Baku Open 2009
Mamedyarov and Kamsky top seeded players
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The International chess tournament Baku Open 2009, devoted to the Independence Day of the Azerbaijan Republic, is taking place from 20th to 30th September 2009 under the patronage of the Azerbaijan Youth & Sport Ministry and the Chess Federation of Azerbaijan. A rich prize fund of USD 60.000$ is allocated for the prizes, with 10.000$ reserved for the winner.

The field is spearheaded by world’s top players Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (Azerbaijan 2721) and Gata Kamsky (USA 2692). Besides a number of strong local players and a large expedition from Georgia, there are also guests from Israel, Ilia Smirin and Victor Mikhalevski, and Russia – Boris Savchenko. In addition, neighboring Turkey and Iran will have their representatives.

Top confirmed players (of 156 registered):

GM Mamedyarov Shakhriyar 2721 AZE
GM Kamsky Gata 2692 USA
GM Guseinov Gadir 2667 AZE
GM Smirin Ilia 2648 ISR
GM Savchenko Boris 2638 RUS
GM Mikhalevski Victor 2625 ISR
GM Mamedov Nidjat 2620 AZE
GM Gelashvili Tamaz 2615 GEO
GM Pantsulaia Levan 2600 GEO
GM Sanikidze Tornike 2600 GEO
GM Ibrahimov Rasul 2553 AZE
GM Abbasov Farid 2552 AZE
GM Jojua Davit 2531 GEO
GM Guliyev Namig 2525 AZE
GM Shanava Konstantine 2525 GEO, etc.

Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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