Karjakin wins Moscow Blitz through cold and rain

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9/4/2013 – Sergey Karjakin emerged victorious in the traditional chess festival held in Moscow. The tournament looked to be in danger as it is traditionally held outside; however wind, rain and even lightning could not stop this spectator-friendly event from taking place. People flocked to see the top Russian stars duke it out with only minutes on their clocks. Full report including all the games.

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Sergey Karjakin is the Winner of the 67th Moscow Blitz Championship

Report by Eldar Mukhametov, Moscow Chess Federation press officer

On Sunday September 1st the tradition of the Moscow Blitz Chess Championship was upheld for the 67th time at Krasnaya Presnya Park. The tradition of this tournament is that it has always been held outdoors. Notwithstanding the cold and rainy weather, it attracted around 150 participants and many fans. The competition was held with several categories starting immediately and lasted six hours.

The championship was inaugurated by Moscow Chess Federation (MCF) president Vladimir Palikhata. He remarked, “Chess is a unique social phenomenon. In this intellectual game you can play it in any weather outside as well as inside. Chess used to played primarily in yards, on boulevard benches, in parks and in squares. We want to restore this tradition, giving it a new flavor.”

A modern performance took the spectator's minds off the weather, at least temporarily

A notable guest of the tournament was World Chess Federation (FIDE) president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov. “The winners of the Moscow Blitz Championship have become legendary chess players – Mikhail Tal, Tigran Petrosian, Vasily Smyslov – I hope that among the participants of today's tournament will be new future champions.” said Ilyumzhinov in his welcoming address.

For the first time the championship held a women veteran's division. The winner was Galina Strutinskaya, the current world champion in this category. In the men's veteran division Vladimir Voevodin managed to outperform his higher rated opponents, including many grandmasters, despite being only a mid 2200 player himself. He won the tournament with 13 points out of 15. Second place went to Yuri Balashov, taking 12 points. Bronze medalist - Oleg Zilbert - finished with 10 points.

The junior championships were won by Stanislav Romanov (boys) and Anna Vasenina (girls).

In the absence of world blitz champion Valentina Gunina, who was participating in the men's division, the women's division was convincingly won by Daria Charochkina, having a 2.5 point lead over second-place winner Olga Girya. Third place was won by Karina Ambartsumova.

Karina Ambartsumova came well prepared for the cold and obtained third place in the women's tournament

The winner of the main event of the 67th Moscow championship was Sergey Karjakin, the eighth highets player in the FIDE list. On this day he was beyond his competition, guaranteeing victory before the final round. Karjakin's result was 14.5 of 19 points. Second place winner Alexander Riazantsev trailed by one point. Third place was taken by Vladimir Malakhov with 13 points. Alexander Morozevich and Alexey Dreev scored 12.5 points and shared fourth and fifth places.

Final Results

The award ceremony of the main event and the women's division was hosted by MCF first vice president Nikita Kim and FIDE representative office in Russia director Berik Balgabaev.

The winners: Malakhov, Riazantsev and Karjakin

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