Chess club Etyud from Yekaterinburg celebrated its 25th anniversary. On this occasion 32 strongest chess players from the Sverdlovsk region gathered for a nine round tournament.

Preceding the main event there were two qualifying competitions: first for the junior members of Etyud, second for the public.

Alexander Motylev took a clear first place with 7,5/9 points, leaving the second placed Roman Ovechkin half a point behind.

Grandmasters Pavel Ponkratov and Igor Lysyj shared the third place with 6,5 points each. Best placed woman was FM Irina Gileva with 4,0 points.

Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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