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February 4rd, 2007
The winners of the children tournament “C” are known. They were 4 age groups. 277 young chess players from different Russian regions took part in the tournament “C”.
In the group “under 15” Ivan Aldohin from Omsk have become the winner. He has gained 7,5 points from 9. Thus he had 1 point more then his main competitors: Dmitriy Gluhenkiy (Balakovo) and Dmitriy Svetlov (Kstovo). Tamriko Gavasheli from Kislovodsk has become the winner among girls. She has gained 6 points. Diana Saigullina from Perm has gained 7 points, 4 players has gotten 6,5 points. Ramil Sadykov from Kazan managed to win according to extra factors. The fight was very tough in the group “under 11”. Both Maksim Lugovskiy (Kurganinsk, Krasnodarskaya region) and Grigoriy Palchun (St Petersburg) gained 8 points from 9. Maksim managed to head off Grigoriy thanks to extra factors. Four chess players got 7 points. Among them Anna Styazhkina who has shown the best result among girls. Mikhail Antipov has the best result among boys. Andrey Popov (Essentuki) with his 7.5 points became a sole leader in the group “under 9”. Mark Edmin (St Petersburg) has the 2nd place and the 3rd place went to Anatiliy Vinogradov (Bratsk). Both of them have half a point less than a leader and again the extra factors were very helpful in defining the winners. Veronika Aniper has shown the best result among the youngest girls.
Extra information can be found at the official site of Moscow Open.
February 3rd, 2007
The eighth round in Moscow open 2007 was very amicable as it seldom happens. In “Open A” eight games out of ten at first tables finished with a draw. Eugeny Najer (Moscow) wasn’t an exception: he made ) a draw with Pavel Smirnov (Mezhdurechensk) at the 18th move. Having half a point less Dmitry Svetushkin had a chance to tie the score with Eugeny Najer, but his game with Alexey Dreev finished also with a draw at 37th move. Thus one round left leader is Eugeny Najer who has 7 points out of 8. He is followed by Pavel Smirnov and Dmitry Svetushkin who have 6.5 points. The last one has to fight with the leader tomorrow. Perhaps exactly in that game a leader of Moscow open 2007 will be determined. Also Vasily Emelin from St. Petersburg, who beated Andrey Rychagov (Moscow), and Murtaz Kazhgaleev from Kazakhstan, who beated Marat Askarov (Kazan), have 6.5 points. Eleven participants have 6 points.
Among women three chess players have the same result: Alisa Gallyamova (Kazan), Marina Guseva (Moscow region) and Mongol Bat Mongotuul, who has lived in Moscow lately,- 4.5 points.
In “Open B” the leader has changed. Ilya Nyzhnyk from Vinnitsa stopped Viet Tuong Nguyen from Vietnam, who had played with one-hundred-percent result. Now this talented sportsman, who is 10, is at the top of tournament roll. Three players have half a point less - Viet Tuong Nguyen, Artiom Pechnikov (Kirzhach) and Sergey Fokin (Ekaterinburg) – all of them got 7 points.
Names of the leader of Moscow open 2007 will be known tomorrow in the evening.
February 3rd, 2007
Moscow Open 2007 festival taking place in the RSSU entered its final stage. Two rounds left till the finish line.
Muscovite Evgeniy Najer didn`t manage to continue his winning streak. Playing black in the 7th round he played draw with Vladimir Malakhov (Dubna, Moscow region). But this fact didn’t prevent Najer from staying the sole leader with his 6.5 points at Moscow Open 2007. Pavel Smirnov (Mezhdurechensk) and Dmitriy Svetushkin (Moldavia) have half a point left. Smirnov outplayed Konstantin Chernyshov (Voronezh) and Svetushkin left behind Moscow Open 2005 winner Farruh Amonatov (Moscow). Eleven-people-group have 1 point less than the leader. Marina Guseva from Moscow region shows the best result among women – 4.5 points from 7.
Nguyen Viet Tuong from Vietnam still remains leader in the tournament “B”. He has 7 points from 7. Tomorrow Nguyen will meet a young chess player Ilya Nyzhnik (Ukraine) who has half a point less.
