The Russian grandmaster Sergej Karjakin has proved his remarkable skills once more at a chess event in his home country. The number 8 of the world (Elo 2772) won a well-cast Blitz Chess tournament in Moscow.
About 150 participants in rain, thunder & lightning
The traditional Chess Festival in Moscow almost fell victim to terrible weather. But a number of tents allowed the players to play their matches at the open air event that was interrupted by rain, thunder and lightning. The 67th edition of the tournament was carried out in Krasnaya Presnya Parkv in the Russian capital. Around 150 players participated and the contest drew in a crowd of chess fans to cheer for their favorites. The duela were fought under the supervision of former FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in six different categories. Galina Strutinskaya, for instance, won the category of women’s veterans and Vladimir Voevodin the came off first in the men’s veterans category.
Daria Charochkina winner among women
The victory of the women’s division at the Moscow Blitz Chess Tournament was obtained by Daria Charochkina. With the absence of the Blitz Chess World Champion Valentina Gunina, Charochkina dominated the event. In the end, she was 2.5 points ahead off Olga Girya in 2nd place. Rank 3 was taken by Karina Ambartsumova.
Sergej Karjakin winner in men’s division
The main event of men at the 67th championship in Moscow was certainly dominated by the top-favorite. The number 8 of the world, Sergej Karjakin (Elo 2772) was able to win the tournament at 14.5 out of 19 possible points. Therefore, the Russian grandmaster was able to supplant Alexander Riazantsev to 2nd place. The 48th in world rankings (Elo 2700) was nly one point behind Karjakin in the final account. Vladimir Malakhov came off 3rd at the event. The number 40 in the FIDE World Rankings (Elo 2707) had 13 points at the end of the Blitz Chess tournament which was cast outstandingly. Especially the victor Sergej Karjakin proved his qualities at the championship.