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🏆 Moscow Open (2008)

  PARTICIPANTS (sorted by highest achieved rating; click on name to see player's games)
Le Quang Liem, Arkadij Naiditsch, Dmitry Andreikin, Baadur Jobava, Ernesto Inarkiev, Vladimir Malakhov, Alexander Moiseenko, Anton Korobov, Alexander Riazantsev, Alexander Areshchenko, Denis Khismatullin, Vladimir Akopian, Alexander Motylev, Zahar Efimenko, Evgeny Najer, Emil Sutovsky, Igor Lysyj, Sergei Tiviakov, Yuriy Kuzubov, Evgenij Miroshnichenko, Sergey Volkov, Vadim Zvjaginsev, Vladimir Potkin, Artyom Timofeev, Anton Demchenko, Mikhail Kobalia, Aleksej Aleksandrov, Hrant Melkumyan, Igor Kurnosov, Aleksandr Rakhmanov, Vasily Papin, Gadir Guseinov, Ildar Khairullin, Truong Son Nguyen, Ivan Popov, Alexander Lastin, Pavel Tregubov, Boris Savchenko, Murtas Kazhgaleyev, Viorel Iordachescu, Farrukh Amonatov, Karen Asrian, Zaven Andriasian, Mikhailo Oleksienko, Yaroslav Zherebukh, Pavel Smirnov, Vladimir Belov, Yuri Vovk, Pavel Ponkratov, Vladimir Burmakin, Dmitry Svetushkin, Evgeny E Vorobiov, Andrei Deviatkin, Alexandre Danin, Anna Muzychuk, Igor Glek, Sergei Yudin, Konstantin Tarlev, Artur Gabrielian, Vasily Yemelin, Andrey Rychagov, Evgeny Sveshnikov, Anton Shomoev, Jakov Geller, Andrei V Kharitonov, Alexander A Evdokimov, Stanislav Novikov, Alexei Iljushin, Joshua E Friedel, Kateryna Lagno, Eldar Gasanov, Alexander Moskalenko, Egor Krivoborodov, Harika Dronavalli, Shukhrat Safin, Oleg Nikolenko, Abdullah Al-Rakib, Sergei Iskusnyh, Enamul Hossain, Mikhail Krylov, Valeri Yandemirov, Elina Danielian, Artem Chernobay, Alexander Zabotin, Dzhakay Dzhakaev, Victor L Ivanov, Natalija Pogonina, Igor Naumkin, Olga Girya, Irina Krush, Anna Ushenina, Jaroslav Ulko, Pavel Potapov, Pavel S Dvalishvili, Natalia Zhukova, Salome Melia, Alexei Gubajdullin, Anastasia Bodnaruk, Batkhuyag Munguntuul, Elena Tairova plus 24 more players.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Akopian vs A Moskalenko  ½-½442008Moscow OpenE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
2. S Volkov vs D Svetushkin  1-0372008Moscow OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
3. S Yudin vs A Lastin 0-1422008Moscow OpenC55 Two Knights Defense
4. Efimenko vs S Volkov  ½-½402008Moscow OpenC11 French
5. A Riazantsev vs A Lastin  ½-½182008Moscow OpenD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Jobava vs M Oleksienko  1-0612008Moscow OpenE46 Nimzo-Indian
7. E Inarkiev vs Kazhgaleyev 1-0502008Moscow OpenC72 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O
8. I Lysyj vs Zvjaginsev  ½-½362008Moscow OpenD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. V Belov vs A Timofeev  0-1882008Moscow OpenB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
10. Motylev vs B Savchenko 1-0242008Moscow OpenB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
11. A Korobov vs P Tregubov  ½-½692008Moscow OpenA57 Benko Gambit
12. A Shomoev vs E Najer  ½-½462008Moscow OpenB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. M Kobalia vs V Yemelin  ½-½462008Moscow OpenC55 Two Knights Defense
14. Kuzubov vs Zherebukh  ½-½242008Moscow OpenA15 English
15. I Popov vs S Novikov  1-0292008Moscow OpenB89 Sicilian
16. V Malakhov vs M Krylov  1-0902008Moscow OpenA27 English, Three Knights System
17. Tiviakov vs Le Quang Liem 0-1282008Moscow OpenB22 Sicilian, Alapin
18. E Vorobiov vs Miroshnichenko ½-½162008Moscow OpenB57 Sicilian
19. A Riazantsev vs E Inarkiev 0-1742008Moscow OpenE60 King's Indian Defense
20. A Timofeev vs Efimenko 1-0432008Moscow OpenB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
21. S Volkov vs Motylev  ½-½512008Moscow OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
22. A Lastin vs Jobava  ½-½252008Moscow OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
23. Zvjaginsev vs I Popov 0-1292008Moscow OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
24. A Korobov vs V Malakhov  ½-½422008Moscow OpenD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. A Moiseenko vs A V Kharitonov 1-0162008Moscow OpenD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Feb-10-08  Boomie: GM Timofeev,Artyom(RUS) (2664) - GM Inarkiev,Ernesto(RUS) (2681)

