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Sunday, 31 May 2020 17:05
Mamedov takes Silkway Cup

At the end of May, a popular chess platform playchess.com hosted Silkway Cup, an online blitz tournament dedicated to the Republic Day of Azerbaijan (28 of May), and Independence Day of Georgia (26 of May). The 15-round competition held with time control 3+2 brought together the best Azerbaijani and Georgian chess players including 25 grandmasters. 

With SOCAR as a sponsor, the event had a whopping 20,000 Euro prize fund. The tournament rating favorites occupied all the top positions in the final standings but not according to the starting ranking. The fifth rated Rauf Mamedov (AZE) scored 11.5 out of 15 and came clear first, defeating the rating favorite Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (the champion said that this victory had given him a real confidence boost), Ivan Cheparinov, Luka Paichadze, and others on the way.

Baadur Jobava was in the contest for the title all the way, but after making a draw in his last round game with Aydin Suleymanli he finished second with 11 points. The leader after the first day Nijat Abasov is third with 10.5.

Final standings:

1

Rauf Mamedov

AZE

2654

11.5

2

Jobava Baadur

GEO

2603

11.0

3

Nijat Abasov

AZE

2664

10.5

4

Vugar Rasulov

AZE

2478

10.0

5

Shakhriyar Mamedyarov

AZE

2764

10.0

6

Giga Quparadze

GEO

2463

10.0

7

Aydin Suleymanli

AZE

2512

9.5

8

Levan Pantsulaia

GEO

2553

9.5

9

Nidjat Mamedov

AZE

2609

9.5

10

Vasif Durarbayli

AZE

2606

9.0

11

Tornike Sanikidze

GEO

2458

9.0

 

Official website: http://www.world2020.ge/