Timofeev, Popov, Inarkiev lead in Moscow Open

2/8/2008 – In round one third seed Ernesto Inarkiev, rated 2681, lost to FM Okara Andrey, rated 2402 and 158th seed. A shock, but Inarkiev recovered from it very nicely, thank you, and won the next six games. He is now in the lead, together with GMs, Artyom Timofeev and Ivan Popov. In the women's section 17-year-old IM Anna Muzschuk leads, having conceded just a single draw so far. Pictorial report.

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The Fourth International Open Chess Festival «Moscow Open 2008» is taking place in the Russian State Social University (RSSU) from the 2nd to the 10th of February 2008. The Festival consists of four tournaments: Open A, Tournament B, the Women's Open C and a Children Tournament D. Each of these tournaments is a nine-round Swiss. The total guaranteed prize fund is 5,000,000 rubels = US $205,760.

Report after seven rounds

In round one Ernesto Inarkiev, rated 2681 and third seed in this event, lost to FM Okara Andrey, rated 2402 and 158th seed. What a shock. But Inarkiev recovered from it very nicely, thank you, and won the next six games – all six of them. He is now in the lead group of three GMs, Timofeev, Popov and him. They are followed by nine players with 5½ points each. We miss Alexander Riazantsev in this group, the player who won his first four games and was in the leading group in our last report. Since then Riazantsev drew a game and lost one, to descend to the group of 32 players with 5/7 points.

Top standings in the Open A after seven rounds

Rank Seed  Ti. Name Rtg FED Pts Fide
1 5 GM Timofeev Artyom 2664 RUS 6 24
2 39 GM Popov Ivan 2595 RUS 6 22½
3 3 GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2681 RUS 6 21
4 21 GM Volkov Sergey 2623 RUS 24½
5 11 GM Jobava Baadur 2643 GEO 23½
6 35 GM Lastin Alexander 2604 RUS 23½
7-9 10 GM Motylev Alexander 2644 RUS 22
7-9 15 GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2638 GER 22
7-9 38 GM Smirnov Pavel 2599 RUS 22
10 12 GM Moiseenko Alexander 2643 UKR 21½
11 20 GM Kobalia Mikhail 2623 RUS 21
12 50 GM Kurnosov Igor 2577 RUS 19½
13 19 GM Riazantsev Alexander 2628 RUS 5 24½
14 14 GM Efimenko Zahar 2638 UKR 5 24
15 55 GM Svetushkin Dmitry 2565 MDA 5 22½
16 43 GM Oleksienko Mikhailo 2590 UKR 5 22½
17 33 GM Kuzubov Yuriy 2606 UKR 5 22½
18 64 GM Novikov Stanislav 2545 RUS 5 22
19 63 GM Glek Igor V 2546 GER 5 22
20 41 GM Kazhgaleyev Murtas 2594 KAZ 5 21½
21 17 GM Najer Evgeniy 2634 RUS 5 21½
22 42 GM Lysyj Igor 2593 RUS 5 21½
23 52 GM Korobov Anton 2573 UKR 5 21½
24 61 GM Rychagov Andrey 2551 RUS 5 21
25 29 GM Potkin Vladimir 2609 RUS 5 21
26 16 GM Tregubov Pavel V 2636 RUS 5 20½
27 8 GM Miroshnichenko Evgenij 2647 UKR 5 20½
28 22 GM Asrian Karen 2621 ARM 5 20½
29 57 GM Shomoev Anton 2562 RUS 5 20½
30 56 GM Khismatullin Denis 2564 RUS 5 20
31 65 GM Khairullin Ildar 2544 RUS 5 20
32-33 51 GM Andreikin Dmitry 2573 RUS 5 19½
32-33 74 GM Kharitonov Alexandr 2524 RUS 5 19½
34 94 FM Zabotin Alexander 2495 RUS 5 19½
35 2 GM Malakhov Vladimir 2689 RUS 5 19
36 45 GM Iordachescu Viorel 2586 MDA 5 19
37 53 GM Evdokimov Alexander A 2569 RUS 5 19
38 115 GM Yandemirov Valeri 2461 RUS 5 18½
39 69 GM Le Quang Liem 2540 VIE 5 18½
40 23 GM Aleksandrov Aleksej 2618 BLR 5 18½
41 107 IM Gabrielian Artur 2479 RUS 5 18
42 75 GM Rakhmanov Aleksandr 2524 RUS 5 18
43 67 IM Deviatkin Andrei 2543 RUS 5 17½
44 98 IM Demchenko Anton 2491 RUS 5 17½

In the women's section 17-year-old IM Anna Muzschuk, born in Ukraine but now living in and playing for Slovenia, is in the sole lead, having conceded just a single draw so far. Top seed Anna Ushenina is a full point behind.

Top standings in the Open C ladies tournament after seven rounds

Rank Seed  Ti. Name Rtg FED Pts Fide
1 7 IM Muzychuk Anna 2460 SLO 25½
2 26 WFM Bodnaruk Anastasia 2317 RUS 6 24
3 24 WFM Girya Olga 2342 RUS 6 23
4 1 IM Ushenina Anna 2484 UKR 25½
5 14 IM Tairova Elena 2386 RUS 24½
6 18 WFM Malgina-Sterliagova Tatiana 2374 RUS 22
7 9 IM Harika Dronavalli 2455 IND 22
8 17 IM Turova Irina 2377 RUS 21½
9 20 WIM Vasilkova Svetlana 2359 RUS 5 23
10 8 WGM Zhukova Natalia 2443 UKR 5 23
11 5 IM Krush Irina 2473 USA 5 22
12 4 GM Lahno Kateryna 2475 UKR 5 21½
13 19 WGM Melia Salome 2362 GEO 5 21½
14-15 13 WGM Mongontuul Bathuyag 2389 MGL 5 20½
14-15 30 WFM Fominykh Maria 2305 RUS 5 20½
16 10 IM Matveeva Svetlana 2433 RUS 5 20
17 16 IM Vasilevich Irina 2378 RUS 5 20
18 3 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2476 RUS 5 19½
19 15 WIM Charochkina Daria 2383 RUS 5 19

Picture Gallery

Russian chess journalist Evgeniy Atarov is in Moscow and producing extensive text and pictorial reports. Links to them are given at the bottom of the page. The pictures in this section are all by him.


Alexander Riazantsev trailing after a great start


GM Artyom Timofeev, 2664, faces Alexander Riazantsev, 2628 – draw in 56 moves


A key game: 58th seed Russian Vasily Yemelin, 2562, beats top seed Vladimir Akopian, 2700, of Armenia. Both have now 4½ points and are low down in the table. Kibitzing: GM Vladimir Malakhov (blue pullover) and Boris Spassky (white hair)


Russian GM Igor Lysyj, 2593, playing IM Yaroslav Zherebukh, 2420, UKR


German GM Arkadij Naiditsch after move 51 by his opponent Zaven Andriasian. Naiditsch tried for 96 moves to win this game but only got a draw. He has played a number of long games in this tournament.


In the lead in the women's section: IM Muzychuk Anna, 2460, SLO


Top seed IM Ushenina Anna, 2484, UKR, in place 4-8


IM Elena Tairova, 2386, RUS, in 4-8th place


IM Irina Krush, 2473, USA, with 5/7 points


Third seed WGM Natalija Pogonina, 2476, Russia


WFM Nazi Paikidze, 2311, GEO


WIM Anna Burtasova, 2345, RUS

All pictures by Eugene Atarov

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