Entitled to participate were chess players from the Central Asian countries – Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan. The main aim of the tournament is popularization and development of the mass chess in the countries of Central Asia.
The tournament was played in 9 rounds, Swiss System. 53 players participated. The total prize fund is 25 000 USD.
Former World Champion Rustam Kasimdzhanov and GM Anton Filippov entered the final round with equal points but then Filippov was stunned by the untitled Begali Saidov, while Kasimdzhanov outplayed GM Marat Dzhumaev.
Thus Rustam Kasimdzhanov wins the 1st Central Asia Chess Cup with a total of 7.5 points. GM Pavel Kotsur and Begali Saidov share the 2nd place while Anton Filippov slips down to 4th....