Moscow Open won by Inarkiev and Tingjie

by Albert Silver
2/8/2015 – The final rounds were nervy ones on all fronts as the top spots were decided. It was Inarkiev's tournament from end-to-end and he finished clear first with 8.0/9, a full point ahead of the rest, with Korobov in second, and Paco in third. Chinese WGM Lei Tingjie also won the Open B by 8.0/9 ahead of Goryachkina. Report, pictures and games.

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Rounds eight and nine

Open A (Main event)

In the main event, there is little to say other than to tip one's hat to Inarkiev's fantastic 8.0/9. It was not without a bit of good fortune, but he earned it, no question. Consider his last round win against Russian champion.

Ernesto Inarkiev - Igo Lysyj

[Event "Moscow Open A 2015"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2015.02.08"] [Round "9.1"] [White "Inarkiev, Ernesto"] [Black "Lysyj, Igor"] [Result "1-0"] [ECO "C11"] [WhiteElo "2675"] [BlackElo "2700"] [SetUp "1"] [FEN "8/5k2/p7/P5R1/5K2/8/r5P1/8 b - - 0 45"] [PlyCount "18"] [EventDate "2015.01.31"] {The position was equal, but Black stumbles on the finishing line and plays} 45... Ra4+ $4 {and lost after} (45... Kf6 {was necessary after which he can hold. Ex:} 46. Rf5+ Kg6 47. g4 Ra4+ 48. Kg3 Ra1 {etc}) 46. Kf3 Rc4 47. Rd5 Rc6 48. Rd7+ Ke8 49. Rd5 Kf7 50. Kg4 Kg6 51. Kh4 Kf7 52. g4 Rh6+ 53. Kg5 Rg6+ 54. Kh5 1-0

Yes, he was 'lucky' that Lysyj missed Kf6, but on the other hand, Lysyj was defending a difficult position in which he was not exactly swimming in options.

Ukrainian Anton Korobov took second on tiebreak with 7.0/9

Spaniard Fracisco Vallejo Pons took third with 7.0/9 and earned a few Elo as well

IM Sagar Shah spotted a very entertaining attacking miniature and annotated it.

Vavulin - Predke (analysis by IM Sagar Shah)

[Event "Moscow Open Students 2015"] [Site "Moscow RUS"] [Date "2015.02.06"] [Round "7.1"] [White "Vavulin, Maksim"] [Black "Predke, Alexandr"] [Result "0-1"] [ECO "D01"] [WhiteElo "2453"] [BlackElo "2537"] [Annotator "Sagar Shah"] [PlyCount "40"] [EventDate "2015.01.31"] {This was a fascinating game played by Predke. He launches an attack on opponent's king right from the opening and that leads to a pretty mate.} 1. d4 Nf6 2. Nc3 d5 3. Bg5 Nbd7 4. Qd3 (4. Nf3 {is much more common.}) (4. f3 {and also played is this move.}) 4... c5 5. O-O-O $6 {This doesn't particularly look like a sound idea as Black's next move shows.} c4 $1 {A clear cut plan of attack on the white king with b5-b4 appears on the horizon!} 6. Qf3 Qa5 7. Nh3 e6 {Opening the way for the bishop.} 8. Bd2 (8. Kb1 b5 9. e4 b4 10. exd5 Bb7 $1 $17 (10... bxc3 11. dxe6 $13)) 8... b5 $1 9. Nxd5 Qxa2 10. Nxf6+ (10. Nc7+ Kd8 11. Nxa8 Qa1#) 10... Nxf6 11. Qc6+ Kd8 {The rook on a8 is taboo because of the mate on a1.} 12. Bc3 (12. Bf4 Qa1+ 13. Kd2 Bb4+ $1 14. c3 Qxb2+ 15. Ke3 Qxc3+ $19) 12... b4 $1 13. Qxa8 bxc3 14. bxc3 Bb4 $1 {A very nice and attractive solution.} (14... Nd5 {was equally strong.}) 15. Kd2 (15. cxb4 c3 {is game over.}) 15... Bxc3+ $1 16. Kxc3 (16. Ke3 Qxc2 $1 $19) 16... Nd5+ 17. Kd2 Qa5+ 18. Kc1 c3 19. Qb8 Qa1+ 20. Qb1 Qa3+ {A poor opening choice by Vavulin and nicely played attack by Predke.} 0-1

