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Urii Eliseev Wins Moscow Open But Loses Game Of The Tournament

Urii Eliseev Wins Moscow Open But Loses Game Of The Tournament

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This year's Moscow Open was surprisingly won by the young grandmaster Urii Eliseev, whose loss in round seven was spectacular.

Photo courtesy of the Moscow Open.

The famous Aeroflot Open was revived last year, but without hiatus the Moscow Open has been going strong since 2005. 

Held at the Russian State Social University from January 28-February 8, the Moscow Open was a huge festival with all kinds of tournaments for students, youngsters, veterans and even a championship for composing.

The total prize fund was 4.730 million rubles (€ 55,000/$61,000), and 1,500.000 rubles (€ 17,300/$19,300) was reserved for the “A Tournament.”

Speaking of solving, according to his Russian Wikipedia page Eliseev became the world champion in problem solving at the age of 12. But the 2013 Russian U16 Champion, now a 19-year-old grandmaster rated 2582, played in the A Tournament and won it!

He finished in shared first place with an even more surprising name: FM Dmitry Gordievsky. Eliseev had the better tiebreak of the two, who finished on 7.5 points.

Trailing by half a point was a group of seven players which included well known grandmasters such as  Anton Korobov, Ernesto Inarkiev, Vladislav Artemiev and Artyom Timofeev.

It was Timofeev who was responsible for Eliseev's only loss, in round seven. That was arguably the game of the tournament, with four queens on the board for several moves:

Before the last round, 2015 winner Inarkiev was in an excellent situation. He was in clear first place with seven points, and got a “lucky” pairing against Gordievsky.

However, that turned out quite differently. The FM must be getting a higher title soon as his rating is already above 2500 and he played a nearly perfect game in that last round:

The playing hall. | Photo courtesy of the Moscow Open.

Eliseev finished his tournament with a great game as well. He beat the Hungarian GM Gergely Antal from a Rossolimo Sicilian using the following combination:

2016 Moscow Open | A Tournament, Final Standings (Top 20)

Rk. SNo Title Name FED Rtg Pts. TB1 TB2 TB3
1 11 GM Eliseev Urii RUS 2582 7,5 52,5 48,5 7
2 29 FM Gordievsky Dmitry RUS 2506 7,5 47 43 7
3 1 GM Korobov Anton UKR 2710 7 60,5 55 5
4 12 GM Timofeev Artyom RUS 2570 7 54 49,5 6
5 3 GM Artemiev Vladislav RUS 2673 7 52,5 49 6
6 2 GM Inarkiev Ernesto RUS 2676 7 52 49 6
7 55 IM Moskalenko Alexander RUS 2442 7 52 48,5 6
8 7 GM Kokarev Dmitry RUS 2619 7 51,5 48 6
9 71 IM Korchmar Vasiliy RUS 2405 7 50,5 47,5 6
10 22 IM Ivanov Oleg V UKR 2519 6,5 49,5 46,5 5
11 6 GM Khismatullin Denis RUS 2626 6,5 47,5 43,5 6
12 10 GM Ponkratov Pavel RUS 2591 6,5 47 43,5 5
13 34 GM Gasanov Eldar UKR 2488 6,5 46,5 44 4
14 4 GM Grachev Boris RUS 2652 6,5 46,5 43 4
15 91 FM Shevchenko Kirill UKR 2373 6,5 46,5 42,5 5
16 40 IM Iljiushenok Ilia RUS 2470 6,5 46 41,5 4
17 76 IM Vorontsov Pavlo UKR 2395 6,5 45,5 42,5 5
18 74 GM Naumkin Igor RUS 2403 6,5 44,5 41 5
19 52 IM Tran Tuan Minh VIE 2447 6,5 44,5 40,5 6
20 39 Triapishko Olexandr RUS 2471 6,5 40,5 37,5 5

(Full final standings here.)

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