10 March 2016

Ding Liren Wins A Big Blitz Tournament In Moscow

Ian Nepomniachtchi finished second.

The Region Group Cup blitz tournament was played on March 10 in Cosmos Hotel. More than 170 players attended the event, which saw 9 double rounds.

Ding Liren (China) won with 15 points in 18 games. Ian Nepomniachtchi (Russia) took the second place with 14.5 points. These two players were clearly superior, as the third place finisher Tigran Petrosian (Armenia) collected 13 points – one and a half point behind Nepomniachtchi. Five more players, including Boris Gelfand (Israel) and Gata Kamsky (USA) also had 13 points, but their tie-break was inferior. 

The closing ceremony was attended by the tournament director and organizer Alexander Bakh, RCF Executive Mark Glukhovsky, Deputy CEO of Region group of companies Anatoly Khodorkovsky, and the chief arbiter Andrzej Filipowicz.