The 2nd Stars Cup started in Anzali Free Zone, Iran- First Day: Blitz Chess Event
The 2nd International Chess Stars Cup was inaugurated on July 11th in Anzali International Conference Hall, Iran by participation of seven international grandmasters, as World Stars Team, and seven Iranian best players, as Iran Stars Team.
A Group Photo of the 2nd Stars Cup Participants
Members of Iran Stars Team entering the Anzali Conference Hall
The tournament has been organized by Guilan Chess Association under the auspices of Chess Federation of I. R. Iran and World Chess Federation by sponsorship of Anzali Free Zone Organization.
Anzali Free Zone Organization, the Sponsor of the 2nd Stars Cup
The first day of the tournament was allocated to the Blitz chess event. Players received 3 minutes for the entire game plus 2 seconds increment starting form the first move. Finally, The World Stars Team won the blitz tournament against Iran Stars Team with a 4.5-2.5 score. However there were two surprising results of Iranian players. Alireza Firouzja and Parhal Maghsoodloo, two Iranian youth players, showed absolutely great fighting spirits. The 14-year-old Alireza beat Jobava, Van Wely, Bruzon, Safarli, and Wen Yang and only lost to Shirov! He scored 5 out of 6. In addition, Parham, holder of the best national rank, got 5.5 out of 7 and won Van Wely, Sirov, Sokolov and Safarli.
Van Wely in a complicated position against Alireza Firouzja
Parham Maghsoodloo showed his great fighting spirit in the Blitz
The Perfect Design of the Playing Hall by the Beautiful Background of Caspian Sea
The organizer has provided a National Chess Championship for the youth players, namely “Iranian Youth Chess Stars Championships”. 120 youth players from Iran are competing in 7 rounds in Swiss System. This championship has been organized simultaneous with the 2nd Stars Cup in Anzali Free Zone.
Mr. Kiumars Bayat, the President of Guilan Chess Association, supervising the “Iranian Youth Chess Stars Championships”
The first round of the Standard section of 2nd Stars Cup will be started from 16:00 on July 12th in Anzali Conference Hall.
By Sahar Noori, FIDE Journalist
Photos by FARS News Agency & Parham Kavegar