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Moscow Open 2014 – Record Number of Participants

The Moscow Open 2014, International RSSU Cup will be held from Jan 30th to Feb 9th in auditoriums on the Russian State Social University campus.

It is expected that event marking its 10-year anniversary will again break the record for the number of participants – with players wishing to enter now passing the 1700 mark. This is the world’s largest unofficial chess tournament.

The chess festival’s list of entrants promises to be quite representative: being contested by more than 100 international grandmasters, including Russian champions, winners and prize takers of the World Chess Olympiads, and World and European champions.

The prize fund is 6,300,000 rubles.

Moscow Open 2014

The Men’s and Women’s Superfinals of the Moscow Championship will be the first event of the 10th Moscow Open International RSSU Cup. It will take place January 30th and 31st in corpus 8 of the Russian State Social University campus. Each of the events will be contested by the capital’s ten strongest players, among which are international chess stars.

Competing in the men’s section: multiple-time Olympiad champions of the Russian team, Alexander Grischuk and Alexander Morozevich; European champion and winner of World Team Championship for Russia, Ian Nepomniachtchi; GMs Boris Grachev, Vladimir Potkin, Ivan Popov, Evgeniy Najer and Urii Eliseev; IM Maxim Vavulin; and FM Dimitri Gordievsky.

Alexander Grischuk

Alexander Grischuk

Competing in the women’s section: the 12th Women’s World champion Alexandra Kosteniuk; European and Russian champion Valentina Gunina; 2004 Women’s World finalist Ekaterina Kovalevskaya; 2012 Russian Rapid Cup winner Olga Girya; WGMs Alina Kashlinskaya, Daria Charochkina, Irina Vasilevich, Elmira Mirzoeva; two-time Moscow champion WIM Dina Drozdova; two-time Moscow Rapid champion WFM Anna Gvantseladze.

Valentina Gunina

Valentina Gunina

There will be 10 sections of the Moscow Open 2014, International RSSU Cup
A. 2014 Men’s Premier Russian Cup. Feb 1-9, 2014
B. 2014 Women’s Premier Russian Cup. Feb 1-9, 2014
C. RSSU Amateur Cup. Feb 1-9, 2014
D. RSSU Senior Cup. Feb 1-9, 2014
E. RSSU Composition Cup. Feb 1-9, 2014
F. RSSU Men’s Student Grandmaster Cup. Feb 1-9, 2014
G. RSSU Women’s Student Grandmaster Cup. Feb 1-9, 2014
H. RSSU School Champion Cup. Jan. 31 – Feb 9, 2014
Men’s Moscow Rapid Championship Superfinal. Jan 30-31, 2014
Women’s Moscow Rapid Championship Superfinal. Jan 30-31, 2014

During the course of the Cup there will be master-classes for coaches, seminars for chess organizers, arbiters, teachers, as well as an applied science conference “Chess programs for youth centers and systems for extra-curricular child education.”

Live games with analysis

RSSU Chess Cup

Organizers: Moscow Chess Federation, Moscow Department of Physical Education and Sport (MCF), Russian State Social University (RSSU).

Partners: World Chess Federation (FIDE), Russian Chess Federation (RCF), International School Chess Union (ISCU).

Russian State Social University
ulitsa Vilgelma Pika, dom 4
Moscow, Russia
(metro station “Botanicheskiy sad”)

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Information by Eldar Mukhametov

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