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Onischuk Takes Moscow

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The Open, that is. 2006 US champ and fashion model Alexander Onischuk just took an impressive clear first at the terribly strong Moscow Open tournament ahead of a raft of GMs. ChessBase has an illustrated report. Onischuk's 7.5/9 score brought him the whole $14,000 first prize. Five players, including Tiviakov and Nepomniachtchi, were in the chasing pack a half-point behind. A hair-raising round-eight win over the powerful Russian GM Boris Savchenko with black gave Onischuk the margin he needed. (See game below.) He sealed the deal with a 10-move draw with white against Tiviakov in the final round. This is Onischuk's second triumph in a row, after his win at the Carlos Torre tournament in December. And don't forget his fine +3 performance helping the US win bronze at the Olympiad before that.

Onischuk has a few days of rest before starting up at the even tougher Aeroflot Open. I believe Bacrot, Naiditsch, and Sargissian are still the top seeds there, but there is a raft of 2600+ GMs in action. Defending champ Nepomniachtchi is also back.

From Macauley in the comments: "I spoke to Onischuk by phone briefly this afternoon at his family's home in Sevastopol. He's recovering from a minor illness after a tiring event, but hopes to be rested and ready to go back to Moscow by the weekend."

Onischuk now has a report up with some analysis here at CLO. That's good service!

[Event "Moscow Open 2009"]
[Site "Moscow"]
[Date "2009.??.??"]
[Round "8.3"]
[White "Savchenko"]
[Black "Onischuk"]
[Result "0-1"]
[PlyCount "130"]
[EventDate "2009.??.??"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Bc5 4. c3 Nf6 5. d3 d6 6. Bb3 a6 7. Nbd2 Ba7 8. Nf1
Be6 9. Ng3 h6 10. h3 Qd7 11. Nh4 g6 12. Qe2 O-O-O 13. Ba4 d5 14. Nf3 b5 15. Bb3
d4 16. Bc2 Qd6 17. O-O Nd7 18. Kh2 f5 19. exf5 gxf5 20. Nh4 e4 21. dxe4 fxe4
22. Bxe4 Rhe8 23. f4 Nf6 24. Rd1 Nxe4 25. Nxe4 Qe7 26. Ng6 Qg7 27. Qh5 dxc3 28.
Nxc3 b4 29. Qf3 Qxg6 30. Qxc6 Bf5 31. Qa8+ Bb8 32. Be3 bxc3 33. Ba7 Rd2 34.
Qxb8+ Kd7 35. Rxd2+ cxd2 36. Qb4 Re2 37. Bf2 Bc2 38. Qd4+ Qd6 39. Qg7+ Kc8 40.
Qg4+ Qe6 41. f5 Bxf5 42. Qf3 Qe5+ 43. Kg1 Re1+ 44. Bxe1 dxe1=Q+ 45. Rxe1 Qxe1+
46. Kh2 Qe5+ 47. Kg1 Qe4 48. Qh5 Qe3+ 49. Kh2 Be4 50. Qe5 Qe2 51. Qg7 Kb7 52.
a3 h5 53. Kg1 h4 54. Kh2 Qd2 55. b4 Qf4+ 56. Kg1 Qe3+ 57. Kh2 Qf4+ 58. Kg1 Qc1+
59. Kh2 Qxa3 60. Qg4 Qxb4 61. Qxh4 a5 62. Qg4 a4 63. h4 a3 64. Qe2 Bd5 65. h5
Qb2 0-1


His recent streak is yet another reason I would love to see Runde's live list include 2600-above, but I'm sure that would greatly increase the time he spends on it.

I spoke to Onischuk by phone briefly this afternoon at his family's home in Sevastopol. He's recovering from a minor illness after a tiring event, but hopes to be rested and ready to go back to Moscow by the weekend.

That's why FIDE should have the entire list be live, of course! A more dynamic formula and a near real-time updating system for at least the professionals would draw tremendous interest. This has been pitched to FIDE in several ways several times, but so far nothing.

Way to go Alexander!

Alex already has a report up at CLO, including some game commentary and notes from his protege Ray Robson, who accompanied him.


I see in the Moscow Open, down in 47th, the highest ranking Senior finisher, GM Vitaly Tseshkovsky. Born in 1944, I remember him from the 1970s or 1980s because in the American magazines, his name was spelled "Chesskovsky". I became an instant fan of the man with "Chess" in his name!

I lost track of him, probably because of the change in spelling of his name. Alas, those linguists who have insisted on a certain schema of transliteration, have obscured the punned name, and interrupted the contiguous history, of a fan favorite.

'Chesskovsky'? A name worthy of a toast. Cheers!

Onischuk is taking Moscow by storm. I am extremely impressed.

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