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Botvinnik Memorial Open picture parade

8/26/2011 – The International Chess Festival celebrating the 100th anniversary of Mikhail Botvinnik saw 166 players taking part in a very strong Open, with seven tying for first at 7.0/9 points. The women did not play in a separate section but did get a separate ranking table. We wrap up this event with a splendid pictorial provided by Irina Sudakova and Elena Mikheeva with lots of new faces.
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The Botvinnik Memorial Open

A pictorial report by Irina Sudakova and Elena Mikheeva

The International Chess Festival "100 Years of Mikhail Botvinnik" took place in the Hilti Sport School from August 11–20 2011 in St. Petersburg, Russia. It is part of an International Chess Festival in honor of the 100th anniversary of Mikhail Botvinnik. The Open is classical chess (Cup Russia) with a prize fund of one million rubles (24,000 Euros or US $35,000).

The tournament was won by seven players, six of them GMs and one IM, with a score of 7.0/9 and performances ranging from 2500 to 2697. Here are the top final standings.

# Name
Pts
Fed.
Rtng
Perf
W-We
BH
BH2
1 GM Khismatullin, Denis
7.0
RUS
2656
2697
+0.48
54.0
42.5
2 GM Aleksandrov, Aleksej
7.0
BLR
2609
2688
+0.92
53.5
42.5
3 GM Ponkratov, Pavel
7.0
RUS
2593
2736
+1.66
53.0
42.5
4 GM Dvoirys, Semen I.
7.0
RUS
2554
2711
+1.83
52.0
40.5
5 IM Geller, Jakov
7.0
RUS
2535
2647
+1.32
49.5
39.0
6 GM Yakovich, Yuri
7.0
RUS
2539
2624
+0.99
49.0
38.5
7 GM Neverov, Valeriy
7.0
UKR
2500
2604
+1.21
45.0
35.0
8 GM Maletin, Pavel
6.5
RUS
2575
2644
+0.93
54.0
43.0
9 GM Zvjaginsev, Vadim
6.5
RUS
2659
2624
-0.23
53.0
43.0
10 GM Epishin, Vladimir
6.5
RUS
2553
2581
+0.44
49.0
39.0
11 IM Baryshpolets, Andrey
6.5
UKR
2474
2590
+1.49
49.0
38.0
12 GM Yevseev, Denis
6.5
RUS
2527
2536
+0.25
48.5
37.5
13 GM Kuzubov, Yuriy
6.5
UKR
2630
2554
-0.61
48.0
37.5
14 GM Popov, Valerij
6.5
RUS
2550
2488
-0.44
45.0
35.0
15 GM Lintchevski, Daniil
6.5
RUS
2553
2479
-0.62
43.5
34.0
16 GM Yemelin, Vasily
6.0
RUS
2592
2582
-0.01
53.5
42.5
17 GM Pridorozhni, Aleksei
6.0
RUS
2550
2549
+0.12
50.0
40.0
18 GM Levin, Evgeny A.
6.0
RUS
2465
2544
+1.02
50.0
39.5
19 GM Kovchan, Alexander
6.0
UKR
2554
2544
-0.01
49.5
39.0
20 GM Sedlak, Nikola
6.0
SRB
2580
2494
-0.70
49.0
38.0
21 GM Savchenko, Boris
6.0
RUS
2615
2522
-0.86
48.5
38.0
22 FM Pankov, German
6.0
RUS
2387
2493
+1.40
48.5
37.5
23 IM Vlasenko, Miroslav
6.0
RUS
2371
2456
+1.13
47.0
37.0
24 GM Kabanov, Nikolai
6.0
RUS
2520
2452
-0.65
47.0
36.5
25 FM Bulanov, Dmitri
6.0
BLR
2379
2381
+0.22
47.0
36.0
26 IM Smikovski, Ivan
6.0
RUS
2541
2474
-0.69
46.5
36.5
27 IM Rozum, Ivan
6.0
RUS
2464
2454
+0.06
46.0
36.0
28 Predke, Alexandr
6.0
RUS
2450
2443
+0.05
46.0
36.0
29 Serov, Maksim
6.0
RUS
2364
2407
+0.56
44.0
33.5
30 WIM Ivkina, Olga
6.0
RUS
2294
2416
+1.52
43.0
34.0
31 Tsydypov, Zhamsaran
6.0
RUS
2247
2461
+2.25
42.0
34.5

In the following we bring you portraits of lesser known players (and simply interesting faces) who participated in the Botvinnik 100th Anniversary Open.


