. Nc3 c6 4. Bc4 d5 5. exd5 b5 6. Bb3 b4 7. Ne4 cxd5 8. Ng5 Nc6 9. Ne2 Nh6 10. a3 bxa3 11. Rxa3 O-O 12. c3 Na5 13. Bc2 Nc4 14. Ra2 f6 15. Nf3 Bg4 16. Nf4 Nb6 17. h3 Bc8 18. O-O Nf7 19. Nh4 e5 20. Nfxg6 hxg6 21. Bxg6 Nh8 22. Bf5 Nc4 23. Qh5 Bxf5 24. Nxf5 Rf7 25. Bh6 Bxh6 26. Nxh6+ Kf8 27. Nxf7 Nxf7 28. dxe5 fxe5 29. Rfa1 Qb6 30. b4 a5 31. Qf3 e4 32. Qf5 Qd6 33. bxa5 Qe5 34. Qxe5 Nfxe5 35. a6 Nc6 36. Rd1 Nb6 37. Rb1 Nd7 38. Rb7 Ke7 39. a7 Kd6 40. h4 Nc5 41. Rg7 Nd7 42. h5 Nb6 43. h6 Kc5 44. h7 Rh8 45. a8=Q Nxa8 46. Rxa8 Rxa8 47. Rg8 Black resigns.

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