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A winner from Ukraine again this year?

GM Yuri Drozdovskij (UKR)

GM Yuri Drozdovskij is the other strong grandmaster from Ukraine who are participating in this year’s ACC. With a rating of 2627, he is certainly able to cope with all the field and we guess he wants to copy his countryman’s victory Moiseenko in 2007.

The 26-year-old from Odessa won 1.SCS Int.Open in India this year and also has a shared first place in Capelle La Grande in 2007 on his CV. He has however been particularly noted in the speed chess. In the discipline he may, among other things boast a first place in the Rapid Chess Championship in 2006 and a strong shared first place in the 4 Pivdenny Bank Cup 2008 Odessa (in front of Gelfand and Ponomariov). Drozdovskij participated in the Ukrainian team which took bronze in the European team Championships in Novi Sad, 2009.

His criteria for success are as follows: Never underestimate your opponent regardless of rating, be very well prepared, play with full intensity and exploit every opportunity!

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