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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Baku Chess Open: Defending Champion GM Zhigalko Wins Clear First

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The International Chess Festival Baku Open 2012, dedicated to the Independence Day of Republic of Azerbaijan, was held from September 21 to October 1 at the AF Hotel near Caspian Sea, according to the latest Fide chess news.

The Festival was organised by the Azerbaijan Youth & Sport Ministry and Azerbaijan Chess Federation. The total prize fund was 50.000 USD. GM Sergei Zhigalko from Belarus defended the last year’s trophy by once again taking the clear first place and the prize of 10.000 USD.

Final standings:
1. GM Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2667 – 7
2. GM Mamedov Rauf AZE 2634 – 6.5
3-9. GM Guseinov Gadir AZE 2613, GM Safarli Eltaj AZE 2620, GM Alekseev Evgeny RUS 2682, GM Durarbayli Vasif AZE 2584, GM Khenkin Igor GER 2648, GM Landa Konstantin RUS 2641 and GM Mamedov Nidjat AZE 2614 – 6
10-22. GM Esen Baris TUR 2588, GM Negi Parimarjan IND 2658, FM Izzat Kanan AZE 2326, GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan IRI 2573, GM Korobov Anton UKR 2705, GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil GEO 2652, GM Abasov Nijat AZE 2461, Aghayev Nijat AZE 2318, GM Sanikidze Tornike GEO 2586, IM Abdulov Orkhan AZE 2382, IM Nigalidze Gaioz GEO 2449, GM Mirzoev Azer AZE 2565 and FM Pourramezanali Amirreza IRI 2357 – 5.5 etc

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