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Rustam Kasimdzhanov claims 1st Central Asia Chess Cup

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

Entitled to participate were 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 was played in 9 rounds, Swiss System. 53 players participated. The total prize fund is 25 000 USD.

Former World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov and GM Anton Filippov entered the final round with equal points but then Filippov was stunned by the untitled Begali Saidov, while Kasimdzhanov outplayed GM Marat Dzhumaev.

Thus Rustam Kasimdzhanov wins the 1st Central Asia Chess Cup with a total of 7.5 points. GM Pavel Kotsur and Begali Saidov share the 2nd place while Anton Filippov slips down to 4th.

Rustam Kasimdzhanov

Rustam Kasimdzhanov

Round 9 top results:
Saidov Begali UZB 2350 – GM Filippov Anton UZB 2606 1-0
GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam UZB 2678 – GM Dzhumaev Marat UZB 2492 1-0
Khoroshev Nikita UZB 2263 – GM Kotsur Pavel KAZ 2558 0-1
IM Kvon Andrey UZB 2486 – Karimov Ibragim UZB 2313 ½-½
Nugumanov Bakhtiyar KAZ 2216 – FM Abdyjapar Asyl KGZ 2308 0-1
GM Ibraev Nurlan KAZ 2393 – GM Ismagambetov Anuar KAZ 2500 0-1
WIM Muminova Nafisa UZB 2319 – IM Vakhidov Jahongir UZB 2392 1-0

Final standings:
1. GM Kasimdzhanov Rustam UZB 2678 – 7.5
2-3. GM Kotsur Pavel KAZ 2558 and Saidov Begali UZB 2350 – 7.0
4. GM Filippov Anton UZB 2606 – 6.5
5-9. IM Kvon Andrey UZB 2486, GM Ismagambetov Anuar KAZ 2500, FM Abdyjapar Asyl KGZ 2308, Karimov Ibragim UZB 2313 and WIM Muminova Nafisa UZB 2319 – 6.0
10-17. GM Dzhumaev Marat UZB 2492, FM Djuraev Sokhib TJK 2381, FM Gubaydulin Talgat UZB 2299, FM Holmirzaev Bahodir UZB 2360, Nugumanov Bakhtiyar KAZ 2216, Alikulov Elbek UZB 2299, Khoroshev Nikita UZB 2263 and Tokhirjanova Hulkar UZB 2144 – 5.5 etc

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