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.h3 Bb7 9.d3 d6 10.c3 Na5 11.Bc2 c5 12.Nbd2 Re8 13.Nf1 Bf8 14.Bg5 h6 15.Bh4 Be7 16.Ne3 g6 17.Nh2 Nc6 18.Bb3

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Feb-10-08  Boomie: Ushenina Anna - Krush Irina

1.e4 c5 2.c3 Nf6 3.e5 Nd5 4.Nf3 Nc6 5.Bc4 Nb6 6.Bb3 c4 7.Bc2 Qc7 8.Qe2 g5 9.e6 dxe6 10.Nxg5 Qe5 11.d4 cxd3 12.Bxd3 Qxe2+ 13.Bxe2 Bg7

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Feb-10-08  percyblakeney: I think it's the first time that the transmission of the women's section seems to be working, but they only follow other games than the one that decides the winner, Muzychuk-Harika.
Feb-10-08  researchj: Muzychuk wins the tournament even with a loss in the last round, acording to the additional criteria.
Feb-10-08  percyblakeney: <researchj> OK, she has had a very good tournament and is a deserving winner. Still a bit strange that the first board is the one not being followed.
Feb-10-08  Boomie: GM Timofeev,Artyom(RUS) (2664) - GM Inarkiev,Ernesto(RUS) (2681) [C92]

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0-0 8.h3 Bb7 9.d3 d6 10.c3 Na5 11.Bc2 c5 12.Nbd2 Re8 13.Nf1 Bf8 14.Bg5 h6 15.Bh4 Be7 16.Ne3 g6 17.Nh2 Nc6 18.Bb3 Nh7 19.Bxe7 Nxe7 20.Neg4 Kg7 21.Qd2 Ng8 22.Ne3 Ngf6 23.Rad1 h5 24.Nf3 Bc8 25.Nf1 Ra7 26.Bc2 d5

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Amusing position. Fritz has white ahead by about a pawn...go figure.

Feb-10-08  percyblakeney: Some photos from round 8:


Lahno and Charochkina:


Feb-10-08  percyblakeney: Volkov and Efimenko can't finish lower than shared third after their wins today.
Feb-10-08  percyblakeney: After Lastin's draw it's clear that he will share second with Volkov, Efimenko, Timofeev/Inarkiev and probably several other players as well.
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  SwitchingQuylthulg: Timofeev seems to be winning now, which would put him alone at 7.5/9.

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Timofeev-Inarkiev after 90....Be2

Feb-10-08  percyblakeney: Inarkiev had a draw with 78. ... f4 but now it seems pointless to keep playing.
Feb-10-08  Karpova: Timofeev-Inarkiev after 117.Rd8

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Black resigned.

Feb-10-08  percyblakeney: 14 decisive results on the top 17 boards in the final round of a tournament must be some kind of record.
Feb-10-08  hovik2003: Round IX was such a terrible day for Armenian men, they all got routed and lost horribly! (Asrian, Akopian and the rest), and hails to and viva for Armenian women! (Danielian, Ambartsumova, Airapetian) when they all won and tried hard to gain back some of the lost waters into the main river.
Feb-10-08  PhilFeeley: <brankat> Nope. She's married to our Canadian champion, so I like to follow their progress.
Feb-10-08  PhilFeeley: Some of the women were playing in the "A" tournament, so I expected to see all the results and pairings there. I finally found them in the "C" tournament.

I see Sutovsky and Nyzhnyk both ended with 4. Bad for Sutovsky, but was it good for Nyzhnyk?

Feb-10-08  Eyal: Congratulations to the winner Timofeev, who finished with a +6 score and no losses - winning some very nice attacking games (such as A Timofeev vs V Iordachescu, 2008), as well as some marathonic endgames (such as V Belov vs A Timofeev, 2008 and the last-round game with Inarkiev)...
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  tamar: Yes, Timofeev showed the best confidence, beating Inarkiev and Efimenko, and drawing Riazantsev.

Question for anyone:

Does the Moscow Open carry any invitation to a Super Tournament for its winner?

Feb-10-08  Eyal: <tamar> The winner of the Aeroflot Open, which starts very soon in Moscow, gets an invitation to Dortmund - but I never saw anything similar mentioned with regard to the Moscow open.
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  tamar: thanks <Eyal> I didn't think so. Pity because Timofeev looks ready to move up.
Feb-10-08  BIDMONFA: Moscow Open (2008)


Feb-11-08  hitman84: Congratulations to Timofeev.
Feb-11-08  Ezzy: Well done to Timofeev!. What a big confidence booster this must be. Finishing last in the Russian championships superfinal 2007, and then hitting back to win the strong Moscow open. That takes some character.
Feb-13-08  percyblakeney: Several games are commented at Chesspro, some not uploaded here since they weren't played at the top boards. Elshad Mamedov (2099)-Valery Grechinin (2306) started with 1. c3 f5 2. h3 Nf6 3. g4 fxg4 4. hxg4 Nxg4:

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Golubev explains what white should play (and did in a game from 1991) to immediately bring home the point in case of 5. Qc2 Nf6:

Mamedov played 5. Qa4 and won quickly anyway. (If 5. Qc2 Nf6 the winning move is 6. Rxh7.)

Feb-15-08  stanleys: Very nice video from the women's section:
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