The 5th International Chess Tournament, dedicated to the memory of Georgy Agzamov, the first grandmaster of Uzbekistan, is currently ongoing at the Central House of Officers of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Tashkent.
Local fans must be delighted with GM Anton Filippov’s victory against the Reykjavik Open champion, GM Yuriy Kuzubov. This achievement sent Filippov forth to the first place where he is joined by Armenian GM Tigran Petrosian, winner in the match against GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko.
Marat Dzhumaev, another Uzbek Grandmaster, had a wonderful exploit as he beat the top rated participant GM Evgeny Alekseev with black pieces.
The tournament concludes on 26th March and there follows a rapid match between the reigning World Champion Viswanathan Anand and the 17th World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov.
Round 8 standings:
1-2. GM Filippov Anton UZB 2604 and GM Petrosian Tigran L. ARM 2620 – 6.5
9-18. GM Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2627, GM Kazhgaleyev Murtas KAZ 2618, IM Khamrakulov Dzhurabek UZB 2479, GM Miroshnichenko Evgenij UKR 2670, IM Kvon Andrey UZB 2461, Khoroshev Nikita UZB 2260, FM Djuraev Sokhib TJK 2371, GM Megaranto Susanto INA 2533, Aitbayev Aslan KAZ 2321 and WIM Muminova Nafisa UZB 2357 – 5.5 etc
Round 9 top pairings:
GM Filippov Anton UZB 2604 – GM Petrosian Tigran L. ARM 2620
GM Barsov Alexei UZB 2503 – GM Turov Maxim RUS 2635
GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil GEO 2629 – GM Roiz Michael ISR 2661
GM Dzhumaev Marat UZB 2465 – GM Jumabayev Rinat KAZ 2562
FM Djuraev Sokhib TJK 2371 – GM Kuzubov Yuriy UKR 2627
Khoroshev Nikita UZB 2260 – GM Kazhgaleyev Murtas KAZ 2618
Aitbayev Aslan KAZ 2321 – IM Khamrakulov Dzhurabek UZB 2479
IM Kvon Andrey UZB 2461 – GM Miroshnichenko Evgenij UKR 2670
GM Megaranto Susanto INA 2533 – WIM Muminova Nafisa UZB 2357
Holmirzaev Bahodir UZB 2362 – GM Alekseev Evgeny RUS 2688