Wednesday, February 6, 2013

2013 Moscow Open

Hola darlings!

The Moscow Open is back!  (January 31 - February 10, 2013).

This year, a large contingent of female players from India are playing in Tournament A ("Men's") along with several other chess femmes.  Altogether, 225 players are registered.  Now, will all of them play to the end?  Likely not. 

Because of the size of this event and my sparse "spare" time (nonexistent these days!), I will only report the final standings, unless I happen to read of some incredible femme chess feat during this event.

The Top Ten of Tournament A features some heavy-hitters in the male world of chess, but this year the field has been denuded of several of the creme de la creme players participating in other tournaments or just taking a break.  That being said, though, these top ten men are nothing to sneeze at and I doubt any of the chess femmes will be meeting any of them OTB.  Nope.  This is the kind of tournament a lower-rated player enters in the hope of gaining (1) great experience and (2) ELO points if one can manage to beat up on a lower rated competitor.  We'll see how the ladies do.  They may mostly end up playing each other!

Here are the chess femmes playing in Tournament A (by rank order):

42GMHarika Dronavalli IND2514
106WGMGomes Mary Ann IND2394
108IMKaravade Eesha IND2391
150IMMohota Nisha IND2327
162WGMCherednichenko Svetlana UKR2307
163WGMPadmini Rout IND2307
171WGMSoumya Swaminathan IND2291
197WIMAbdulla Khayala AZE2203
201WGMKiran Manisha Mohanty IND2188
210Zizlova Sofia RUS2129
215Michelle Catherina P IND2105
217 WFM Pujari Rucha IND 2100
218 WFM Bharathi R. IND 2099
219 WFM Monnisha Gk IND 2055

Tournament B is the "Women's" event.  This year, while I haven't checked to see what the prizes are for the chess femmes, I suspect that the prize fund has been greatly diminished, and the field of players therefore reflects this.  There are not what I would call any top female chess "stars" participating in Tournament B.  Here is the list of participants by rating.  Disappointing.

There are several other events as well, Veterans', Amateurs, Students' competitions, etc. If the next big star(s) emerge(s), I'm sure we'll read about it sooner or later at Chessbase :)

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