Illya Nyzhnyk wins Group B in Moscow Open

2/7/2007 – Group A was won by Grandmasters Evgeniy Najer and Vasily Yemelin with 7.5/9 points and 2803/2767 performances. Group B was won alone by Illya Nyzhnyk of Ukraine, rated 2217, with 8.5/9 points and a 2633 performance. Why is this second item infinitely more interesting than the first? Well, Illya is a teddybear-toting ten-year-old. Results and video.

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International Chess Festival
Moscow Open 2007

The Third International Chess Festival Moscow Open 2007 took place in Moscow, Russia, from January 27th to February 4th, 2007. The number of participants was 820, a record for this event and for Russian tournaments in general. The participants were from 18 countries and include 60 grandmasters.

The championship consisted of three groups: the main tournament “A”, group “B”, and children tournament “C” in which players under the age of 15 took part. The A Group was won by GMs Evgeniy Najer and Vasily Yemelin, with 7.5/9 points each.


GMs Evgeniy Najer and Vasily Yemelin, winners of the Moscow Open

Evgeniy Najer won on tiebreak and receives the 300,000 Ruble (€8700 or $11,300) first prize. Vasiliy Emelin came second, and there were a lot of challengers looking for third. In the end there was a tie for third place between Dmitry Svetushkin and Vladimir Malakhov.


Evgeniy Najer (right) at the start of his 7th round game against Vladimir Malakhov

Moscow Open Tournament Group B – Final Ranking after nine Rounds

Rk.  Ti Name FED Rtg Pts.  TB1 
 TB2 
 TB3  Rp
1 GM Najer Evgeniy RUS 2605 7.5 42.0
6
48.5 2803
2 GM Yemelin Vasily RUS 2539 7.5 37.0
6
45.0 2767
3 GM Svetushkin Dmitry MDA 2588 7.0 37.5
5
49.5 2728
4 GM Malakhov Vladimir RUS 2663 7.0 35.5
5
50.5 2786
5 GM Smirnov Pavel RUS 2621 7.0 34.5
6
46.5 2676
6 GM Vorobiov Evgeny E RUS 2563 7.0 33.5
6
44.5 2684
7 GM Kazhgaleyev Murtas KAZ 2579 7.0 33.0
5
45.0 2734
8 GM Dobrov Vladimir RUS 2479 7.0 32.5
6
42.5 2665
9 GM Aleksandrov Aleksej BLR 2601 7.0 31.5
6
41.5 2657
10 IM Askarov Marat RUS 2487 6.5 35.5
5
50.5 2693
11 GM Riazantsev Alexander RUS 2629 6.5 35.5
5
47.5 2657
12 GM Amonatov Farrukh TJK 2559 6.5 35.5
5
46.0 2615
IM Ulko Jaroslav RUS 2460 6.5 35.5
5
46.0 2640
14 GM Yakovich Yuri RUS 2577 6.5 34.5
4
45.5 2632
15 GM Korotylev Alexey RUS 2615 6.5 33.5
4
46.5 2663
16 GM Zvjaginsev Vadim RUS 2658 6.5 33.0
4
46.5 2695
17 GM Ionov Sergey RUS 2522 6.5 32.5
6
43.5 2660
18 IM Chuprov Dmitry RUS 2534 6.5 32.5
5
42.0 2616
19 GM Lastin Alexander RUS 2583 6.5 32.0
5
47.0 2638

Illya Nyzhnyk wins Group B

Now comes the interesting part: Group B (and please note: not the children's section) was won by Illya Nyzhnyk, who scored 8.5/9 points with a 2633 performance. The point is that this Ukrainian player, nominally rated 2217, is just ten years old! We are going to have to watch the boy carefully, and even learn to pronounce his name.


Illya Nyzhnyk, UKR, playing in the Boy's Under 10 at the European Youth Chess Championships in Herceg Novi, Serbia and Montenegro in September 2005. Newer pictures are not currently available, but we have a link to a video showing the 10-year-old in action.


Knee-high to a grasshopper and already giving simuls: Illya Nyzhnyk

Moscow Open Tournament Group B – Final Ranking after nine Rounds

Rk.  Ti Name FED Rtg Pts. Rp
1 Nyzhnyk Illya UKR 2217 8.5 2633
2 Fokin Sergey RUS 2169 8.0 2511
3 FM Tchernyi Viktor RUS 2236 7.5 2363
4 Morozov Grigoriy RUS 2210 7.5 2384
5 Kavalenia Leonid RUS 2267 7.5 2408
6 Nguyen Viet Tuong VIE 2250 7.0 2388
7 Pechnikov Artiom RUS 2215 7.0 2310
8 Masalov Andrey RUS 2246 7.0 2361
9 Bronnikov Konstantin RUS 2168 7.0 2330
10 WIM Chasovnikova Eugenia RUS 2274 7.0 2360
11 FM Erzhanov Arman RUS 2276 7.0 2313
12 Nazarov Nikolay RUS 2291 7.0 2342
13 FM Merezhko Igor RUS 2249 7.0 2383
14 Belousov Danila RUS 2297 7.0 2329

Photo reports

There is a special section with a lot of photos on the official web site. Normally we complain about missing captions, which is a terrible waste of good photo reports. This time our Russian colleagues have done an exceptional job of describing the contents of the pictures. The captions are imaginative, informative and humorous. And the English is adventurous – sometimes hilarious. But don't let that put you off. An extended visit to the round-by-round photo is definitely worth your while.


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