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Murtas Kazhgaleyev

at the Dresden Olympiad, 2008
Country Kazakhstan
Born 17 November 1973
Title Grandmaster (1998)
Peak rating 2653 (November 2009)

Murtas Kazhgaleyev (Kazakh: Мұртас Мұратұлы Қажығалиев; born 17 November 1973) is a Kazakhstani chess Grandmaster.

Kazhgaleyev played for Kazakhstan in the Chess Olympiads of 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2008.

In 2004, he tied for first with Slim Belkhodja in the 27th Syre Memorial in Issy les Moulineaux. Kazhgaleyev competed in the Chess World Cup 2005: he knocked out Evgeny Alekseev in the first round to reach round two, losing to Teimour Radjabov and thus exiting the competition. He won the men's individual rapid tournament at the 15th Asian Games in Doha.

In 2007 he tied for 3rd-9th with Dmitry Svetushkin, Vladimir Malakhov, Evgeny Vorobiov, Pavel Smirnov, Vladimir Dobrov and Aleksej Aleksandrov in the 3rd Moscow Open tournament. At the 2007 Asian Indoor Games, which took place in Macau, Kazhgaleyev won two silver medals, in the men's individual classical tournament and in the men's individual rapid event.

In September 2009 he finished first in the Paris City Chess Championship for the second time, having won it also in 2006.

In 2011 he tied for 2nd-5th with Parimarjan Negi, Csaba Balogh and Jon Ludvig Hammer in the 13th Dubai Open Chess Championship. Later that year Kazhgaleyev took part in the Chess World Cup 2011, where he was eliminated in round one by Dmitry Andreikin.

In January 2015 he came second to Ni Hua in the Australian Open. In May of the same year Kazhgaleyev won the Kazakhstani Chess Championship.

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