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Kaido Külaots (born 28 February 1976) is an Estonian chess player. He was awarded the title Grandmaster by FIDE in 2001.

Kaido Külaots
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Külaots at the 2008 Chess Olympiad
CountryEstonia
Born (1976-02-28) 28 February 1976 (age 43)
Pärnu, Estonia
TitleGrandmaster (2001)
FIDE rating2574 (May 2019)
Peak rating2609 (July 2011)

He has won the Estonian Chess Championship in 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2014. Külaots has represented Estonia in the Chess Olympiad (in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2018) and the European Team Chess Championship (in 2003, 2005, 2007).[1]

He tied for 1st–2nd with Evgeny Alekseev at Kharkiv 2003[2] and with Vladislav Nevednichy at Paks 2003,[3] tied for 1st–6th with Evgeniy Najer, Artyom Timofeev, Zoltan Gyimesi, Sergey Grigoriants and Oleg Korneev at the Cappelle-la-Grande Open 2004,[4] tied for 1st–2nd with Artjom Smirnov at the Paul Keres Chess Festival in Tallinn 2004,[5] came 2nd behind Sergei Tiviakov and ahead of Oleg Korneev at the Gausdal Classics 2005,[6] came 1st at the Heart of Finland Open in Jyväskylä 2008,[7] tied for 1st–3rd with Robert Ruck and Gabor Papp at the 1st Gedeon Barcza Memorial 2008,[8] tied for 3rd–6th with Sarunas Sulskis, Tiger Hillarp Persson and Hans Tikkanen at Borup 2010[9] and won the 1st Festival Yvette 2010.[10] Külaots competed in the FIDE World Cup in 2017 as a FIDE nominee. Here he was knocked out in the first round after losing to Nikita Vitiugov by ½–1½.[11] In February 2019 Külaots won the Aeroflot Open edging out Haik Martirosyan on tiebreak, after both players scored 7/9 points. Thanks to this victory, Külaots earned an invitation to play in the Dortmund Sparkassen Chess Meeting.[12][13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bartelski, Wojciech. "Men's Chess Olympiads: Kaido Külaots". OlimpBase. Retrieved 4 April 2010.
  2. ^ "The Rector Cup". FIDE. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
  3. ^ "VII.Paks Kupa GM". FIDE. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
  4. ^ Crowther, Mark. "TWIC: Cappelle-la-Grande 2004". London Chess Center. Retrieved 4 April 2010.
  5. ^ Crowther, Mark (2004-07-26). "TWIC 507: Keres Memorial". London Chess Center. Retrieved 4 April 2010.
  6. ^ Crowther, Mark (2005-04-25). "TWIC 546: Gausdal Classics". London Chess Center. Retrieved 4 April 2010.
  7. ^ "Mikael Agopov's Success". Armchess. 2008-08-20. Archived from the original on 5 October 2010. Retrieved 4 April 2010.
  8. ^ Crowther, Mark. "TWIC 731: 1st Gedeon Barcza Memorial". London Chess Centre. Retrieved 4 April 2010.
  9. ^ "5. XtraCon i Skovbo 2010 GM-turnering November 2010 Denmark". FIDE. Retrieved 27 January 2012.
  10. ^ "1er Festival Gif s-Yvette - A May 2010 France". World Chess Federation. Retrieved 4 April 2010.
  11. ^ Crowther, Mark (2017-09-29). "FIDE World Cup 2017". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 2019-02-22.
  12. ^ "Kaido Kulaots Wins Main Tournament of Aeroflot Open 2019". Russian Chess Federation. 2019-02-27. Retrieved 2019-02-27.
  13. ^ "Kaido Külaots võitis Moskva maleturniiri". Postimees Sport (in Estonian). 2019-02-27. Retrieved 2019-02-27.

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