Favorited Players Go Home Empty Handedly At Nakhchivan Open

From May 1 to 11 2015, the Nakhchivan Chess Center in cialis prostate the Southwest of Azerbaijan was stage to the Nakhchivan Open 2015.

Nakhchivan Open

Three different tournaments were scheduled at the event

Tournament A: Players with ELO-ratings of 2250 and above (women: 2100 points)

Tournament B: Players of ELO-ratings of 2249 and below

Tournament C: Children under 12

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The A-Group consisted what is plavix 75 mg used for of 66 players, half of which were Azerbaijanis. The remaining half came from Belgium, China, France, Georgia, India, Iran, Netherlands, Russia, Turkey, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

Amongst them were 23 grandmasters, 2 super-grandmasters even. Etienne Bacrot and Rustan Kasimdzhanov to be exact.

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Final Results after 9 Rounds (Top 20)

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Rk.   Name Rtg FED Pts.
1 GM Safarli Eltaj 2640 AZE 7
2 GM Guseinov Gadir 2612 AZE 7
3 GM Pantsulaia Levan 2603 GEO 6,5
4 GM Idani Pouya 2526 IRI 6
5 GM Tiviakov Sergei 2642 NED 6
6 GM Onischuk Vladimir 2669 UKR 6
7 GM Gupta Abhijeet 2603 IND 6
8 GM Khalifman Alexander 2624 RUS 6
9 GM Bacrot Etienne 2704 FRA 6
10 GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam 2715 UZB 6
11 GM Hou Yifan 2686 CHN 6
12 GM Adhiban B. 2636 IND 6
13 GM Gasanov Eldar 2494 UKR 5,5
14 GM Baklan Vladimir 2633 UKR 5,5
15 GM Paichadze Luka 2556 GEO 5,5
16 GM Romanov Evgeny 2581 RUS 5,5
17 FM Gadimbayli Abdulla 2301 AZE 5,5
18 GM Mamedov Rauf 2655 AZE 5,5
19   Beradze Irakli 2310 GEO 5
20 GM Bajarani Ulvi 2504 AZE 5

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Surprisingly, the ELO-favorites were nowhere near the battles for the top ranks. Though Kasimdzhanov showed no defeat on his account, he scored only 6 points due to many draws. Bacrot fought similar difficulties and even had to comply with a defeat against Pouya Idani. Former world champion Yifan Hou lost two duels and won five, and thus also collected 6 points only.

The favorited players’ weak performances were quickly taken advantage of by the opponents – in the end, Eltaj Safarli and Gadir Guseinov shared 1st rank.

Find the detailed list of results of participants here.

written by Sarah, translated by Birthe