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The 4th International Sardaran E Shahid Azerbaijan Cup was held from July 22-29, 2015, at Morvarid Hotel, in Urmia, Iran.

The Chess Association of “West Azerbaijan” province and I.R. Iran Chess organized the event and provided the prize fund in total of US$ 25,000.

The chess festival gathered more than 400 players, split into five different tournaments.

The star-packed section was Open A, for players with Elo rating more than 2100. Iranian GM Pouria Darini came on top with 7.5/9 points. His country-men GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami and GM Pouya Idani tied for the second place with 7 points.

The winner of Open B (for players below 2100) is another Iranian player, Mohammadreza Khorshidi. He scored 8/9, leaving the nearest followers half a point behind.

Georgian IM Nino Khurtsidze emerged a convincing winner of Open C (Maral Cup) female tournament with 8.5/9 points and so did Hamid Tahmasebi in Open E (youth tournament U14).

The first place in Open D blitz tournament was shared in a three-way tie by GM Merab Gagunashvili of Georgia, GM Ehsan Ghaem Maghami of Iran and GM Vugar Rasulov Vugar of Azerbaijan at 9 points each.

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Open A top standings:

1 GM Darini Pouria IRI 2479 7,5
2 GM Ghaem Maghami Ehsan IRI 2570 7
3 GM Idani Pouya IRI 2557 7
4 GM Mirzoev Azer AZE 2553 6,5
5 GM Tarlev Konstantin UKR 2547 6,5
6 IM Tabatabaei M.Amin IRI 2441 6,5
7 Mosadeghpour Masoud IRI 2370 6
8 FM Mousavi Seyed Khalil IRI 2422 6
9 GM Pantsulaia Levan GEO 2610 6
10 IM Tari Aryan NOR 2499 6
11 IM Guliev Logman AZE 2400 6
12 Maghsoodloo Parham IRI 2411 6
13 GM Golizadeh Asghar IRI 2448 6
14 IM Roghani Arash IRI 2325 6
15 GM Gagunashvili Merab GEO 2577 5,5
16 GM Rasulov Vugar AZE 2504 5,5
17 FM Sheykhhasani Bardia IRI 2297 5,5
18 Bolourchifard Farzad IRI 2247 5,5
19 IM Morchiashvili Bachana GEO 2332 5,5
20 WGM Pourkashiyan Atousa IRI 2370 5,5, etc.

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