Elshan Moradiabadi wins Ikaros Chess Festival 2010
Zoi Iordanidou takes the women title, Maria Ikonomopoulou with yet another strong performance

The Iranian grandmaster Elshan Moradiabadi won convincingly the Ikaros Chess Festival 2010. He finished with 8,0/9, a full point ahead. He won seven games and concluded two draws against the second placed FM Ivajlo Enchev and GM Sergey Zagrebelny.

The first women prize went to Zoi Iordanidou with 7,0/9, who scored the same points as WGM Maria Manakova, but had better tiebreak.
The young Greek talent Maria Ikonomopoulou had one more time a fantastic performance and with 6,0/9 she is adding 39 ELO points more to the 35 points won at the Greek Chess League.

More about Elshan Moradiabadi

Elshan Moradi Abadi, born 22 May 1985, is a chess grandmaster from Iran. His first big success came when he was 16, when he won the 2001 Iranian Chess Championship with a score of 10/11, ahead of Ehsan Ghaem Maghami.

He was one of the members of Iran national team in the first World Mind Sports Games held in Beijing (2008), in which the Iranian team surprisingly clinched the third place ahead of Hungary, USA and India.

Elshan Moradiabadi has 3 bronze medals from the Asian Indoor Games (2007 Individual Blitz, 2007 team rapid, and 2009 Team Blitz) and 1 bronze from the Asian games in Doha 2006 team classical.

On the May 2010 FIDE rating list his Elo rating was 2558, while in July he reached the highest point in his carreer of 2571. With the points won at the Ikaros Chess Festival, Elshan Moradi Abadi is set to break his personal record one more time.

Ikaros Chess Festival Final standings

1 GM MORADIABADI ELSHAN IRI 2571
2 GM NIKOLOV MOMCHIL BUL 2552
3 GM ZAGREBELNY SERGEY UZB 2480
4 FM ENCHEV IVAJLO BUL 2441
5 WGM MANAKOVA MARIA SRB 2306
6 FM NIKOLAIDIS KONSTANTINOS GRE 2290
7 FM HARITAKIS THEODOROS GRE 2289
8 SIMEONIDIS IOANNIS GRE 2259
9 KOUKOUFIKIS ALEXANDROS GRE 2255
10 IM KAMENETS ANATOLIJ UKR 2246

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