Five chess players have no losses in three rounds, though unfortunately there are no Azerbaijani representatives among them. The top five include Bulgarian Ivan Cheparinov, who beat Spain’s Francisco Vallejo in the third round, Lazaro Bruzon of Cuba, who upset Sergey Volkov of Russia, Russian chess player Eugeniy Romanov, who beat his countryman Alexei Dreyev, Belarus Sergey Zhigalko who frustrated Anar Allahverdiyev and Georgia’s Mikhail Mkhedlishvili who made Israel’s Emil Sutovskiy capitulate.
The best among ours are members of the Azerbaijani national team Eltaj Safarli, Rauf Mammadov and Shahriyar Mammadyarov who took from 8 to 10th places. All three have 2.5 points. Eltaj played a draw with Russian Dmitriy Andreikin, Rauf beat Gaoza Nigalidze of Georgia and Shahriyar upset Sarkhan Guliyev in this round.
The overall price fund of the tournament equals EUR 50,000 and the winner gets 10,000. The contest will be held in Swiss system in nine rounds and end on 14 August.
Source: Elmir Aliyev