The winners of Open A, on the podium: Korobov (second), Inarkiev (first), and Vallejo Pons (third)

Final standings

Rk
SNo
Ti.
Name
FED
Rtg
Pts
rtg+/-
1
7
GM
Inarkiev Ernesto RUS
2675
8.0
23.5
2
4
GM
Korobov Anton UKR
2687
7.0
6.7
3
2
GM
Vallejo Pons Francisco ESP
2706
7.0
3.9
4
11
GM
Petrosian Tigran L. ARM
2663
7.0
7.7
5
12
GM
Artemiev Vladislav RUS
2659
7.0
4.6
6
1
GM
Nepomniachtchi Ian RUS
2714
6.5
-0.4
7
9
GM
Grachev Boris RUS
2670
6.5
2.9
8
18
GM
Volkov Sergey RUS
2618
6.5
2.4
9
14
GM
Mamedov Rauf AZE
2642
6.5
7.6
10
27
GM
Grigoriants Sergey RUS
2567
6.5
6.5
11
13
GM
Kokarev Dmitry RUS
2645
6.5
-1.5
12
56
IM
Sanal Vahap TUR
2460
6.5
26.9
13
15
GM
Khairullin Ildar RUS
2629
6.5
1.2
14
8
GM
Khismatullin Denis RUS
2673
6.5
-3.4
15
23
GM
Shimanov Aleksandr RUS
2591
6.5
-0.3
16
76
IM
Usmanov Vasily RUS
2414
6.5
24.5
17
32
GM
Megaranto Susanto INA
2548
6.5
3.9
18
34
GM
Xiu Deshun CHN
2543
6.0
13.7
19
33
GM
Pridorozhni Aleksei RUS
2545
6.0
6.5
20
42
GM
Kharchenko Boris UKR
2483
6.0
18.5

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Open B (female event)

Chinese WGM Lei Tingjie also had a fantastic tournament, winning with 8.0/9 much like Inarkiev,
and a full point ahead of the rest.

As the top seed and early leader, it was a bitter blow for Goryachkina to
not take first, but two draws at the end were not enough to keep pace
with her rival, and she had to settle for second

For journalist WGM Elmira Mirzoeva it was a rise from the ashes as she
showed here ability, taking third in spite of being only 23rd on the start

Final standings

Rk. SNo   Name Gr FED Rtg Pts. rtg+/-
1 2 WGM Lei Tingjie   CHN 2429 8.0 14.6
2 1 WGM Goryachkina Aleksandra   RUS 2451 7.0 5.0
3 23 WGM Mirzoeva Elmira   RUS 2220 7.0 49.0
4 35 WFM Tokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim   UZB 2181 7.0 98.8
5 11 IM Ovod Evgenija   RUS 2324 7.0 0.7
6 6 IM Guseva Marina   RUS 2375 6.5 3.5
7 3 WGM Szczepkowska-Horowska Karina   POL 2415 6.5 -2.0
8 44 WFM Bayarmaa Bayarjargal   MGL 2134 6.5 58.4
9 7 WGM Charochkina Daria   RUS 2370 6.5 -7.0
10 8 WIM Bivol Alina   RUS 2355 6.5 -4.6
11 10 FM Pustovoitova Daria   RUS 2334 6.5 4.6
12 12 IM Vasilevich Irina   RUS 2320 6.5 -4.1
13 26 WIM Schepetkova Margarita   RUS 2216 6.0 39.0
14 38 WCM Hojjatova Aydan   AZE 2170 6.0 83.6
15 24 WIM Matveeva Olga   RUS 2220 6.0 12.0
16 13 WGM Maisuradze Nino   FRA 2310 6.0 -9.6
17 17 WIM Ibrahimova Sabina   AZE 2273 6.0 8.0
18 9 WGM Nakhbayeva Guliskhan   KAZ 2344 6.0 -7.8
19 49 WIM Baraeva Irina   RUS 2105 6.0 34.6
20 15 IM Galojan Lilit   ARM 2283 6.0 -6.2
21 5 IM Bodnaruk Anastasia   RUS 2402 6.0 -17.7
22 45 WFM Pavlova Kseniia   RUS 2132 6.0 -2.8
23 21 WIM Dordzhieva Dinara   RUS 2244 5.5 -14.0
  39 WFM Smirnova Ekaterina   RUS 2161 5.5 57.6
25 28 WFM Petrukhina Irina   RUS 2210 5.5 3.4

