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Baku Open – Round 7

The International Chess Festival Baku Open 2012, dedicated to the Independence Day of Republic of Azerbaijan, will take place from 21st September to 1st October 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.

Last year winner Sergei Zhigalko defeated the Ukrainian champion Anton Korobov with black and emerged tournament leader with 5,5 points from seven rounds. Three players are trailing half a point behind.

AF Hotel

AF Hotel and its famous Aqua Park

Round 7 top results:

GM Korobov Anton 2705 – GM Zhigalko Sergei 2667 0 – 1
GM Mamedov Rauf 2634 – GM Esen Baris 2588 1 – 0
GM Alekseev Evgeny 2682 – GM Safarli Eltaj 2620 ½ – ½
GM Negi Parimarjan 2658 – GM Sanikidze Tornike 2586 1 – 0
WGM Mammadova Gulnar 2324 – GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil 2652 0 – 1
GM Khenkin Igor 2648 – GM Guseinov Gadir 2613 ½ – ½
GM Durarbayli Vasif 2584 – GM Landa Konstantin 2641 ½ – ½
IM Mammadov Zaur 2442 – GM Mamedov Nidjat 2614 ½ – ½
GM Barsov Alexei 2521 – GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan 2573 ½ – ½

Round 7 standings:

1. GM Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2667 – 5.5
2-4. GM Mamedov Rauf AZE 2634, GM Negi Parimarjan IND 2658 and GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil GEO 2652 – 5
5-19. GM Esen Baris TUR 2588, GM Guseinov Gadir AZE 2613, GM Alekseev Evgeny RUS 2682, GM Safarli Eltaj AZE 2620, GM Korobov Anton UKR 2705, IM Mammadov Zaur AZE 2442, GM Durarbayli Vasif AZE 2584, GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan IRI 2573, GM Khenkin Igor GER 2648, GM Mamedov Nidjat AZE 2614, GM Landa Konstantin RUS 2641, FM Zeynalov Farid AZE 2305, IM Guliev Logman AZE 2412, Aghayev Nijat AZE 2318 and IM Nigalidze Gaioz GEO 2449 – 4.5 etc

Round 8 top pairings:

GM Zhigalko Sergei 2667 – GM Negi Parimarjan 2658
GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil 2652 – GM Mamedov Rauf 2634
GM Korobov Anton 2705 – GM Durarbayli Vasif 2584
IM Nigalidze Gaioz 2449 – GM Alekseev Evgeny 2682
GM Esen Baris 2588 – GM Khenkin Igor 2648
GM Landa Konstantin 2641 – GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan 2573
GM Safarli Eltaj 2620 – IM Guliev Logman 2412
GM Mamedov Nidjat 2614 – FM Zeynalov Farid 2305
GM Guseinov Gadir 2613 – IM Mammadov Zaur 2442

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