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Strong Nakhchivan Open 2013 starts with few surprises

The International Chess Festival Nakhchivan Open 2013, dedicated to the memory of Heydar Aliyev, is taking place from 21st April to 1st May at the Nakhchivan Chess Center in Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan.

A lot of players registered to participate after the last report on the event. The total amount of participants raised to 59, including 27 GMs and 9 IMs.

The strong field made the first round not the usual walk-in-the-park for the favorites, but there were no huge upsets, as the underdogs only achieved draws. Both Rauf Mamedov and Sergei Tiviakov gave away half points playing with the white pieces. Russian GM Aleksandr Shimanov had the same result – a draw with white against a lower-rated opponent is never pleasant in the first round.

The second round already presents GM battles in the first six boards.

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Sergei Zhigalko

GM Sergei Zhigalko

Pairings of round 2:

1 GM Potkin Vladimir GM Aleksandrov Aleksej
2 GM Zhigalko Sergei GM Gupta Abhijeet
3 GM Kurnosov Igor GM Miezis Normunds
4 GM Sulskis Sarunas GM Safarli Eltaj
5 GM Kotsur Pavel GM Khismatullin Denis
6 GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil GM Abasov Nijat
7 WFM Khalafova Narmin GM Guseinov Gadir
8 GM Khalifman Alexander WGM Mamedjarova Turkan
9 IM Mammadov Zaur GM Mamedov Rauf
10 IM Rzayev Bahruz GM Tiviakov Sergei
11 GM Landa Konstantin IM Javakhadze Zurab
12 FM Dastan Muhammed Batuhan GM Shimanov Aleksandr
13 GM Papaioannou Ioannis IM Morchiashvili Bachana
14 Aghayev Nijat GM Korneev Oleg
15 WIM Umudova Nargiz GM Macieja Bartlomiej
16 GM Iordachescu Viorel FM Agaragimov Djakhangir
17 GM Mirzoev Azer Asgarizadeh Ahmad
18 GM Pantsulaia Levan Bayramov Vugar
19 WIM Kazimova Narmin GM Rasulov Vugar
20 IM Quparadze Giga Idrisov Tabriz
21 GM Zhukova Natalia Ibrahimova Sabina
22 GM Yilmaz Mustafa WIM Abdulla Khayala
23 FM Zeynalov Farid IM Sanal Vahap
24 WGM Mamedjarova Zeinab IM Babayev Talib
25 WIM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat IM Guliev Logman
26 Aleskerov Faik WGM Mammadova Gulnar
27 Iskandarov Misratdin FM Sevdimaliyev Urfan
28 Aghasiyev Kamal IM Abdulov Orkhan
29 WGM Saduakassova Dinara Rahmanov Shahriyar
30 Nifdaliyev Jahangir 0 not paired

 

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