Korobov wins Nakhchivan Open

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Nakhchivan Open: Korobov clear firstAnton Korobov won the strong Nakhchivan Open in Azerbaijan. The Ukrainian grandmaster was the only player to finish on 7/9, half a point ahead of Zoltan Almasi (Hungary), Paco Vallejo (Spain), Ivan Sokolov (The Netherlands) and Alexander Ipatov (Spain), who scored his third GM norm.

A big chess set outside the playing hall | Photo © Azerbaijan Chess Federation

The 11th Nakhchivan Open took place April 23-May 1, 2011 at the "Nakhchivan Chess Center" in Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan. It was a nine-round Swiss with a top group for players rated above 2250 (women rated above 2100) and a B group for players rated under 2250.

The festival was organized by the Azerbaijan Youth & Sport Ministry, the Azerbaijan Chess Federation and the Nakhchivan AR Chess Federation. The total prize fund was US $66,500 (about 45,000 Euro), which attracted, among others, GMs Wang Yue (CHN, 2734), Zoltan Almasi (HUN, 2719), Vallejo (ESP, 2707), Evgenij Miroshnichenko (UKR, 2670), Sergey Fedorchuk (UKR, 2662), Ilya Smirin (ISR, 2658), Anton Korobov (UKR, 2647) and Ivan Sokolov (NED, 2643).

After five rounds, Hungarian GM Zoltan Almasi was in the lead with 4.5 points. In the next round Paco Vallejo from Spain beat him to take over the lead, together with Ilya Smirin of Israel and local hero Gadir Guseinov. Vallejo continued strongly with a black win against Smirin to reach 6 points. Only Almasi followed with 5.5 points, and he was joined in second place again by Korobov in the penultimate round.

Still in sole lead, Vallejo lost the crucial last-round game to Korobov. Because Almasi drew with Smirin on board 2, it was Korobov who finished clear first, clinching the US $10,000 first prize. Almasi and Vallejo shared the second prize with Ivan Sokolov (the Netherlands), who beat Chinese GM and top seed Wang Yue in the last round, and Alexander Ipatov (Spain) - the four took home US $4,750 each.

For 17-year-old Ipatov from Spain this meant his third and final GM norm. In this tournament he beat GM Merab Gagunashvili, IM Davit Benidze and GM Konstantine Shanava and drew with GM Eltaj Safarli and GM Ivan Sokolov.

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Nakhchivan Open 2011 | Final Standings (top 30)
Rk Name Ti FED Rtg Pts TB1
1 Korobov Anton GM UKR 2647 7.0 2531
2 Almasi Zoltan GM HUN 2719 6.5 2621
3 Vallejo Pons Francisco GM ESP 2707 6.5 2609
4 Sokolov Ivan GM NED 2643 6.5 2582
5 Ipatov Alexander IM ESP 2514 6.5 2464
6 Smirin Ilia GM ISR 2658 6.0 2557
7 Guseinov Gadir GM AZE 2584 6.0 2545
8 Landa Konstantin GM RUS 2609 6.0 2497
9 Safarli Eltaj GM AZE 2628 6.0 2462
10 Wang Yue GM CHN 2734 5.5 2560
11 Ibrahimov Rasul GM AZE 2526 5.5 2556
12 Turov Maxim GM RUS 2635 5.5 2544
13 Abbasov Farid GM AZE 2543 5.5 2515
14 Gagunashvili Merab GM GEO 2599 5.5 2506
15 Guliev Logman IM AZE 2468 5.5 2493
16 Mchedlishvili Mikheil GM GEO 2629 5.5 2417
17 Volkov Sergey GM RUS 2621 5.0 2536
18 Benidze Davit IM GEO 2503 5.0 2511
19 Durarbeyli Vasif GM AZE 2510 5.0 2492
20 Iskandarov Misratdin Mehdi Ogl AZE 2235 5.0 2490
21 Rasulov Vugar Ural Oglu IM AZE 2499 5.0 2452
22 Miroshnichenko Evgenij GM UKR 2670 5.0 2444
23 Shanava Konstantine GM GEO 2560 5.0 2403
24 Fedorchuk Sergey A GM UKR 2662 5.0 2365
25 Aleksandrov Aleksej GM BLR 2638 4.5 2479
26 Filippov Anton GM UZB 2604 4.5 2464
27 Abdulov Orkhan Javanshir Oglu AZE 2327 4.5 2459
28 Bajarani Ulvi IM AZE 2437 4.5 2420
29 Rzayev Bahruz Iqbal Oglu AZE 2230 4.5 2376
30 Mamedjarova Turkan WGM AZE 2322 4.5 2373



The playing hall inside the Nakhchivan Chess Center

The playing hall inside the Nakhchivan Chess Center



A disappointing result for top seed Wang Yue

A disappointing result for top seed Wang Yue



Shared second: Paco Vallejo from Spain

Shared second: Paco Vallejo from Spain



Shared second: Ivan Sokolov from The Netherlands

Shared second: Ivan Sokolov from The Netherlands



Shared second: Zoltan Almasi from Hungary

Shared second: Zoltan Almasi from Hungary



Shared second: Alexander Ipatov (l.) who scored his third GM norm - here in his game against Konstantine Shanava

Shared second: Alexander Ipatov (l.) who scored his third GM norm - here in his game against Konstantine Shanava



Tournament winner Anton Korobov (Ukraine)

Tournament winner Anton Korobov (Ukraine)



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