Murtas Kazhgaleyev

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Murtas Kazhgaleyev
Kasgalejew murtas 20081119 olympiade dresden.jpg
at the Dresden Olympiad, 2008
Country  Kazakhstan
Born (1973-11-17) 17 November 1973 (age 43)
Uralsk,[1] Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union
Title Grandmaster (1998)
FIDE rating 2594 (March 2017)
Peak rating 2653 (November 2009)
Murtas Kazhgaleyev
Medal record
Representing  Kazakhstan
Asian Games
Gold medal – first place 2006 Doha Men's Individual

Murtas Kazhgaleyev (Kazakh: Мұртас Мұратұлы Қажығалиев; born 17 November 1973) is a Kazakhstani chess Grandmaster.

In 2004, he tied for first with Slim Belkhodja in the 27th Syre Memorial in Issy les Moulineaux.[2] Kazhgaleyev competed in the Chess World Cup 2005: he knocked out Evgeny Alekseev in the first round to reach round two, losing to Teimour Radjabov and thus exiting the competition. He won the men's individual rapid tournament at the 15th Asian Games in Doha.[3]

In 2007 he tied for 3rd–9th with Dmitry Svetushkin, Vladimir Malakhov, Evgeny Vorobiov, Pavel Smirnov, Vladimir Dobrov and Aleksej Aleksandrov in the 3rd Moscow Open tournament.[4] At the 2007 Asian Indoor Games, which took place in Macau, Kazhgaleyev won two silver medals, in the men's individual classical tournament and in the men's individual rapid event.

In September 2009 he finished first in the Paris City Chess Championship for the second time, having won it also in 2006.[5]

In January 2011 Kazhgaleyev took part in the Group C of the Tata Steel Chess Tournament in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands, where he finished seventh scoring 7/13 points.[6] In April 2011 he tied for 2nd–5th with Parimarjan Negi, Csaba Balogh and Jon Ludvig Hammer in the 13th Dubai Open Chess Championship.[7] Later that year Kazhgaleyev competed in the Chess World Cup 2011, where he was eliminated in round one by Dmitry Andreikin. He shared first place with Vasily Papin and Rustam Khusnutdinov in the 2014 Australasian Masters tournament.[8]

In January 2015 he finished second to Ni Hua in the Australian Open.[9] In May of the same year Kazhgaleyev won the Kazakhstani Chess Championship.[10]

Kazhgaleyev played for Kazakhstan in the Chess Olympiads of 1996, 1998, 2000, 2008, 2010 and 2012.[11]

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  1. ^ "Murtas Kazhgaleyev: Chess players should start writing about their lives". Chessdom. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
  2. ^ Crowther, Mark (2004-06-07). "TWIC 500: 27th Syre Memorial". London Chess Center. Retrieved 1 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Crowther, Mark (2006-12-25). "The Week in Chess: 15th Asian Games". Retrieved 2009-06-23. 
  4. ^ "Illya Nyzhnyk wins Group B in Moscow Open". ChessBase. 2007-02-07. Retrieved 18 May 2010. 
  5. ^ Mihajlova, Diana (2009-09-03). "Murtas Kazhgaleyev wins Ile-de-France Paris Championship". ChessBase. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  6. ^ "Tata Steel: Nakamura wins first Super GM event". ChessBase. 2011-01-30. Retrieved 10 April 2016. 
  7. ^ "Indian GM Abhijeet Gupta wins Dubai Open". 2011-04-20. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "Australasian Masters tournament 2014". FIDE. 2014-12-24. Retrieved 5 April 2016. 
  9. ^ 2015 Australian Open Chess-Results
  10. ^ "Murtas Kazhgaleyev Wins Kazakhstan Championship for the First Time". 21 May 2015. Retrieved 17 August 2015. 
  11. ^ Bartelski, Wojciech. "Men's Chess Olympiads: Kazhgaleyev, Murtas". OlimpBase. Retrieved 2009-06-23. 

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