Monday, May 02, 2011

Anton Korobov's Clinical Finish in Nakhchivan Open

International Chess Festival Nakhchivan Open, which took place from 23rd April to 1st May with the prize fund of 66 500 USD, has seen an exciting finish in Azerbaijan. GM Anton Korobov managed to defeat the constant leader GM Paco Vallejo and snatch the first position in the last round.

That guaranteed a fantastic $10 000 first prize, among many strong players as Wang Yue, Zoltan Almasi, Eltaj Safarli, Gadir Guseinov, etc.

This is not the first big success of Korobov. The Ukrainian Grandmaster won the national championship back in 2002, in 2003 he won Linares Open, in 2003 to 2008 he has 4 medals from national championships, and in 2009 and 2010 he won Czech Open.

The other big star of the tournament was the 17-years old junior Alexander Ipatov from Spain. He shared the 2nd place, with the same points as Grandmasters Almasi, Vallejo Pons and I.Sokolov, scoring his 3rd and final GM norm and downing on the way players like GM Merab Gagunashvili, IM Davit Benidze, GM Konstantine Shanava, and drawing with black with GM Eltaj Safarli and GM Ivan Sokolov.

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