Exciting finish of the Super Chess Open Nakhchivan 2011

Korobov wins, Ipatov with final GM norm


The Super Chess Open Nakhchivan 2011, the top open tournament of the year with 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.

His latest large success was a second place at Aeroflot 2010 and a bronze medal with A DAN DZO & PGMB at the 2010 European Club Cup. With the victory of Nakhchivan he is adding more ELO points and is officially crossing the 2670 barrier.

The other big star of the tournament was the 17-years old junior from Spain Alexander Ipatov. He finished on 5th position, with the same points as Almasi and Vallejo, scoring his final 3rd GM norm and downing on the way players as GM Merab Gagunashvili, IM Davit Benidze, GM Konstantine Shanava, and drawing with black with GM Eltaj Safarli and GM Ivan Sokolov.

This final GM norm for Alexander Ipatov comes only a month after he took bronze medal and second GM norm at another Super Open – Cappelle La Grande, where he did not have mercy on the board against GM Leon Hoyos, GM Zhigalko, GM Cornette, and GM Sasikiran.

Blazing two events for Ipatov, with 2700+ ELO performances bring him a deserved GM title and confirm his status as the young junior star of Europe and number one among Spanish young talents.

To celebrate his final GM norm Alexander Ipatov promised to join Chessdom with live commentary of the Candidates matches, together with Naiditsch, Bacrot, Bauer, etc.

(Read Alexander Ipatov interview on getting a GM norm)

First among the local chess players were GM Gadir Guseinov and GM Eltaj Safarli both with 6,0/9. You can find the full final standings right below the photo report. More photos you can find at the dedicated photo album.

For the live games and more information visit www.chess.az and www.azerichess.az.


First move of the event with Wang Yue at the top board, the officials and large media interest


Daily the top games are being reported on TV and the tournament has turned into a major sports event in the region


The official poster of the event meets the players when entering in the playing hall, but also at many places around the city


Close to the poster, is this photo of President Heydar Aliyev. Can you guess the top young talents at the photo?
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The opening ceremony of the tournament, dedicated to the memory of President Heydar Aliyev, with traditional dances and nice program


The playing hall is a spacious room with very nice conditions for chess


Top boards are presented at large screens in the playing hall and around the building


Vallejo, Wang Yue and the top boards are at a central stage


Faik Gasanov is there to make sure all is in order


Wang Yue in action


Local star Eltaj Safarli in good mood


Alexander Ipatov on his way to the GM norm

Final standings

1 GM Korobov Anton UKR 2647 7

2 GM Almasi Zoltan HUN 2719 6.5

3 GM Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP 2707 6.5

4 GM Sokolov Ivan NED 2643 6.5

5 IM Ipatov Alexander ESP 2514 6.5

6 GM Smirin Ilia ISR 2658 6

7 GM Guseinov Gadir AZE 2584 6

8 GM Landa Konstantin RUS 2609 6

9 GM Safarli Eltaj AZE 2628 6

10 GM Wang Yue CHN 2734 5.5

11 GM Ibrahimov Rasul AZE 2526 5.5

12 GM Turov Maxim RUS 2635 5.5

13 GM Abbasov Farid AZE 2543 5.5

14 GM Gagunashvili Merab GEO 2599 5.5

15 IM Guliev Logman AZE 2468 5.5

16 GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil GEO 2629 5.5

17 GM Volkov Sergey RUS 2621 5

18 IM Benidze Davit GEO 2503 5

19 GM Durarbeyli Vasif AZE 2510 5

20 Iskandarov Misratdin Mehdi Ogl AZE 2235 5

21 IM Rasulov Vugar Ural Oglu AZE 2499 5

22 GM Miroshnichenko Evgenij UKR 2670 5

23 GM Shanava Konstantine GEO 2560 5

24 GM Fedorchuk Sergey A UKR 2662 5

25 GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2638 4.5

26 GM Filippov Anton UZB 2604 4.5

27 Abdulov Orkhan Javanshir Oglu AZE 2327 4.5

28 IM Bajarani Ulvi AZE 2437 4.5

29 Rzayev Bahruz Iqbal Oglu AZE 2230 4.5

30 WGM Mamedjarova Turkan AZE 2322 4.5

31 IM Mammadov Zaur Fazahir Oglu AZE 2379 4.5

32 WGM Guramishvili Sopiko GEO 2334 4

33 Orujov Shujaat Ismiali Oglu AZE 2173 4

34 IM Qashashvili Alexandre GEO 2329 4

35 WIM Mammadova Gulnar Marfat Qizi AZE 2312 4

36 GM Ghane Shojaat IRI 2341 4

37 Idrisov Tabriz Arif Oglu AZE 2204 4

38 FM Agaragimov Djakhangir AZE 2366 4

39 FM Mammadov Ayaz Arzu Oglu AZE 2409 4

40 Aliyev Elnur Fakhraddin Oglu AZE 2199 4

41 WIM Umudova Nargiz AZE 2230 4

42 WGM Mamedjarova Zeinab AZE 2342 4

43 WIM Kazimova Narmin Nizami Qizi AZE 2277 3.5

44 GM Abasov Nijat Azad Oglu AZE 2504 3.5

45 Agayev Nidjat AZE 2287 3.5

46 IM Shalamberidze Akaki GEO 2360 3.5

47 WFM Fataliyeva Ulviyya Hasil Qizi AZE 2069 3.5

48 WIM Abdulla Khayala Mardan Qizi AZE 2160 3

49 Huseyn Orkhan Samir Oglu AZE 2109 3

50 Rahmanov Shahriyar Teymur Oglu AZE 2286 3

51 Garakhanbeyli Ramiz AZE 2022 2.5

52 WIM Isgandarova Khayala Ilqar Qizi AZE 2147 2

53 WFM Ismayilova Parvana Khalid Qizi AZE 2102 1

54 IM Morchiashvili Bachana GEO 2400 0