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Thursday, 27 Aug 2020 22:32
Alexander Zubov wins Ukraine Independence Day Schweppes

Thanks to the cooperation agreement between FIDE and Coca-Cola, Schweppes became the main sponsor of the chess festival that was held in Ukraine. The event included an online tournament, combined with simul exhibitions in the five largest cities in the country.

Five 20-board simul exhibitions took place in Kyiv, Dnipro, Kharkiv, Odessa and Lviv featuring some of the most prominent Ukrainian players. Chess fans had a chance to qualify for one of the simuls by taking part in the online tournament.

The Ukraine Independence Day Schweppes 2020, a 10-round online Swiss tournament, assembled an extremely strong lineup with 65 titled players taking part including 16 GMs. After ten rounds of fierce battles GM Alexander Zubov, one of the best Ukrainian rapid and blitz players, emerged as a winner with an excellent score of 9/10 (8 wins, 2 draws).

Egor Bogdanov and Vladimir Onischuk finished a half-point behind the winner and tied for the second with the former taking silver thanks to better tiebreaks.

Final standings:

1. Alexander Zubov – 9/10 
2. Egor Bogdanov – 8.5/10
3. Vladimir Onischuk – 8.5/10
4. Konstantin Tarlev – 8/10
5. Anton Sitnikov – 8/10 
6. Dmitry Mischuk – 8/10 
7. Pavlo Kruglyakov – 8/10 
8. Li Min Peng – 8/10 
9. Mikhail Simantsev – 8/10
10. Mike Safronov – 8/10

Three women’s prizes set in the event were taken by Natalia Zhukova (1st), Nastya Rakhmangulova (2nd), and Evgeniya Doluhanova (3rd).

Best veterans (three prizes were set)

1. Victor Yanov - 7/10
2. Valery Neverov - 7/10
3. Mikhail Golubev - 6.5/9