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Baku Open Tournament

Leon Luke Mendonca7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Aleksandar Indjic7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Sethuraman P Sethuraman6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Mahammad Muradli6.5/9(+5 -1 =3)[games]
Rauf Mamedov6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Nikita Petrov6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Samant Aditya S6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Eltaj Safarli6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Vladislav Kovalev6/8(+5 -1 =2)[games]
Aydin Suleymanli6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Kazybek Nogerbek6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Tornike Sanikidze6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Misratdin Iskandarov6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Vuppala Prraneeth6/9(+5 -2 =2)[games]
Ahmad Ahmadzada6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Jimmy Jubin6/9(+6 -3 =0)[games]
Nijat Abasov6/9(+3 -0 =6)[games]
Rithvik R Raja6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Aditya Mittal6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Sandipan Chanda5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Cem Kaan Gokerkan5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Nikoloz Petriashvili5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Khazar Babazada5.5/9(+5 -3 =1)[games]
Vahap Sanal5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Denis Makhnev5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Vugar Asadli5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Anton Korobov5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Mukhammadzokhid Suyarov5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Nurgyul Salimova5/7(+3 -0 =4)[games]
Divya Deshmukh5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Ortik Nigmatov5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Abdulla Gadimbayli5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
(115 players total; 83 players not shown. Click here for longer list.) Chess Event Description
Baku Open (2023)

Name: Baku Open Event Date: May 3 - 13, 2023 Site: Baku Azerbaijan Format: 9-round Swiss Time Control: 90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment from move 1


 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 406  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Deshmukh vs Niemann 0-1402023Baku OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. A Predke vs E Atakishiyev 1-0242023Baku OpenC02 French, Advance
3. Shiroghlan Talibov vs A Korobov 0-1542023Baku OpenB40 Sicilian
4. R Mamedov vs S Dushyant  ½-½882023Baku OpenA14 English
5. G Mammadova vs N Abasov  0-1602023Baku OpenB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
6. S P Sethuraman vs N Naghdiyev 1-0292023Baku OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
7. K Garayev vs Indjic  0-1332023Baku OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
8. T Gareyev vs M A Gomes  1-0332023Baku OpenA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
9. K Balajayeva vs V Kovalev  1-0432023Baku OpenC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. E Safarli vs N Bashirli  1-0502023Baku OpenB50 Sicilian
11. H M Klek vs Mendonca  0-1562023Baku OpenB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
12. H Bharathakoti vs K Ahmad  1-0392023Baku OpenE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
13. Farid Mustafayev vs V Sanal  ½-½582023Baku OpenA11 English, Caro-Kann Defensive System
14. V Bernadskiy vs Anees M Mohamed  ½-½772023Baku OpenB30 Sicilian
15. S Wagh vs V Asadli  0-1732023Baku OpenE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
16. E Romanov vs A Ansat  1-0482023Baku OpenB30 Sicilian
17. S Guliev vs M Iskandarov  0-1252023Baku OpenE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
18. L Pantsulaia vs N Toncheva  1-0322023Baku OpenA37 English, Symmetrical
19. J Heinemann vs A Suleymanli  0-1612023Baku OpenC07 French, Tarrasch
20. N Petrov vs A Hilverda  1-0602023Baku OpenA06 Reti Opening
21. G Aradhya vs N Guliyev  ½-½222023Baku OpenD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
22. M Muradli vs A Eynullayev  ½-½552023Baku OpenE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
23. R Aliyev vs A Mittal  0-1592023Baku OpenE12 Queen's Indian
24. B Subramaniyam vs V Chizhikov  1-0472023Baku OpenB10 Caro-Kann
25. Zaur Bayramov vs S Aditya  0-1292023Baku OpenE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 406  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-05-23  Atterdag: I rout for Vuppala, Ihor and Sandipan - their first names sound wonderful.
May-05-23  EvanTheTerrible: These events are so dangerous for higher rated players. Lots of young, underrated players from India, Kazakhstan, and Azerbaijan.
May-09-23  jphamlore: It's getting ridiculous how many rising young players India has. Mendonca is also a violinist.
May-09-23  EvanTheTerrible: There are even more we've never heard of. The entire pool of Indian players are underrated, so when they finally get to play internationally they overperform to an extreme degree.
May-12-23  greed and death: It looks like Niemann bailed on the tournament and withdrew after a round 8 loss to Prraneeth.

I guess Magnus isn't the only one who doesn't like losing to lower-rated players ;)

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  perfidious: Niemann is far from the first higher-rated player in a Swiss to go into lose a game and withdraw mode, though in this case, two defeats left nothing to play for in the last round.
May-12-23  jphamlore: The Hans Niemann controversy will become a long forgotten footnote, because I predict he will return back to university within a year, maybe within months. He has no future as a chess professional. The alternative sources of income related to chess aren't open to him.
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  beatgiant: <jphamlore>
The Hans Niemann controversy won't ever be forgotten even if Niemann himself stops playing, because it raises a number of issues that go beyond his own case, questions about how to deal with potential cheating in the computer era.

Niemann won't "return back to university," because he never was in university. He would need to make a new application. Typically if he applies this fall, he could be accepted for the following fall.

I doubt he will make any major career decision before the FIDE report and the lawsuit reach some clarity. Even if he stops playing chess, he would still want to clear his name as much as possible to be able to practice any other career. That would affect any university application too, as he'd definitely have to explain the world-famous cheating allegations in his application statement.

It's too early to say "he has no future as a chess professional." It really depends on (a) how far he is able to improve his results and (b) how the whole affair plays out in the court of public opinion.

If nothing else, he has achieved high name recognition and could probably publish some kind of memoir and go on a lecture tour on the theme of how he lived on after disastrous negative publicity.

May-13-23  stone free or die: <<jphamlore> The Hans Niemann controversy...>

It really should be called the <Carlsen--Niemann> controvesy. The order of the names reflecting b the colors of the game in question.

I believe the universal opinion is that Carlsen's play was rather subpar that day, ie. he was beatable without cheating.

* * * * *

Niemann had a bad tournament, losing 17 rating points.

But, as is always the case, others got dinged as well.

E.g. Nepo has lost 9.2 ELO, Keymer 10.2, Adam 15.8, and Predke 23.3.

I don't see anyone forecasting the end of their professional careers.

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  perfidious: <zed....Niemann had a bad tournament, losing 17 rating points.

But, as is always the case, others got dinged as well.

E.g. Nepo has lost 9.2 ELO, Keymer 10.2, Adam 15.8, and Predke 23.3.

I don't see anyone forecasting the end of their professional careers.>

True, but we have long since got used to <hamhock>'s categorical pronouncements on everything.

May-13-23  stone free or die: Oops, forgot the live-ratings link:

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  fredthebear: <The Hans Niemann controversy won't ever be forgotten>

I certainly agree <beatgiant>. This is not only a claim to fame by Niemann thanks to Carlsen making an ass of himself, but the issue of cheating is as important to chess' reputation as steroid enhancement is to the world of sports. People want legitimate results.

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