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Filippov and Kasimdzhanov eying the title at the 1st Central Asia Chess Cup

The 1st Central Asia Chess Cup of the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov is taking place on 17-27th October in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

Entitled to participate are chess players from the Central Asian countries – Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan. The main aim of the tournament is popularization and development of the mass chess in the countries of Central Asia.

The tournament is played over 9 rounds, Swiss System. 53 players participate. The total prize fund is 25 000 USD.

Top seeded Grandmasters Rustam Kasimdzhanov and Anton Filippov continue to lead the race with 6.5/8 each. Begali Saidov, who was victorious in round 8, and GM Pavel Kotsur are half a point behind.

Rustam Kasimdzhanov

Rustam Kasimdzhanov

Round 8 standings:
1-2. GM Filippov Anton UZB 2606 and GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam UZB 2678 – 6.5
3-4. GM Kotsur Pavel KAZ 2558 and Saidov Begali UZB 2350 – 6.0
5-9. IM Kvon Andrey UZB 2486, GM Dzhumaev Marat UZB 2492, Nugumanov Bakhtiyar KAZ 2216, Karimov Ibragim UZB 2313 and Khoroshev Nikita UZB 2263 – 5.5
10-13. GM Ibraev Nurlan KAZ 2393, FM Abdyjapar Asyl KGZ 2308, GM Ismagambetov Anuar KAZ 2500 and WIM Muminova Nafisa UZB 2319 – 5.0

Top round 9 pairings:
Saidov Begali UZB 2350 – GM Filippov Anton UZB 2606
GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam UZB 2678 – GM Dzhumaev Marat UZB 2492
Khoroshev Nikita UZB 2263 – GM Kotsur Pavel KAZ 2558
IM Kvon Andrey UZB 2486 – Karimov Ibragim UZB 2313
Nugumanov Bakhtiyar KAZ 2216 – FM Abdyjapar Asyl KGZ 2308
GM Ibraev Nurlan KAZ 2393 – GM Ismagambetov Anuar KAZ 2500
WIM Muminova Nafisa UZB 2319 – IM Vakhidov Jahongir UZB 2392

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