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Remembering Paul Keres

7-round preliminary event followed by 8-player final on Sunday

Paul Keres

Remembering Paul Keres Preliminary Tournament is being played on 7th and 8th January in Tallinn, Estonia. Former World Champion Anatoly Karpov is also in Estonia, participating in the events dedicated to marking 95 years from Paul Keres’ birth.

The four top finishers from the Preliminaries are supposed to join GM Alexei Shirov (ESP 2722), GM Jaan Ehlvest (USA 2586), GM Elshan Moradiabadi (IRI 2558) and IM Aleksandr Volodin (EST 2487) in the final tournament that is scheduled for 9th January.

But points that GM Moradiabadi’s name has suddenly disappeared from the list. Perhaps due to the fact that Iranian Chess Championship is currently ongoing in Tabriz, finishes only on 9th January, and it looks impossible for GM Moradiabadi to appear in Tallinn on the same day, even with potential games’ rescheduling.

Top rated players among total of 93 in the Preliminary event are GM Burmakin Vladimir RUS 2603, GM Miezis Normunds LAT 2546, GM Lugovoi Aleksei RUS 2531, GM Shvyrjov Igor EST 2470, IM Smirnov Artem RUS 2428 and IM Berzinsh Roland LAT 2425.

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