Igor Lysyj wins 'Moscow Open'
Igor Lysyj won the top group of the International RSSU Chess Cup on Sunday in Moscow, Russia. The festival, formerly known as the Moscow Open, had more than 1400 participants from 26 countries, among them approximately 95 GMs and 70 IMs.
Winner in Moscow: Igor Lysyj | Photo courtesy of the official website, more here
Traditionally in February two big open tournaments are held in Moscow: first the Moscow Open and then the Aeroflot Open. In recent years the former has outgrown the latter and generally speaking, the future of "Aeroflot", which starts tomorrow, seems less secure. The stature of the 'Moscow Open' (now officially called RSSU Chess Cup) was underlined by the presence at the opening ceremony of both FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and former World Champion Anatoly Karpov, now a deputy of the State Duma of the Russian Federation.
The huge festival was devided over several groups, given below. Besides those, there was also the fifth World Chess Problem Solving Cup and even a Japan chess (shogi) tournament.
A. National Cup stage among men
B. National Cup stage among women
C. RSSU Amateur Chess Cup
D. RSSU Student Grandmaster Cup (men)
E. RSSU Student Grandmaster Cup (women)
F. RSSU Student Cup
G. RSSU School Champions Cup
H. RSSU School Leavers Cup
Normally we don't pay attention to the lower groups of open tournaments, but in this case some of these groups were quite strong. The B group was won by IM Marina Romanko (Russia), ahead of a group of six which included Ekatarina Atalik (Turkey), the wife of the famous GM. In the D group, a 10-player round robin especially for students, Yaroslav Zherebukh (Ukraine) finished first, ahead of well-known players like Dariusz Swiercz (Poland), Ray Robson (USA) and Maxim Matlakov (Russia). A fragment from the winner:
The A group was of course the strongest, with Ernesto Inarkiev, Dmitry Andreikin, Bu Xiangzhi, Denis Khismatullin, Artyom Timofeev, Mateusz Bartel, Viorel Iordachescu and Igor Kurnosov topping the starting list. However, none of these names managed to win. Sole victory went to 25-year-old grandmaster Igor Lysyj, the 12th seeded player. Let's look at a few games by the winner.
In the 5th round, Lysyj found a new opening against which you can try running with your h-pawn: the Queen's Indian!
Against Dmitry Andreikin he went for an interesting ending with unbalanced material.
In the final round Lysyj was eventually rewarded for avoiding several move repetitions earlier in the game.
RSSU Chess Cup | A. National Cup (men) | Final standings (top 40)
|28||IM||Vidit Santosh Gujrathi||IND||2513||6||41,5||4||30||2580|
|29||GM||Arun Prasad S.||IND||2530||6||41||4||27||2506|
Top seed Ernesto Inarkiev finished shared 2nd
Bu Xiangzhi (China), shared 15th with 6/9...
...just like his friend and co-student in Shanghai, Ni Hua
Bartosz Socko (Poland), shared 5th with 6.5 points
7th seeded Viorel Iordachescu (Moldavia) scored a disappointing 5/9
The many prizes to be awarded at the closing ceremony...
...where we recognize GM Evgeny Sveshnikov (Latvia), next to WGM Marina Manakova (Serbia)
2-1-3: Ernesto Inarkiev, Igor Lysyj and Dmitry Kokarev
The winner being interviewed after the prize giving
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