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12th Khazar International Open Chess Tournament

The 12th Khazar International Open Chess Tournament was held on 11-18th February at the the Yadegar Imam Sport Complex in Rasht, Iran. The tournament was organized by Mr Kiumars Bayat and the Guilan Chess Association.

Report by FA/WFM Shohreh Bayat

There were over 500 players from sixteen countries, namely Iran (host), Uzbekistan, Netherlands, Germany, Georgia, Armenia, Libya, France, Russia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Turkey, India, Azerbaijan, Iraq and Turkmenistan, participating in four sections:
A (for players rated above 2100), B (for players rated under 2100), C (women’s tournament), and D for youth under 14.

Among them were present eight Grand Masters (GM), ten International Masters (IM) and Women Grand Masters (WGM), 12 Fide Masters (FM) and Women Fide Masters (WFM).

After 9 rounds of play in the main A tournament GM Azer Mirzoev (2540) from Azerbaijan and GM Sipke Ernst from Netherlands (2575) shared the first place with 8 points each. Azer Mirzoev was declared winner on best tie-break.

The local hero, GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami (2547) came third with 7/9.

Kiumars Bayat, the organizer of the competition, and the President of the Guilan Chess Association

Kiumars Bayat, the organizer of the competition, and the President of the Guilan Chess Association

Top players in A Group - GM Azer Mirzoev, GM Sipke Ernst, GM Ehsan GhaemMaghami, GM Vasily Papin

Top players in A Group – GM Azer Mirzoev, GM Sipke Ernst, GM Ehsan GhaemMaghami, GM Vasily Papin

Top players in Women Group

Top players in Women’s Group

Top players in B group - Farhad Samsam, Reza Roozbayan, Behtash Salimifard

Top players in B group – Farhad Samsam, Reza Roozbayan, Behtash Salimifard

U6 top players in D group - Reza Mahdavi, Hirad Saberi, Koroosh Mehboudi

U6 top players in D group – Reza Mahdavi, Hirad Saberi, Koroosh Mehboudi

U8 top players in D group - Artin Baghdar, Abolfazl Sowti, Bardia Daneshvar

U8 top players in D group – Artin Baghdar, Abolfazl Sowti, Bardia Daneshvar

U14 top players in D group - Abolfazl Kazemian, Arian Yousefikia and Alireza Hosseini

U14 top players in D group – Abolfazl Kazemian, Arian Yousefikia and Alireza Hosseini

The Symbols of the Tournament

The Symbols of the Tournament

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