Andrey Rychagov and Katerina Lagno are the New Moscow Blitz Champions
ByEditorsSep 07 — 9:50 PM
Katerina Lagno, one of the strongest Russian women-grandmasters won the historic Moscow Blitz Tournament, beating her fellow Russian Olympic team members Alexandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina and Olga Girya.
Andrey Rychagov overpowered Alexei Korotylev in an Armageddon round, an ultra-fast blitz game, to the delight of the spectators.
One of the most prestigious tournaments in Russia, the Moscow Blitz Championship, has been held since 1947 and saw the likes of Kasparov, Tal and Spassky among participants. World Champion Mikhail Tal won the Moscow Blitz Championship 12 times, a record.
The 2017 edition of the tournament has been supported by a new charitable foundation established in honor of the late chess benefactor Oleg Zhuravsky, whose company, Liga Stavok, has been supporting Moscow chess for years.
After a draw against Ian Nepomniachtchi, Teimur Rajabov won the tournament. One of the strongest players, Rajabov had not won a major tournament lately, but has shown phenomenal form in Geneva and managed to overpower some of top world’s players
World’s best chess players, bankers, diplomats, watchmakers and businessmen came together to celebrate the opening of the FIDE World Chess Geneva Grand Prix at the Four Seasons Hotel. Geneva is now looking forward to 9 days of intense chess battles which will possibly determine a winner of the series.