2013 Ugra Governor's Cup

by Albert Silver
12/9/2013 – The city of Khanty Mansiysk recently held the IX Ugra Governor's Cup, a strong swiss that is a part of the Russia Cup circuit from November 27-December 6, 2013. The tournament brought in dozens of grandmasters, as well as players of all ages and gender. The "A" tournament, open to all players rated 2350 and above, included dozens of grandmasters and was won by Denis Khismatullin. Report, pictures and games.

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The city of Khanty Mansiysk recently held the IX Ugra Governor's Cup, a strong swiss that is a part of the Russia Cup circuit from November 27-December 6, 2013. The tournament brought in dozens of grandmasters, as well as players of all ages and gender. There were two tournaments, both nine round swisses. The "A" tournament, open to all players rated 2350 and above, and the "B" tournament limited to players 2400 and lower. Players rated between 2350 and 2400 can presumably choose whether they want to be punished or be the punisher.

The games in the "A" tournament were played at 40 moves in 90 miutes, followed by 30 minutes knockout and a 30-second increment per move as of move one.

The official regulations stamped and approved

The opening ceremony included a presentation with children dressed as chess pieces

The stage is theirs...

...and the photographers love it.

The tournament brought players of all ages, whether men...

...or women...

...or boys...

...or girls.

Denis Khismatullin dominated the tournament and took clear first after a strong start

Denis Khismatullin's win over Pavel Matelin:

[Event "IX Ugra Governor's Cup"] [Site "Chanty Mansijsk"] [Date "2013.11.30"] [Round "3"] [White "Maletin, Pavel"] [Black "Khismatullin, Denis"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteElo "2598"] [BlackElo "2674"] [PlyCount "84"] [EventDate "2013.??.??"] [EventCountry "RUS"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nc3 Bb4 4. Qc2 O-O 5. Nf3 d6 6. Bg5 Nbd7 7. e3 b6 8. Bd3 h6 9. Bh4 Bb7 10. O-O Bxc3 11. bxc3 Qe7 12. Nd2 g5 $1 {cutting off the bishop and preparing e5 by removing the pin.} 13. Bg3 Nh5 14. e4 e5 15. f3 Qf6 16. Bf2 Nf4 17. Rfe1 Qg6 18. Nf1 Nxd3 $6 {A curious decision. Black's knight on f4 was quite strong, and there was no hurry to exchange off a bishop that is at best a sleeper agent. The idea is to free up ...f5, but the immediate ...g4 was perhaps more efficient.} (18... g4 $1 {was more forceful.} 19. fxg4 Qxg4 20. Ng3 f5 21. d5 (21. exf5 $2 Nxg2 {White's king is in trouble.}) (21. h3 Qg5 22. Re3 Nf6 $1) 21... Nxd3 $1 22. Qxd3 f4 23. Nf5 Kh7 $17 {and Black has a strong attack with Rg8, Raf8, Bc8 and Nc5}) 19. Qxd3 f5 20. exf5 Qxf5 21. Qxf5 Rxf5 22. Ne3 Rff8 23. h4 Rae8 24. hxg5 hxg5 25. Ng4 e4 $1 {Unleash the Kraken} 26. fxe4 Rf4 27. Ne3 Rfxe4 $15 {White is in serious trouble. His pawn structure is shattered, and he has a weak a-pawn, c4-pawn, all of which will soon be target practice.} 28. Nf1 Nf6 29. Ng3 Rg4 30. Rxe8+ Nxe8 31. Re1 Kf7 32. Kh2 Nf6 33. Re2 Ba6 34. Nf5 Re4 35. Rxe4 Nxe4 36. Be1 Bxc4 37. a3 Ke6 38. Ne3 Be2 39. Kg1 c5 40. dxc5 dxc5 41. Nc2 Kd5 42. Ne3+ Kc6 {Not only is White down a pawn, but the others are ripe to fall as well. In view of this, he resigned.} 0-1

"My instinct tells me that Nxf7 means either I am dead won, or I'm a dead duck"

The tournament hall

Russian junior Alexandra Goryachkina finished with 4.0/9 and a 2509 performance

Sanan Sjugirov ended with a strong 6.0/9 and a 2683 performance. He missed the
podium on tiebreak.

Vladimir Artemiev had a strong result, also missing the podium on tiebreak,
with a 2695 performance. Due to a lack of foreigners, he could not qualify for
a grandmaster norm.

Maxim Matlakov was the top seed with an even 2700 Elo, but was unable to shine

The podium winners: (left to right) Vladimir Fedoseev (silver), Denis Khismatullin
(gold) and Alexander Shimanov (bronze)

Final standings of "A" tournament

Rk
Tit
Name
Rtg
Pts
1
GM
Denis Kismatullin
2674
6.5
2
GM
Vladimir Fedoseyev
2597
6
3
GM
Alexander Shimanov
2650
6
4
IM
Vladislav Artemyev
2570
6
5
GM
Sjugirov Sanan
2641
6
6
GM
Paul Ponkratov
2603
6
7
GM
Dmitry Bocharov
2602
6
8
GM
Dmitry Kokarev
2631
5.5
9
GM
Khayrullin Ildar
2653
5.5
10
GM
Dmitry Frolyanov
2561
5.5
11
GM
Nikolai Kabanov
2477
5.5
12
GM
Evgeny Alekseev
2698
5.5
13
GM
Bukavshin Ivan
2578
5.5
14
IM
Vitaly Shinkevich
2468
5.5
15
GM
Sergei Volkov
2615
5.5

Final standings of "B" tournament

Rk
Name
Rtg
Pts
1
Alexei Gorbatov
2360
7.5
2
Emil Musakaev
2327
7
3
Purtov Constantine
2191
7
4
Alex Beletsky
2330
6.5
5
Valery Artamonov
2256
6.5
6
Yuri Goriachkin
2322
6.5
7
Vladimir Pozdeev
2263
6.5
8
Sergeev Benjamin
2374
6
9
Nicholas nuts
2139
6
10
Gennady Pranizin
2187
6
11
Oleg Papajan
2245
6
12
Oleg Yuzhakov
2332
5.5
13
Vladimir Iwaniec
2146
5.5
14
Ilyushkin Eugene
2282
5.5
15
Sergei Sholkenyan
2089
5.5
16
Anatoly Kutko
unrated
5.5

Links

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Born in the US, he grew up in Paris, France, where he completed his Baccalaureat, and after college moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He had a peak rating of 2240 FIDE, and was a key designer of Chess Assistant 6. In 2010 he joined the ChessBase family as an editor and writer at ChessBase News. He is also a passionate photographer with work appearing in numerous publications.
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