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International Chess Festival Nakhchivan Open

Seven players with perfect score after round two

The International Chess Festival Nakhchivan Open, dedicated to the memory of President Heydar Aliyev, is taking place from 23rd April to 1st May at the “Nakhchivan Chess Center” in Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan. The Festival consists of two tournaments, A Group for those rated above 2250 and women rated above 2100, and B Group for those rated under 2250.

The A Group is incredibly strong, with dense field and a number of players rated above 2700-elo participating. Already in the second round there were many clashes between Grandmasters. Georgian Merab Gagunashvili held the top-seeded Wang Yue to a draw, while the local hope Nijat Abasov split the point with the experienced Ilia Smirin.

Seven Grandmasters are on the top of the crosstable with perfect score (standings bellow). Top round 3 matches are: GM Almasi ZoltanGM Sokolov Ivan, GM Landa Konstantin – GM Vallejo Pons Francisco, GM Miroshnichenko Evgenij – GM Aleksandrov Aleksej, GM Ibrahimov Rasul – GM Wang Yue.

The Festival is organized by the Azerbaijan Youth & Sport Ministry, Azerbaijan Chess Federation and Nakhchivan AR Chess Federation. Nine rounds according to Swiss system will be played in both tournaments. The total prize fund is $ 66.500.

Nakhchivan Chess Center

Nakhchivan Chess Center

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The players are accommodated in the 5-star hotel (photos courtesy of IM Alexander Ipatov)

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Architecture in Nakhchivan

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The hotel lobby

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IM Alexander Ipatov in front of the hotel

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The historic corner – presenting the tradition of Nakhchivan

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Leisure facilities in the hotel – gym, Turkish bath, billiard, table tennis and even children’s playground

Round 2 standings:

GM Sokolov Ivan NED 2643 – 2

GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2638 – 2

GM Ibrahimov Rasul AZE 2526 – 2

GM Almasi Zoltan HUN 2719 – 2

GM Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2707 – 2

GM Miroshnichenko Evgenij UKR 2670 – 2

GM Landa Konstantin RUS 2609 – 2

GM Turov Maxim RUS 2635 – 1.5

GM Safarli Eltaj AZE 2628 – 1.5

GM Wang Yue CHN 2734 – 1.5

GM Smirin Ilia ISR 2658 – 1.5

GM Gagunashvili Merab GEO 2599 – 1.5

GM Korobov Anton UKR 2647 – 1.5

GM Abasov Nijat Azad Oglu AZE 2504 – 1.5

IM Rasulov Vugar Ural Oglu AZE 2499 – 1.5

IM Bajarani Ulvi AZE 2437 – 1.5

GM Volkov Sergey RUS 2621 – 1.5

GM Guseinov Gadir AZE 2584 – 1.5

IM Ipatov Alexander ESP 2514 – 1.5

GM Filippov Anton UZB 2604 – 1

GM Shanava Konstantine GEO 2560 – 1

WIM Abdulla Khayala Mardan Qizi AZE 2160 – 1

WGM Mamedjarova Turkan AZE 2322 – 1

GM Abbasov Farid AZE 2543 – 1

IM Guliev Logman AZE 2468 – 1

GM Fedorchuk Sergey A UKR 2662 – 1

IM Benidze Davit GEO 2503 – 1

WGM Guramishvili Sopiko GEO 2334 – 1

IM Qashashvili Alexandre GEO 2329 – 1

Aliyev Elnur Fakhraddin Oglu AZE 2199 – 1

GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil GEO 2629 – 1

Abdulov Orkhan Javanshir Oglu AZE 2327 – 1

WIM Mammadova Gulnar Marfat Qizi AZE 2312 – 1

WFM Fataliyeva Ulviyya Hasil Qizi AZE 2069 – 1

GM Durarbeyli Vasif AZE 2510 – 1

WIM Kazimova Narmin Nizami Qizi AZE 2277 – 1

WIM Umudova Nargiz AZE 2230 – 1

GM Ghane Shojaat IRI 2341 – 0.5

Agayev Nidjat AZE 2287 – 0.5

Rzayev Bahruz Iqbal Oglu AZE 2230 – 0.5

Orujov Shujaat Ismiali Oglu AZE 2173 – 0.5

FM Mammadov Ayaz Arzu Oglu AZE 2409 – 0.5

WGM Mamedjarova Zeinab AZE 2342 – 0.5

Iskandarov Misratdin Mehdi Ogl AZE 2235 – 0.5

Idrisov Tabriz Arif Oglu AZE 2204 – 0.5

IM Morchiashvili Bachana GEO 2400 – 0

IM Mammadov Zaur Fazahir Oglu AZE 2379 – 0

FM Agaragimov Djakhangir AZE 2366 – 0

Rahmanov Shahriyar Teymur Oglu AZE 2286 – 0

WIM Isgandarova Khayala Ilqar Qizi AZE 2147 – 0

WFM Ismayilova Parvana Khalid Qizi AZE 2102 – 0

Garakhanbeyli Ramiz AZE 2022 – 0

IM Shalamberidze Akaki GEO 2360 – 0

Huseyn Orkhan Samir Oglu AZE 2109 – 0

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