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Evgeny Podolchenko Wins Belarus Chess Championship

12-players round robin, from 12th until 22nd January in Minsk

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The 76th Belarusian Chess Championship was held in Minsk from 12th until 22nd January. Twelve players competed in an all-play-all tournament with 11 rounds, and among them were eight Grandmasters. But even in such a strong field, with five players being rated 2600 elo and higher, the untitled Evgeny Podolchenko (2450) exceeded all expectations and gained a full point advantage prior to the last round.

Needing only a draw to safely clinch the title, and having at hand huge probability that even a shared first place brings him the best tiebreak, Podolchenko took on the experienced GM Sergey Azarov (2622) in the last game. The final day attracted huge interest and spectators poured into the playing hall to follow the action…

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