Ian Nepomniachtchi and Valentina Gunina win the Moscow Blitz Chess Championships Print
Friday, 11 September 2015 09:36

Ian Nepomniachtchi and Valentina Gunina win the Moscow Blitz Chess Championships

Moscow Blitz 2015

On Sunday September 6, the open Moscow Blitz Championship was held in the mall Gorbushin. More than 30 of the country’s leading grandmasters contested the main events, the unrestricted section and women’s section.

The winner of the unrestricted section was the Russian National Team member and 2010 European champion Ian Nepomniachtchi. Over the course of 19 rounds, he accumulated 14.5 points. The silver went to 2012 Russian champion Dmitry Andreikin with 14 points, and bronze went to Boris Savchenko with 13 points.

In the women's section the prize provided courtesy of Liga Stavok was convincingly won by Russian National Team member Valentina Gunina, showing 16 of 19 possible points. Silver prize winner Daria Pustovoitova trailed by an entire three points. Bronze went to current European champion Natalia Zhukova (Ukraine) with 12.5 points.

“This tournament has a long history,” explained Moscow Chess Federation president Vladimir Palikhata. “It has been won by such legendary players as Mikhail Tal, Vasily Smyslov, Yuri Averbakh—as well as the strongest grandmasters of more recent years—Garry Kasparov, Alexander Grischuk, Alexander Morozevich, Sergei Karjakin. Without exception, all of the capital's chess players strive to make it into this championship's final, win it, and thus go down in Moscow chess history.”

In addition, worth of mention was the friendly tournament among journalists and dignitaries. The victory was secured by 9-year-old Ilya Makoveev—bookmaking company Liga Stavok's poster boy, who has received a grant enabling him to develop his skills.

The championship additionally included sections for boys, girls and veterans.

The games of the main tournament you may find here: http://moscowchess.org/mcc-blitz-2015-games 

More photos by Mariya Plotnikova here