The 2nd round of Nakhchivan-2019 International Chess Festival marking the 96th anniversary of Azerbaijan`s national leader Heydar Aliyev has ended.
Azerbaijani chess players Gunay Mammadzade and Orxan Abdulov were held to a draw by Belarusian Vladislav Kovalev and Aleksej Aleksandrov respectively. Another Azerbaijani GM Nijat Abasov defeated Iranian Mahdi Gholami Orimi. Grandmaster Eltaj Safarli beat his fellow countryman Abdulla Gadimbayli, while Turkish FIDE master Esat Baglan routed Greek GM Vasilios Kotronias.
After the two rounds, eight players have two points.