GM Aivars Gipslis Memorial Tournament was organized by the Latvian Chess Federation and Alexei Shirov on 9th February at the Technical University in Riga, Latvia.

The tournament was held to commemorate Aivars Gipslis, eight-times Latvian champion and respected Grandmaster.

The tournament was played over 9 rounds of Swiss system with the blitz time control of 5 min + 3 sec. The tournament is rated for FIDE Blitz elo.

GM Alexei Shirov annihilated the opposition to conclude the race with perfect 9/9 score and repeat the last year’s success.

Final standings (top 10 finishers):

1 GM Shirov Alexei 2709 Riga – 9
2 IM Berzinsh Roland 2405 Riga – 7
3 FM Kantans Toms 2385 Garkalne – 7
4 NM Mustaps Matiss 2253 Riga – 6
5 MK Kretainis Kristaps 2228 Riga – 6
6 NM Daudzvardis Janis 2185 Ogre – 6
7 I Smislajevs Olegs 1926 Jelgava – 6
8 MK Tokranovs Dmitrijs 2116 Riga – 6
9 MK Dzjuba Vsevolod 2280 Jurmala – 5.5
10 MK Laimins Lauris 2178 Riga – 5.5
11 WIM Dolgova Olga 2227 Riga – 5.5
12 MK Melderis Uldis 2051 Plavinas – 5.5

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