Moscow Open: seven players leading

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In Moscow it's freezing. The temperature is a few degrees below zero (Celcius) but most of the participants of the open tournament are used to that. In the big group of mainly strong Russians and Ukrainians, seven players are on 3 out of 3.

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The international chess festival "Moscow Open 2008" takes place in the Russian capital from 2 till 10 February, 2008. The venue is Russian State Social University. In four different groups, a total of 1209 participants come from 32 different countries. The top group has 274 players - 110 of them are GMs!

The tournament started with a big upset: one of the favorites of the tournament, GM Ernesto Inarkiev (who, when not playing chess, happens to be a student at the same venue) suffered a defeat from his compatriot, FIDE master Andrey Okara.

At the same time, there's also a women tournament being played, with some big names too: Anna Ushenina, Katarina Lahno, Irinia Krush and Elisabeth Paethz. Seven playes are on a hundred percent score.

Here are some fragments from the Open A-group:

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