February, 9, 2008
At festival Moscow Open 2008 penultimate round has come to the end.
One of leaders of the main tournament of festival "Open A " Ernesto Inarkiev (Russia) has gained the seventh victory successively and has individually headed the tournament table – he has 7 points out of 8. Artem Timofeev (Russia), who has ended the game with Alexander Motylev (Russia) in a draw, has 6.5 points, and Alexander Lastin who has won Naiditsch Arkadij (Germany) has the same position. 19 chess-players have 6 points. At final 9 round Inarkiev by black figures will play with Artem Timofeev, and Lastin by white will have a battle with Vladimir Malakhov, who has 6 points.
Muzychuk Anna (Ukraine) at "Open C ", having won today Olga Girya, has provided a victory at women tournament. Muzychuk has 7.5 points and the nearest pursuers are Anna Ushenina (Ukraine), Elena Tairova (Russia) and Harika Dronavalli (India) have 1 point less. Even in case of Muzychuk’s defeat at last round, according to the basic additional parameter, factor of progress, chess-player from Slovenia is already inaccessible for competitor.
Tomorrow at tournament will be 3 games, which influence the main core on distribution of prize-winning places: Muzychuk - Dronovalli, Usenina - Irina Krush (USA), Ekaterina Lagno (Ukraine) – Tairova.
The leader of tournament "B" Vardan Hodzhajan has won all eight games, and has provided to himself the first place. His nearest pursuers are Oleg Orlov and Gasparian Tigran have 1 point less. But even in case of equality of points, according to additional parameters Armenian chess player will be the winner. The final 9th round of festival "Moscow Open 2008" will take place on Sunday at 11.00 a.m. The closing ceremony of festival will begin at 18.00.
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