The Georgy Agzamov Memorial in pictures

4/14/2010 – In the first part of our report on the Georgy Agzamov Memorial Tournament, which was held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, we – actually the author Jamshid Begmatov – provided you with pictures and descriptions of a large number of players. There were too many to put into a single report. Here is part two with the rest of his pictures. New faces and portraits.

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IV International Georgy Agzamov Memorial

Report by Jamshid Begmatov

The IV International chess tournament in the memory of Georgy Agzamov, the first grandmaster of Central Asia, was held in Tashkent from 23rd to 31st of March. A great chess player, promoter, coach and organizer, Georgy Agzamov tragically died at the age of only 32 in the Crimean resort of Sevastopol – while on a mountain outing, he stumbled and fell down the gorge. The annual Georgy Agzamov memorials are the tribute the Uzbek Chess Federation and the entire country pay to the memory of this wonderful person.

Top final standings

Rnk Player Pts Nat Rtng Perf WWe BH BH2
1 GM Turov, Maxim 7.0 RUS 2609 2702 +1.16 54.0 42.5
2-3 GM Zhigalko, Sergei 7.0 BLR 2648 2681 +0.49 53.5 42.5
2-3 GM Jumabayev, Rinat 7.0 KAZ 2542 2690 +1.61 53.5 42.5
4 GM Golod, Vitali 7.0 ISR 2590 2670 +1.08 49.5 39.0
5 GM Tseshkovsky, Vitaly 6.5 RUS 2549 2618 +1.09 54.5 43.0
6 GM Dreev, Alexey 6.5 RUS 2653 2661 +0.28 52.5 42.0
7 GM Guseinov, Gadir 6.5 AZE 2609 2616 +0.29 52.0 40.5
8 GM Ismagambetov, Anuar 6.5 KAZ 2508 2581 +1.10 51.5 41.0
9 GM Kotsur, Pavel 6.5 KAZ 2565 2581 +0.48 51.5 40.0
10 GM Filippov, Anton 6.5 UZB 2598 2536 -0.39 51.0 40.0
11 GM Yurtaev, Leonid 6.5 KGZ 2469 2562 +1.29 49.5 39.5
12 GM Mchedlishvili, Mikheil 6.5 GEO 2634 2567 -0.50 49.5 39.0
13 GM Dzhumaev, Marat 6.5 UZB 2525 2466 -0.36 45.5 34.5
14 Faizulaev, Akmal 6.5 UZB 2303 2415 +1.54 40.5 33.0
15 IM Kvon, Andrey 6.5 UZB 2455 2372 -0.64 38.5 29.5

The tournament cross table, round-by round results and a selection of top games are available at the website of the Uzbek Chess Federation. Above are the top scorers – the full table is available here.

Picture gallery – part two


Georgian GM Mikheil Mchedlishvili, Elo 2634

Last year in India Mchedlishvili co-authored one of absolutely the greatest games of chess ever, which in my view should go into all chess tactics books. Unfortunately for Mikheil, he was on the losing side, Nigel Short with his consummate mastery – on the winning.


Uzbek champion IM Jurabek Hamrakulov from Samarkand (Elo 2509)


...and women's champion WIM Nafisa Muminova (Elo 2338) from
Kokand. This tournament didn't go too well for our champions.


The best result among Uzbekistani participants:
GM Anton Filippov, Elo 2598, place ten with 6.5 points.


Anton's girlfriend and permanent supporter Olga with her dazzling smile


GM Marat Dzhumaev, Elo 2525. In my version, his last name
would spell Jumayev, which is actually how you pronounce it.


GM Nurlan Ibrayev of Kazakhstan, Elo 2405


The Under 14 champion of Uzbekistan Iskander Aripov


GM Gadir Guseinov, Elo 2609, place six with 6.5 points. Gadir is a member of the
Azerbaijan's national team which won the European Team Championship 2009.


Post-game analysis. Gadir wore this green sweatshirt throughout the entire tournament


IM Vladimir Egin of Uzbekistan, Elo 2410. I might seem a nitpicker
(which I actually am), but his last name should spell Yeghin.


GM Pavel Kotsur of Kazakhstan, Elo 2565


GM Anuar Ismagambetov, Kazakhstan, Elo 2508


WFM Guliskan Nakhbayeva, Kazakhstan, Elo 2245


The winner of the first women's prize Dinara Sadvakasova,
with her mom, and coach GM Nurlan Ibrayev.


Bored of the grandmaster games? Tournament doctors on duty. There was nothing
for them to worry about, but it's still good to know you have doctors available, just in case.


Always interesting to watch ladies fight. WGM Irene Sukandar Kharisma vs Hulkar
Tahirjanova: 0-1 in hard-fought, six-hour-long game.


Our old friend GM Saidali Yuldashev


Old shark GM Leonid Yurtaev of Kirghizstan, who finished eleventh


GM Raset Ziyatdinov now represents the USA


These schoolkids pose for the photographer: as if they were sitting for an exam


Miss photogenic on a good hair day: WFM Irina Gevorgian


The tournament Director and experienced coach Sergey Pinchuk delivering the closing speech


Grandmasters lined up: Rinat Jumabayev, Sergey Zhigalko and Maxim Turov at the closing ceremony


On the other side: Dreev, Yurtaev, Kotsur, Ismagambetov, Filippov


Anton Filippov posing with his envelope. Wonder how much he got there?


We zoom in and see…


Downstairs the Central House was full of girls in fancy dresses: a rehearsal for some big show

The social side of chess tournaments is always nice: Hulkar Tahirjanova, Irene Sukandar Kharisma and Nafisa Muminova in the Museum of the Timurids Dynasty, posing by a model of the Taj Mahal. The Taj is a mausoleum located in Agra, India, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan, the grandson of Babur Shah, the founder of the Mughal Empire. Babur Shah came from the city of Andijan in what is now Uzbekistan. He was a direct descendant of Timur through his father, and a descendant of Genghis Khan through his mother.


Most of visiting players stayed at Hotel Uzbekistan...


...while the Indonesian players stayed at Hotel Le Grande Plaza run by an Indonesian company

In parallel with the tournament, Le Grande Plaza also hosted a FIDE seminar for chess arbiters where would-be and functioning arbiters from five republics of Central Asia had the opportunity to improve their professional skills. Seminar participants including yours truly. We had a great time and learned a lot of new stuff


The seminar was delivered by the well-known International Arbiter,
member of the FIDE Board of Arbiters, Ashot Vardapetian from Armenia

About the author

Jamshid Begmatov works as a consultant for the European Commission’s office in Tashkent. His hobbies include chess and photography. Jamshid has been writing reports and articles for ChessBase since 2003.

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