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9th Khazar International Chess Cup

GM Alexei Fedorov and Giga Quparadze share first place

The 9th Khazar International Chess Cup was held from 15th to 21st February in Rasht, Iran, for the total prize fund of 30.000 USD. The main A tournament had 79 participants who competed over the 9 rounds of Swiss system.

Russian Grandmaster Sergey Volkov, winner of the recent 40th Rilton Cup, was the sole leader half way through the race, but then the Georgian untitled player Giga Quparadze set furious tempo and entered the final round half a point ahead of the group of Grandmasters.

On the last day Quparadze drew GM Sergei Tiviakov and Volkov lost with White to GM Alexei Fedorov of Belarus. Thus Quparadze and Fedorov shared the first place with 7 points each, but the Belorussian was declared winner on better second tiebreak criteria. Quparadze has had an impressive tournament, scoring a Grandmaster norm with the performance equal to 2700 elo.

More norms were achieved, as another untitled Georgian, Davit Zurkua, earned a GM, and local players Farzad Bolourchifard and FM A M Soozankar earned IM norms.

Rasht

Final standings:

1 GM Fedorov Alexei BLR 2593 - 7

2 Quparadze Giga GEO 2395 - 7

3 GM Toufighi Homayoon IRI 2450 - 6.5

4 GM Pantsulaia Levan GEO 2610 - 6.5

5 GM Tiviakov Sergei NED 2623 - 6.5

6 IM Maghalashvili Davit GEO 2453 - 6.5

7 FM Soozankar A M IRI 2281 - 6.5

8 GM Volkov Sergey RUS 2602 - 6

9 Zarkua Davit GEO 2356 - 6

10 IM Darini Pouria IRI 2423 - 6

11 GM Moradiabadi Elshan IRI 2558 - 6

12 Bolourchifard Farzad IRI 2139 - 6

13 IM Rasulov Vugar Ural Oglu AZE 2483 - 5.5

14 IM Golizadeh Asghar IRI 2504 - 5.5

15 GM Jojua Davit GEO 2515 - 5.5

16 GM Shanava Konstantine GEO 2560 - 5.5

17 Lomsadze Davit GEO 2345 - 5.5

18 Faghirnavaz Ali IRI 2293 - 5.5

19 GM Mahjoob Morteza IRI 2519 - 5.5

20 GM Harutjunyan Gevorg ARM 2468 - 5.5

21 FM Sharbaf Mohsen IRI 2392 - 5.5

22 GM Neverov Valeriy UKR 2516 - 5

23 IM Sulashvili Malkhaz GEO 2497 - 5

24 GM Abbasov Farid AZE 2537 - 5

25 FM Ahmadinia E IRI 2417 - 5

26 IM Benidze Davit GEO 2522 - 5

27 IM Nigalidze Gaioz GEO 2456 - 5

28 Abdulov Orkhan Javanshir Oglu AZE 2334 - 5

29 FM Sadeh Shahin IRI 2320 - 5

30 IM Morchiashvili Bachana GEO 2400 - 5

31 IM Mammadov Zaur Fazahir Oglu AZE 2443 - 5

32 IM Mallahi Amir IRI 2376 - 5

33 IM Grabliauskas Virginijus LTU 2392 - 5

34 WFM Hejazipour Mitra IRI 2252 - 5

35 Noroozi Omid IRI 2307 - 4.5

36 GM Ibrahimov Rasul AZE 2538 - 4.5

37 IM Chighladze Iveri GEO 2394 - 4.5

38 IM Azaladze Shota GEO 2456 - 4.5

39 Khademi Mohammad Miran IRI 2242 - 4.5

40 IM Darban Morteza IRI 2320 - 4.5

41 IM Hayrapetian Arman ARM 2359 - 4.5

42 FM Kowsarinia Amir IRI 2168 - 4.5

43 WFM Hakimifard Ghazal IRI 2204 - 4.5

44 FM Mammadov Ayaz Arzu Oglu AZE 2409 - 4

45 Behmardi K Rustam IRI 2260 - 4

46 GM Ghane Shojaat IRI 2398 - 4

47 FM Pourramezanali Amirreza IRI 2326 - 4

48 FM Izzat Kanan Azar Oglu AZE 2169 - 4

49 Nasri Amin IRI 2276 - 4

50 FM Hosseinipour Mehdi IRI 2261 - 4

51 WFM Bayat Shohreh IRI 1974 - 4

52 Vaghar Mohsen IRI 2146 - 4

53 GM Mirzoev Azer AZE 2563 - 4

54 Mousavi Seyed Khalil IRI 2089 - 4

55 Asgarizadeh Ahmad IRI 2091 - 4

56 IM Mohandesi Shahin IRI 2265 - 4

57 Choopani Morteza IRI 1957 - 4

58 FM Idani Pouya IRI 2325 - 3.5

59 WFM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat IRI 2127 - 3.5

60 Ghorbani Hadi IRI 2135 - 3.5

61 Asgarizadeh Minoo IRI 2013 - 3.5

62 Abbasi Rasool IRI 2229 - 3.5

63 FM Atanejhad Sahebali IRI 2146 - 3

64 Abedian Saeid IRI 2117 - 3

65 Moradi Amirmasoud IRI 1983 - 3

66 FM Gamzardia Giorgi GEO 2204 - 3

67 Zeehagh Rahim IRI 0 - 3

68 Afshar Niusha IRI 1858 - 2.5

69 Pajoumtajani Farbod IRI 1953 - 2.5

70 Torkamannejad Javad IRI 2137 - 2

71 FM Badii Madjid FRA 2224 - 2

72 Sheybani Shahin IRI 2164 - 2

73 Rezvanian Saeed IRI 1898 - 1

74 IM Allahverdiev Anar AZE 2422 - 1

75 Momeni E IRI 2212 - 1

76 Mehry Mahyaar IRI 1957 - 0

77 Khalaji Hanieh IRI 1948 - 0

78 Tangsiri Fard Jafar IRI 0 - 0

79 FM Alakhverdiev Araz GEO 2353 - 0

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