Onischuk, Pogonina win Moscow Open

2/10/2009 – A total prize fund of seven million Rubles (almost $200,000) make it one of the best-paid open events in the world. Actually there are seven tournaments. The top "Open A" was won by Alexander Onischuk from the USA, while Natalija Pogonona won the women's "Open C” by a full point. From wintery Moscow we bring you games, results, videos – and a big picture gallery by Yana Melnikova.

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The International Chess Festival “Moscow Open 2009” too place from January 30 (arrival) – February 9 (departure), 2009. The venue was the Russian State Social University (RSSU) in Moscow. The event consisted of seven separate tournaments: “Open A”, “Open B”, "Women's Open C”, "School Chess Champions “Open D”, "School Chess Team tournament Open E”, "Cup of Rector of RSSU among chess teams of Universities Open F”, "World Cup on Chess Compositions Solving Open G”. A total of 1579 participants from 34 countries competed for a total prize fund of seven million Rubles (150,000 Euros or US $195,000), making the Moscow Open one of the biggest in the world.

Onischuk, Pogonina win

Grandmaster Alexander Onischuk of the USA won the main tournament of the festival. In final round his game with Sergey Tiviakov (NED) ended in a draw and he finished at 7.5 points from 9 games, winning the first prize of 500,000 Rubles (€ 10,750 or $14,000). Half a point behind him we find five GMs who shared 2nd - 6th places. The tiebreak system gave silver to Sergey Tiviakov (NED) and bronze to Ernesto Inarkiev (RUS). A total of 17 participants scored by 6.5 points.


The winner of the Moscow Open 2009: Alexander Onischuk of the USA

Open A final standings (top players over 6.5 points)

Rnk
SNo
 Ttl Name Rtg FED Pts BH.
1
7
GM Onischuk Alexander 2659 USA 7.5 53
2
2
GM Tiviakov Sergei 2685 NED 7.0 55
3
8
GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2656 RUS 7.0 52.5
4
21
GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2628 RUS 7.0 56
5
37
GM Korotylev Alexey 2587 RUS 7.0 49
6
38
GM Iordachescu Viorel 2584 MDA 7.0 47.5
7
14
GM Lastin Alexander 2643 RUS 6.5 47
8
59
IM Ponkratov Pavel 2557 RUS 6.5 45.5
9
55
IM Yudin Sergei 2562 RUS 6.5 49
10
11
GM Savchenko Boris 2654 RUS 6.5 46.5
11
18
GM Riazantsev Alexander 2634 RUS 6.5 52
12
12
GM Amonatov Farrukh 2647 TJK 6.5 47
13
66
GM Popov Ivan 2541 RUS 6.5 45
14
1
GM Dreev Alexey 2688 RUS 6.5 48
15
27
GM Lysyj Igor 2620 RUS 6.5 48.5
16
30
GM Andreikin Dmitry 2614 RUS 6.5 47
17
44
IM Zubov Alexander 2574 UKR 6.5 48.5
18
32
GM Kurnosov Igor 2602 RUS 6.5 48.5
19
22
GM Belov Vladimir 2627 RUS 6.5 48
20
36
GM Vorobiov Evgeny E 2591 RUS 6.5 44.5
21
75
IM Zhumabayev Rinat 2522 KAZ 6.5 43
22
51
GM Safarli Eltaj 2564 AZE 6.5 43.5
23
29
GM Sakaev Konstantin 2619 RUS 6.5 49

Natalija Pogonona won the women's tournament “C”. She defeated Marina Romanko and scored eight points from nine games, a full point more than any other participant. She won 150,000 Rubles (€3230 or $4190).

Final standings of the Women's Group C

Rnk SNo.  Ttl Name Rtg FED Pts BH.
1 4 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2467 RUS 8 51
2 22 WIM Molchanova Tatjana 2319 RUS 7 52.5
3 12 WGM Matveeva Svetlana 2422 RUS 7 52
4 14 WFM Gunina Valentina 2400 RUS 7 45.5
5 33 WGM Gu Xiaobing 2283 CHN 7 45.5
6 11 WGM Mongontuul Bathuyag 2425 MGL 7 49.5
7 1 WGM Muzychuk Anna 2540 SLO 6.5 52
8 5 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2455 GER 6.5 55
9 18 WGM Demina Julia 2361 RUS 6.5 49
10 6 WGM Romanko Marina 2451 RUS 6.5 53
11 42 WIM Akatova Ekaterina 2261 RUS 6.5 46
12 10 WGM Muzychuk Mariya 2427 UKR 6.5 49.5
13 29 WGM Manakova. Maria 2299 SRB 6.5 46.5
14 19 WGM Grabuzova Tatiana 2332 RUS 6.5 43
15 28 WFM Tomilova Elena 2300 RUS 6.5 41.5

Picture Gallery

By Yana Melnikova in Moscow


A stream in wintery Moscow


Ducks in the stream – never fail to enchant


Ice sculpture promoting the event


Young fans loving the ice pieces


The playing venue in Moscow


Scene from the opening festivities


Third place: GM Ernesto Inarkiev, 2656, RUS, 7.0 points


GM Viorel Iordachescu, 2584, MDA, 7.0 points, sixth place


Top seed Alexey Dreev, 2688, RUS, finished 14th with 6.5 points


Farrukh Amonatov, 2647, TJK, twelfth place with 6.5 points


Gospodin Alexander Khalifman: the former FIDE world champions kibitzing


The eventual winner Natalija Pogonina at work


In second place: WIM Tatjana Molchanova, 2319, RUS, 7.0 points


IM Elisabeth Pähtz, 2455, GER, 6.5 points


WGM Anna Muzychuk, 2540, SLO, 6.5 points


WGM Anna Ushenina, 2499, UKR, 6.0 points


WFM Anastasia Bodnaruk, 2384, RUS, 5.5 points (left background: Natalija Pogonina)


WGM Shen Yang, 2448, CHN, 6.0 points


WIM Galina Strutinskaya, 2291, RUS, 6.0 points


Celebrations: Tiviakov (2nd), Onischuk (1st) and Inarkiev (3rd) on the steps


Tatjana Molchanova Natalija Pogonina, Svetlana Matveeva finished 2nd, 1st and 3rd


And a final farewell at the closing ceremony


Videos by WGM Elmira Mirzoeva


There are a large number of video reports by our colleague here

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