On December 1, 2018, in the north of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Pavlodar Open 2018 International Chess Tournament  finished, it put together the best representatives of the intellectual sport from 8 countries of CIS and foreign countries. This year, Kazakhstani Petr Kostenko who confidently hopped the Russian player Evgeny Vorobyov and countryman Azamat Utegaliyev justly won in the tournament.

“It is traditionally not easy to win at Pa vlodar Open, as the tournament includes the top-rank chess players fro different countries,” Petr Kostenko, Grand Master from Kostanay, the winner, said, “In spite of that I was primed for victory, there were some doubts in the competition form, I was the 15th in the rating. However, I composed myself and gave it my best shot, thus, the tournament was smooth and strong. I am very gratefull to everybody who cheered and supported me!”

Alisher Suleymenov from Pavlodar, who took the 4th place in classics, showed him to the best in blitz and got the gold medal of the Lightning Chess Championship. The second and third places in blitz also belong to Kazakhstan: Azamat Utegaliyev from Uralsk took the silver medal, and Denis Makhnev from Pavlodar took the bronze medal.

“This year, the gold medal remained home,”  Irina Grishchenko, the Executive Director of Kazakhstan Chess Federation, said by summarizing the results, “And we, as organizers, are very pleased that the Kazakhstani chess school not only is able to receive the guests but also demonstrates stable brilliant results in the international tournaments. Pavlodar Open was not an exception – two medals in classics and a full set in blitz belong to Kazakhstan”

In total, the national team represented 84 sportsmen, and many of them took the prizes of the Championship. The contest was held according to the Swiss system in 10 rounds.

General partner of the KCF is NWF Samruk-Kazyna JSC, social partner is foundation for development of social projects “Samruk-Kazyna Trust”.

General sponsor is the Kazakhstan Chess Federation NGO – the Scientific and Educational Foundation named after Academician Shahmardan Esenov.