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Baku Open – Round 7

The International Chess Festival Baku Open 2013, dedicated to the Independence Day of Republic of Azerbaijan, is taking place on 18-28th September at the AF Hotel near Caspian Sea.

The Festival is organized by the Azerbaijan Youth & Sport Ministry and Azerbaijan Chess Federation. The total prize fund is 50.000 USD. First place is 10.000 USD worth.

The Tournament A is reserved for the players rated higher than 2250 FIDE and has 69 participants.

Last year winner Sergei Zhigalko split the point with first seed Evgeny Alekseev to stay on the top with 5,5 points. He is joined by Pavel Smirnov and Dragan Solak who defeated Nidjat Mamedov and Levan Pantsulaia respectively. Alekseev is alone on 4th place with 5,0 points.

AF Hotel

AF Hotel and its famous Aqua Park

Round 7 top results:
GM Alekseev Evgeny 2710 – GM Zhigalko Sergei 2664 ½ – ½
GM Smirnov Pavel 2627 – GM Mamedov Nidjat 2609 1 – 0
GM Pantsulaia Levan 2596 – GM Solak Dragan 2615 0 – 1
GM Dreev Aleksey 2668 – GM Mamedov Rauf 2641 ½ – ½
GM Iordachescu Viorel 2609 – GM Smirin Ilia 2663 ½ – ½
GM Efimenko Zahar 2661 – GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil 2633 ½ – ½
GM Shimanov Aleksandr 2655 – GM Rasulov Vugar 2488 ½ – ½
IM Artemiev Vladislav 2560 – GM Korneev Oleg 2621 ½ – ½
GM Khismatullin Denis 2661 – GM Rogozenco Dorian 2515 ½ – ½
GM Safarli Eltaj 2660 – GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan 2549 1 – 0

Round 7 standings:
1-3. GM Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2664, GM Smirnov Pavel RUS 2627 and GM Solak Dragan TUR 2615 – 5,5
4. GM Alekseev Evgeny RUS 2710 – 5,0
5-21. GM Efimenko Zahar UKR 2661, GM Mamedov Nidjat AZE 2609, GM Iordachescu Viorel MDA 2609, GM Rasulov Vugar AZE 2488, GM Mamedov Rauf AZE 2641, GM Smirin Ilia ISR 2663, GM Dreev Aleksey RUS 2668, GM Korneev Oleg ESP 2621, GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil GEO 2633, IM Artemiev Vladislav RUS 2560, FM Anurag Mhamal IND 2426, GM Shanava Konstantine GEO 2567, GM Safarli Eltaj AZE 2660, GM Shimanov Aleksandr RUS 2655, GM Azarov Sergei BLR 2636, GM Guseinov Gadir AZE 2616 and GM Pantsulaia Levan GEO 2596 – 4,5 etc

Round 8 top pairings:
GM Zhigalko Sergei 2664 – GM Smirnov Pavel 2627
GM Solak Dragan 2615 – GM Alekseev Evgeny 2710
GM Korneev Oleg 2621 – GM Dreev Aleksey 2668
GM Smirin Ilia 2663 – GM Pantsulaia Levan 2596
GM Guseinov Gadir 2616 – GM Efimenko Zahar 2661
GM Iordachescu Viorel 2609 – GM Safarli Eltaj 2660
GM Mamedov Nidjat 2609 – GM Shimanov Aleksandr 2655
GM Mamedov Rauf 2641 – GM Rasulov Vugar 2488
GM Shanava Konstantine 2567 – GM Azarov Sergei 2636
GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil 2633 – FM Anurag Mhamal 2426

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