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Estonian Chess Championship 2010

Third consecutive title for GM Kaido Külaots, Vahtra Tuuli wins the women championship

Kaido Kulaots

The 2010 Estonian Chess Championship in the format of 10-player round robin was held from 27th March to 2nd April in Tartu. In the final round, GM Kaido Külaots held his main competitor, six-time national champion IM Olav Sepp, to a draw and claimed a clear first place with 7.0 points from nine games.

This is the seventh title of Estonian champion for Külaots, who previously won in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008 and 2009.

IM Olav Sepp and GM Meelis Kanep (champion in 2004, 2005 and 2007), shared the second place with 6.5 points each.

Vahtra Tuuli won the Women’s chess championship by also collecting seven points from nine rounds. Narva Triin and Regina Narva share the second and third with 6.5.

Final standings men:

1. GM Kaido Külaots 2582 – 7.0

2-3. IM Olav Sepp 2521 and GM Meelis Kanep 2521 – 6.5

4. IM Tarvo Seeman 2439 – 6.0

5-6. Jüri Holvason 2170 and Pavel Vorobjov 2266 – 4.5

7. IM Alexander Volodin 2427 – 4.0

8. Oleg Kortshagin 2212 – 3.0

9. FM Olev Schults 2292 – 2.0

10. Juri Jakovlev 2213 – 1.0

Final standings women:

1. Vahtra Tuuli 2059 – 7.0

2-3. Narva Triin 2004 and Bronze Regina Narva 2104 – 6.5

4. Leili Pärnpuu 2161 – 6.0

5. Margit Brokko-Olde 2060 – 5.5

6. Anaid Hanzatjan 1720 – 4.0

7. Kersti Kõrge 1848 – 3.5

8. Elvira Hanzatjan 1764 – 3.0

9. Karmen Viikmaa 1731 – 2.0

10. Elin Sild 1831 – 1.0

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