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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Moscow Chess Blitz: Morozevich, Ambartsumova Win Open, Women's Sections

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Hi everyone,

GM Alexander Morozevich has won the 66th Moscow Chess Blitz Championship that took place on September 2 at the summer grounds of the Strelka Architecture, Media and Design Institute. During a picturesque opening ceremony the participants were welcomed by Fide President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Head of the Moscow Physical Culture and Sports Department, Alexey Vorobiev and the Moscow Chess Federation President, Vladimir Palikhata.

The tournament lasted six hours in men, women, seniors (men and women), junior (boys and girls), media and amateur groups. One round before the end, Alexander Morozevich, one of the leading Grandmasters of the world, became the winner for the sixth time. 

Morozevich received the Cup and “Gold” medal from the Moscow Department of Physical Culture and Sports. Vladimir Malakhov got silver, having two points less and Nikolay Chaadaev got bronze, with 14,5 points. There were 16 GMs among 22 participants!

Karina Ambartsumova won the women's section/ With 14 points in 19 rounds she came ahead of Olga Girya on additional criteria. Bronze was taken by Daria Charochkina who got 13,5 points.
In the Junior tournament the winners are FM V. Tilicheev, S. Golubov and A. Geivondian. In the girls' section the winners are Olga Grigoryeva and Maya Tereshechkina.

In the Senior Tournament, the winners are: GM Y. Balashov, IA A. Shvedchikov and FM O. Zilbert. Among women, WGM G. Strutinskaya became first with 100% result, followed by WGM E. Fatalibekov and WFM N. Kalashnikova.
In the Journalists' tournament first was K. Kodinets (Chess leaf), third was E. Klimets (, and M. Orlinkov (site of a chess school Etude).

The prizes were awarded by V. Korol, President of Nashe Nasledie (Our heritage) Foundation, general sponsor of the tournament. She said that the Foundation thinks their duty to support such events and looks forward to continue their mutual cooperation in the future. 

Organisers: Moscow Chess Federation, Moscow Sports Department
Partners: Our Heritage Foundation, Strelka Architecture, Media and Design Institute. Information sponsor: Vecherniaa Moskva newspaper

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