European Blitz Chess Championship 2015: Rauf Mamedov takes gold medal

The reigning champion of Azerbaijan Grandmaster Rauf Mamedov became the new European Blitz Champion by defeating Vladimir Belous from Russia with 2-0 in the final round.

Mamedov scored 18,0/22 points, the same as the Russian GM Boris Savchenko, but thanks to better tie-break the gold medal went to Mamedov. Bronze medal went to Alexander Riazantsev from Russia with 17 points.

The event was played according to the Swiss System in 11 double rounds, with time control 3 minutes game + 2 seconds per move.

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European Blitz Chess Championship 2015

Boris Savchenko, Rauf Mamedov and Alexander Riazantsev

At the opening ceremony the participants were addressed by Mr. Aleksandr Shamko, Minister of Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Belarus and Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili, President of the European Chess Union.

European Rapid & Blitz Chess Championship is taking place in Minsk, the capital of Belarus, 18-20 December in Sports Palace.

Tomorrow the European Rapid Championship is on schedule, with the first round startin at 10 am (local time). Follow the games live with analysis.

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