There are two leaders in the children tournament “under 15” group: Ivan Aldohin (Orsk) and Pavel Shvydkin (Moscow). They`ve got 6 points. Eduard Hatoev (Barnaul) has the best result in the “under 13” group – 6.5 points. There are 5 chess players with 6 points in the “under 11” group. Among the youngest festival participants (under 9 years old) there are 3 leaders: David Paravyan (Moscow), Andrey Popov (Essentuki) and Mark Emdin (St. Petersburg). All of them have 6 points.
Moscow Open 2007 will be over tomorrow, the 4th of February.
February 2nd, 2007
The 1st of February hasn`t brought any sensations to the Moscow Open 2007. Gross master Evgeniy Najer and international master Yaroslav Ulko played at the first table. Notable that in the beginning of the tournament Evgeniy was one of the favorites and Yaroslav was only the 73rd in the start list. On the 44th move the game ended by the victorious attack of more titled rival. This way after 6 rounds Evgeniy is leading with 100% result. The group of shadowers are behind in one point. They are Farrukh Amonatov (Moscow), Dmitry Svetushkin (Moldova), Pavel Smirnov (Kemerovo region), Yuri Yakovich (Samara), Konstantin Chernyshov (Voronezh), Vasily Yemelin( Saint-Petersburg), and the international master Marat Askarov(Kazan). They all have 5 points. Between women there are 3 leaders. They are Alisa Gallamova(Kazan), Marina Guseva (Moscow region) and Inna Ivakhinova(Izhevsk).
In group “B” only one participant succeeded to pass half-distance lossless. Viet Tuong Nguyen became the one person who gain 6 points after had won in the game with Georgy Pogosian (Smolensk). In half-point distance are Artyom Benza, Vladislav Nozdrachev( Moscow region) and Illya Nyzhnyk from Ukraine ( they have 5.5 points). In the group of shadowers there are 14 sportsmen( they have 5 points), and among them there is a woman – Zoja Severiukhina from Izhevsk.
The 1st of February
The sole leader has appeared on Moscow Open 2007 after the combining of the tournaments. During the 5th round all participants played without divisions for groups and with regular time control. In the group “A” the game between leaders Dmitriy Bocharov (Mejdurechensk) and Evgeniy Najer (Moscow) ended on the 51st move by the black chess victory. Only two players from Moscow Alexander Riazantsev and Iaroslav Ulko who gained 4,5 points have lost 0,5 points to Najer.
Alisa Galiamova from Kazan, the World vice-champion, still has the best result among women. After the win in the game against Alexander Filippenko she has got 3,5 points. Alisa noticed that she hasn’t taken part in the tournaments recently and this festival is considered by her as training before Women European championship, which will be held this April.
Viet Nguyen from Vietnam and Pogosian Georgy from Smolensk headed the Open “B” tournament. Both of them have 5 points.
At the beginning of the tournament all players received the souvenirs with the festival symbols.
The 31st of January 2007
After the 4th round all groups of Open “A” and Open “B” participants were combined. Yesterday, the 30th of January, the games in groups “A-7”, “A-6” and “B-7” , “B-6” finished, and today the participants of both groups will be involved in common tournaments “A’ and “B” accordingly.
The 30th of January 25 players took part in a rapid chess championship “A-6”, including 13 grandmasters and 7 international masters. Aleksandr Riazantsev, the Moscow champion showed the best result – 3,5 points from 4. The Grandmasters Vladimir Malakhov (Moscow region),Vadim Zviaguintsev (Moscow) and Aleksey Korotylev have gained 3 points. In the “A-7” tournament (the participants had two games per day) Vasiliy Emelin (Saint-Petersburg), Aleksandr Lastin (Jeleznovodsk) and international master Nikolay Kurenkov (Moscow) have gained 3 points from 4.
Thus, grandmasters Evgueniy Najer (Moscow) and Dmitriy Bocharov have headed the Open “A”. Alisa Galiamova from Kazan, the world vice-champion, has headed the championship among women.
In the final tournament “B” table 8 players have gained 4 points from 4, 13 chess players have gotten 3,5 points.
The 30th of January, 2007
270 pupils from whole Russia take part in the children tournament “C” at the festival Moscow Open 2007.
4 rounds have been played among schools` champions in the all-Russian tournament, Moscow Open festival (tournament “C”) including. It’s necessary to remind that children who don’t go to school yet so as senior pupils over 14 years old take part in this championship. The youngest sportsman is only 5 years old. It is Oleg Shahnazarov from Pyatigorsk. He will be 6 in May.
