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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Moscow Chess 2014 RSSU Cup Festival Concludes

Chess Blog for Daily Chess News and Trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2014

Alexander Moiseenko and Maxim Matlakov have won the open section at the Moscow Chess Open 2014. Olga Girya won the women's section at the event. 

In a surprising twist, even the tiebreak rules could not help in the title decision! Four Grandmasters tied for first place with 7/9 in the section for the Men’s Premier Cup: Alexander Moiseenko (Ukraine), Maxim Matlakov (Russia), Mateusz Bartel and Michal Krasenkow (both from Poland). Moiseenko and Matlakov even had the tie-break scores equal on all criteria. Mateusz Bartel became the bronze medalist. Michal Krasenkow was at fourth place. Sixteen players scored 6.5 points.

Olga Girya won the Women’s Premier Cup with 7.5 of 9 possible points.

The massive Moscow Open 2014, International RSSU Cup with more than 1,700 participants was held from Jan 30th to Feb 9th in auditoriums on the Russian State Social University campus.

FIDE President Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Secretary of FIDE Events Commission Mr. Theodoros Tsorbatzoglou, Vice-Chairman of the Department of Physical Culture and Sport of Moscow Mr. Alexey Pyzhov, Rector-founder of the RSSU Mr. Vasily Zhukov and President of Moscow Chess Federation Mr. Vladimir Palikhata attended the awards ceremony on the evening on February 9 at the RSSU assembly hall.

Official website / Games with analysis / Photo gallery

Seven chess players are half a point behind her. Tie-break rules placed Daria Charochkina second and Baira Kovanova third (both players representing Russia). Alina Kashlinskaya, Anastasia Bodnaruk (both representing Russia), Ekaterina Atalik (Turkey), Ekaterina Semenova (Russia) and Nino Batsiashvili (Georgia) are behind the prize winners’ line.

Junior Champion of Russia, 15-year old Vladislav Artemiev from Omsk became a winner of the Men’s Student Grandmaster Cup. These competitions were held according to the round-robin system with the participation of 10 chess players. The young player lost only one point in nine rounds. He has a two-point lead over silver medalist Muscovite Andrey Stukopin. The third place went to another representative of Moscow Vladimir Belous. He also gained 6 points but the tie-break rules placed him in fourth place.

Meri Arabidze (Georgia) is the winner of the Women’s Student Grandmaster Cup. She has 6.5 points and a half point lead over Nafisa Muminova (Uzbekistan), who became the silver medalist. Elizaveta Soloviova (Ukraine) won bronze. Having 5.5 points she beat Wang Jue (China) on tie-break rules.

Muscovite Grandmaster Yuri Balashov took gold in the Senior Tournament. Having 7.5 points he beat International Master Evgenij Kalegin, with the same number of points, on tie-break rules. Four participants earned half a point less. The tie-break rules provided Arkadi Vul (Moscow) with the bronze medal. Poor results in tie-break criteria prevented famous Grandmaster Evgeny Sveshnikov (Latvia), FIDE Masters Oleg Zilbert (Moscow) and Valentin Artyushikhin (Kostroma) from making the prize list. They all had 7 points.

Seventeen-year old candidate masters from Tula won the tournament with the highest number of participants – the RSSU Amateurs’ Cup. He lost only half a point in the nine rounds. Andrei Gurbanov (Belarus) with 8 points took second place. Pavel Toporov (Tatarstan) with 7.5 points is the third. (report via FIDE)

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