The International Chess Festival Baku Open 2012, dedicated to the Independence Day of Republic of Azerbaijan, was held from 21st September to 1st October at the AF Hotel near Caspian Sea.

The Festival was organized by the Azerbaijan Youth & Sport Ministry and Azerbaijan Chess Federation. The total prize fund was 50.000 USD.

GM Sergei Zhigalko from Belarus defended the last year’s trophy by once again taking the clear first place and the prize of 10.000 USD.

Round 9 top results:

GM Mamedov Rauf 2634 – GM Zhigalko Sergei 2667 ? – ?
GM Guseinov Gadir 2613 – GM Safarli Eltaj 2620 ? – ?
GM Durarbayli Vasif 2584 – GM Mamedov Nidjat 2614 ? – ?
GM Alekseev Evgeny 2682 – IM Idani Pouya 2469 1 – 0
GM Negi Parimarjan 2658 – IM Nigalidze Gaioz 2449 ? – ?
GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan 2573 – GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil 2652 ? – ?
GM Khenkin Igor 2648 – Iskandarov Misratdin 2380 1 – 0
GM Barsov Alexei 2521 – GM Landa Konstantin 2641 0 – 1
Aghayev Nijat 2318 – GM Esen Baris 2588 ? – ?
IM Guliev Logman 2412 – GM Korobov Anton 2705 0 – 1
IM Sharbaf Mohsen 2409 – GM Sanikidze Tornike 2586 0 – 1
FM Zeynalov Farid 2305 – GM Mirzoev Azer 2565 0 – 1
GM Yilmaz Mustafa 2537 – IM Abdulov Orkhan 2382 0 – 1
GM Abasov Nijat 2461 – FM Agaragimov Djakhangir 2343 1 – 0

Final standings (top finishers):

1 GM Zhigalko Sergei BLR 2667 – 7
2 GM Mamedov Rauf AZE 2634 – 6.5
3 GM Guseinov Gadir AZE 2613 – 6
4 GM Safarli Eltaj AZE 2620 – 6
5 GM Alekseev Evgeny RUS 2682 – 6
6 GM Durarbayli Vasif AZE 2584 – 6
7 GM Khenkin Igor GER 2648 – 6
8 GM Landa Konstantin RUS 2641 – 6
9 GM Mamedov Nidjat AZE 2614 – 6
10 GM Esen Baris TUR 2588 – 5.5
11 GM Negi Parimarjan IND 2658 – 5.5
12 FM Izzat Kanan AZE 2326 – 5.5
13 GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan IRI 2573 – 5.5
14 GM Korobov Anton UKR 2705 – 5.5
15 GM Mchedlishvili Mikheil GEO 2652 – 5.5
16 GM Abasov Nijat AZE 2461 – 5.5
17 Aghayev Nijat AZE 2318 – 5.5
18 GM Sanikidze Tornike GEO 2586 – 5.5
19 IM Abdulov Orkhan AZE 2382 – 5.5
20 IM Nigalidze Gaioz GEO 2449 – 5.5
21 GM Mirzoev Azer AZE 2565 – 5.5
22 FM Pourramezanali Amirreza IRI 2357 – 5.5
23 Iskandarov Misratdin AZE 2380 – 5
24 GM Barsov Alexei UZB 2521 – 5
25 GM Guliyev Namig AZE 2536 – 5
26 IM Idani Pouya IRI 2469 – 5

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