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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sergei Tiviakov top seed at 2nd Ferdowsi Chess Open in Iran

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Hi everyone,

The 2nd Ferdowsi International Chess Open Tournament is set to take place from 9th to 20th February in Mashhad, Iran. The organising committee will provide free participation, domestic transfer (from Tehran to Mashhad and return) and full board accommodation (with 3 meals per day) in 4-stars Samen Hotel for official nominated players as well as GM title holders and 2500+ rated chess players.

The tournament will be played over 11 rounds of Swiss system. The prize fund of 25.000 US$ will be distributed for the top ten finishers. The winner gets 5000 USD. Note: 20% tax will be deducted from the winnings.

The 1st Ferdowsi International was held on 8-15th June 2010. Grandmasters Vladimir Malaniuk UKR, Ehsan Ghaem Maghami IRI and Azer Mirzoev AZE shared the first place.

Mashhad is the capital of “Khorasan–Razavi” province in northeastern of I.R.Iran and it has an International airport directly connected by different airlines to many major destinations like: Istanbul, Dubai, Bahrain, Doha, Bangkok, Bishkek, Dushanbe, Kuwait, Baghdad, Najaf, Almaty, and also more than 15 daily flights from Tehran.

Mashhad is the second largest city in Iran and one of the holiest cities in the Shia Muslim world.
Check for more dedetails.

Players list (top 15):
1 GM Tiviakov Sergei NED 2677
2 GM Pashikian Arman ARM 2608
3 GM Gleizerov Evgeny RUS 2566
4 GM Gagunashvili Merab GEO 2560
5 GM Ibrahimov Rasul AZE 2550
6 GM Guliev Sarhan AZE 2523
7 GM Fominyh Alexander RUS 2479
8 GM Babujian Levon ARM 2474
9 IM Darini Pouria IRI 2458
10 IM Idani Pouya IRI 2448
11 GM Toufighi Homayoon IRI 2444
12 IM Alavi Sayed Javad IRI 2442
13 IM Abdulov Orkhan AZE 2429
14 IM Vakhidov Jahongir UZB 2419
15 IM Ahmadinia Ebrahim IRI 2414

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