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4 people leading the competition

Round 5 of Cappelle la Grande is over. IM Deviatkin, GM Krivoruchko, GM Kazhgaleyev, and GM Chernyshov are on top with 4,5/5. They are closely followed by GM Vitiugov, GM Gashimov, GM Fedorchuk, GM Malakhatko, and 10 other players.

Official website

Pairings for round 6

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Hungarian IM Gabor Papp

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Anthony Wirig international master from France

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Top seed Vugar Gashimov is fighting his way to the top of the table

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GM Savchenko, RUS. He is one of the many Russian players at Cappelle
and is also aspiring for the first places

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Happy birthday Iozefina Paulet!!!!!! She is turning 19 today. The Chessdom team wishes her all the best

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GM Vassilios Kotronias, the top Greek GM in action

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GM Tigran Petrosian
Cappelle la Grande 2008, a tournament with Petrosian and Kasparov, what more do you want!

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Kamil Dragun from Poland, a future young star, playing board 30

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Turkan Mamedyarova, one of the sisters of the chess superstars family

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Marie Boyarchenko, enjoying her time at Cappelle la Grande

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photo preview by WIM Anna Rudolf

Cappelle la Grande 2008 will be one of the Europe’s top chess tournaments in February. It will feature more than 70 GMs and 240 titled players in a 9 round Swiss tournament. In total there will be 600+ players.

Cappelle la Grande starts today, be sure to follow games on the official website. Here is a photo report sent to us by WIM Anna Rudolf upon her arrival in Cappelle la Grande.

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The organizers of Cappelle la Grande in action

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Smaranda Padurariu and Iozefina Paulet (ROM)

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U12 World Chess Champion Marsel Efroimski (ISR)


Tatiana Kostiuk and Liubov Kostiukova both from Ukraine

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Organizer Sylvie Templeur

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The playing hall is ready

Moscow Open round 5

photos, standings, results, pgn

The strong field, together with the many titled players and close ratings of the top participants, make Moscow Open 2008 one of the most exciting tournaments of the year. After five rounds GM Efimenko, GM Volkov, GM Riazantsev, GM Lastin, and GM Oleksienko are leading with 4,5/5. They are closely followed by GM Jobava, GM Kazhgaleyev, GM Inarkiev, GM Zvjaginsev, and 15 more players with 4,0/5.

Upsets in such a strong field are not absent as well. GM Tiviakov is having hard time and is sharing 29th place with 3,5/5. Even worse is the situation of the number one seeded GM Akopian, who is out of the top 50 with 3,0/5. The same points have strong GMs as GM Rodshtein, GM Sutovsky, GM Macieja, GM Vitiugov, GM Iordachescu, GM Burmakin, etc.

Round 5 results

GM Timofeev Artyom 1/2 – 1/2 GM Riazantsev Alexander

GM Savchenko Boris 1/2 – 1/2 GM Jobava Baadur

GM Efimenko Zahar 1 – 0 GM Glek Igor V

GM Volkov Sergey 1 – 0 GM Svetushkin Dmitry

GM Novikov Stanislav 1/2 – 1/2 GM Kuzubov Yuriy

IM Yudin Sergei 0 – 1 GM Lastin Alexander

IM Zherebukh Yaroslav 1/2 – 1/2 GM Lysyj Igor

GM Oleksienko Mikhailo 1 – 0 GM Naumkin Igor

GM Motylev Alexander 1 – 0 GM Gasanov Eldar

GM Yemelin Vasily 1 – 0 GM Akopian Vladimir

Women section

The women section of Moscow Open is having a close race for the first place. The top 20 players are at just half a point distance, with IM Ushenina, WIM Vasilkova, IM Muzychuk, and IM Tairova with 4,5/5, followed by IM Lahno, WGM Kovanova, IM Krush, IM Harika, WGM Zhukova, etc. with 4,0/5

Round 5 results

IM Tairova Elena 1/2 – 1/2 IM Ushenina Anna

IM Gvetadze Sopio 1/2 – 1/2 IM Krush Irina

Kuzevanova Evgenia 0 – 1 IM Muzychuk Anna

WGM Zhukova Natalia 1/2 – 1/2 WGM Kovanova Baira

WIM Vasilkova Svetlana 1 – 0 WFM Severiukhina Zoja

WGM Manakova Maria 1/2 – 1/2 IM Danielian Elina

WFM Bodnaruk Anastasia 1 – 0 WGM Pogonina Natalija

IM Lahno Kateryna 1 – 0 WFM Fominykh Maria

WFM Paikidze Nazi 0 – 1 IM Harika Dronavalli

IM Matveeva Svetlana 1 – 0 WGM Fatalibekova Elena

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Moscow open reports


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GM Emil Sutovsky of Israel

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GM Evgeny Najer on the left

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The expressions on the faces do not reflect the scores on the board
While Amonatov is with 2,5/5, Jobava is constantly orbiting the first place

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Akopian is not having his best tournament and is with only 3,0/5. Can he make a comeback?

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The coach of the Russian national team GM Motylev and the top Bangladesh player Emanul Hossain in action

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Current leader GM Alexander Riazantsev. He was Anatoly Karpov’s coach during Valjevo Gorenje 2007

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Arkadij Naiditsch of Germany

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GM Sergei Tiviakov, in trademarked red cardigan, talking to GM Alexander Areshchenko

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Zvyagintsev is always walking around the hall and observing the other games

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Najer in action in Moscow

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Emil Sutovsky has all the chances to climb up the table and fight for the first places at the Moscow Open

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Potos by Eugene Atarov from the Official site