2nd: GM Aleksej Aleksandrov, Belarus, rated 2609, 7.0/9 points, with a 2688 performance



6th: GM Yuri Yakovich, 2539, 7.0/9, 2624 performance


7th: GM Valeriy Neverov, Ukraine, 2500, 7.0/9, 2604 performance


12th: GM Denis Yevseev, 2527, 6.5/9 points, 2536 performance


13th: GM Yuriy Kuzubov, UKR, 2630, 6.5/9, 2554 performance


21st: GM Boris Savchenko, 2615, 6.0/9, 2522 performance


62nd: Egor Kuzmin, 2033, 5.0/9, 2332 performance


104th: Mikhail Opanasenko, 2017, 4.0/9, 2095 performance


138th: Alexander Shirokov, 1888, 3.0/9, 2043 performance


165th Artem Sheludyakov, 1183, 1.0/9, 1183 performance, youngest player in the event


Ahh, you don't know this opening?! The game Alina Bivol (2171) vs Yan Dzhumagaliev
(2375) started 1.d4 h5 2.e4 c6 3.c4 h4 4.Nc3 d6 and resulted in a draw in 50 moves

Rankings of female players

# Name
Pts
Fed.
Rtng
Perf
W-We
BH
BH2
30 WIM Ivkina, Olga
6.0
RUS
2294
2416
+1.52
43.0
34.0
60 IM Ovod, Evgenija
5.0
RUS
2420
2314
-1.14
42.0
33.0
68 Tantsiura, Marja
5.0
UKR
2138
2291
+1.76
39.5
30.0
70 WIM Tarasova, Viktoriya
5.0
RUS
2290
2192
-0.95
38.0
29.0
71 WFM Eryshkanova, Anastasiya
5.0
RUS
2122
2287
+1.63
37.5
30.5
72 Balaian, Alina
5.0
RUS
2163
2237
+0.84
37.5
28.5
76 WFM Kharmunova, Nadejda
4.5
RUS
2181
2286
+1.00
45.0
35.5
80 WGM Semenova, Irina
4.5
RUS
2241
2212
-0.33
42.0
32.0
87 WIM Lupik, Marina
4.5
RUS
2212
2128
-1.03
39.5
30.5
89 Chuprova, Irina
4.5
RUS
1866
2177
+3.22
38.5
30.0
90 WIM Butuc, Maria
4.5
RUS
2172
2190
+0.22
38.5
29.5
96 WFM Korniyuk, Mariya
4.5
UKR
2104
2258
+1.79
35.0
27.5
110 Azimova, Karina
4.0
RUS
2087
2015
-0.88
36.0
29.0
113 WFM Bivol, Alina
4.0
RUS
2171
2052
-1.35
35.5
26.0
118 WFM Stetsko, Lanita
3.5
BLR
2135
2157
+0.19
40.0
31.5
131 WFM Abuladze, Lana
3.5
RUS
2048
2003
-0.59
32.0
26.0
145 Fedoseeva, Valentina
3.0
RUS
1885
2033
+1.18
33.0
26.0
149 WFM Petrova, Irina
3.0
UKR
2125
1921
-2.38
32.0
25.5
150 Antipova, Anastasia
3.0
RUS
1794
1838
+0.20
31.0
23.5
157 WFM Saduakassova, Dinara
2.5
KAZ
2244
1904
-3.42
34.5
26.0


30th: WIM Olga Ivkina, 2294, 6.0/9, 2416 performance


68th: Marja Tantsiura, Ukraine, 2138, 5.0/9, 2291 performance


72nd: Alina Balaian, 2163, 5.0/9, 2237 performance


76th: WFM Nadejda Kharmunova, 2181, 4.5/9, 2286 performance


87th: WIM Marina Lupik, 2212, 4.5/9, 2128 performance


89th: Irina Chuprova, 1866, 4.5/9, 2177 performance


90th: WIM Maria Butuc, 2172, 4.5/9, 2190 performance


96th: WFM Mariya Korniyuk, UKR, 2104 4.5/9, 2258 performance


118th: WFM Lanita Stetsko, Belarus, 2135, 3.5/9, 2157 performance


131st: WFM Lana Abuladze, 2048, 3.5/9, 2003 performance


149th: WFM Irina Petrova, Ukraine, 2125, 3.0/9, 1921 performance


So that's how she does it! Photographer Elena Mikheeva with
her Canon 450D and a superb 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM Lens


Photographer WGM Irina Sudakova playing in the Blitz, where
she won the prize for best female, to everybody's surprise

These two ladies both work at the St. Petersburg Chess Federation, both graduated from the University of Economics and Finance, both are proud mothers of beautiful daughters, whom we will also soon see on the tournament circuit.

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