Chigorin Memorial in St. Petersburg

11/2/2010 – The 17th International Chess Festival “M. Chigorin Memorial” is taking place in St. Petersburg, Russia, from October 26 to November 5, 2010. The Rapid section is over, with six players at 7.0/9 points, the classical section is under way, with Ivan Sokolov leading at 5.0/5 points. The prize fund is 1.4 million Roubles = 32,000 Euros or US $46,000. Big pictorial report by WGM Irina Sudakova.

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Chigorin Memorial in St. Petersburg

By WGM Irina Sudakova

The entry fee is 1000 Roubles (for juniors under 16, seniors and women 800 Roubles). The prizes were paid out in Russian Roubles, the total prize fund, guaranteed by the St. Petersburg Chess Federation, is 1.4 million Roubles = 32,000 Euros = US $46,000, with 400,000 Roubles = 9,300 Euros or US $13,000 for the rapid chess event. The first prize for the rapid is 75,000 Roubles = 1,700 Euros or US $2,400.


The venue: "Moskva" Hotel located in the city center, in the end of Staronevsky Prospect

The Rapid Chess tournament took place from October 26-27. It was a nine-round Swiss with time controls of 15 minutes per game + 5 seconds increment for each move. There were 274 players in the main tournament, including 68 grandmasters and 23 players rated higher than 2600.

Mikhail Ivanovich Chigorin, (born on 12 November 1850 near St. Petersburg, Russia, died on 25 January 1908 in Lublin, Poland) was a leading Russian chess player. He served as a major source of inspiration for the "Soviet school of chess", which dominated the chess world in the middle and latter parts of the 20th century. Overshadowed to some extent in the 1920s by the exciting new theories of the hypermodern movement, Chigorin's influence nevertheless demands a prominent and permanent place in the Soviet chess hegemony of the 20th century.

Chigorin has several chess openings or variations of openings named after him, the two most important being the Chigorin Variation of the Ruy Lopez (1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.O-O Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 d6 8.c3 O-O 9.h3 Na5) and the Chigorin Defence to the Queen's Gambit (1.d4 d5 2.c4 Nc6). Whilst the former has remained popular through the 1900s, the latter struggled to attract devotees until relatively recently. Igor Miladinovic has used the Chigorin Defence with great regularity, but its current revival owes much to the efforts of Alexander Morozevich, who has championed the opening both in play and in his book, The Chigorin Defence According To Morozevich (published 2007).

The festival started with the two-day rapid open, with the prize fund of nearly 10,000 Euros. Six players tied for the first place with 7 points out of 9, and Sergei Yudin (2521) won on tiebreak. Last year’s rapid winner, Zaven Andriassian, came second, and Pablo Lafuente got the third prize, leaving all Elo favorites behind them.


Tournament director Vladimir Bykov, Pablo Lafuente, Sergei Yudin, Zaven Andriassian

Name
Fed.
Rtng
Pts
TPR
W-We
BH
HiLo
1 GM Yudin, Sergei RUS 2521 7.0 2792 +3.19 53.0 42.5
2 GM Andriasian, Zaven ARM 2579 7.0 2727 +1.68 52.5 42.0
3 GM Lafuente, Pablo ARG 2565 7.0 2696 +1.48 51.0 41.0
4 GM Vorobiov, Evgeny E. RUS 2565 7.0 2714 +1.72 51.0 40.0
5 GM Gasanov, Eldar UKR 2482 7.0 2756 +3.24 49.5 40.5
6 GM Melkumyan, Hrant ARM 2614 7.0 2688 +0.89 44.5 35.5
7 GM Sokolov, Ivan BIH 2641 6.5 2683 +0.52 52.5 41.5
8 IM Geller, Jakov RUS 2544 6.5 2712 +2.12 50.5 41.0
9 GM Areshchenko, Alexander UKR 2664 6.5 2662 +0.05 50.0 40.0
10 GM Alekseev, Evgeny RUS 2691 6.5 2699 +0.13 50.0 39.0
11 GM Tkachiev, Vladislav FRA 2632 6.5 2677 +0.57 50.0 39.0
12 IM Demchenko, Anton RUS 2529 6.5 2704 +2.21 49.5 39.0
13 GM Grachev, Boris RUS 2668 6.5 2696 +0.37 49.0 39.0
14 IM Krylov, Mikhail RUS 2516 6.5 2668 +2.01 48.0 38.5
15 GM Khismatullin, Denis RUS 2654 6.5 2697 +0.55 46.5 36.5
16 GM Chadaev, Nikolai RUS 2574 6.5 2667 +1.21 46.0 35.5
17 IM Rozum, Ivan RUS 2476 6.5 2647 +2.15 41.5 33.5
18 GM Sakaev, Konstantin RUS 2607 6.5 2621 +0.20 41.5 32.5
19 GM Jumabayev, Rinat KAZ 2547 6.0 2642 +1.31 52.0 42.0
20 GM Zvjaginsev, Vadim RUS 2664 6.0 2657 -0.08 51.0 40.0
21 GM Rodshtein, Maxim ISR 2632 6.0 2634 +0.06 50.0 39.0
22 GM Inarkiev, Ernesto RUS 2671 6.0 2655 -0.15 49.5 38.5
23 GM Kryakvin, Dmitry RUS 2591 6.0 2558 -0.31 49.0 37.5
24 IM Bogdanovich, Stanislav UKR 2464 6.0 2678 +2.66 47.0 38.5
25 GM Shipov, Sergei RUS 2557 6.0 2656 +1.28 47.0 38.0
26 GM Romanov, Evgeny RUS 2598 6.0 2605 +0.18 46.5 36.0
27 GM Sulypa, Oleksandr UKR 2495 6.0 2588 +1.24 44.5 35.0
28 GM Dreev, Alexey RUS 2649 6.0 2600 -0.52 43.5 33.0
29 GM Kokarev, Dmitry RUS 2623 6.0 2572 -0.45 43.5 33.0
30 GM Zhigalko, Sergei BLR 2640 6.0 2532 -1.04 42.0 31.5


