Baku Open 2009

Mamedyarov and Kamsky top seeded players

The International chess tournament Baku Open 2009, devoted to the Independence Day of the Azerbaijan Republic, is taking place from 20th to 30th September 2009 under the patronage of the Azerbaijan Youth & Sport Ministry and the Chess Federation of Azerbaijan. A rich prize fund of USD 60.000$ is allocated for the prizes, with 10.000$ reserved for the winner.

The field is spearheaded by world’s top players Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan 2721) and Gata Kamsky (USA 2692). Besides a number of strong local players and a large expedition from Georgia, there are also guests from Israel, Ilia Smirin and Victor Mikhalevski, and Russia – Boris Savchenko. In addition, neighboring Turkey and Iran will have their representatives.

Shakhryar Mamedyarov square 1 Gata Kamsky square 4

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov and Gata Kamsky

Top seeded players (of 156 registered):

GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2721 AZE

GM Kamsky Gata 2692 USA

GM Guseinov Gadir 2667 AZE

GM Smirin Ilia 2648 ISR

GM Savchenko Boris 2638 RUS

GM Mikhalevski Victor 2625 ISR

GM Mamedov Nidjat 2620 AZE

GM Gelashvili Tamaz 2615 GEO

GM Pantsulaia Levan 2600 GEO

GM Sanikidze Tornike 2600 GEO

GM Ibrahimov Rasul 2553 AZE

GM Abbasov Farid 2552 AZE

GM Jojua Davit 2531 GEO

GM Guliyev Namig 2525 AZE

GM Shanava Konstantine 2525 GEO etc

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