ALMATY OPEN GOLD MEDAL TO BELARUS!

The international 9-round Swiss format chess tournament “Almaty Open -2017”, ended on October 11th. 136 chess players from 10 countries took part in the competition, which was also stage II of the Kazakhstan Chess Cup. Belarusian grandmaster Kirill Stupak, who ultimately became the gold winner of the tournament, scored with 7.5 points.

The second place winner of the “Almaty Open” tournament was Brazilian grandmaster Alexander Fier (7 points), and third place winner was the grandmaster Vladimir Malakhatko, representing Belgium (7 points). The total prize fund of “Almaty Open” was, same as previous year, 2 500 000 tenge. Gold medal winner K. Stupak received 450 000 tenge; second place winner A. Frier received 350 000 tenge, and third place winner V. Malakhatko received 250.000 tenge.

The Almaty Open tournament was organized by the Kazakhstan Chess Federation and Academic Shakhmardan Yessenov science and education foundation. The main FIDE Arbiter for the Almaty Open tournament was Evgeny Meteleno.

In the competition were participating chess players from Russia and Georgia, Tajikistan and France, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.