Voronezh: Russian Blitz Champion Wins FischerRandom Tournament

Время публикации: 12.06.2015 12:25 | Последнее обновление: 13.06.2015 22:52

In Voronezh, the 19th Alekhine Memorial is taking place, one of the most well-known chess festivals in the Russian calendar. It traditionally begins with two fast tournaments. The first day saw a FischerRandom tournament (15 minutes + 3 seconds per move), in which 56 players took part, including 12 GMs. The winner was Dmitry Bocharov from Novosibirsk, with 6/7. We would remind you that he recently became Russian blitz champion.

Bocharov was not bothered by the unusual starting positions (photo - vrnchessfestival.org)

The following day, the players moved over to traditional chess. In the rapid event, (130 players, 16 GMs) the winner was Alexey Goganov of St Petersburg with 8/9, half a point ahead of Boris Savchenko from Krasnodar. On 7 points came Mikhail Demidov, Daniil Linchevsky, Andrey Stukolin, Savielly Golubov and last year's winner of the main tournament, Pavel Ponkratov. 

The highlight of the programme is the Master Open (9-round Swiss) which starts on 12 June. The starting list at this moment contains 142 players. Alongside is a FIDE open for amateurs rated up to 2200.

Chess-News will soon have more information on the FischerRandom tournament. 


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