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11-02-2013, 11:12 AM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald Monday 11th February 2013

Entries Flood in for Moscow Open
Peter Parr

The Moscow Chess Federation stopped accepting entries for the Moscow Open after receiving over 1600 early entries. The main event of nine rounds has 228 players including 56 GM’s and 101 rated above 2400. Seven grandmasters including top seed Ian Nepomniachtchi ( age 22, RUS 2703) the 2010 European Champion share the lead with 6.5/8.

Nyzhnyk,Illya (2637) - Stupak,Kirill (2505) [E60]
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nf3 Bg7 4.Nc3 0–0 5.g3 c6 6.Bg2 d5 7.cxd5 cxd5 8.Ne5 e6 9.Bg5 h6 10.Be3 Nc6 11.0–0 Ne7 12.g4 Nc6 13.h3 Nxe5 14.dxe5 Nd7 15.f4 b6 16.Rc1 a6 17.Bd4 g5 18.e3 Bb7 19.Ne2 gxf4 20.exf4 f6? 21.exf6 Bxf6 22.Qd3 Bxd4+ 23.Nxd4 Rf6 24.b4 Nf8 25.Qe3 Qd6 26.g5 hxg5 27.fxg5 Rxf1+ 28.Rxf1 Bc8 29.h4 Ra7 30.h5 e5 31.g6 exd4 32.Qe8 Be6 33.h6 Qe7 34.Rxf8+! 1–0 (34..Qxf8 35 Qxe6+ Kh8 36 Qe5+ wins).

Nyzhnyk won the Moscow Open “B” Group with a 2633 performance rating in 2007 at the age of 10 and became a grandmaster at the age of 14.

Pavlov,Sergey (2471) - Ibragimov,Ildar (2555) [C02]
1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.e5 c5 4.c3 Nc6 5.Nf3 Bd7 6.a3 f6 7.Bd3 fxe5 8.Nxe5 Nxe5 9.dxe5 Ne7 10.Nd2 Qc7 11.0–0 0–0–0 12.f4 Be8 13.Qg4 c4 14.Bc2 Qb6+ 15.Kh1 Bg6 16.Bxg6 hxg6 17.b4 cxb3 18.Rb1 Nf5 19.Rxb3 Qa6 20.c4 dxc4 21.Rc3 Kb8 22.Nxc4? Rc8 23.Qe2 Rxc4 24.Qxc4 Ng3+ 25.Kg1 Bc5+ 26.Rf2 Ne2+ 27.Kf1 Nxc3 0–1(After 28. Qxa6 Rxh2! 29.Kg1 bxa6 30.Kxh2 Bxf2 wins).

18-02-2013, 12:07 PM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald Monday 18th February 2013

Savchenko wins Moscow Open
Peter Parr

GM Boris Savchenko has won the Moscow Open scoring 7.5/9 in a field of 228 players including 56 grandmasters. Seven GM’s shared the lead an 7/8 with one round to play and six players drew but Savchenko beat his Russian compatriot Ponkratov in the game below. Nine players tied on 7/9 with top seed Ian Nepomniachtchi RUS 2703 taking second place on countback.

Ponkratov,Pavel (2584) - Savchenko,Boris (2584) [D85] Rd 9
1.d4 Nf6 2.c4 g6 3.Nc3 d5 4.cxd5 Nxd5 5.e4 Nxc3 6.bxc3 Bg7 7.Qa4+ Qd7 8.Qb3 0–0 9.Nf3 c5 10.Be3 b6 11.Be2 cxd4 12.cxd4 Nc6 13.0–0 Qd6 14.Rfd1 Na5 15.Qd3 Be6 16.Qb5 Rfc8 17.Qg5 Rc2 18.Bd3 Rxa2 19.Rac1 Nb3 20.e5 Qd7 21.Rb1 Bd5 22.Qh4 f6 23.Qg3 a5 24.h4 a4 25.h5 gxh5 26.Nh4 Qg4 27.Qh2 fxe5 28.Bf5 Qe2 29.dxe5 e6 30.Rxd5 exf5 ? 31.Nxf5 Qc2 32.Ne7+? (32 Qxh5! And white is much better) 32...Kh8 33.Rbd1 Rf8 34.Qxh5 Rxf2 35.Rd8+ Bf8 36.R1d2? (the losing move) 36...Nxd2 37.Bxf2 Qb1+ 38.Kh2 Nf1+ 39.Kh3 Rxf2 40.Qg5 Qb3+ 41.g3 Rh2+ 42.Kg4 Qxg3+ 0–1

Ian Nepomniachtchi won the $10,000 first prize in The Aeroflot Open Blitz (3 mins per game + 2 secs increment per move) also in Moscow. Leading final scores (275 players including 107 grandmasters):- I.Nepomniachtchi RUS 15.5/18, P.Svidler RUS 14.5, A.Grischuk RUS 14.

25-02-2013, 12:17 PM
The following article was published in the Sydney Morning Herald Monday 25th February 2013.

World Rapid Champion Sergey Karjakin defeated his compatriot World Blitz Champion Alexander Grischuk 2-1 in the final match of the Aeroflot Rapid in Moscow. The two rapid games were both drawn and in the Armageddon game Karjakin had 5 mins V Grischuk’s 4 mins and draw odds. Grischuk lost on time in a winning position. Karjakin won $16,000, Grischuk $10,000.

Karjakin beat Aeroflot blitz champion Ian Nepomniachtchi in the semi-final and Grischuk defeated Gata Kamsky . Kamsky had earlier won the qualifying tournament consisting of 257 players including 96 grandmasters. 32 qualifiers were reduced to 8 by knockout then joined by 8 seeded players for the grand final 16 player knock-out.