74th Ukraine Chess Championship
Aug. 24 – Sept. 2nd 2005
Alexander Areshchenko wins the Ukraine Championship
Report by Olena Boytsun
The 74th Ukrainian Chess Championship was held from the 24th of August till
the 2nd of September 2005 in Rivne. The event was a knock-out tournament with
18 GMs playing (out of 32 participants). The main Ukrainian chess players Ponomariov
and Ivantschuk as well as the Ukraine Champion 2004 Andrej Volokitin didn't
participate. The prize fund was 70,000 Hrivniys (approximately US $14,000).
Alexander Areshchenko in A.V. Momot Chess Club in
Kramatorsk (photo provided by Alexander Martynkov)
The winner was 19-year old Alexander Areshchenko (2625) from Kramatorsk.
Alexander defeated Zahar Efimenko (2643) in the final match, a 20-year-old
colleague from the same chess club named after A. V. Momot in Kramatorsk. The
fight was really tough. The main match ended with draw (1:1). For the tie-break
a two-game match was played, with time controls of 15 min + 10s. Result: 1:1.
The first blitz game (5 min + 5s) was a draw. Only the next win in the blitz
match brought Areshchenko the title.
The third place was taken by Vladislav Borovikov (2595), after winning
his match against Valerij Neverov (2572).
Alexander Areshchenko (2625) lives in Kramatorsk and studies there in the
famous chess school sponsored by the enterprise "Danko". His best
results so far were the recent win at the category X "Grundfos Young Masters",
first place in the "A.V. Momot's Memorial" in Kramatorsk in 2004,
and the win of the World Championship among boys under 14 years in 2000. Alexander
is a charming young man, with a soft smile. However, his friends call him "the
Monster", because of his agressive chess style.
The official photo of the Ukraine Champion 2005
Alexander Areshchenko (photo by Alexander Martynkov)
Alexander ("The Monster") Areshchenko during the game
Alexander Areshchenko and Zahar Efimenko in
Kramatorsk (photo sent by Alexander Martynkov)
Zahar Efimenko (2643) is 20 years old. Originally from the Donetsk Region,
at the age of three Zahar moved with his family to to Uzhgorod in western Ukraine,
where he started to show good results in chess. The talented young player got
an invitation to study chess in Kramatorsk and went back to his native region.
Efimenko is a student of the Law Faculty in a Kramatorsk Institute. 2005 was
a good year for his chess carrier so far: the fresh second place in Montreal
International Tournament (XII cat), the first place in the German Bundesliga
(with the club "SV Werder Bremen"), the first place in the rapid
"IX A.V.Momot's Memorial" in Kramatorsk, the first in Gibtele.com
Masters (Gibraltar-2005). In 1999 Efimenko was the World Youth Champion among
boys under 14.
Both Areshchenko and Efimenko have qualified to the World Championship 2006
based on the results of the European championship 2005 in Warsaw.
GM Vladyslav Borovikov (2595) became the 3rd in the Ukraine Championship
Vladyslav lives in Dnipropetrovsk. He is not only an active chess player,
but also a successful chess trainer. Borovikov used to be the trainer of the
young prodigy Sergey Karjakin, and worked with him regularly for a couple of
Valerij Neverov (2572) took the 4th place
It was the first time that the official championship was held in Rivne. One
of the core persons to bring chess to the city was Volodimir Kovalchuk, the
new President of the Rivne Region Chess Federation. Volodimir became the President
on the wave of the "Orange Revolution" in the Winter of 2005, and
has already showed himself as a successful chess manager.
The youngest president of chess federation in the history
of Ukraine: 23-year old Volodimir Kovalchuk
Volodimir is a specialized economist and works as the director of a credit
department of one of the banks in Rivne. He is an avid chess player and has
participated in the Ukraine Championship as the representative of the Rivne
Region. Being economist myself, I couldn't resist asking Kovalchuk his opinion
on the future of chess management. "The most important thing in chess
management," he says, "is passion. When I started to take a deep
look into chess situation in my region, I saw that there was actually no situation
at all! No chess club, no chess schools, no chessboards, nothing. Now, after
half a year, we are staging a prestigious event. We bought modern equipment,
chessboards, and literature. We are bidding to host the Ukraine Youth Championships,
and we are planning to stage international events. We will work hard".
There are also a lot of other people who helped with the organization of the
Ukraine Championship. A lot of young chess fans came every day to the Rivne
Academic Musical Theater. Some of them assisted gathering moves from boards
to create the database of the games and show them on the screen to spectators
in the playing hall.
One of the assistants, enjoying an ice-cream during the games
As you can see, this young man from Rivne loves not only chess,
but also Julia Timoshenko, the Prime Minister of Ukraine.
Zahar Efimenko, Olena Boytsun, Mikhail Brodskij discussing
chess development in Ukraine
Vladimir Baklan from Kiev (2584)
Mikhail Brodskij (2554) is also a trainer of Zahar Efimenko and Katerina
Dmitrij Kononenko (2430) from Dnipropetrovsk
I was really pleased to see that so many players from my native Dnipropetrovsk
(4 players out of 32) participated in this year's championship. One even "survived"
to the semi-final games. The main arbiter was from Dnipropetrovsk as well,
international arbiter Vladimir Gergel. I think I have earned the right
to put into the report one photo of my native city.
The view on the Monastirskiy Island in Dnipropetrovsk
Back to Rivne – the Academic Musical Theater, where the games were
The monument near the Theater
A big billboard in the center of Rivne announcing the 74th Ukraine Championship
In Rivne there are a lot of interesting monuments
Former pupils of the A.V.Momot Chess
Club: Oleg Ivanov, Zahar Efimenko, Eduard Andreev, Ruslan Ponomariov, Sergey
Karjakin, Viktor Korchnoi, Natalia Zdebskaja, Kateryna Lahno, Viktor Dmitrenko,
Yuriy Kuzubov, Anna Zatonskih, Tatiana Kononenko. The majority of these players
are already Grandmasters.
Current pupils of the club (Kramatorsk, April 16, 2005). Left to right:
GM Alexander Areshchenko (2625), WGM Tatiana Kononenko (2442), GM Zahar Efimenko
(2643), WGM Natalia Zdebskaja (2390), GM Yuriy Kuzubov (2535)