If taking into consideration the variety of cities and towns where our small competitors came from, this festival can be named an informal Russian championship. There are children from St Petersburg, Chelyabinsk, Chuvashiya, Yakutsk, Krasnodar and many others. To provide equal position for every young chess player, the “C” group competition is divided into several age groups: under 9, 11, 13 and 15 years. Despite their early age many sportsmen have rather rich championships experience. For example, candidate master Misha Antipov (born in 1997) have participated in the country championships for several times and also have taken part in the sessions of grandmaster Evgeniy Bareev`s school.
After 4 rounds in the “under 15” group a sole leader has already appeared. Nikita Maneluke from Nizhniy Novgorod has 100% result. Ivan Aldohin (Orsk) and Dmitriy Svetlov (Kstovo, Nizhegorodskaya region) have a half point less. They’ve got 3 and a half points.
Simultaneously 7 young sportsmen have headed the “under 13” group. They are Veronika Lezhepekova (Essentuki), Konstantin Nikologorskiy (Nikologory, Vladimirskaya region), Ramil Sadykov (Kazan), Diana Samigullina (Perm), Eduard Hatoev (Barnaul), Lev Glushkov (Krasnoznamensk) and Stepan Davidov (Perm). They all have gained 3 and a half points.
4 participants in the “under 14” group have 100% result. They are Mikhail Antipov (Moscow), Maksim Lugovskoy (Kurganinsk, Krasnodarskiy Territory), Grigoriy Palchun (St Petersburg) and Maya Tereshechkina (Zheleznodorozhniy).
There are 3 leaders among the youngest sportsmen. Anatoliy Vinogradov (Bratsk), Vera Sharkova (Kolchugino) and Konstantin Savenkov have gotten 4 points. The young capital star Savenkov have recently participated in the London – Moscow ice chess match on Pushkin Square together with Anatoliy Karpov and Nigel Short.
The age groups winners (separate for boys and girls) besides the traditional cups, medals and diplomas will get the possibility to take part in the World Championship which is to be held from the 26th of April till the 6th of May this year in Kalitea (Greece).
Tomorrow there will be the next round which is going to reveal the leaders in the middle of the tournament distance.
January 29th, 2007
After three rounds of International festival Moscow Open 2007 ten participants of “Open A” managed to keep one-hundred-percent result. One of the main claimant for the victory Muscovite Alexey Dreev lost to Sergey Ionov from St. Petersburg. Among women 4 ones, including Eugenija Ovod from Leningrad region, got two points out of three.
In started today “A7” tournament after two rounds a leader was determined – Vasily Emelin from St. Petersburg, who has two victories. He is followed by Alexander Lastin (Zheleznovodsk), Sergey Sergienko (Voronezh) and champion of Moscow RSSU student Irina Vasilevich.
Tomorrow “A6” tournament starts. Its participants are to play four games per day, rapid though. Famous Grandmasters Viorel Bologan, Vladimir Malakhov, Vadim Zvyagintsev and world vice-champion Alisa Gallyamova (Kazan) are among them.
In “B” tournament 16 participants got three points out of three. Full roster of participants will be known tomorrow when chess players of “B7” and “B6” tournaments join them.
In junior tournament “C” there are 270 young players from more than 35 towns of Russia. All of them divided into 4 groups by age – under 9, 11, 13 and 15 . Boys and girls play in the same tournament. In 11-year-old group there are more participants than in others – 94. Here 8 juniors got three points out of three.
January 28, 2007
The second round of The International Chess Festival “Moscow Open 2007” wasn’t so problematic for favorites as the first one. Almost all of them managed to beat their competitors. With one-hundred-percent result the favorites of “Open A” Grandmasters Dreev A., Najer E. (Moscow), Bocharov D. (Novosibirsk), Svetushkin D. (Moldavia), Kornev A. (Vladimir) and other players continued their way to the top.
Tomorrow the first group of new comers, who chose the 7-day match (2 games a day), will join the competition. The winner of Moscow Open 2006 Aleksandr Lastin heads them. However, the main part of Grandmasters, who preferred to start with 4 rapid games, will join them on Tuesday. Tomorrow, the 29th of January, the games of participants of the 7-day tournament begin at 11 a.m. and the main games start at 5 p.m.