The tournament hall for the leading players


Dmitry Kokarev, Yuri Kuzubov, Sergei Yudin, Alexey Dreev, Denis Yevseev and Davit Petrosian


Andrey Stukopin, best junior under sixteen


These guys prefer rapid chess: Ernesto Inarkiev and Vladislav Tkachiev


Dmitry Kryakvin, who caused a panic on the first day of the rapid tournament

Kryakvin defended a position with rook against rook and knight for about 180 moves before he applied to the arbiter to claim a draw – which was granted after the chief arbiter counted out 50 moves. Thankfully it was the last round of the day and the rest participants didn’t have to wait for the end of this game.


Rustam Khusnutdinov

The classic tournament

This has started, with GM Ivan sokolov in the lead at the moment. Many top GMs have already suffered defeats against weaker participants. You can follow the results and games of the tournament day by day at the official website.

Ranking after round 5 (Tuesday, 02 November 2010)

Name
Fed.
Rtng
Pts
TPR
W-We
BH
HiLo
1 GM Sokolov, Ivan 5.0 BIH 2641 3220 +1.54 18.5 11.0
2 GM Smirin, Ilia 4.5 ISR 2657 2856 +0.96 17.0 10.5
3 GM Zhigalko, Sergei 4.5 BLR 2640 2823 +0.86 16.5 10.5
4 GM Safarli, Eltaj 4.5 AZE 2607 2777 +0.78 15.5 9.5
5 GM Sakaev, Konstantin 4.5 RUS 2607 2800 +0.94 14.5 9.5
6 GM Fedorov, Alexei 4.5 BLR 2599 2708 +0.46 14.5 8.5
7 GM Grachev, Boris 4.0 RUS 2668 2734 +0.42 18.0 11.5
8 GM Savchenko, Boris 4.0 RUS 2627 2717 +0.58 17.5 10.5
9 GM Areshchenko, Alexander 4.0 UKR 2664 2725 +0.40 17.0 10.5
10 GM Andriasian, Zaven 4.0 ARM 2579 2718 +0.91 17.0 10.0
11 IM Fedoseev, Vladimir 4.0 RUS 2477 2691 +1.42 16.0 9.5
12 GM Popov, Valerij 4.0 RUS 2559 2657 +0.63 16.0 9.0
13 GM Aleksandrov, Aleksej 4.0 BLR 2647 2698 +0.33 15.5 9.0
14 IM Ipatov, Alexander 4.0 ESP 2521 2613 +0.60 15.5 9.0
15 GM Khairullin, Ildar 4.0 RUS 2620 2635 +0.15 15.0 8.5
16 GM Chadaev, Nikolai 4.0 RUS 2574 2656 +0.54 15.0 8.5
17 GM Dreev, Alexey 4.0 RUS 2649 2676 +0.23 14.5 8.5
18 GM Kharlov, Andrei 4.0 RUS 2510 2647 +0.91 14.5 8.5
19 GM Dzhumaev, Marat 4.0 UZB 2487 2651 +1.07 14.5 8.5
20 IM Demchenko, Anton 4.0 RUS 2529 2635 +0.69 14.0 9.0
21 GM Amonatov, Farrukh 4.0 TJK 2602 2655 +0.33 14.0 8.5
22 GM Stefansson, Hannes 4.0 ISL 2585 2638 +0.32 14.0 8.5
23 GM Romanov, Evgeny 4.0 RUS 2598 2681 +0.53 14.0 8.0
24 GM Andreikin, Dmitry 4.0 RUS 2669 2632 -0.11 13.5 8.5
25 IM Kalegin, Evgenij 4.0 RUS 2453 2615 +1.06 13.0 7.5
26 GM Khismatullin, Denis 4.0 RUS 2654 2609 -0.16 12.5 7.5
  • Full list of rankings


