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Old May 24th 05, 05:29 PM
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Default $50,000 for Clear Wiiner at HB Challenge

I looked up Zviad Izoria on the FIDE ratings list:

He has a rating of 2602, and is ranked 132nd in the World.

He is the #3 ranked player in Georgia, behind Baadur Jobava (2637), and
the colorful Zurab Azmaiparashvili (2679)

Given Jobava's recent poor result in the Capablanca Memorial tournament
in Cuba, Izoria may soon be vaulting to 2nd, amongst his fellow

Izoria is now aged 21, but for the past several years, he was ranked
among the Top 20 Juniors.

Still, he seems rather an obscure name to win such a big event, given
that there are dozens of better known GMs who were playing in the HB

The big surprise is that there wasn't a huge tie for 1st Place, with
a Dozen GMs splitting the $50,000 Jackpot. As a matter of fact, Izoria
managed to win clear 1st, even while ceding a draw in the Final round.
How many times does that happen in a big money Swiss? However, out of
the 5 players who could have tied Izoria at 7.5, Stripunsky lost to
Harikrishna, while Najer drew Fridman and Beliavsky drew Yudasin.
Still, they got $5,500, which is a bit of a consolation, I suppose.

Izoria may well be getting the biggest payday of his career (unless
his rating shoots past 2700), and it is only about as much as Michael
Adams will get for playing a 6 game match vs. the chess program Hydra.
Ah well, that's chess!

Intereting bit of trivia: the other big winner from the Open
section was Alex Barnett, rated 2257, who finished =19th, with 6.0/9
to take undivided 1st prize in the Under 2300 section.
Likewise, some dudes in the Under 2200, Under 2000, Under 1800, and
Under 1600 sections also won $20,000, for finishing in clear 1st.

FIDE Archive: Top 20 Juniors October 2004

Rank Name Title Country Rating Games B-Day
1 Radjabov, Teimour g AZE 2663 14 1987-03-12
2 Mamedyarov, Shakhriyar g AZE 2660 18 1985-04-12
3 Volokitin, Andrei g UKR 2652 14 1986-06-11
4 Berkes, Ferenc g HUN 2630 28 1985-08-08
5 McShane, Luke J. g ENG 2629 10 1984-01-07
6 Nakamura, Hikaru g USA 2620 19 1987-12-09
7 Navara, David g CZE 2620 18 1985-03-27
8 Bu, Xiangzhi g CHN 2615 17 1985-12-10
9 Harikrishna, P. g IND 2612 4 1986-05-10
10 Naiditsch, Arkadij g GER 2611 16 1985-10-25
11 Timofeev, Artyom g RUS 2611 0 1985-01-06
12 Alekseev, Evgeny g RUS 2604 16 1985-11-28
13 Inarkiev, Ernesto g RUS 2604 11 1985-12-09
14 Izoria, Zviad g GEO 2600 9 1984-01-06
15 Miton, Kamil g POL 2600 4 1984-04-12
16 Riazantsev, Alexander g RUS 2596 38 1985-09-12
17 Efimenko, Zahar g UKR 2594 34 1985-07-03
18 Gashimov, Vugar g AZE 2586 0 1986-07-24
19 Carlsen, Magnus g NOR 2581 23 1990-11-30
20 Areshchenko, Alexander g UKR 2580 31 1986-06-15

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