Chess bits

Moscow Open Rd.6 – Two Russian leaders in the Main Section

GM Ildar Ibragimov lost in a fierce struggle

The main section of the Moscow Open started this round with eight leaders facing each other on the top 4 boards. Two games finished in draws and two with white victories.

The new leaders are both Russian: GM Dmitry Kokarev and GM Pavel Ponkratov.

Kokarev defeated the American Ildar Ibragimov. The game started with a French Defense where white played an early f4. Black’s chances never seemed to be worse in the complicated position, and the computer even gives an evaluation of -1.56 at some moment.

However, Ibragimov seems to have taken a too risky decision in the last move of the time trouble: 40…Ne2+ was the decisive mistake. The game finished at move 46, when white was about to capture a rook thanks to a fork given by his queen.

Ponkratov took much longer to break his opponent. Facing Kovalenko’s Caro-Kann, the Russian showed good positional skill and obtained a small advantage in the middlegame. It took him 86 moves to convert the favorable rook endgame into a win.

News: All news about Moscow Open

Live games: Live games Moscow Open 2013 / Live games Students Grandmaster Cup

Participants: Moscow Open 2013 / Moscow Open 2013 women / Young Grandmasters tournament / Young Grandmasters tournament for women

Live chess broadcast powered by ChessBomb and Chessdom

Live chess broadcast powered by ChessBomb and Chessdom

Chessdom is dedicated to professional and independent coverage of chess news and events from all over the globe! Join us for live chess games, interviews, video and photo reports, and social media reactions. Follow the development of the strongest chess software, which affects all chess today, via the Top Chess Engine Championship with its 24/7 live broadcast with chat.

Copyright © 2007-2022

To Top