Hello chess blog friends, chess-news.ru reports that GM Aleksej Aleksandrov has won the first Minsk Chess Open. He scored a cool 7.5 in 9 rounds for a clear first ahead of five other players 1/2 a point behind. The second place was shared by Lintchevski of Russia, Podolchenko and Stupak of Belarus, Ukrainian Nosenko and FIM Trifonov. The legendary Viktor Kupreichik finished 12th with six points.
You cannot speak about chess in Belarus without mentioning Kupreichik. Viktor Davidovich Kupreichik (born 3 July 1949) at the beginning of his career, won individual gold medal at Ybbs 1968 (the 15th World Student Team Chess Championship). He was twice the winner of the Belarusian Chess Championship in 1972 and 2003. He also placed first at Wijk aan Zee (Masters' tournament) 1977, Kirovakan 1978 (jointly), Reykjavik 1980, Plovdiv 1980, Medina del Campo 1980, and Hastings International Chess Congress in 1981/82.
From Alexandra Kosteniuk's