    Ninth: GM Alexander Areshchenko, 2664, UKR, 4.0/5, perf. 2725


    Tenth: GM Zaven Andriassian, 2579, ARM, 4.0/5, perf. 2718


    Fresh GM Maxim Matlakov, 2613, RUS, 3.5/5, perf. 2447


    Aghasi Inants, 2281, ARM, 2.0/5, perf. 2045

Ranking after round 6 – Females

Name
Fed.
Rtng
Pts
TPR
W-We
BH
HiLo
41 WGM Paikidze, Nazi 3.5 GEO 2376 2600 +1.56 14.5 10.5
68 WIM Akatova, Ekaterina 3.0 RUS 2260 2505 +1.50 15.0 9.0
80 WIM Charochkina, Daria 3.0 RUS 2303 2422 +0.78 14.0 8.0
83 IM Ovod, Evgenija 3.0 RUS 2401 2414 +0.17 13.5 7.5
85 IM Ushenina, Anna 3.0 UKR 2466 2387 -0.41 13.0 8.0
87 WGM Shaydullina, Sandugach 3.0 RUS 2175 2461 +1.71 13.0 8.0
91 WIM Ivkina, Olga 3.0 RUS 2251 2413 +0.97 13.0 7.0
119 IM Bodnaruk, Anastasia 2.5 RUS 2399 2405 +0.11 15.0 9.5
126 WIM Ambartsumova, Karina 2.5 RUS 2302 2343 +0.23 14.0 8.5
127 WIM Tarasova, Viktoriya 2.5 RUS 2298 2403 +0.55 14.0 8.5
135 WGM Demina, Julia 2.5 RUS 2336 2340 +0.09 13.0 9.0
158 WIM Dolzhykova, Kateryna 2.5 UKR 2298 2194 -0.71 11.5 5.5
175 WGM Mirzoeva, Elmira 2.0 RUS 2239 2240 -0.08 13.0 8.0
176 Balaian, Alina 2.0 RUS 2157 2223 +0.36 13.0 8.0
177 WIM Komiagina, Maria 2.0 RUS 2263 2248 -0.21 13.0 7.5
179 Zaryvkina, Anastasia 2.0 RUS 2063 2137 +0.40 12.5 8.5
185 WIM Sazonova, Elena N. 2.0 RUS 2118 2157 +0.13 12.0 7.5
189 WIM Butuc, Maria 2.0 RUS 2180 2085 -0.67 12.0 7.0
190 WIM Solovjova, Valentina 2.0 RUS 2253 2126 -0.84 12.0 6.5
191 WFM Sorokina, Anastasia 2.0 RUS 2094 2211 +0.66 12.0 6.5
196 Zizlova, Sofia 2.0 RUS 2088 2181 +0.49 11.0 7.0
203 Sukhareva, Evgeniya 2.0 RUS 2176 2156 -0.19 10.5 6.5
205 WCM Kiseleva, Arina 2.0 RUS 1841 2074 +1.28 10.5 6.5
209 WFM Belenkaya, Dina 2.0 RUS 2109 2032 -0.62 10.5 6.0
213 WFM Sokolova, Vera 2.0 RUS 2022 2092 +0.39 9.5 6.5
  • Full list of rankings


    WIM Kateryna Dolzhykova, 2298, UKR, 2.5 /5, perf. 2194


    Sofia Zizlova, 16 years old, 2088, RUS, 2.0/5, perf. 2181
    Veronika Minina, 2147, RUS, 1.5/5, perf. 1707


    Naruna Chan, 1753, RUS 0.5/5, perf. 1681


Pavel Martynov is selling books under a palm tree


The Neva and Alexander Nevsky Bridge – on a normal St. Petersburg sunless day


Alexander Nevsky, the Grand Duke who lived in the 13th century.

The square where the Moskva hotel is located is named after him. He lookes at the Nevsky prospect, the main street of St. Petersburg, and behind him there is the Holy Trinity Alexander Nevsky Monastery.


The monument for Fedor Dostoevsky. Also there are Petr Chaikovsky,
Glinka, Stravinsky, Musorgsky and many other people from the Arts.


This Monastery (or Lavra) where the most famous people of Russian
Empire were buried. This monument belongs to Mikhail Lomonosov.


The Necropolis of the XVIII century has the graves of statesmen and outstanding St. Petersburg citizens, like the Minister of Finance S.Vitte, Army Minister A. Gorchakov, Euler, K. Rossi, the widow of A. Pushkin, Natalia and others.


The Monastyrka river


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