January 28th, 2007
SURPRISES OF THE FIRST ROUND
In the international chess festival Moscow Open 2007 games of the first round have finished. The peculiarity of Swiss system (in accordance to it all the games take place here) is that in the first round first numbers of start list get as rivals chess players from the second part of the list. However not all of titled players managed to fulfill a “compulsory program”. Grandmasters Pavel Smirnov and Alexey Alexandrov lost their games to FIDE masters Ivan Kosov and Alexander Moskalenko, also some games finished with draw.
It is necessary to notice that not all the participants have taken part in competition yet - tomorrow chess players who chose 7-day participation (they play two games per day) and on Tuesday-ones who chose 6-day participation (first four games they will play in quick chess) start playing.
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The 27th of January
Moscow Open 2007: the start is given!
The official opening of the Third International Chess Festival “Moscow Open 2007” was held in the main building of the Russian State Social University. The first deputy of Moscow Sport Committee chairman Yuriy Nagornih, vice-president of Moscow Chess Federation Sergey Smagin, Moscow North-East administrative district prefect deputy Valentina Zabotina and the head of the Russian State Social University Vasiliy Jukov.
Yuriy Nagornih welcomed the participants of the tournament on behalf of Yuriy Luzhkov. He showed conviction that the Festival would be a success and the best players would become winners. Sergey Smagin noted that it is the first time when the number of participants overcame 800 and it is a record for Russia nowadays. Vasiliy Zhukov as a head of the University showed his willingness to open not only the third but also the 30th “Moscow Open”. On his opinion, till 2016 chess is certainly to become the favorite kind of sports of the Russian government because chess is a real presidential game.
Zhukov also announced that the Russian State Social University establishes 3 rewards for journalists covering the Festival: 150, 100 and 50 thousand roubles. He promised that the University would do its best to make the Festival conditions correspond the highest level of the participants.
The first games began at 3 p.m. The competitions last till the 4th of February.
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January 27th, 2007
Today one of the biggest international competitions opens- The Third International Chess Festival “Moscow Open 2007”. Amount of participants is finally determined – 820 people, including 60 Grand Masters . They represent 18 countries.
January 27th, 2007
RSSU’s head increased “Moscow Open 2007” prize- fund up to 2.5 million rubles
On January, 24th news agency ITAR-TASS held a press conference devoted to the international chess festival “Moscow Open 2007”. First deputy of Moscow Sport Committee chairman Yuriy Nagornyh, Head of Russian State Social University Vasiliy Zhukov, vice-president of Moscow Chess Federation Sergey Smagin, director of Moscow Sport and Entertaining Events Directorate Alexander Polinskiy, executive director of Russian Chess Federation Alexander Bah and international referee Yakov Damskiy took part in it.
The first to speak was Yuriy Nagornyh who noticed that much had been done for mass chess development in Moscow and some new chess centers were planned to open. He hopes the festival will first of all stimulate junior chess in Moscow. “Chess is coming back to the capital” – that was the main idea of his speech. In the future Festival’s organization level is expected to be risen at least to Hockey World Cup level.
Vice-president of Moscow Chess Federation Sergey Smagin emphasized the importance of strategic MCF’s partners – Moscow Sport Committee, Moscow Sport and Entertaining Events Directorate and Russian State Social University. One of the Federation’s main tasks is to put chess on the previous position of popular and beloved sport during next 5 years.
Mr. Smagin Mr. Polinskiy announced that about 800 chess players from 18 countries were taking part in the festival.
Mr. Zhukov noticed that RSSU is of the same age with Russian sovereignty and much attention is paid here to physical culture and sport. The university is proud of its volleyball players, who are world champions, and other famous sportsmen, though the special attention is paid to chess. “For everyone playing chess helps to take decisions faster and carry responsibility for that”- says Zhukov. At the end of the speech he surprised everyone by saying that the university had increased prize fund up to 1 000 000 rubles. Thus “Moscow Open 2007” total prize-fund is 2.5 million rubles.
The press conference ended with a draw for the color. Vasiliy Zhukov extracted a white pawn out of hands of the head referee Yakov Damskoy. So in the first part of the tournament the first number and all participants with odd numbers will play white figures.