The twelve participants of this round robin event were all grandmasters, three with a rating above 2700 and six other participants with a rating higher than 2600. The average rating was 2650.5, which corresponds to a Category 17 tournament, making it the strongest Championship ever in the history of independent Ukraine.
The last game to finish was a 75-mover between Alexender Kovchan and Pavel Eljanov
Eljanov won it in a rook ending lasting over forty moves and took clear second place
The three prize winners, Ruslan Ponomariov, Pavel Eljanov and Zahar Efimenko...
... won these three trophies for in the 80th Ukrainian Chess Championship
Eljanov and Efimenko with their trophies
The President of the Ukrainian Olympic Committee, world-famous sportsman Sergey Bubka, FIDE President Kirsan Iljumzhinov, Head of the State Agency for Sport and Youth Ravil Safiullin, President of the Ukrainian Chess Federation Viktor Kapustin, and the chief arbiter of the Championship Leonid Bodankin at the closing ceremony.
The legendary pole vaulter Sergey Bubka speaks to participants and guests
Sergey Bubka and Viktor Kapustin
Ruslan Ponomariov with his special awards
GM Mikhail Golubev received an award as the trainer of Ponomariov
GM Alexander Moiseenko took a floor and on behalf of the players emotionally thanked the organizing committee and the President of the Ukrainian Chess Federation Viktor Kapustin for the outstanding event
Ruslan Ponomariov is interviewed by national TV, wirth Marketing Director of the UCF
Olena Boytsun looking on
After the closing ceremony a banquet took place at the restaurant “Panorama”,
which is located on the 12th floor of the Dnipro Hotel and is famous for its views of Kiew
Zahar Efimenko and girl-friend Angelina in the Panorama Restaurant
The trainer of the Ukrainian national team Alexander Sulypa, Olena Boytsun, Ruslan Ponomariov
The youngest participant of the Championship, GM Yuriy Vovk with Vladimir Grabinskiy
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Ponomariov leads 80th Ukrainian Chess Championship
Ponomariov wins 80th Ukrainian Championship with