Feb 2014
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Closing ceremony of Moscow open

Ten days of the Moscow open 2014, which was organized from 1st to 9th February at the RSSU Moscow passed in much anxiety and later celebration. A total number of 154 players from 15 countries competed in this popular event.

The event witnessed several Chess battles and handshakes; meeting up of old friends and several new participants also took part in the chess festival. This year Russian State Social University has organized the championship in a a veru successful way.


The event was really a thrilling one. WGM Olga Girya is the new winner of Moscow Open 2014 Russian Women’s Premier Cup 2014. She took a clear first place after winning the last two rounds to finish with a total of 7,5/9 points. The match had seven players in the second place that too they were just half a point behind the winner.


Men’s section saw the wonderful participation of Alexander Moiseenko (Ukraine), Maxim Matlakov (Russia), Mateusz Bartel and Michal Krasenkow who earned 7 of 9 possible points. Finally the cup was earned by both Moiseenko and Matlakov.


In another session of seniors, the famous muscovite Grandmaster Yuri Balashov lured the guests with his unprecedented moves. He was the winner of  his section. He beat International Master Evgenij Kalegin, with the same number of points, on tie-break rules and emerged with 7.5 points.


FIDE President Mr. Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, Chairman of FIDE competition organizing committee Mr. Theodoros Tsorbatsoglou, Vice-Chairman of the Department of Physical Culture and Sport of Moscow Mr. Alexey Pyzhov, Rector-founder of the RSSU Mr. Vasily Zhukov and President of Moscow Chess Federation Mr. Vladimir Palikhata graced the occasion and also took part in the awarding ceremony of the winners and prize-winners that was held in the evening of Feb 9 in the RSSU assembly hall.

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