Jul 28, 2014, 7:22 PM
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Iran stands atop at 2014 Canadian Youth Chess Championship

Tehran, July 28, IRNA -- Iranian chess grandmaster Ehsan Ghaem Maghami, gaining 10.5 out of 12 points, finished champion of the blitz section of the 2014 Canadian Open Chess Championship in Montreal.

The 31-year-old Iranian chess hero won the title and in the last round of the blitz section of the competitions, held in the Grand Salon of the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth hotel, after playing against Russian-born Dutch grandmaster Sergei Tiviakov, and carved out a convincing victory by 1.5 points to 0.5.

Moreover, the Iranian secured the first to third positions in the classical section with 6.5 points.

He trailed Tiviakov and another Dutch chess grandmaster, Robin van Kampen, in the combined match division.

In 2011, Ghaem Maghami claimed the Guinness record for simultaneous chess games after facing more than 600 players in over 25 hours.

The 2014 Canadian Open Chess Championship opened in the city of Montreal on July 19, and wrapped up on July 26.

The event brought together chess grandmaster from different corners of the globe, and was staged in nine rounds.

The tournament served as a warm-up to the 41st edition of Chess Olympiad, which is organized by the Fédération Internationale des Échecs and will take place in the Norwegian city of Tromso from August 1 to August 14, 2014.