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Marrakech International Chess Tournament

GM Andrei Shchekachev and GM Georg Meier share the first place

The first Marrakech International Chess Tournament was held from 25th June to 1st July in Marrakech, Morocco. 135 players took participation, among them are 37 Grandmasters. Nine rounds according to Swiss system were played, with time control of 75 minutes per player.

The rich prize fund consisted of – 1st: € 4,000 + trophy – 2nd: € 3,000 – 3rd: € 2,000 – 4th: € 1,500 – 5th: 1000 € – 6th: 700 € – 7th: 500 € – 8th: 350 € – 9th: 250 € – 10th: 200 €. In addition, € 1,500 is allocated for special prizes for locals, women and seniors.

GM Georg Meier from Germany was alone on the top before the last round, but then he drew GM Gadir Guseinov, while the French GM Andrei Shchekachev beat GM Victor Mikhalevski and caught up with Meier on the shared first place. Shchekachev was declared champion on better additional criteria.

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Georg Meier and Gadir Guseinov (photo by Khadija Hassi)

Round 9 top results:

Gadir Guseinov 2602 – Georg Meier 2638 draw

Andrei Shchekachev 2549 – Victor Mikhalevski 2614 1-0

Hicham Hamdouchi 2609 – Evgeny Romanov 2594 draw

Igor MIladinovic 2559 – Kiril Georgiev 2662 0-1

Rafal Antoniewski 2607 – Sebastien Maze 2564 1-0

Valentin Iotov 2569 – Alexander Evdokimov 2551 0-1

Vitaly Kunin 2535 – Sergey Fedorchuk 2646 1-0

Henrik Teske – Alberto David 2631 1-0

Final standings:

1-2. GM Andrei Shchekachev FRA 2549 and GM Georg Meier GER 2638 – 7.5

3-8. GM Alexander Evdokimov RUS 2551, GM Vitaly Kunin GER 2535, IM Rafal Antoniewski POL 2607, GM Kiril Georgiev BUL 2662, GM Gadir Guseinov AZE 2602 and GM Evgeny Romanov RUS 2594 – 7.0

9-13. GM Alexander Berelowitsch GER 2566, GM Michal Krasenkow POL 2628, GM Salvador Del Rio de Angelis ESP 2521, GM Henrik Teske GER 2542 and GM Hicham Hamdouchi FRA 2609 – 6.5 etc

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