Baku, May 18, AZERTAC
Azerbaijani grandmaster Eltaj Safarli is an absolute leader at the Nakhchivan Open 2016 chess festival marking the 93rd anniversary of national leader Heydar Aliyev.
Safarli tops the A tournament with 6.5 points after 8 rounds. Shahriyar Mammadyarov Ukrainian GM Yuriy Kuzubov are runner ups with 6 points.
Eltaj Safarli will next face Dutch Sergey Tivyakov.
The tournament promises $7,500 money prize for the winners.
The 9-round chess festival brings together more than 300 players from Azerbaijan, Belgium, Georgia, Germany, Iran, Mongolia, Netherlands, Turkey, Ukraine, and Russia.