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Eltaj Safarli leading at Chigorin Memorial

28th October – 5th November in St. Petersburg, Russia

The 17th Mikhail Chigorin Memorial is currently ongoing in “Moskva” hotel (2 Al. Nevsky square) in St. Petersburg, Russia. More than hundred titled players participate in the 9-round open tournament which is also a stage of Cup Russia circuit.

The reigning Azerbaijan champion Eltaj Safarli defeated the earlier leader Ivan Sokolov and replaced him on the top of the standings. Sokolov is sharing the second place with World Junior Champion Dmitry Andreikin, legendary Alexey Dreev and Konstantin Sakaev, who all scored victories with black pieces in round seven.

Eltaj Safarli

Eltaj Safarli

GM Sergei Yudin earlier won the Chigorin Memorial Rapid. Chessdom journalist IM Alexander Ipatov conducted numerous interviews, including WGM Irina Sudakova, GM Oleksandr Sulypa and GM Dariusz Swiercz, and IM Mikhail Mozharov

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Maxim Matlakov

Maxim Matlakov

Ipatov

Alexander Ipatov

Round 7 top results:

GM Safarli Eltaj AZE 2607 - GM Sokolov Ivan BIH 2641 1-0

GM Savchenko Boris RUS 2627 - GM Andreikin Dmitry RUS 2669 0-1

GM Khairullin Ildar RUS 2620 - GM Areshchenko Alexander UKR 2664 ½-½

GM Romanov Evgeny RUS 2598 - GM Dreev Alexey RUS 2649 0-1

GM Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2640 - IM Demchenko Anton RUS 2529 ½-½

GM Korobov Anton UKR 2670 - GM Sakaev Konstantin RUS 2607 0-1

GM Grachev Boris RUS 2668 - GM Vysochin Spartak UKR 2550 ½-½

GM Smirin Ilia ISR 2657 - GM Chadaev Nikolai RUS 2574 ½-½

GM Khismatullin Denis RUS 2654 - GM Andriasian Zaven ARM 2579 ½-½

GM Kokarev Dmitry RUS 2623 - IM Geller Jakov RUS 2544 ½-½

GM Ponkratov Pavel RUS 2592 - GM Maletin Pavel RUS 2621 1-0

Round 7 standings:

1. GM Safarli Eltaj AZE 2607 – 6.5

2-5. GM Sokolov Ivan BIH 2641, GM Sakaev Konstantin RUS 2607, GM Dreev Alexey RUS 2649 and GM Andreikin Dmitry RUS 2669 – 6.0

6-12. GM Areshchenko Alexander UKR 2664, GM Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2640, IM Fedoseev Vladimir RUS 2477, GM Khairullin Ildar RUS 2620, GM Amonatov Farrukh TJK 2602, IM Demchenko Anton RUS 2529 and GM Ponkratov Pavel RUS 2592 – 5.5 etc

Round 8 top pairings:

GM Andreikin Dmitry RUS 2669 - GM Safarli Eltaj AZE 2607

GM Sokolov Ivan BIH 2641 - GM Sakaev Konstantin RUS 2607

GM Dreev Alexey RUS 2649 - GM Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2640

GM Areshchenko Alexander UKR 2664 - GM Amonatov Farrukh TJK 2602

IM Demchenko Anton RUS 2529 - GM Khairullin Ildar RUS 2620

IM Fedoseev Vladimir RUS 2477 - GM Ponkratov Pavel RUS 2592

GM Malakhatko Vadim BEL 2578 - GM Grachev Boris RUS 2668

GM Andriasian Zaven ARM 2579 - GM Zvjaginsev Vadim RUS 2664

Anastasia Bodnaruk

Anastasia Bodnaruk

Andreikin

Dmitry Andreikin

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