36 Years and 1 Point in Israel's Favor

Время публикации: 19.09.2013 17:46 | Последнее обновление: 19.09.2013 17:46

Baku Open starts on GM Emil Sutovsky's birthday 

The main tournament of the 5th Baku Open started right on Emil Sutovsky's birthday. Now 36-year-old Israeli GM, who will head the Azerbaijani team at the upcoming European championship is 8th in the starting list. The top-seed is Russian Evgeny Alekseev the only 2700+ participating.   

He is followed by Alexey Dreev 2668, Sergei Zhigalko 2664, Ilia Smirin 2663, Zakhar Efimenko 2661, Denis Khismatullin 2661 and others.

The competition started with a small misunderstanding. Nino Khurtsidze was included into the drawing although she didn't arrive to Azerbaijan. Thus, Ilia Smirin representing Israel got a bye, if taking into account that the 1st tiebreak in case of level score is an average rating of opponents, this should be a good start for Smirin.     

Anna Muzychuk, Irina Krush, Lela Javakhishvili are among favourites in a fight for prizes in women's section. 

Zakhar Efimenko is Lela Javakhishvili\s rival in Round 1.  

Each round will start at 12:00 CET. You can follow the games live.


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