The International Chess Festival Ridha Belkadhi Memorial 2014 took place from 2nd to 10th May, 2014 at Monastir Center Hotel in Tunisian city of Monastir.

The event is organized by Tunisian Chess Federation in collaboration with the “Le Carre Royal” club and managed by the Tournament Director Mr. Miladi Chahereddine.

The festival consisted of three events: Open A (for players with FIDE rating above 2100), Open B (open to all players, rated below 2100) andWomen’s Open with a 9 round Swiss format and time control of 90 minutes per player plus 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.

GM Stanislav Novikov from Russia is clear first in the Master Section with 7/9 points, a full point ahead of the nearest contenders. GM Igor Miladinovic (Serbia) and GM Igor Glek (Germany) share second place with 6/9 points.

WGM Dinara Saduakassova (Kazakhstan) is convincing in the Women’s Open with 8.5/9 points, leaving the runner-up WIM Altanulzii Enkhtuul (Mongolia) a full point behind. WIM Amina Mezioud (Algeria) takes the bronze with 6/9 points.

The first place in Open B is shared by the locals Sahbi Taeib and Houssem Meftahi with 7,5/9 points. Amir Hergli is third with 7/9 points.

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Open A final standings (top finishers):

1 GM Novikov Stanislav RUS 2554 7
2 GM Miladinovic Igor SRB 2573 6
3 GM Glek Igor GER 2460 6
4 FM Amdouni Zoubaier TUN 2275 5,5
5 GM Lazic Miroljub SRB 2466 5,5
6 GM Haddouche Mohamed ALG 2511 5,5
7 IM Ibrahim Hatim EGY 2349 5,5
8 FM Oussedik Mahfoud ALG 2174 5
9 FM Boudriga Med Ali TUN 2295 5
10 Talbi Chafik ALG 2204 5
11 GM Romero Holmes Alfonso ESP 2480 4,5

Women’s Open final standings (top finishers):

1 WGM Saduakassova Dinara KAZ 2335 8,5
2 WIM Enkhtuul Altanulzii MGL 2260 7,5
3 WIM Mezioud Amina ALG 2049 6
4 WIM Djukic Sandra SRB 2166 6

Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar
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