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IM Bardiya Daneshvar is the new Champion of Iran

A 16-year-old youngster from Teheran IM Bardiya Daneshvar emerged as the winner of the 55th Iranian Men’s Final Chess Championship and took his maiden national title.

The event took place from 15-24 June in Sari, being played as a 14-player round-robin tournament with classical time control. The 55th edition of the Iranian Men’s Final turned into a close race between Bardiya Daneshvar and the top seed IM Seyed Khalil Mousavi, who was coming into the final round a half-point ahead of his main rival.

Bardiya pulled off a crucial victory over Arash Dahli and caught up with Seyed Khalil (pictured below), who made a quick draw with White against Ali Rastbod. Both scored an impressive 9½/13 and tied for the first place, but the title went to Daneshvar by dint of better Sonnerborn-Berger (second tiebreak variable). Scroll down for final rankings

The 13-time national champion Ehsan Ghaem Maghami took the last place on the podium after edging out Ali Rastbod again, thanks to better tiebreaks.

Final standings:

1IMDaneshvar Bardiya2477
2IMMousavi Seyed Khalil2533
3GMGhaem Maghami Ehsan2519
4FMRastbod Ali2337
5GMMosadeghpour Masoud24698
6FMDaghli Arash2432
7GMDarini Pouria2436
8IMTahbaz Arash24366
9 Omidi Arya2315
10FMPoormosavi Seyed Kian24275
11 Ashraf Artin22605
12FMAtakhan Abtin2385
13 Khamisi S Jafar21514
14 Naderi Abdollah21203

Photos: Sharif Nataj and Mazandaran Chess Association Telegram channel

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