China wins Petrosian Memorial

12/25/2004 – They entered the nominally weakest team (average rating 2590), but China managed to beat Russia (2688), France (2627) and Armenia (2626) in this double round robin Internet tournament. The Chinese did not concede a single match, with the weakest player Wang winning the final game to clinch it for his side. Results and games.

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Tigran Petrosian Memorial Internet Tournament

The six round tournament took place from December 18-23, with the players of each team remaining in their home bases and playing the games on the Internet. Fischer time control was used: 1 hour 30 minutes plus 15 minutes added at move 40; 30 second increments are added after every move). The overall prize fund was $55,000 with the following breakdown: 1st place $20,000, 2nd place $15,000, 3rd place $12,000, 4th place $8,000. The games will not be counted toward players' official ratings.

The Chinese team (picture left) finished first in the strong field, as the Tigran Petrosian Internet Memorial came to a nail-biting conclusion on Thursday. Helping the Chinese stave off the powerful Russian team, the young GM Wang proved to be the hero, bringing home the necessary full point to keep Russia at bay 2-2, securing first place for the lowest ranked team in the tournament. China was indeed a deserved winner, never conceding a match, while winning when they had to. GM Svidler blew away GM Bu on board one, but two rapid draws on the middle boards left hope open and Wang converted. In another moderate surprise, France beat out Russia on tie-breaks for second place as they beat Armenia 2.5-1.5. GM Bauer was the hero here grinding down GM Sargissian to earn the final point. Earlier, GM Fressinet beat GM Lputian, while GM Minasian notched his first victory of the match, coming out on top in a tactical slugfest against GM Nataf. GMs Aronian and Lautier shared the point on board one.

The teams

Armenia (average rating: 2626) France (average rating: 2627)
GM Aronian
2675
GM Lautier
2682
GM Lputian
2634
GM Fressinet
2640
GM Sargissian
2611
GM Bauer
2622
GM Art. Minasian
2581
GM Nataf
2565
Russia (average rating: 2688) China (average rating: 2590)
GM Svidler
2735
GM Bu
2615
GM Dreev
2698
GM Ni
2611
GM Khalifman
2669
GM Zhang
2596
GM Zvjaginsev
2650
GM Wang
2536

The final standings


China
France
Russia
Armenia
Score
China
-
-
2
2
2
2
2.5
3.5
14.0
France
2
2
-
-
2.5
1
3
2.5
13.0
Russia
2
2
3
1.5
-
-
2.5
2
13.0
Armenia
0.5
1.5
1.5
1
2
1.5
-
-
8.0

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