2 March 2017
Anton Korobov Wins Region Group Blitz Tournament
Daniil Dubov finished third.The Region Group international blitz tournament took place on March 2, 2017, in the Kosmos Hotel. 200 players took part in the event.
This competition is one of the most famous speed chess events in the world, which traditionally attracts many distinguished masters of lightning chess. The prize fund of the tournament is 20,000 Euros.
The highest rated player this year was World Blitz Champion Sergey Karjakin. Among the favorites were also Daniil Dubov (who finished third at the World Blitz Championship), Vladislav Artemiev (Russian Blitz Champion), Rauf Mamedov (European Blitz Champion 2015), and Baadur Jobava.
Nine double rounds were played. The Ukrainian grandmaster Anton Korobov took first place virtually uncontested, with 15.5 points in 18 games.
Rauf Mamedov (Azerbaijan) finished second with 13.5 points.
Daniil Dubov (Russia), Alejandro Ramire (USA), and Vladislav Artemiev (Russia) tied for third place with 13 points. Dubov took third according to tie-break score.
CEO of Region Group Sergey Menzhinsky: “I am glad that we once again carried out this amazing tournament. I sincerely congratulate the winners. In my opinion, chess is very similar to intellectual work, especially in the field of finance. We continue to support this tournament, as we realize that chess players need an opportunity to play, compete, and get better for the good of Russian sport.”
Tournament Director Alexander Bakh and Deputy CEO of Region Group Konstantin Komissarov awarded the winners at the closing ceremony.