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Open C (under-2300)

Despite being neither the highest rated in the sub-2300 Open C event, much less the youngest,
54-year-old Sergey Galakhov stormed away with the event with 8.5/9, allowing a draw only at the end

Final standings

Rk
SNo
Ti.
Name
Fed
Rtg
Pts
Perf
1 23   Galakhov Sergey RUS
2236
8.5
2551
2 22   Denishev Marat RUS
2236
7.5
2397
3 11 FM Manukyan Sargis V. ARM
2262
7.5
2424
4 16   Alkaev Roman RUS
2246
7.5
2395
5 2 FM Bazarov Konstantin RUS
2298
7.0
2401
6 5 FM Vlassow Valentin RUS
2284
7.0
2392
7 34   Kolmakov Pavel RUS
2206
7.0
2316
8 49   Konaplev Anton RUS
2175
7.0
2393
9 24 FM Erzhanov Arman KAZ
2235
7.0
2316
10 64   Kovalev Vitaly RUS
2147
7.0
2271

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Open D (Senior Event)

By the sixth round, IM Evgeni Dragomarezkij had caught up with the early leader, Evgeny
Sveshnikov, and by round eight he took the lead to finish clear first with 7.5/9

Top seed GM Evgeny Sveshnikov slowed at the end, and took second

Final standings

Rk
SNo
Ti.
Name
Fed
Rtg
Pts
rtg+/-
1 5 IM Dragomarezkij Evgeni RUS 2368 7.5 13.2
2 1 GM Sveshnikov Evgeny LAT 2514 7.0 -2.8
3 8 IM Mishuchkov Nikolai M. RUS 2311 7.0 9.7
4 40   Kolokolov Yuriy RUS 2074 7.0 56.8
5 3 GM Balashov Yuri S RUS 2432 7.0 -3.2
6 27   Karmov Mazhmudin RUS 2162 7.0 42.8
7 2 IM Kalegin Evgenij RUS 2464 6.5 -6.8
8 6 IM Kremenietsky Anatoly M. RUS 2333 6.5 0.1
9 13   Skorodumov Vladimir RUS 2250 6.5 16.4
10 11 FM Zilbert Oleg RUS 2264 6.5 12.8

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Open F (male student round-robin)

The student round-robin invitational was mostly fought be top-seed Daniil
Dubov, and the winner Samvel Ter-Sahakyan who took first with 6.0/9

Final standings

Open G (female student round-robin)

Irene Sukandar from Indonesia ran away with the female student invitational, finishing first
with 7.5/9, a full two points ahead of second place finisher Alina Kashlinskaya

Polina Rodionova did not have the best event, but she did leave with a win of her own

Final standings

The trophy and bouquet awaiting the winners

Photos by Galina Popova and Eteri Kublashvili

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ff2017 ff2017 2/9/2015 08:10
Ouch, Chinese girl wins Moscow Open. With Hou Yifan's abdication of the girl's ... tiara .... due to age restrictions, there is going to be quite the fight this year to see who will be the best female junior.
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