The 17th RSSU Chess Cup Moscow Open ended in Moscow

On February 28, the 17th International Chess Cup of the Russian State Social University (RSSU) Moscow Open ended in Moscow. The competition was held for the 17th time. Due to the pandemic, some of the games were held online. The prize fund of the Moscow Open was 1.8 million roubles.

Ivan Rozum won the main men's tournament and Marina Guseva the women's one. There were winners and laureates among juniors also. The Russians Rudik Makaryan and Dmitry Tsoi, as well as Bibisara Assaubayeva from Kazakhstan, became the winners of the National Student Chess League Cup.

Sixth FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov spoke about the importance of the Moscow Open. According to him, “the tournament is a forge of young players. Seventeen years ago, many did not believe in its future, they thought that it would stall eventually. But it prospers, and now it is not just a tournament, it has become a forge of outstanding, greatest chess players. One can recall many masters who have gone through this tournament. This is one of the centres of the international chess movement and I think it will exist forever. ”

As the rector of the RSSU Natalya Pochinok said at the closing ceremony, the tournament will certainly be held for the 18th time in 2022.