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Sergei Zhigalko takes Baku

Sergei Zhigalko
The Baku open is one of the strongest in the international calendar, with five 2700 players participating this year. Seventh seed Sergei Zhigalko of Belarus topped the field on 7/9, with Dimitry Andreikin and Emil Sutovsky half-a-point behind.

The venue was the AF HOTEL (near the Caspian Sea, in Novkhani, in the vicinity of Baku, Azerbaijan) and took place from the 5th to 14th of August.

There were as many as 17 GMs rated 2600 and over in the field of 73 players, all of whom were trying to get their hands on some of the 50,000 Euros prize-fund. In addition, there were 133 players in the Open B tournament.

1st - 10000 € + cup 

2nd - 6000 €

3rd - 4000 €

4th - 2000 €

5th - 1500 €

6th - 1400 €

7th - 1300 €

8th - 1200 €

9th - 1100 €

For 10th to 25th there were also cash prizes (from 1000 to 300 euros).

Here were the final standings:

Rank Title Name Country Rating Points  TB1 
1 GM Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2689 7.0 2588
2 GM Andreikin Dmitry RUS 2696 6.5 2607
3 GM Sutovsky Emil ISR 2700 6.5 2539
4 GM Bruzon Batista Lazaro CUB 2673 6.0 2608
5 GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil GEO 2618 6.0 2574
6 GM Romanov Evgeny RUS 2624 6.0 2574
7 GM Guliev Sarhan AZE 2500 6.0 2565
8 GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar AZE 2765 6.0 2534
9 GM Dreev Aleksey RUS 2711 6.0 2533
10 GM Iordachescu Viorel MDA 2646 6.0 2493
11 GM Mamedov Rauf AZE 2679 6.0 2478
12 GM Volkov Sergey RUS 2607 6.0 2477
13 IM Maghalashvili Davit GEO 2463 6.0 2465
14 GM Smirin Ilia ISR 2676 6.0 2435
15 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2724 5.5 2565
16 GM Dominguez Perez Leinier CUB 2719 5.5 2543
17 GM Safarli Eltaj AZE 2622 5.5 2541
18 GM Cheparinov Ivan BUL 2669 5.5 2516
19 GM Najer Evgeniy RUS 2643 5.5 2484
20 IM Nigalidze Gaioz GEO 2448 5.5 2369

Top seed and local star Shakhriyar Mamedyarov finished in a rather modest 8th.

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