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Onischuk and Pogonina win Moscow Open 2009

Natalia Pogonina full point clear of the opposition

International Chess Festival Moscow Open 2009, which took place at the Russian State Social University on January 31st – February 8th, was concluded on Sunday evening.

Grandmaster Alexander Onischuk (USA) won the main tournament of the festival after a draw in the last round against European Champion GM Sergey Tiviakov (NED). Onischuk collected 7.5 points after 9 rounds, while his competitors have lagged half a point behind. The Open “A” prize found was 3 million rubles, the winner took home 500.000 rubles.

Natalia Pogonina defeated Marina Romanko on the final day on the female tournament “C” and took clear first place, full point ahead the opposition. Second place was shared by five players with 7 points each: GMs Batuyang Mongontuul (Mongolia), Gu Xiaobing (China), Svetlana Matveeva, and also IM Tatyana Molchanova and FIDE Master Valentina Gunina (all three from Russia). According to the additional criteria, Tatyana Molchanova won silver and Svetlana Matveeva – bronze. Prize fund of Open “C” was 700 000 Rubles. The winner won 150 000.

MO 2009 Pogonina

Natalia Pogonona

MO 2009 Onischuk

Alexander Onischuk

Open “A” last round results:

1 GM Onischuk Alexander 1/2-1/2 GM Tiviakov Sergei

2 GM Iordachescu Viorel 1/2-1/2 GM Inarkiev Ernesto

3 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 1/2-1/2 GM Korotylev Alexey

4 GM Sakaev Konstantin 1/2-1/2 GM Lastin Alexander

5 GM Andreikin Dmitry 1/2-1/2 GM Riazantsev Alexander

6 GM Belov Vladimir 1/2-1/2 IM Yudin Sergei

7 GM Kurnosov Igor 1/2-1/2 GM Lysyj Igor

8 GM Dreev Alexey 1 – 0 GM Kim Alexey

9 IM Kabanov Nikolai 1/2-1/2 GM Areshchenko Alexander

10 GM Timofeev Artyom 1/2-1/2 GM Kotsur Pavel

11 GM Guseinov Gadir 0 – 1 IM Ponkratov Pavel

12 GM Tseshkovsky Vitaly 0 – 1 GM Savchenko Boris

13 GM Amonatov Farrukh 1 – 0 GM Zherebukh Yaroslav

14 GM Popov Ivan 1 – 0 GM Zvjaginsev Vadim

15 GM Burmakin Vladimir 0 – 1 IM Zhumabayev Rinat

16 IM Ivanov Victor L 1/2-1/2 GM Vaganian Rafael A

17 GM Sveshnikov Evgeny 1/2-1/2 GM Ehlvest Jaan

18 Tregubov Andrei 0 – 1 GM Vorobiov Evgeny E

19 GM Khairullin Ildar 1/2-1/2 GM Nikolenko Oleg

20 IM Zubov Alexander 1 – 0 IM Krylov Mikhail

Final standings:

1 GM Onischuk Alexander 2659 USA – 7,5

2 GM Tiviakov Sergei 2685 NED – 7

3 GM Inarkiev Ernesto 2656 RUS – 7

4 GM Nepomniachtchi Ian 2628 RUS – 7

5 GM Korotylev Alexey 2587 RUS – 7

6 GM Iordachescu Viorel 2584 MDA – 7

7 GM Lastin Alexander 2643 RUS – 6,5

8 IM Ponkratov Pavel 2557 RUS – 6,5

9 IM Yudin Sergei 2562 RUS – 6,5

10 GM Savchenko Boris 2654 RUS – 6,5

11 GM Riazantsev Alexander 2634 RUS – 6,5

12 GM Amonatov Farrukh 2647 TJK – 6,5

13 GM Popov Ivan 2541 RUS – 6,5

14 GM Dreev Alexey 2688 RUS – 6,5

15 GM Lysyj Igor 2620 RUS – 6,5

16 GM Andreikin Dmitry 2614 RUS – 6,5

17 IM Zubov Alexander 2574 UKR – 6,5

18 GM Kurnosov Igor 2602 RUS – 6,5

19 GM Belov Vladimir 2627 RUS – 6,5

20 GM Vorobiov Evgeny E 2591 RUS – 6,5

21 IM Zhumabayev Rinat 2522 KAZ – 6,5

22 GM Safarli Eltaj 2564 AZE – 6,5

23 GM Sakaev Konstantin 2619 RUS – 6,5 etc

MO 2009 winners

Medalists: Tiviakov, Onischuk and Inarkiev

MO 2009 Karpov

Former World Champion Anatoly Karpov during the closing ceremony

MO 2009 interview

The winner is being interviewed

Moscow Open 2008

Moscow Open official website

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