Chinese chess player finishes fourth in "Moscow Open 2010"

08:27, February 08, 2010      

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China's chess player Zhao Xue finished in fourth place in the women's event of the International Chess Festival "Moscow Open 2010" that ended here on Sunday.

Zhao Xue, who was leading in the tournament for female players with seven points before the final round, was likely to be crowned as long as she drew her rival in Sunday's game.

However, Zhao lost to Georgian player Salome Melia and ranked fourth with six wins, two draws and one loss.

Georgia's Melia and Nazi Paikidze shared the victory by scoring 7.5 points each. Baira Kovanova from Russia won the bronze.

The International Chess Festival, hosted by Russian State Social University for the sixth consecutive year, presented a prize totalling five million rubles (164,635 US dollars).

Some 1,226 players from 30 countries, including 100 masters, participated in the festival that kicked off on Jan. 30.

The "Moscow Open 2010" consists of six tournaments, which are devoted to the Victory in the Great Patriotic War in 1945.

Source: Xinhua
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