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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, Sergey Volkov, Evgenij Miroshnichenko, Vadim Zvjaginsev, Vladimir Potkin, Artyom Timofeev, Mikhail Kobalia, Aleksej Aleksandrov, Anton Demchenko, Hrant Melkumyan, Igor Kurnosov, Aleksandr Rakhmanov, Vasily Papin, Gadir Guseinov, Ildar Khairullin, Ngoc Truongson 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, Anna Muzychuk, Alexandre Danin, Igor V Glek, Sergei Yudin, Konstantin Tarlev, Artur Gabrielian, Vasily Yemelin, Andrey Rychagov, Evgeni Ellinovich Sveshnikov, Anton Shomoev, Alexandr V Kharitonov, Alexander A Evdokimov, Jakov Geller, Stanislav Novikov, Alexei Iljushin, Joshua E Friedel, Kateryna Lagno, Eldar Gasanov, Alexander Moskalenko, Egor Krivoborodov, Dronavalli Harika, Shukhrat Safin, Oleg Nikolenko, Al Rakib Mollah Abdullah, 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, Anna Ushenina, Irina Krush, Jaroslav Ulko, Pavel S Dvalishvili, Pavel Potapov, Natalia Zhukova, Salome Melia, Anastasia Bodnaruk, Alexei Gubajdullin, Batkhuyag Munguntuul, Elena Tairova plus 24 more players.

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 159  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. I Khairullin vs A Aleksandrov ½-½612008Moscow OpenC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
2. Motylev vs A Timofeev ½-½412008Moscow OpenB48 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
3. E Inarkiev vs Ivan Popov 1-0422008Moscow OpenD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. A Zabotin vs I Lysyj  ½-½402008Moscow OpenA13 English
5. S Yudin vs P Smirnov  0-1402008Moscow OpenB06 Robatsch
6. Le Quang Liem vs Kuzubov  ½-½332008Moscow OpenD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
7. S Volkov vs D Svetushkin  1-0372008Moscow OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. A Deviatkin vs Potkin  ½-½302008Moscow OpenD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. S Yudin vs A Lastin 0-1422008Moscow OpenC55 Two Knights Defense
10. Ngoc Truongson Nguyen vs M Kobalia  0-1562008Moscow OpenD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
11. Jobava vs S Volkov  ½-½352008Moscow OpenA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
12. E Vorobiov vs Miroshnichenko ½-½162008Moscow OpenB57 Sicilian
13. Naiditsch vs A Lastin 0-1332008Moscow OpenB12 Caro-Kann Defense
14. K Asrian vs S Novikov  1-0552008Moscow OpenB83 Sicilian
15. Rychagov vs A Riazantsev 0-1412008Moscow OpenE15 Queen's Indian
16. Glek vs E Najer  1-0602008Moscow OpenC24 Bishop's Opening
17. Khismatullin vs Efimenko  0-1432008Moscow OpenD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
18. D Svetushkin vs Miroshnichenko  ½-½402008Moscow OpenE12 Queen's Indian
19. V Malakhov vs A Evdokimov  1-0592008Moscow OpenA10 English
20. I Kurnosov vs M Kobalia  ½-½252008Moscow OpenB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
21. Potkin vs Le Quang Liem 1-0602008Moscow OpenD15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
22. P Smirnov vs A Moiseenko  ½-½672008Moscow OpenB32 Sicilian
23. E Najer vs Rychagov  ½-½422008Moscow OpenC11 French
24. P Tregubov vs D Svetushkin  ½-½652008Moscow OpenD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. V Yemelin vs Naiditsch 0-1892008Moscow OpenB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
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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?

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  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?

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  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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